Welcome Message

Congress President

Dear Colleagues,

吉三代 On behalf of Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery (APTS) and Taiwan Head and Heck Society (THNS), it is my honor and privilege to announce that the 3rd Congress of APTS will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on December 7 - 9, 2018.

After the great success of the inaugural Congress in Seoul, Korea and the 2nd Congress in Okinawa, Japan, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all APTS members, and cordially invite you and your colleagues to participate in the 3rd Congress in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I believe that APTS has already risen as one of the most influential academic society in the field of thyroid surgery.

The main theme of APTS 2018 will be “Thyroid Surgery, Splendid, Safe and Sound”. Combining the previous knowledge and the newly developed technology, including molecular diagnoses, energy-based devices, intraoperative neuromonitoring, endoscopic and robotic surgery, and target therapy, we aim to improve the research, education, and clinical practice and thereby improve outcomes for our patients with thyroid diseases. It is believed that continued innovation and technical refinement, as well as change of treatment concept, will definitely make a difference in the outcome and living quality of our patients. It is certain that all topics will be included in the coming congress in the scientific program. A lot of unsolved problems and unmet clinical needs will also be our focus. It will be a great opportunity for everyone working with thyroid disease to share experiences and learn from each other.

We are happy to reserve the special venue at the 85 Sky Tower Hotel, and arrange unique social programs for all participants during the best season of Kaohsiung, a beautiful and modern metropolis. We believe that you will have an extraordinary experience to join the 3rd APTS meeting. Our gathering will help pave the way for an exciting future for thyroid surgery.

We look forward to seeing you in Kaohsiung.

Best regards,


Feng-Yu Chiang

Congress President

3rd Congress of Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery


Director of the Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery (APTS), it is our great pleasure and honor to invite all of you to the 3rd Congress of APTS in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. This meeting will be held on December 7-9, 2018 at the 85 Sky Tower Hotel, the most iconic landmark in Kaohsiung, and organized by 3rd Congress President, Professor Feng-Yu Chiang.

Kaohsiung is located in the southwestern part of Taiwan and facing the Taiwan Strait. Kaohsiung is ranked as Taiwan's third most populous city, and industrial center of southern Taiwan. The Port of Kaohsiung is the largest harbor in Taiwan. The climate of Kaohsiung is tropical, specifically a tropical savanna climate. I suppose this meeting will be held in the best season of Kaohsiung.

The main theme of the 3rd Congress of the APTS will be  “Thyroid Surgery, Splendid, Safe and Sound.” In thyroid surgery, a number of new technologies and medical instruments, e.g., molecular diagnoses, intraoperative neuro-monitoring and robotic surgical system, have been developed in these days. The 3rd Congress of the APTS will cover all the aspects of thyroid surgery and provide many opportunities to learn a lot of new knowledge and developments in this field. Please share your experiences and latest knowledge with us by submitting papers. The worldwide well-known experts and high-profile faculties will be together, and various sessions including keynote lectures, symposia and panel discussions will be organized.

This congress will provide you with most up-dated perspectives and technologies related to thyroid cancer and thyroid surgery. The society trusts that you will carry back many memorable moments enjoying magnificent scenery of the beautiful city. We face to various issues, and need to discuss to solve wide range of problems from medical, surgical and other many aspects. We sincerely hope that this congress will play a central role to spread out current and updated knowledge and information from Asia-Pacific to the whole world. We are looking forward to your participation in 3rd congress of the APTS, and your great contribution for our Society is very much appreciated.

You are sure to have a wonderful time in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Best regards,


Hiroya Kitano, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of the Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery


Honorary Congress President of 3rd Congress of Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery

Dear Colleagues: 

On behalf of Taiwan Head and Neck Society, it is my honor and pleasure to invite you to attend the 3rd meeting of Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery (APTS) on December 7 - 9, 2018. In this meeting, many famous and outstanding doctors and scientists involved in the disease of thyroid will be enrolled to present their cutting-edge information, surgical skills and studies. All participants will not only enjoy this scientific program but also could pile up the friendship in this international meeting. Kaohsiung is located in southern part of Taiwan at the zone of subtropical area. During the winter season, the climate and temperature are wonderful. It is very suitable for outdoor activities, especially the golf playing at this moment. Hopefully, all the attendees will share your expertise and knowledge in this meeting and enjoy everything, including golf playing, sightseeing, and great food in Kaohsiung. 

Warmest Regards


Chih-Yen Chien, MD, FACS
Honorary Congress President, 3rd Congress of Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery
President, Taiwan Head and Neck Society
Professor, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan

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