Peter A. Schneider, MD
President, Western Vascular Society
Dear Members and Colleagues:
It is a privilege and an honor to serve as President of the Western Vascular Society. The Western Vascular Society is the premier organization of vascular specialists from 14 western US States, Western Canada, and the Pacific Rim. Founded in 1986 by a group of visionaries, as vascular surgery was in the midst of establishing itself as a specialty, the society has grown to over 200 members selected because of their expertise in vascular surgery, excellence in patient care and contributions to vascular education and research.
I attended my first WVS meeting in 1988 in Monterrey as a guest of Dr. Eugene Bernstein and Ralph Dilley. The quality of the Western Vascular Society membership is reflected in its annual meeting, characterized by excellent presentations, honest discussions, and a superb social program. I have been so fortunate to have top notch mentors, teachers, and role models throughout my career, and they have come from “the Western”. The remarkable thing about the organization is the intimate environment for discussion, the fullest measure of trust among colleagues, and the opportunity to mix social interaction with the highest level of professional activity.
We invite you to the 29th annual meeting of the Western Vascular Society, September 20-23, 2014 at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay in Coronado, California. The Annual meeting will reflect the breadth of experience, expertise, and research efforts of WVS members. The meeting will begin on Saturday, September 20, 2014, with a welcoming reception at 6:30 p.m. and the first plenary session will be on Sunday morning. We will continue to provide a forum where residents, fellows and students present and discuss their ongoing research and projects. The Society will be sponsoring senior medical students from medical schools in the Western region to attend our meeting, providing an opportunity to interact with young physicians interested in a vascular specialty. There will be plenary sessions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings. The President's invited guest will be Dr. Alan Lumsden. Dr. Jason Lee and the Program Committee have planned two luncheon Symposia. Radiation Safety will be the subject of Sunday’s afternoon session. Hemodialysis and New Closure Technology will be the topic for Monday afternoon. The Society is again offering an outstanding scientific program complemented by the traditionally excellent social events where members and guests can interact in a relaxed atmosphere.
Please plan to attend our 2014 Annual WVS Meeting. The Society will continue to provide travel grants for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows. Please visit the 2014 Annual Meeting page of our website for additional information.
Best regards and hope to see you there,
Peter A. Schneider, MD