December 15th, 2014
To all Presidents and Boards of Mediterranean Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Dear friends,

As you know the MedFORT (Mediterranean Federation of Orthopaedics and Traumatology) was established in 2011, in Cyprus with the intention and scope to promote corporations among the Mediterranean countries, in the field of Orthopaedics and Traumatology.

That decision was taken during the first Mediterranean Trauma Conference, organized in Cyprus, by Cyprus Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, in September 2011. During that Conference, we had participants and/or speakers from the following Meditteranean countries, from the Orthopaedic Association of Cyprus, Malta, Israel, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Slovenia, Lebanon, Yugoslavia and Italy.

Following that, in 2012, during the EFORT Conference in Berlin, we had a second meeting with the Mediterranean countries, with more or less the same participants. Prof. Pierre Hoffmeyer, President of the EFORT as well as Prof. Peter Giannoudis greeted the meeting and expressed their good wishes for the success of it and they have been a great help even since.

During this meeting, Dr. N.Maroudias and Dr. Andreas Tanos, on behalf of the Cyprus Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, presented the memorandum of articles, of the Mediterranean Orthopaedic and Traumatology Federation (MedFORT).

Unfortunately, the next 2 meetings organized in 2013, in Cairo and Instabul, had to be cancelled, due to the local situation at that time. So, since the Berlin meeting, the MedFORT, has been officially established as Federation of Orthopaedics and Traumatology and it was decided then, that the base/headquarters will be in Cyprus, but its activities (Conferences, meetings etc), will be held in Mediterranean Countries, as it is explained in the memorandum articles, which is enclosed.
Today, I am very happy to inform you that I had just returned from a very succesfull second Mediterranean Federation Orthoapaedic and Traumatology Conference, which was held in Tel Aviv, Israel, in November 26th to the 28th. Speakers at the Conference, among others came from Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Slovenia, Cyprus and Israel. At this point, I like to congratulate Prof. Gershon Volpin from Israel as well as Israel Orthpaedic Association and all their Board, for the excellent organization of the conference.
The Meditteranean region is a very volatile area, but we believe that medicine is above politics.

During this 2nd MefFORT Conference in Tel Aviv, we discussed with the Mediterranean countries present in the Conference, the efforts for further help promotions and encourage of the Mediterranean Orthopaedic and Traumatology Federation (MedFORT) and its goals.
In that respect, Cyprus has undertaken to organize the 2016 meeting and more importantly Italy with Prof. Giorgio Calori, has undertaken to promote the idea with the Italian Orthopaedic Association to organize the 4th Mediterranean Trauma Meeting in Milan,Italy, 2018, which I am sure can be a great success.
So very soon, I will be sending you details of the event in Cyprus as well as the necessary documents for your Association to be registered with MedFORT.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr,N.P.Maroudias  M.D
Consultant Orhtopaedic Surgeon
Founding Chairman of MedFOR
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