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Philippine Orthopaedic Association

The Philippine Orthopaedic Association (POA) is the largest and pre-eminent organization for orthopaedics and of orthopaedics specialists in the Philippines. With its main thrust to advance the art and science of orthopaedics by promoting excellence in research, training and service, POA conducts its year-round activities such as its Annual Meeting and Midyear Convention, hosting of international events/conferences, research, trainings, services & outreach programs, and continuously building networks with international counterpart organizations.

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ASEAN Orthopaedic Association

The ASEAN Orthopaedic Association (AOA) is the core group of orthopaedic surgeons in the ASEAN region that serves as a center for academic activities, resource personnel, education and training, and community relations in orthopaedics amongst members since 1981. Its member countries are Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Central to its programs are the conduct of its Annual Meeting duly hosted by member countries, spearheading the Senior & Junior Travelling Fellowships, and maintaining networks with international orthopaedic associations.


Dear Friends,


On behalf of the ASEAN Orthopedic Association (AOA), I would like to invite all of you to join us in this year’s 34th ASEAN Orthopedic Association Congress on the beautiful island of Cebu, Philippines from 27th-29th November 2014. This Congress is cohosted with the Philippines Orthopedic Association (POA) which will be having their 65th Annual Meeting. This year, the ASEAN Arthroplasty Association and the ASEAN Society for Sports and Arthroplasty will also join us and will have their annual meetings respectively.

The Scientific theme for this year is ‘Arthritis’. Indeed, it is timely as we have seen an increase in the number of cases throughout the region. The scientific meeting will cover topics from various perspectives.

The collaboration between National Societies and the AOA will be the bridge in forging relationship, bringing closer ties amongst the orthopedic surgeons in the region.

Issues with regards to orthopedic education, standard of training, cross-nation training opportunities are among the factors that are currently being discussed and pursued by the AOA. These efforts are to ensure that we, as orthopedic surgeons in ASEAN, have continuous and equivalent growth in knowledge and education. This meeting will provide the platform for these events to be discussed.

This year we will also have a special reunion for ASEAN Travelling Fellows, and this definitely will rekindle old acquaintances as well as forge new ones. I would like to thank the POA Organizing Committee for their help and effort in hosting and organizing this year’s meeting.

I urge you to mark your calendar to come support this meeting, and make it a memorable one!

Dr Faris Kamaruddin
President of AOA

Dear Colleagues & Friends,

In behalf of the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association, I would like to invite you to the AOA 34th Annual Congress which will be hosted this year by the Philippine Orthopaedic Association, in conjunction with their 65th Annual Meeting at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines, from Nov. 27-29, 2014. The POA will also host the combined meeting with the ASEAN Arthroplasty Society (AAA) 8th Annual Scientific meeting, and the ASEAN Society for Sports & Arthroplasty (ASSA) 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting).

The theme is "Arthritis". The POA Organizing Committee has prepared a superb and highly informative scientific program, as they have invited notable speakers from both international and regional. The POA Organizing Committee has likewise prepared an exciting social and cultural program for the delegates and their accompanying persons.

There will also be the 1st Reunion of past AOA Senior & Junior Traveling Fellows, as the POA Organizing Committee have exhausted all efforts to inform and invite them according to their year-batches of Traveling Fellowship. This will be the best opportune time to rekindle and reminisce the good old times of ASEAN Orthopaedic camaraderie which we have always instill in the AOA. This will also be the best time to meet and make new friends in the ASEAN.

So again, in behalf of the AOA, I would like to congratulate the POA Organizing Committee, headed by the current President Edward HM Wang for all the hard work they have put in to make this year's Annual Congress a success.

Let us all meet in Cebu!  Mabuhay!
Prof. Lewy Pasion, MD, FACS, FPOA
AOA. Secretary General


Academic Congress of Asian Shoulder Association

The Academic Congress of Asian Shoulder Association (ACASA) is a triennial meeting of Asian Shoulder Association, the organization of shoulder surgeons in Asia established in 1993. The congress showcases & discusses the advances in the science of shoulder surgery amongst member specialists from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand & other countries. Past ACASA Meetings were held in Taiwan (1994), Australia (1996), Indonesia (1999), South Korea (2002), China (2005), Hong Kong (2008), and Japan (2011). The 2014 meeting in Cebu (www.acasa2014.com) is supported by the Philippine Shoulder Society, an affiliate of the Philippine Orthopaedic Association.

