John Lantis, MD, FACS


It is an extreme privledge to be allowed to help guide one of the oldest cardiovascular societies in the country.  Established in 1947 the society which has become the "New York Society for Vascular Surgery" has functioned as the continual sounding board for the "surgeons with a demonstarted and sustained interest in the field of peripheral vascular surgery" for over 60 years in the most dynamic metropolitan area in the world.  As our recent fall meeting showed; with over 80 attendees and 8 cases presented from all five buroughs and Long Island, the society is an important venue to share knowledge and accomplishments for our members and their guests.
We were delighted to see an even number of surgical residents and fellows present cases at our Fall meeting, as it shows the ongoing enthusiasm for our chosen specialty. We encourage all vascular surgical fellows and residents to become charter members of the Society at no cost and welcome new faculty members as well through an easy submission process requiring two letters of recommendation, one from a society member.  
Our strong membership and corporate partnership has allowed us to provide two research grants to foster and develop young surgeons in the field. These are applied for in the early spring through a competative process and annouced at the Spring meeting, where the previous years recipients are required to present their results. Our intent  is to act as a mentoring organization to these young presenters and researchers.
Our goals for this year focus on bringing value added to our membership; with a Keynote address in the spring meeting from a thought leader in the field in addition to the award recipients research presentations; while solidifying our not for profit corporate structure and develop a long term management structure as the Society continues to grow.  It is our membership that keeps us strong and dynamic; if you have questions or recommendations for the Society feel free to reach me at jlantis@chpnet.org.