In June of 1976, John J. Bergan, M.D., (Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago), first conceived the idea of a Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society. At the same time, unaware of Dr. Bergan’s interests, D. Emerick Szilagyi, M.D., (recently retired as Surgeon-in-Chief at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit), had discussed with John R. Pfeifer, M.D., (Chief of Surgery, Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan), the possibility of a Michigan Vascular Society. Upon learning of Dr. Bergan’s efforts, Dr. Szilagyi and Dr. Pfeifer agreed upon the concept of a single Midwestern Vascular Society, thus merging their efforts with Dr. Bergan. A preliminary committee was organized by Dr. Bergan and met at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago on October 12, 1976.
At this first meeting, it was agreed that a founding member group should be contacted and that, by definition, these founding members should be members of either the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) or the International Cardiovascular Society (ICS). The founding members, in turn, would recommend other vascular surgeons for later membership. It was further agreed that the meetings of the Society should be held throughout the Midwest to give all surgeons an opportunity to visit various institutions. There was to be no emphasis on regulatory activity (i.e. peer review) by the Society. The geographic boundaries were established and by-laws and membership committees organized. Dr. John Bergan was elected President Pro-Tem, and Dr. John Pfeifer, Secretary Pro-Tem.
The second meeting of the organizing committee was held at the Drake Hotel in Chicago on December 1, 1976. A tentative founding member list was agreed upon. Annual dues of fifty dollars were set. The Constitution and By-laws were approved. Incorporation as a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation was approved. A nominating committee was identified to recommend the first slate of officers. The annual meeting was set up for the third week of September, as September does not conflict with the meetings of major national groups.
The Founding Meeting of Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS) was held on March 2, 1977, at the Statler Hilton in Buffalo, New York. Seventy-four surgeons had been invited to become founding members and 67 agreed to be in this initial group. Twenty-six were in attendance. Members favored a practical discussion group format to the meetings, with emphasis on technique and practical aspects of vascular surgery. The first slate of officers was unanimously elected:
President: D. Emerick Szilagyi, M.D.
M.D. President-Elect: John J. Bergan, M.D.
Secretary: John R. Pfeifer, M.D.
Treasurer: James C. Stanley, M.D.
Councilors: William H. Baker, M.D., David S. Sumner, M.D., Frederick Winegarner, M.D.
The Society comprised 527 members strong with 293 Active members. At the Annual Meeting, there was a moment of silence for two members who had passed: Dr. John H. Hagerman from Toledo and Dr. Burl Dillard from St. Louis.
Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting
With the success of New Horizons course at the Annual Meeting, the TEVAR course, and the change in dues instituted last year, the Society was financially healthy; total member had increased to 580 members.
Three members have passed away and will be dearly missed: Dr. Emerick Szilagyi from Bloomfield Hills, Dr. Thomas E. Topper from Evansville, and Dr. Vallee L. Willman from St. Louis.
Thirty-Third Annual Meeting
The Society continued to grow, reaching a total of 551 members. Sadly, this year marked the passing of Dr. William J. Fry from Ann Arbor and Dr. John R. Pfeifer from Livonia.
Thirty-Second Annual Meeting
Dr. Pfeifer, society archivist, reported to the society that the annual bound book constitutes the annual report In order to receive the history, members must attend an annual meeting.
Twenty-Ninth Annual Meeting
At the Annual Meeting in Chicago, Dr. Emerick Szilagyi, in his nineties, attended to present the first annual Szilagyi Award, which is given to the resident trainee who gives the best paper in clinical research.
MVSS now had 3 membership categories: Active, Associate, and Candidate. Associate Members consist of allied health care professionals who have a major interest in peripheral vascular surgery and/or endovascular intervention, including Vascular Nurses, RVTs and Physician Assistants.
Twenty-Eighth Annual Meeting
At the Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE, it was recommended that Fellows in Vascular Surgery be given automatic candidate memberships; total membership at the time was 427.
Twenty-Seventh Annual Meeting
The attendance at the Annual Meeting was 279, including 202 members. The Society had grown to 428 members, making the MVSS one of the largest regional vascular societies in the US.
We were saddened by the passing of Dr. Jack Cranley, the fourth President of the Society, and one of the great innovators and pioneers in the early history of vascular surgery.
Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting
An Endovascular Course was held in conjunction with the 26th Annual Meeting of the Society. Due to its success, it was decided the course would be an annual event.
Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting
MVSS’s 25 Anniversary Meeting was held in Chicago, and among its attendants were 20 of the past 25 Society presidents. The meeting was clouded by the devastating events of September 11th, and at the opening session a moment of silence was respected in remembrance of the victims.
Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting
At the 24th Annual Meeting of MVSS, held in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Roy Greenberg from the Cleveland Clinic was invited to deliver the Honored Guest Lecture on “Biomechanical Issues Associated with the Design and Development of Endovascular Aortic Grafts”.
