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Society Establishment

In 1987, laparoscopic cholecystectomy was implemented successfully for the first time in the world. Since then, the technique has become widespread across the world. In South Korea, it has quickly spread since 1990 and is currently used in the majority of medical organizations.

The distinct characteristics of the laparoscopic technique have required systematic and academic research, and increased the demand for new techniques or tools, which led to the necessity of founding a domestic society dedicated to the study of laparoscope surgery.

Therefore, seven of the most renowned domestic scholars had three preparatory gatherings to establish a society for the purpose of distributing and studying endoscope and laparoscope operations as well as to contribute to medical development. They approved the rules of our society at the inaugural assembly at Hilton Hotel in Seoul on April 20, 1996.

According to the rules, the general assembly is convened once a year by the president, and decides on the approval of executives, the change in society rules, the dispersal of the main session, the approval of budget and settlement of accounts, and other matters submitted by a board of trustees.
Trustee candidates are recommended with a voice or on-the-spot vote by a five-member committee composed by the president and approved by the general assembly. Professor Kim Sang Joon at Joongang University Medical College was selected as the first President.

First Gathering

On September 27, 1995, the Society was named the Korean Society for Endoscopic Surgery, and its rules were reviewed.

Second Gathering

In November 3, 1995, 79 surgeons from 48 clinics officially decided on the Korean Society for Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgeons as the name of our Society, the requirements for membership, etc. at a surgical academic conference hall of Lotte Hotel in Jamsil, Seoul.

Third Gathering

On January 19, 1996, the gathering members discussed the establishment date, publicity etc. of our Society, and decided that the Chairman of the Academic Committee will be in charge of academic conferences.

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