It is an honour and a privilege to be a founding member of ABSI and taking over as its president. I, along with my new team of executive committee members, would like to thank all my distinguished predecessors for making ABSI a vibrant and dynamic surgical society. Within a short span of 10 years, ABSI could make a significant impact on breast health care in India, and its contributions to improve patient care, research and training are globally well recognized . These glorious accomplishments were possible because of the passion and commitment shown by ABSI leadership and members of the society.
We should steadfastly pursue our goals to raise the standards of care for women with breast diseases in India and join the fight against “Breast Cancer”, the most common cancer among Indian women . My endeavour is to create a platform that provides abundant opportunities to learn, to teach and mentor budding breast surgeons . We would like to engage and involve all stake holders in breast cancer care and foster a culture of collaboration and networking for better outcomes.
One of the main pillars of any scientific society is its academic accomplishments, and we should focus on implementing standard treatment protocols at national level, quality data collection, collaborative research , clinical trials and high quality publications.
India, after its 75 years of independence, is at a critical juncture and has the potential to take-up leadership roles in many fields, including health care. There are plenty of challenges and opportunities, and ABSI should play a pivotal role in transforming breast health care at a national and an international level.
Finally, I look forward to your support, suggestions and guidance in achieving our society’s goals .
Prof. SVS Deo
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi.