Joseph L. Mills, Sr., MD
Dear Fellow Members:
It is a distinct honor to serve as the President of the Western Vascular Society. The close friendships, interesting science, open discussions and camaraderie shared by our group have long made it my favorite organization.
We remind you once again to mark your calendars and block your time off to attend our 28th Annual WVS Meeting, September 21-24, 2013 at the spectacular Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, AB, Canada. Living in the west is a true joy and the location of this year’s meeting promises to be a spectacular one.
The Jasper Park Lodge provides an enviable location in a majestic valley, amidst stunning glaciers, in the magnificent Canadian Rockies. “The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge was especially created to provide the finest mountain experience for groups large and small, as well as for families.”
The Lodge offers a wide variety of accommodations and the Society has negotiated excellent room rates for this meeting at the Fairmont. Fairmont rooms are ideal for individuals, couples or small families, offering cozy cabins. Other accommodation options include elegant cedar chalets and specialty cabins arranged in the style of a charming alpine village on the shores of a vivid, blue-green lake, offering marvelous panoramas. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy the serenity, seclusion and sophistication that are the hallmarks of The Grand Canadian Lodge Experience.
Although transportation offers minor challenges, the rewards and natural beauty in getting there and upon arrival are unsurpassed. The Society will offer group transportation from Calgary airport; more information will soon be forthcoming. The trip from Calgary promises to be as spectacular as the Jasper Park Lodge itself, offering glorious views of active glaciers. Please visit our 2013 Annual Meeting page
for a list of transportation options; updated information will be regularly posted on the site.
As with last year’s meeting, the 2013 Annual Meeting will begin on Sunday morning and run through Tuesday morning. We are working with Dr. York Hsiang, Local Arrangements Chair, to plan the social program that includes a number of entertaining excursions.
Major highlights of this year’s meeting include an opportunity for attendees to take two Self-Assessment courses that meet the ABS/VSB requirements for MOC. The Society has applied for CME for these courses, as well as the Annual Meeting and approval is pending.
These focused courses include a Vascular Laboratory Review Course and a Symposium on Lower Extremity Arterial Disease, the Diabetic Foot and Wound Management. Additionally, I am very pleased to announce that my Presidential Guest Speaker will be Dr. Spence M. Taylor, from the Greenville Hospital System and University Medical Center in Greenville, South Carolina who will speak on two topics: “Lower Extremity Arterial Disease: Allocating Resources and Producing Optimal Outcomes” and “ A Personal Journey in Leadership: The Process of Creating a New Medical School.”
The Western Vascular Society will continue to provide travel grants for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellow who are presenting in the Best Trainee Award presentations. Visit the 2013 Annual Meeting page for additional information.
I am very much looking forward to a terrific and unique meeting this year and to personally welcoming you to Jasper, Alberta, Canada in September.
Joseph L. Mills, Sr., MD