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ASEAN Arthroplasty Association

The ASEAN Arthroplasty Association (AAA) is an international specialty organization for promotion and development of hip and knee reconstruction surgery in ASEAN nations. Since its establishment in 2007, the AAA has worked and networked with other international hip and knee societies and orthopaedic associations for the advancement of hip and knee surgery. Past AAA Meetings were held in Indonesia (2008), Philippines (2009), Thailand (2010), Malaysia (2011), Singapore (2012), and Indonesia (2013). The 2014 AAA Meeting in Cebu is supported by the Philippine Hip & Knee Society, an affiliate of the Philippine Orthopaedic Association.

Dear Colleagues,

We are heading to 6
th ASEAN ARTHROPLASTY ASSOCIATION MEETING that will be held on Nov 27 – 29, 2014 in one of the most beautiful places in Philippines, Cebu City. I would like cordially invite all of you to attend our meeting.

We believe the theme on “Arthritis: The ASEAN Experience; Lessons from the Pearls of Orient” and more deep understanding in
Arthritis recent issue will give an advantages for developing Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in your practice.

I hope this 6
th ASEAN ARTHROPLASTY ASSOCIATION MEETING will enhance our academic level and also strengthen our collegiality and friendship.

We look forward to welcoming you in Cebu City Philippines and enjoy our hospitality and social event at the same time.

Yours Sincerely

Dicky Mulyadi MD
AAA President



ASEAN Society for Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Society for Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy is a regional specialty organization that highlights and promotes the advancement of orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopy in the ASEAN region. The first organizational meeting was held in January 2012 in Jakarta, Indonesia where representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam laid the groundwork for the group’s goals and objectives. On November 2012, the members met again during the Annual Meeting of the Indonesian Orthopedic Association and the ASEAN Orthopedic Association, to formally inaugurate and establish the ASSA.

I would like to welcome you to the vibrant city of Cebu, Philippines, the host city for The Joint Meetings of the Philippine Orthopaedic Association (POA), ASEAN Orthopaedic Association (AOA), ASEAN Arthroplasty Association (AAA), and ASEAN Society for Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy (ASSA). ASSA, being the newest entity among the hosting organisations, is honoured and privileged to co-organise the meeting, which is the 2nd ASSA Annual Scientific Meeting, after successfully organising the inaugural scientific meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2013.

This meeting is an ideal occasion for all orthopaedic surgeons with keen interest in the field of Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery. The Organising Committee is arranging a stimulating academic programme focusing on various areas of interest and significance in this field. This will also provide an ASEAN platform for the active exchange of expertise and ideas among arthroscopists and sports surgeons in the region, as well as to foster camaraderie and networking among like-minded surgeons. We will also update attendees on progress made in the areas of collaboration between ASSA and related entities such as ISAKOS, APKASS as well as ASSA member countries.

Let us all bring forth new ideas and hope for ASSA to further develop. I look forward to seeing you in Cebu. Mabuhay!

Asri Ghapar, MD


On behalf of the ASEAN Society for Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy (ASSA), I would like to invite you to attend the Combined Meeting of ASSA (2nd annual meeting), AOA (34th ASEAN Orthopedic Association), POA (65th Philippine Orthopedic Association),  AAA (8th ASEAN Arthroplasty Association), and ACASA (8th Academic Congress of Asian Shoulder Association) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu, Philippines on November 25-29, 2014.

ASSA is a young yet fast growing and dynamic society. Formed in 2012 and initially composed of six countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, we were joined by Myanmar in 2013. We hope to welcome Cambodia and Brunei into our family in the near future.

Following a very successful meeting in Kuala Lumpur last November, this will be the 2nd Annual Meeting of ASSA. We have distinguished international speakers from Germany and from our own ASEAN countries in the region, talking about the latest updates and techniques in Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy. It would definitely be a time of enjoyment and learning for everyone. Special tours and social gatherings await participants and their families so they can enjoy the beauty of Cebu. 

We look forward to meeting all of you there!

Peace and blessings,
Enrique Leonardo “Rich” C. Pasion, MD, FPOA
Secretary General