Dear Members and Colleagues,
Welcome! It has been a privilege to be able to serve as the 41st President of the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS) for 2017-2018. I am truly honored to carry on the tradition of so many previous outstanding Society Presidents.
Now that the Memorial Day holiday weekend is officially over and as we start into the summer months I hope all of you are looking ahead and planning on attending our 42nd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society, September 13-15, 2018. The meeting will be held at the beautiful and historical Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel in St. Louis, MO. As I will detail below, this year’s meeting has all the makings of a first class, high level clinical, research and educational vascular surgical experience.
The Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society continues to be the destination site for all the educational needs of vascular surgeons, fellows, residents as well as medical students and allied health professionals in the Midwestern region of the United States. We truly have a fun and engaging society where all members are welcome and encouraged to participate as much as they can in as many of the Society’s scientific sessions, educational programs and social events that are available.
The MVSS Program Committee, chaired by Secretary Jeffrey Jim, has put together a fabulous scientific program which should meet the needs of all those in attendance at the meeting. The committee has selected 33 plenary talks and 12 rapid fire abstracts for presentation during the scientific sessions. The presentations will include current and new views on the treatment of aortic disease, treating short and long-term complications of open and endovascular aortic repairs, new information on the treatment of peripheral vascular disease, vascular trauma, thoracic outlet syndrome, and carotid artery disease. Twenty-seven abstracts are being invited as poster presentations. The Poster Session is always highly regarded and very interactive with comments and discussion. This year the recipient of the Best Poster will have the opportunity to present their work as a podium presentation at the end of the Friday morning Session.
The New Horizons Program, developed by committee members Michael Go, Patrick Muck and Robert Cuff looks to be intriguing and stimulating as it will highlight debates on Controversies in Short Neck Aneurysms, Management of the Common Femoral Artery, Management of Proximal DVT, Surgical and Medical Management of Critical Limb Ischemia, Optimal Endovascular Management for Recurrent Carotid Disease, Updated Outcomes of CEA for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis and Best Medical Management for Carotid Disease in 2018.
Last year the Community Practice Committee made its debut at the 2017 MVSS Annual Meeting with very positive reviews by our members. I believe this year’s program will again catch the attention of all members in attendance as the committee has selected a topic of noteworthy importance: Office Based Labs (OBLs). Joseph Schneider and his committee (Greg Kasper, Kevin Nolan) have proposed a very informative and educational program which will detail how to establish an OBL, create and develop a dialysis access dedicated lab, create and maintain an OBL of high quality, and finally understand how and what regulations and certifications are relevant to OBLs. This is a must-see program as OBLs are going to be a big part of our future vascular surgery practices.
This year we will have the honor of having Dr. Quinn Caper, IV, Associate Dean for Admissions at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, serve as the 2018 Honorary Guest Lecturer. He will present “Implicit Bias in Healthcare and in Medical School Admissions”. Based on comments from our President-elect Jean Starr, Dr. Quinn should provide a very thought provoking and at times amusing assessment of our own personal biases in medicine.
It is my belief that, Service to the Society = Service to our Specialty Therefore, it is my pleasure to announce we have added several new members to several of our society committees. Christopher Goltz joins Loay Kabbani and Todd Vogel to help direct and manage the MVSS 5th Annual Vascular Simulation and Surgical Skills Assessment Program. Without a doubt this has been the best regional society-based advanced skills assessment program in the nation from the point of its beginning in 2014 to its present iteration. Loay, Todd and Chris assure me that they have a wonderful and exciting program for this year’s trainee participants.
The 7th Annual Mock Orals Program continues to lead the nation as the longest running program in preparing our trainees for board certification. Audra Duncan and her committee continue to maintain the highest of educational standards for this program first set forth by Raghu Motaganahalli in 2011. Three society members have been selected to the newly created Medical Student Education Committee. Bernadette Aulivola will serve as chair this new committee with Jonathan Bath and Senthil Jayarajan comprising the rest of the committee. This trio is charged with creating an innovative learning and skills training program which introduces vascular surgery as a career choice to medical students. The title of the program is called “Introduction to Vascular Surgery as a Career Choice.
The Society recently completed its 2nd Annual Advanced Peripheral Arterial Disease Intervention Course for Vascular Surgeons. This meeting again was held at Indiana University School of Medicine Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall on April 20-21, 2018. The course was well attended by both active members of the MVSS as well as by candidate members who wanted to learn more about new and unique advanced approaches in the treatment of patients with peripheral arterial disease.
In the near future, we will be asking for volunteers to help with 3 upcoming projects; 1) Developing a 50th Anniversary Edition Textbook of the History of the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society which will include all the MVSS Presidential Addresses from 1976-2026; 2) Creating a committee to develop a Vascular Surgeon Mentor-based medical school vascular surgical curriculum to attract medical students to our specialty and to 0+5 Integrated Vascular Surgery Residencies; and 3) Creating a committee to develop a Vascular Surgeon Mentor-based general surgery residency vascular surgical curriculum to attract general surgery residents to our specialty and to 5+2 Independent Vascular Surgery Fellowships.
The Society continues to grow yearly by recruiting new members at a rapid rate as we now employ a year-round membership application process which allows for a more timely and efficient pathway to membership in the MVSS. We have a total of 695 members (115 retired members), 376 active members (56 of which live outside the region), 102 candidate members, 56 associate members, 21 medical student members and 1 Honorary member. Katherine Gallagher (Chair), Paul Dimusto and Carlos Bechara are the currently appointed to the membership committee and are charged with continuing to enlarge our membership at all levels. So, if you know of a vascular surgeon, vascular resident or fellow, or a vascular-specific allied healthcare worker who is not a MVSS member, encourage them to become a member and join in on the fun and expertise that is our meeting.
Plan to join us in St. Louis in September. The Preliminary Program, Registration and other information may be found at Annual Meeting.
We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!
Mark A. Mattos, MD FACS
2017-2018 President, Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society