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Aims and Scope

Hepatopancreatobiliary surgery has emerged as a distinct branch of surgical practice over the last three decades. This challenging subspecialty of surgical gastroenterology is concerned not just with surgical diseases of the liver, pancreas and biliary tree but also with those that affect the neighbouring organs: duodenum, portal vein and spleen. The conditions that fall within the ambit of an HPB surgeon include some of the most deadly known to man such as cirrhosis of the liver and adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. They also include one of the most common, gallstones. For the proper diagnosis and management of HPB disease, cooperation between specialists of many different types is essential including gastroenterologists, endoscopists, radiologists, histopathologists, oncologists, anaesthetists, clinical physiologists, microbiologists, research scientists and transplant immunologists (in no particular order). Many conditions that affect the organs of interest present to the surgeon initially, often with the involvement of a gastroenterologist. Many of them are still best treated surgically, but endoscopists and interventional radiologists have made inroads into this practice.

HPB Surgery offers ready access to important developments in the field of HPB surgery and associated disciplines. We aim to publish fresh experimental and clinical work across the spectrum of HPB disease, while concentrating on those conditions for which ‘surgical’ treatment – not necessarily an actual operation – is a common option. Thus diabetes mellitus and hepatitis, for example, might belong more appropriately elsewhere, though not if the paper should concern pancreatic transplantation or virally-induced hepatoma. We invite contributions not just from surgeons but from all other specialists who play such a crucial role in the research and clinical aspects of these conditions. Papers will be made freely available on the journal’s website as soon as they have been accepted and edited, rather than waiting for a particular issue, although special issues are planned to group commissioned articles on a common theme. We aim to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge between the different specialists in the field as well as between the developing and the developed worlds. We believe that the explosion of interest in this branch of medicine, fuelled by technical advances (imaging, operative, interventional), fully justifies the introduction of an electronic journal devoted to the subject.