Mark F. Fillinger, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
I am pleased to invite you to attend the 42nd Annual Meeting of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery to be held October 2-4, 2015 at Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island. Our web site is correct - Goat Island is a unique place in New England and one of the most popular locations in the rota of sites for our meeting.
We are very excited about the quality and depth of the program which we are sure will live up to the high standards of our Society. The meeting begins with the Postgraduate Course on Friday morning, led by Course Director Dr. Andres Schanzer. The focus this year will be on the non-invasive vascular laboratory, an area of vascular surgery practice that was created by vascular surgeons, but is now coveted by radiologists and cardiologists alike. The course will address hot topics and key aspects of vascular non-invasive evaluation and should be of great interest to all members of our Society.
On Saturday one of the highlights of the meeting will be the Robert R. Linton Distinguished Address. We are pleased to announce that the Address this year will be delivered by Dr. Tara Mastracci, of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, England. Dr. Mastracci will speak from her extensive experience on the critical aspects of branched-fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair. As one of the world’s leaders in this field, her talk should be of great interest to us all.
Also on Saturday, the Issues Panel Luncheon, chaired by Dr. David Stone, will focus on the impact of medical device costs in contemporary vascular surgery practice. This issue is extremely important to practicing vascular surgeons throughout New England and will become increasingly important with the continued changes in healthcare.
On Sunday, the plenary program will once again include the popular rapid-fire presentation session which has helped to increase the breadth and depth of our meeting. Sunday will also see the return of the ever-popular Pinehurst Panel, with a discussion of unique and challenging cases moderated by our President-Elect, Dr. Robert Patterson.
One of the most gratifying aspects of our meetings is, of course, the opportunity to reconnect with our many friends in our Society. We have designed the 2015 program to leave ample time Saturday afternoon to enjoy the many wonderful activities available around Newport. The late afternoon and early evening will also offer unique opportunities for networking, with the Women In Vascular Surgery reception and the Professors’ Rounds, a part of our student/resident initiative.
Finally, I would like to personally thank you all for the privilege of serving as the President of our wonderful Society. I consider it the highpoint of my career as a vascular surgeon. I am looking forward to seeing you all in Newport and look forward to a terrific meeting.