Hard to believe we’re several months past our successful return to in-person meetings with our significant presence at the Vascular Annual Meeting in San Diego. Kudos to our membership for filling up the main session ballroom on the opening day afternoon VESS session at VAM showcasing the scientific prowess and talent of our members as well as the sponsorship and mentorship of our vascular trainees. Recall the VESS mission is to improve the quality and safety of vascular & endovascular surgical procedures and general vascular care through education, scholarship, advocacy and leadership. And in fact, we’ve now further come up with our new slogan: “The Next Generation of Vascular Innovators.” Thanks to our amazing executive council and the creativity and leadership they provide to further efforts in our society.
And as we’re well into fall, the most exciting news is the preparation for our Annual Meeting in Aspen/Snowmass January 27-30, 2022. Our program committee, led by Karan Garg and Jeanie Ruddy, reviewed one of the most competitive abstract submission processes in history, and created a comprehensive program covering all aspects of vascular surgical care filled with all the latest and greatest science, innovations, and ideas from our membership. Please look at the website to see all the incredible work being put forth by our membership. We will continue to have our traditional Fellows program and Tech Forum, led by Venita Chandra and Joe Haurani, and our ever-popular Medical Student program, led by Nathan Orr. New this winter, the brainchild of Gaby Velazquez, will be the General Surgery Resident program, further highlighting the strength of VESS as the premiere meeting for the pipeline of our specialty. I encourage you to find a mentee to sponsor to apply for one of the many travel awards to our meeting.
Finally, by the time you receive this, I truly hope you have started making your travel plans to Aspen/Snowmass, the first time we have been at this location since the first PVSS meeting I attended 14 years ago, and once again I hope to see each and every one of you in person, in what will likely be the most epic VESS ever! I have personally missed the camaraderie, esprit de corps, chance conversations with the next amazing vascular trainee, and most of all learning from all my wonderful colleagues across the country during this meeting. The membership of VESS is what makes this group special, and through efforts led by Kristine Orion, our membership chair, we have crossed well over 1000 active members! There continue to be so many opportunities for our membership to get involved, and I hope you all will seek out volunteer efforts to make your VESS even better. Enjoy the fall and we’ll see you soon.
Jason T. Lee, MD