MVSS Council Meeting
A recommendation came out of the meeting that all vascular surgeons become trained and competent in endovascular procedures.
Twenty-Third Annual Meeting
At the 23rd Annual Mmeeting in Chicago, seven new members were admitted. Patrick J. O’Hara became the new council President-Elect.
Twenty-Second Annual Meeting
The 22nd Annual Meeting was held in Dearborn, MI, with a total attendance of 297, including 144 physicians, 112 members, 22 guests, and 10 residents. For the Guthrie Award, 13 submissions were made and one selected.
Twenty-first Annual Meeting
The 21st Annual Meeting was held at the Drake Hotel. MVSS accepted 9 new members, and of the 53 abstracts submitted, 23 papers were selected.
Twentieth Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting was held in St. Louis, MO, with Membership was now 358 members, with 277 active members, 39 senior members, 41 senior retired members, and one honorary member. Twelve abstracts were reviewed for the Guthrie Award.
Nineteenth Annual Meeting
At the 1995 Annual Meeting, membership had grown to 300 members, with 244 active members and 55 senior members. Attendance was 440, including 236 physicians and 135 exhibitors.
Eighteenth Annual Meeting
The Eighteenth Annual Meeting was held in Cincinnati, OH. As of that meeting, there were 320 members, with 261 active, 58 senior, and one honorary member.
A suggestion to expand membership to include Canadian surgeons in contiguous provinces was rejected, but members were free to sponsor Canadian guests and papers for the meetings.
Seventeenth Annual Meeting
Sixteen new members were added at the 1993 Annual Meeting, bringing the total membership to 324 members. Of these, 49 were senior members and one was an honorary member.
Sixteenth Annual Meeting
The Society decided to expand its membership by actively inviting interventional radiologists, vascular internists, and cardiologists to join; to preserve the character of MVSS, it was agreed that non-vascular surgeons should not exceed 20% of the active membership.
Fifteenth Annual Meeting
At the Annual Meeting at the Drake Hotel, membership had risen to 291 members. Fifty-seven abstracts were submitted at the meeting, of which 23 were accepted; seventeen were subsequently published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Fourteenth Annual Meeting
MVSS membership had grown to 285 members, 17 of whom lived outside the geographic area of the Society.
MVSS Council Meeting
Dr. Emerick Szilagyi, editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, reported that 68% of the manuscripts from the 1989 Annual Meeting had been accepted for publication in the Journal, the highest acceptance rate for a major regional vascular society.
Thirteenth Annual Meeting
At the Annual Meeting, the MVSS members voted to publish discussion of papers, along with the paper itself, in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Twelfth Annual Meeting
The possibility of creating an “inactive membership” status for members living outside the geographic area of the Society was considered and rejected. Thus, to maintain active membership, members inside and outside the geographic area should attend at least one meeting every three years.
Eleventh Annual Meeting
At the Eleventh Annual Meeting in Chicago, 17 new members were accepted. The Executive Council agreed to establish a distinguished Service Award to be given to members of MVSS who have made unusual contributions to the growth and development of the Society.
Tenth Annual Meeting
Sixteen new members were accepted at the Tenth Annual Meeting, which was held in Indianapolis, IN. We also mourned the passing of Geza DeTakats, one of the great pioneers of vascular surgery.
Ninth Annual Meeting
By the Ninth Annual Meeting, MVSS had outgrown the Drake Hotel and had moved to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. MVSS had 211 members, and of the 12 states within the Society’s geographic boundaries, South Dakota was the only state not represented.
Eighth Annual Meeting
MVSS began publication of selected papers from the annual meeting in the new Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Seventh Annual Meeting
As of the Seventh Annual Meeting, MVSS included 171 members, 19 of whom were accepted at the meeting.
Sixth Annual Meeting
At the Sixth Annual Meeting, held in Milwaukee, WI, there were 210 physicians, including 110 members in attendance.
Fifth Annual Meeting
The Fifth Annual Meeting was again held at the Drake Hotel, with 250 surgeons in attendance, and membership rising to 160 members.
At the suggestion of the former MVSS President, Dr. James C. Stanley, the Charles C. Guthrie Award was established.
Fourth Annual Meeting
The Fourth Annual Meeting was held at the Netherland Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati, OH, and with the addition of new members during the meeting, MVSS had reached 137 members.
Third Annual Meeting
The Third Annual Meeting took place at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL.
Second Annual Meeting
Attendance grew to over 250 surgeons for the Second Annual Meeting, which was held at the Plaza Hotel in Detroit, MI.
First Annual Meeting
The First Annual Meeting of MVSS was held at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL, with over 200 surgeons in attendance. It was determined that a basic science lecture should be part of the annual meeting format.
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