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World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons

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World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons
Formation15 October 1974; 49 years ago (1974-10-15)
Founded atSao Paulo, Brazil
HeadquartersBern, Switzerland
SubsidiariesWOFAPS Foundation

World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) is an organisation established on 15 October 1974 in Brazil[1] to promote the ethical study of pediatric research and to promote Pediatric Surgery as a distinct specialty of general surgery. The Kyoto Declaration of Pediatric Surgery, written in 2001, established the mission of the Federation to focus on the development and education of surgeons serving children, in all parts of the world.[2]



Several surgeons and associations supported the endorsement of the proposal for the "International Union of Pediatric Surgeons" proposed by Denys Pellerin in Paris in 1963. But the progress was slow. On 15 October 1974, WOFAPS was founded in Sao Paulo, Brazil, during a Pediatric Surgery Congress with representatives from 43 Countries under the Presidency of Prof. Virgilio Carvalho Pinto and Secretary General Prof. Jose Pinus. Harvey Beardmore from Canada was elected the first President of the WOFAPS.[3] while Prof Jose "Pepe" Boix Ochoa was again re-elected as General Secretary (a post he would hold for 35 years!!).

Until 1983, only 23 associations belonged to the WOFAPS, but the organization has grown to include over 100 member countries today. It is recognized and participates in International Associations of Pediatric Surgery as a member as well as the International Pediatric Association, as well as other organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO and WHO. This has been due to the past leadership and efforts of the members.[4] Notable associations that have joined the WOFAPS include American Pediatric Surgical Association, EUPSA, the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinderchirurgie [de], as well as more geographically distributed associations, for example the Pan-African Paediatric Surgical Association.

The WOFAPS is a representation of Pediatric Surgical Associations and it does not represent any political ideas nor does it make any racial or religious distinction. The WOFAPS is governed by its Constitution and its official office is in Bern, Switzerland.[5]

The WOFAPS Foundation is a subsidiary of WOFAPS that offers Scholarships to International Young Pediatric Surgeons[6] from developing countries who have demonstrated strong interests in teaching and research. The WOFAPS foundation is headed by Prof. Prem Puri,[7] previous president of WOFAPS and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 2013.[8]

WOFAPS presidents


The board is currently led by Prof Alp Numanoglu (South Africa) acting as president, Prof Shilpa Sharma (India) as general secretary and Prof Udo Rolle (Germany) is the president elect for the current term (2022-2025). The WOFAPS executive board consists of 15 Pediatric Surgeons voting members representing all continents and one non voting member as Prof Mahmoud Elfiky (Egypt).

WOFAPS meetings


The WOFAPS World Congress is held every three years. However, the WOFAPS joins a regional meeting with another pediatric surgical association every year.

WOFAPS Executive Board Picture. Picture features the board from 2019-2022. Picture taken at WOFAPS 7th Congress in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 2025: Antalya, Turkey[13]
  • 2022: Prague, Czech Republic[14]
  • 2019: Doha, Qatar[15]
  • 2016: Washington, D.C., USA[16]
  • 2013: Berlin, Germany[17]
  • 2010: Delhi, India
  • 2007: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2004: Zagreb, Croatia


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  2. ^ Grosfeld, Jay L. (December 2001). "Declaration of pediatric surgery". Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 36 (12): 1743. doi:10.1053/jpsu.2001.28811. PMID 11733896.
  3. ^ Boix-Ochoa, Jose; Sigalet, David (April 2020). "History of WOFAPS (1963–2019)". Pediatric Surgery International. 36 (5): 541–550. doi:10.1007/s00383-020-04651-x. PMC 7165187. PMID 32266466.
  4. ^ A History of Surgical Paediatrics. World Scientific. 2009. p. 635-648. ISBN 978-9812772268.
  5. ^ "About WOFAPS". WOFAPS Website.
  6. ^ "Fellowships and funding". Global Initiative for Children's Surgery:GICS Website.
  7. ^ "Lifetime achievement award for Prof Prem Puri". Irish Medical Times.
  8. ^ "Lifetime Achievements Awards List". WOFAPS Website.
  9. ^ "Obituary: Professor Sidney Cywes". British Association of Paediatric Surgeons. Royal College of Surgeons. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Jay L Grosfeld Obituary". British Association of Paediatric Surgeons. Royal College of Surgeons. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
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  12. ^ "Alexandria University honors Dr. Sameh Shehata for assuming the presidency of the International Federation of Pediatric Surgery". Shorouk News Website.
  13. ^ "WOFAPS 2025". WOFAPS.
  14. ^ "Events & News". European Society of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons.
  15. ^ "Sidra hails successful conclusion of paediatric world congress in Doha". Gulf Times News Website.
  16. ^ "The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation Hosts the First North American World Congress of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons". Children's National Hospital Website.
  17. ^ "DGKCH: Überleben trotz Metastasen – Kinder mit Krebs nur in Spezialzentren behandeln". Informationsdienst Wissenschaft e. V.