A Message From the President
I am honored and thankful for the opportunity to serve as president for the VESS this year. This society has really been foundational for me in so many ways. Since Marc Passman first encouraged me to get involved as a general surgery resident interested in vascular surgery (thanks Marc!), until now, the society’s focus on embracing vascular trainees, grounding them in a collegial academic environment, and supporting excellence in research and scholarship has been a rudder for me professionally. The fact that VESS makes these endeavors very enjoyable is significant as well in this era of increased physician burnout.
The 42nd Annual Winter Meeting in Vail, Colorado, was no exception to the attributes listed above. The presentations were outstanding and the attendance was record setting! Thanks to the program committee, all who participated in the resident/fellows programs and the tech forum, as well as our industry partners for making this such an outstanding meeting. Also introduced this year was the medical student program, initiated by our immediate past president Peter Nelson, and spearheaded by Gabriela Velazquez-Ramirez. Thanks Peter and Gaby! This will be a great addition to our program for years to come.
We look forward to this year’s 2018 annual spring meeting held in conjunction with the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston, MA. Located at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay area, this always provides an excellent venue. The program looks excellent so we hope you will be joining us on June 20th for VESS at the VAM. Looking further into 2019, we will be making our first ever foray into Snowbird Resort in Utah. The 43rd Annual Winter Meeting will be held January 31st-February 3rd. Snowbird is nestled in the Wasatch Mountains, has an average of 500 inches of snow annually, and encompasses 3,240 vertical feet and 2,500 acres of terrain. Looking online they currently have a 103” base and sunny skies. Just a teaser…
In closing, for those of you already in this society we thank you for making it what it is, a thriving culture of excellence in vascular surgery! Whether you are just starting out in a private, hospital based, or academic practice, or have been at vascular surgery for a while, this society will commit to bringing relevant and educational topics to the forefront of each meeting. For those of you who have partners or colleagues on the fence of joining, or those who know trainees not already candidate members, please encourage them. They will be welcome!
Jon Eliason, MD
University of Michigan