The invitation to give the Nicoll lecture at the biennial IAAS International Congress is one of the highest honours we can bestow on a colleague.

James Nicoll


James Nicoll was a pioneering paediatric Surgeon in Glasgow and is regarded as the ‘Father of Day Surgery’. He published a series of almost 9000 paediatric day cases in the British Medical Journal in 1909. The surgery of infancy. Br Med J. 1909; 2753-756.

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Our Nicoll Lecturers

1997LondonBernard V. WetchlerA Quarter Century in Ambulatory Surgery: Accepting the Challenges, Avoiding the Pitfalls
1999VeniceClaude De LathouwerAmbulatory surgery: an organisational and cultural revolution, a
social and political challenge
2001GenevaPaul Jarrett 
2003BostonBurton EpsteinExploring the world of ambulatory surgery
2005SevilleGerard ParmentierTwo International Congresses, six IAAS Congresses: where are we?
2007AmsterdamHenrik KehletFast track Surgery: from Her to Where?
2009BrisbaneJill Solly 
2011CopenhagenPaul WhiteClinical Research in Ambulatory Anesthesia and Surgery –
Why even bother?
2013BudapestBeverly PhilipThe path of Ambulatory Surgery: Roots, Trees and Stars.
2015BarcelonaFernando DocoboAmbulatory Surgery Training in Spain: Past, Present and Future
2017BeijingLuc Van OutryveThe CONCEPT of AMBULATORY SURGERY :Is it a renewing evolution ?
2019PortoPaulo Lemos“Is Ambulatory Surgery well known?
– from politicians to the common citizen …”
2022BrugesJan EshuisAmbulatory Anaesthesia and Surgery before (and after) Nicoll: by fits and starts
2024OsloJohan Raeder Lessons (some) from the past – relevant to the future?