2023 Annual Meeting

International College of Surgeons - United States Section
84th Annual Surgical Update - May 4-6, 2023

Hilton Palacio Del Rio
200 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, Texas  78205
Phone - +1 210-222-1400

To reserve a room at the Hilton click HERE

Registration is now OPEN

The meeting will only be available for in-person participation. Click HERE to register.

A Message from the President

Dear Colleagues,

It is my genuine pleasure to invite you to attend the 84th Annual Surgical Update of the International College of Surgeons-United States Section (ICS-US), which will be held from May 4-6, 2023 at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio in San Antonio, Texas. I truly hope you can join us for our 2023 US Section annual meeting, registration is now open.

I also extend a cordial welcome to the members of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons who will be joining us for their 46th Annual Scientific Meeting. Having worked closely with several ICSUS leaders who are also members of the Academy, I can attest to the important contributions this group has made to the overall success of our past gatherings. The collaboration between our groups has allowed both organizations to realize their respective goals.

Click on the link below to review the preliminary Scientific Program. We will begin our educational activity on Thursday afternoon, May 4th, with a session on Global Surgery that will also feature several special presentations by ICS Fellows as well as invited guests. Additional special lectures as well as specialty sessions will be included during our three-day educational activity to provide ample AMA Category 1 CME credit.

Home to the Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center; San Antonio will also provide a number of faculty members from this prestigious institution. Included will be trauma surgeon, Dr. Ronald M. Stewart, MD who currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Surgery at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Stewart is the 2023 recipient of the Dr. Andre Crotti Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Surgery. His presentation topic, Firearm Injury Prevention: Strategies, Recommendations and Opportunities, will surely stimulate some thoughtful discussion. Participants can apply credit for this session towards their "ethics" CME requirements.

San Antonio is an historic city that will provide an abundance of social opportunities to all who attend our conference. To allow participants with ample time to enjoy San Antonio, we are not scheduling any group activities on Friday evening. 

Our meeting venue is conveniently located on the San Antonio River Walk with many restaurants and attractions only a short distance away. More information will be posted on FICS Online as we approach the meeting date, but if you don’t want to wait, visit the San Antonio Visitors Bureau at https://www.visitsanantonio.com/. More information about San Antonio is available at the bottom of this page.

Please REGISTER today and watch your inbox for updates. For this year’s meeting we are once again limiting the amount of printed materials being produced and instead will distribute most of our meeting information digitally. We will be sending e-mail messages with meeting related links included as new information becomes available. Be sure to watch your email for information about meeting registration, hotel reservations and the scientific program.

Whether you know about San Antonio and have visited before or if you have never had a chance to visit, this is a perfect opportunity to discover everything there is to do in this popular destination. An abundance of activities, fine dining, entertainment as well as top notch education will all be part of the ICSUS 84th Annual Surgical Update in San Antonio this May.

I hope you will join me and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a part of the country that knows how to do it the right way!

Dixon Santana, MD
President, United States Section
International College of Surgeons


Registration is now OPEN. Click HERE to learn more.

Course Sponsor

International College of Surgeons - United States Section
An ACCME Accredited Provider


The Annual Surgical Update is designed to offer information regarding the latest surgical advancements and technology to address gaps in knowledge that may exist for practicing surgeons in all surgical specialties, residents in training, and allied health professionals. The desired outcome of this program is increased knowledge, better competency in cutting edge treatment modalities, and enhanced treatment decision making. It is the expressed goal of the course to provide enough material that upon completion of the activity the participant can make educated decisions to incorporate the latest surgical techniques and technologies as well as discern when these procedures are warranted to provide optimum patient care.

Topics presented during the Annual Surgical Update have been designed to address and improve the attendee’s knowledge and skills in the following competencies; patient care or patient-centered care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning & improvement, quality improvement and professionalism.


It is the policy of the International College of Surgeons-US Section that any individual who is involved in planning or presenting in a program designated for AMA Physician's Recognition Award Category 1 Credit™ must disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies prior to being included in the final program. This information is disclosed to the audience prior to the activity. The ICS-US has procedures in place to address a conflict of interest should one arise. Our complete Policy on Commercial Support and Independence is available on FICS Online or by request from Headquarters. Additionally, faculty members are required to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of a pharmaceutical or medical device occurs.


The International College of Surgeons-United States Section is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for physicians.


The International College of Surgeons-United States Section designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Click HERE to view the composition of the 2023 Planning Committee

Planned CME Program

Click HERE to see the Scientific Program scheduled for the 84th Annual Surgical Update in San Antonio this May, including speakers and presentation titles. (Note that this information is not final and will still be updated several times prior to the meeting. You may need to refresh your browser to get the latest details.)

The following sessions are planned as of January 26, 2023 and subject to change. 

  • Global Surgery and Special Lectures

  • Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgery (AANOS Annual Meeting)

  • Colorectal Surgery 

  • Transplantation Surgery

  • Women in Surgery Panel Discussion

  • Rural Surgery

  • Updates in Surgical Oncology 

  • General Plenary Session

  • Trauma and Critical Care Surgery

  • Annual Research Scholarship Competition

Learn about some of our featured speakers by clicking HERE

Planned Events and Activities

Thursday, MAY 4th

  • ICS-US Section Business Meetings (starting at 8am)
  • Opening Session (planned start time is 3pm)
  • Welcome Reception (approximately 6:30pm)

Friday, MAY 5th

  • Honors Luncheon (Noon)
  • AANOS Business Meeting (Time TBD)

Saturday, MAY 6th

  • Closing Dinner (7pm)

Our Meeting Venue

HOTEL RESERVATION DEADLINE IS April 1, 2023. After this date rates & availability can no longer be guaranteed. Make your arrangements as soon as possible to guarantee your accommodations. To ensure you receive our special room rate, please identify yourself as an attendee of the International College of Surgeons – 2023 Annual Surgical Update, when making your reservations by phone.

Please note, the Hilton has informed us that due to the Cinco de Mayo holiday our reduced rate will NOT be extended after the cut-off date and guests can expect daily rates starting at $300 or more. Do NOT wait to book your room. It is easier to cancel a room you don’t need than to get one at the last minute that isn’t available.


The College is very much aware that COVID-19 and its variants are still impacting most of our lives. We are taking the approach of cautious monitoring. Our specific policies & requirements will be updated on our website & through meeting communications as we approach the actual meeting dates.

For information about COVID policies in Texas visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-disease-2019  

San Antonio

Looking for something to do?


Don't forget the Alamo. 
Centrally located on Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, lies the Alamo San Antonio. Originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo, along with San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site – the first and only in Texas. Click HERE to see more.



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