Dear colleagues and friends,

It is my honor and privilege to invite you to take part in the 8th Croatian Congress of Pediatric Surgery with International Participation, which will be held in Vodice, Croatia from 3rd to 6th of October 2018.

The Congress is following a tradition of continuity in expert and scientific aspects as well as the dynamic of organizing national meetings with international participation. High standards of both scientific and social programs have always been and still are our priorities, as well as introducing novel approaches and innovations into the Congress program as a whole.

In collaboration with our friends and colleagues from the Division of Pediatric Urology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, led by Dr. Pramod Reddy and Dr. Eugene Minevich, we are hosting the International Pediatric Urology Symposium. The meeting is intended to resemble the world renowned Pediatric Urology Workshop, held annualy at Cincinnati, which attracts experts from all over the globe.

8th Congress of Pediatric Surgery with International Participation continues to accentuate interdisciplinary cooperation. Our standard scientific program in pediatric surgery shall be enriched by integrating topics from pediatrics, anaesthesiology, radiology and other closely related medical fields that intertwine and complement each other.

State-of- the-art topics presented and chaired by noted international lecturers are a continuation of a well- established tradition and represent the crown of the scientific program.

Social program shall, yet again, be emphasized as one of central events et the meeting, owing to the fact that we percept it as an important element of such meetings that allows colleagues to bond, as on a professional, so ona an informal level. Furthermore, it allows participants to get acquainted with the region in which the meeting is being held.

We invite you to join us and enrich our meeting with your professional contribution and participation.

Kindest regards,

Zoran Bahtijarević

Congress President