As we enter our 43nd year, the New England Society for Vascular Surgery, the oldest regional vascular society in North America, has much to be proud of and even more to look forward to. Our Society has been remarkably successful in advancing the art and science of vascular and endovascular surgery here in the New England region, as well as nationally. We have also been successful in building interest in our profession among the regional medical students and surgical residents. We offer an intimacy not seen at large national meetings and I believe our Annual Meeting represents the high point of the academic year.
The science and camaraderie of our Society prevailed with the recently completed 42nd Annual Meeting in Newport. Despite being plagued with 40 knot winds and rain, as well as the threat of Hurricane Joaquin, it was enormously successful. Although overall attendance suffered, we had a respectable showing of 73 members, 22 guest physicians and 48 student, resident and fellow attendees, with an overall attendance of 155.
Dr. James Estes, Chair of the NESVS Program Committee, did a spectacular job in selecting a high quality, diverse and stimulating program. The meeting was filled with numerous excellent presentations this year chosen from over 70 submissions, an all-time high. A robust plenary session, combined with a high quality rapid fire program on Sunday, highlighted the outstanding program that we have come to expect from our Society. Once again, the Postgraduate Course on the non-invasive vascular laboratory orchestrated by Dr. Andres Schanzer was extremely successful, and the Issues Panel led by Dr. David Stone provided insight into the bedeviling impact of medical device costs. Dr. Mark Fillinger’s Presidential Address – The Uncommon Denominator – was erudite, provocative and moving and called upon us all to reflect on our profession and our Society.
Even with a very full agenda, we maintained some key characteristics of the NESVS meeting. The welcome reception on Friday provided an opportunity to catch up with friends, as well as interact with the vendors who provide much needed support to our program. Dr. Robert Hawkins put together a wonderful student initiative program that was attended by over 30 students, residents and fellows, with a Professors’ Rounds which was lively and interactive. The great feedback and appreciation we receive from these young professionals is always very rewarding and we can take pride in our efforts to attract these bright young trainees to our profession.
Our membership now stands at 135 active and 117 senior, with the addition of six new members at this meeting. Unfortunately, we have witnessed a steady, but gradual decline in the active membership due to many members advancing to senior status, some lost to other regional societies and a decrease in recruiting new members. The growth in senior membership likely reflects the maturation of vascular surgery as a specialty, and is welcome. I urge the members to seek out the new graduates and your non-member partners and encourage their application for membership. For more information, you can email the NESVS Administrative Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 43nd Annual Meeting of the New England Society of Vascular Surgery will return to the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont from September 23-25, 2016. Stowe proved to be one of the more popular venues when we first went there in 2013 and attracted many guest physicians. I would encourage you to invite friends from other Societies to attend, to enjoy the spectacular fall beauty that New England has to offer, as well as the quality of our scientific and social program. Stowe is a wonderful “getaway” environment for our meeting and families alike. I urge you to set those dates on your calendar now.
Our Society remains financially strong and we benefit from a committed and talented leadership and administrative team. The enormous regional talent we have to draw upon makes ours the strongest of all regional vascular societies. Thank you for the privilege you have bestowed upon me in selecting me as your President for the next year. I have had no greater honor in my career as a New England vascular surgeon. We will work hard to make this year our most successful ever and invite your input as to how we can better serve our members. I look forward to seeing you in Vermont next September, where I will thank you in person.