The SLS is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the practice of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery through education and the dissemination of new and established ideas, techniques, and therapies. The largest society of its kind in North America, the SLS has a membership of over 6,000 individuals who are primarily physicians from various specialties, but SLS membership also includes nurses, technicians, midlevel providers, and other health professionals.
In fulfilling its mission, the SLS conducts several activities each year, including conferences, postgraduate courses, and workshops that help advance laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques and procedures, and assist in fostering the productive exchange of ideas. These events and activities also work to improve physicians' skills and ultimately promote better patient care. In addition, the SLS publishes a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that has further served the organization's mission since 1997 by helping spread the newest ideas in the field of minimally invasive surgery.