Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the GulfThoracic Congress 2018, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to you all, to participate in this international congress, which will be held in InterContinental Dubai Festival City, UAE on 14-17 March 2018

The GulfThoracic Congress 2018 is the ninth joint meeting of the Saudi Thoracic Society (STS) in collaboration with Emirates Allergy and Respiratory Society (EARS), American Thoracic Society (ATS), European Respiratory Society (ERS), and European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS). Meakins-Christie Laboratories- McGill University, Canada and European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS). With special participation from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA, The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, UK, and Saudi Society for Respiratory Care (SSRC).

Once again, the Scientific Committee is planning a very comprehensive program catering for all specialties of Pulmonary/ Thoracic Medicine that will deliver state of the art lectures, update presentations, postgraduate courses, workshops, panel discussions, interactive sessions, and research abstract presentations. The program covers all fields related to Thoracic Medicine including but not limited to Asthma/ Allergy & immunology, Pulmonary Hypertension, Critical Care Medicine, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Infections, Thoracic Imaging, Sleep Medicine, Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Oncology, Respiratory Care, Interstitial Lung Diseases, COPD, Interventional Bronchoscopy, and Pediatric Pulmonology.

This year, GT2018 will be featuring once again the Thoracic Surgery Forum (TSF2018) and Medical Students Forum (MSF2018).

We also are happy to be hosting the 19thAnnual Meakins-Christie International Symposium on Asthma and COPD- McGill University, Canada.

The pharmaceutical Industry is also committed in their support of our congress that will host a large exhibit area and many attractive opportunities to share their products and knowledge with the attendees.

Like last year, the Organizing Committee is working hard to make this event a stimulating occasion both scientifically and socially. Undoubtedly, it will be a great opportunity to see other colleagues and friends and to benefit from the wide spectrum of medical topics to be discussed in this congress.

We will meet you in the glamorous city of Dubai, a fast growing beautiful city with many attractions and rich heritage.

For these reasons, we look forward to seeing you in this congress, so please mark your calendar and plan to join us. Your early registration will ensure that you get a lower registration fee and regular updates and information.

My thanks go to everybody who participated in the work for this congress appreciating their dedication, enthusiasm and perseverance to make our congress a great success.

With my best regards,

Prof. Mohamed S. Al-Hajjaj, MD, FRCP(C)
Professor and Senior Consultant Pulmonary Medicine
Chairman, GulfThoracic Congress 2018
President, Saudi Thoracic Society (STS)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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