The Society of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeons (SLS) was founded on the premise that members of individual surgical specialties can best advance their expertise by sharing their experiences, knowledge, and techniques with each other as well as with members of other surgical specialties. This non-profit, multidisciplinary and multispecialty educational organization was established in 1990 through the leadership and vision of Paul Alan Wetter, MD and Janis Chinnock Wetter to provide an open forum for surgeons and other health professionals interested in minimally invasive surgery and therapy. SLS endeavors to improve patient care and promote the highest standards of practice through education, training, and information distribution. SLS provides a forum for the introduction, discussion and dissemination of new and established ideas, techniques and therapies in laparoscopic, endoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive surgical techniques and technologies. A fundamental goal of SLS is to ensure that its members have access to the newest ideas and approaches in these evolving fields. SLS’ unique multispecialty focus provides a comprehensive view of minimal access therapies to promote improved patient outcomes. SLS has grown to become a vibrant, global, professional organization with a, virtual in-house publishing staff, equipped with state-of-the-art computing and web tools to produce innovative and journals, meetings, textbooks and websites, as well as a resource for postgraduate training fellowships in advanced minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and surgical simulation JSLS – JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF LAPAROSCOPIC & ROBOTIC SURGEONS, is a widely viewed and read MIS Journal, with over 1.5 Million downloads in 2019 and with an impact factor of 1.65. JSLS is under the editorial leadership of Michael S. Kavic, MD. This peer reviewed journal was first published in January 1997. It is available online with open access for download. Recognized around the world as a leading MIS publication, JSLS continues to expand and has repeatedly placed in the TOP 100 of 15,000 scientific publications on IngentaConnect for full-text downloads. This is a monumental achievement for a specialty society journal.
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