PATRICK J. GERAGHTY, MD
MVSS President's Message
It is a distinct privilege to serve as the President of the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS) for 2015-2016. Although the MVSS is the largest of the regional vascular surgical societies, with members who possess an unparalleled level of clinical expertise and research acumen, we nonetheless maintain a truly warm and collegial mode of interaction. I believe that this shared enjoyment in our profession, and in the company of our colleagues, is the primary reason for our society’s continuing ability to attract a talented mix of academic surgeons, private-practice surgeons, fellows, residents, students, and affiliated medical providers.
The recent 39th Annual Meeting of the MVSS, held at the Westin River North Hotel in Chicago, was a superb example of our society’s commitment to a broad range of professional advancement. The meeting kicked off on Thursday morning with the Mock Orals session for residents and fellows, complemented by an expanded session of Simulation Surgical Skills Assessment. I would like to personally thank our Education Committee, headed by Drs. Rachael Nicholson, Mark Mattos, Raghu Motaganahalli, and Audra Duncan- and capably supported by dozens of our society’s established surgeons, who gave of their time to act as examiners and mentors- for expanding and improving upon this very popular component of our meeting. Feedback from our trainees regarding these sessions has been overwhelmingly positive. This year’s meeting also included the inaugural Student Program, graciously hosted at the nearby Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine campus, and attended by over 40 medical students
Over 200 attendees took in the oral presentation of 36 scientific abstracts and 12 rapid fire reports throughout the meeting. The New Horizons program turned a new leaf with a series of vigorous debates on contentious clinical issues. Dr. Melina Kibbe’s compelling presidential address detailed her groundbreaking campaign against sex bias in biomedical research, which has received national recognition in both scientific and popular media. The Friday evening reception was highlighted by the annual poster competition, with 20 presentations of basic science and clinical research.
Meeting attendees benefited from the MVSS’s online maintenance of certification program, which provided physicians the opportunity to earn over 14 hours of MOC credit via a smartphone interface. The Saturday program was anchored by a series of presentations from Vascular Quality Initiative consortium leaders within the Midwestern Vascular region. The Honored Guest Lecturer, Dr. Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute, brought remarkable clarity to current medical-economic trends with his presentation, “Uncle Sam, MD: Consolidation of Providers and the Federal Regulation of the Practice of Medicine.”
Looking forward, the MVSS 2016 Annual Meeting will take place in Columbus, Ohio, September 8-10. Planning efforts by our Program Committee are already well underway, and we look forward to welcoming our members to the home of the Buckeyes for the first time in MVSS history.
Please plan to join us! For both practicing surgeons and potential candidate members, a streamlined membership application is available on the MVSS website.