A Message From the President
I would like to thank the membership for the honor of serving as this year’s President of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society. VESS has become the preeminent society nationally for young vascular surgeons across academic, hospital-based, and private practice settings and therefore is committed to providing you a forum to advance our field through education and scholarship. With attention to both the science (basic, translational, and clinical) and the art of vascular care, VESS strives to facilitate the interchange of new knowledge while providing mentorship, leadership development, and advocacy on behalf of the membership.
Our recent Annual Meeting in Steamboat was a huge success. We continued the tradition of an interactive fellows’ program followed by a hands-on technology forum providing exposure to new devices. The scientific session then followed with 53 well-presented clinical and basic science papers, rapid fire topics, and case reports all with lively discussion. This year we also introduced topical round-table sessions for more informal discussion relevant to everyone from the leadership to interested trainees. The registered attendance of 315 again set a record for the largest in our history. The Spring Meeting will be held in conjunction with the SVS Vascular Annual Meeting 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center from May 31 – June 3, a week earlier than usual so plan accordingly. The joint SVS/VESS Program Committee has packed a full-day Wednesday session with high-quality papers across the gamut of vascular topics. Between these two meetings, VESS has enjoyed the highest success rate for subsequent publication of papers in Annals of Vascular Surgery and is on par with the most prestigious societies with acceptance in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. This is a testament to the outstanding work being done by you, our members.
In this our 43rd year, VESS will both take a look back through time as well as venture forward to redefine our future. First, we aim to explore our society’s history from humble beginnings in 1976 as the Peripheral Vascular Club with 19 founding members through to our society today with over 1100 members and recognition as a dynamic vital national organization. As we then look to the future, we hope to expand our international exposure through collaboration with international societies with a similar passion for supporting the development of young vascular surgeons’ careers. We will bring exciting updates from these pursuits to our next Annual Meeting which will take place at the Vail Cascade Resort, January 31 – February 4, 2018. Vail, with 5,200 acres of ski and snowboard terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls and over $35 million in renovations at Cascade, will once again be a perfect host to our meeting. And, maybe the New England Patriots will win another Super Bowl on Sunday.
In closing, our organization offers unparalleled educational opportunities and networking for career growth. Whether it is an opportunity to share research ideas, present papers in a low stress environment, see the latest devices, or make new contacts and/or and catch up with old friends, there is something for everyone in the family friendly environment at VESS. I look forward to seeing all of you throughout the coming year and strongly encourage you to participate in the meetings, to become involved in the leadership, and to encourage colleagues to join this remarkable Society!
Peter R. Nelson, MD, MS
University of So. Florida