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Doing Hernia Perfectly Together

The APHS 2023 attracts over 800 participants from the Asian Pacific region and offers the latest on clinical trials, state-of-the-art presentations by renowned surgeons and researchers, and updates on the latest guidelines.


Learn about the latest developments in hernia surgery, including new techniques, technologies, and best practices. Stay ahead of the curve and expand your knowledge to better serve your patients.



Hear from and interact with renowned experts sharing on controversial or disputed issues! These debates stimulate productive discussions and challenge you to consider new ideas and approaches.



Share your research findings and receive critical feedback from a panel of adjudicators composed of eminent international experts to improve the quality of your work.



Connect with fellow hernia specialists from around the world. APHS 2023 offers ample opportunities to network, including formal sessions and social events.


APHS provides a platform to learn about the latest advancements, research, and developments in the field of hernia surgery and related disciplines.

The conference includes practical workshops and hands-on sessions where attendees can enhance their surgical skills, learn new techniques, and refine their approaches to hernia surgery. These skills can directly benefit your professional practice.The conference is being held at Penang, attending the event could also give you the chance to explore a new place and culture. You could combine professional development with personal exploration.

The upcoming scientific program will feature a range of innovative sessions designed to enrich your experience. These sessions will include lectures led by esteemed national and international experts, engaging panel discussions, thought-provoking debates, and concise case capsules. Additionally, there will be dedicated sessions for free paper and video presentations, providing an excellent platform for residents and young surgeons to showcase intriguing cases and share their insights.


Selamat Datang,

As the Organising Chairman of 18th Annual International Congress of the Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS 2023), it gives me great pleasure to invite everyone to the beautiful island of Penang for APHS 2023.

This year’s APHS is themed “Doing Hernia Perfectly Together”. Over the years, hernia has now developed to be a specialised area in surgery and remains the most popular surgical procedure among surgeons, a varied and exuberant expansion in technique and technology is now fueling hernia into the next millennia.

As this year’s host country, APHS promises to be one of the highlight surgical congresses of the year. With almost 50 industry players and 75 international and local speakers, APHS 2023 is committed to delivering a wonderful programme filled with intellectual discussion and expansive networking.

We would also like to invite all of you to discover our wonderful island Penang, dubbed The Pearl of the Orient. It truly is the melting pot of Asia with beautiful beaches, delicious food, and wonderful people.

Finally, as the Organising Chairman, I would like to welcome everyone to become part of this wonderful Congress. See you all in Penang at APHS 2023.

Terima Kasih.
Dr Gafoor Mubarak
Organising Chairman
APHS 2023
Penang, Malaysia

Welcome Message from Chen Jie MD, Prof. President Asia Pacific Hernia Society

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to participate in the Joint Meeting of the18th Annual International Congress of the Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS), and the Editorial Board Meeting of the International Journal of Abdominal Wall and Hernia Surgery”(IJAWHS)on September 21-23, 2023 in Penang, Malaysia.

After pandemic of Covid-19, We are fortunate to have the opportunity to host a large on-site academic hernia conference. Since APHS is a big family and most of the editorial board members for IJAWHS are our good friends, we decided to hold this meeting jointly not only to foster the professional network worldwide for the updated knowledge, skills, and experience sharing in the field of hernia and abdominal wall surgery, but to promote the exchange, cooperation, progress, friendship, and solidarity of the international hernia surgery.

We would like to thank Congress President, Dr Vimal K. Vasudeavan, and Organizing Chairman Dr Abdul Gafoor Abdul Mubarak to choose a beautiful island Penang as the congress venue. We are also very glad that the Executive committee of the APHS agreed to hold this joint meeting.

Penang is one of the favorite tourist attractions in Southeast Asia. It has a unique blend of architecture, street art, hawker food and nice people. As the president of APHS and editor-in-chief of IJAWHS, I hope the joint meeting will leave us with wonderful memories. See you all in Penang at APHS 2023.

Chen Jie MD, Prof.
President Asia Pacific Hernia Society
Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Abdominal Wall and Hernia Surgery
Associate Editor Hernia
Director, Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Capital Medical University and Peking University People’s Hospital
Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Journal of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery
President, Chinese Hernia Surgery Industry and Clinical Research Society 
President, Chinese Hernia College of Surgeon 
President, Beijing Hernia Society Beijing, China

Organised By

Hernia Society


Congress Partner


Supported By

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau

Meet in Malaysia

Malaysia Truly Asia

International Journal of Abdominal Wall and Hernia Surgery

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