– Vision and background 

The Experts in Stone Disease (ESD) conference, the flagship event of U-Merge, has been initiated and chaired by Dr. Noor Buchholz. It is a biannual event and it is hosted by the Department of Urology of worldwide Medical Institutions. The first ESD Conference was held in Dubai, UAE, in 2012, followed by another successful ESD Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014. In 2016, the third ESD event was postponed due to special reasons and was held successfully in February 2017 back in its birthplace, Dubai, UAE.


More than 400 consultants and trainees, from different countries, participated in the Conference. This year’s Conference is Shanghai, China, aims to bring once again all experts together to discuss and exchange ideas on stone diseases. It also aims to provide a new platform in combining old and new diseases treatments, educate the younger colleagues and help the global community to stay ahead of the day to day changes in technology and pharmacology. Experts in Stone Disease(ESD), having gained global recognition and now enjoying the cooperation of both, leading scientists and the most promising urologists in the field, will proceed with determined steps forward, meeting in Shanghai, China, in December 2018.






Organized by:

Co-organized by:
Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine