Mark F. Fillinger, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
As we enter our 42nd 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. We have also been successful in building interest in our profession among the regional medical students and surgical residents. From my perspective, our Annual Meeting represents the high point of the academic year and is always a chance to build on longstanding relationships, as well as develop new relationships with professional colleagues.
Our recently completed Joint Annual Meeting with the Eastern Vascular Society in Boston was enormously successful. Due to the joint meeting format, attendance was at an all-time high, even for a meeting located in Boston. Dr. Eva Rzucidlo, Chair of the NESVS Program Committee, did a spectacular job in selecting a high quality, diverse and stimulating program. The meeting was “packed” with numerous excellent presentations this year due to submissions from both societies. The joint meeting format was certainly a change of pace from our typical program and based on the feedback, I am sure the Society will consider revisiting it in the future.
Even with a very full program, we maintained some key characteristics of the NESVS meeting. Dr. Hubert Johnson put together a wonderful student initiative program that was attended by 30 students, residents and fellows, as well as numerous members of both the NESVS and EVS. 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.
Once again, the Postgraduate Course on venous disease management orchestrated by Dr. Christopher Kwolek was extremely successful. As one would expect, President R. Clement Darling’s Presidential Address entitled “You May Say I’m A Dreamer, But I’m Not the Only One – Success Through Failure: Observations of A Child of Vascular Surgery” was thoroughly entertaining and provocative. It was certainly a highlight of the meeting.
The 42nd Annual Meeting of the New England Society of Vascular Surgery will be held at the Hyatt Regency Newport in Newport, Rhode Island from October 2-4, 2015. Newport is a longstanding tradition in the site rotation for the NESVS and remains a favorite location for many of us. The collegiality found and nurtured in these more intimate environments are part of what makes the meeting special. The other thing that makes the NESVS meeting special is you. I cherish the time we have at the meeting to revitalize old friendships and initiate new ones. Newport is a wonderful environment for our meeting and for family as well. 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. I would like to 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 Newport next October, where I will thank you in person.