President’s Message

Kellie R. Brown, MD
2019-2021 President, Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society
Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular and
Endovascular Surgery
The Medical College of Wisconsin
Chief of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery
Zablocki VA Medical Center
Milwaukee, WI

Dear Members and Colleagues,

It is truly a privilege and honor to continue to serve as the Midwest Vascular Surgical Society’s 43rd President. I am proud of the tradition and sense of community embodied by our Society and have been truly honored to serve the Society in the past several years.

On behalf of the entire Executive Council, I want to thank our Members who approved and supported the decision for our current Officers, Executive Council and Committees to remain in place for one more year due to the COVID pandemic.  We appreciate the gratitude and support of our members and are thankful for the opportunity to continue our commitment and service to the Society.

Our New Horizons Webinar Series launched in October of last year and I am pleased to report that all of our Webinars have been a huge success. We thank our industry sponsors that make it possible to offer this quality education to our Members and trainees. We will be featuring new topics at upcoming Webinars scheduled this year.  For additional information and registration go to the Courses/Webinars page.

This year our 45th Annual Meeting will be held September 9-11, 2021 at the Westin Chicago River North.  We are hoping and planning to be able to meet with our colleagues again in September.  The Program Committee has started working toward a plan that will help maintain a safe environment for learning and interaction.   As always, the protection and safety of our members and colleagues remain our top priority.  We will continue to follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations, as well as the COVID-19 mandates issued by the State of Illinois.  Please visit our Annual Meeting page for updates as they become available. For now, we encourage members to submit an abstract, or sponsor an abstract from a Colleague. The Abstract Submission deadline is Monday, April 19, 2021.

Our Society continues to grow, and we continue to welcome more Active, Candidate, Associate and Medical Student members. The Membership Committee is looking for new members all of the time, and with our rolling enrollment, there is never a bad time to apply!  If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a MVSS member, please contact the Society’s Administrative Offices. Applications are also available on the Membership page here on the Society’s website.

Again, I hope you will avail yourself of all of our educational and networking opportunities. If you have suggestions for other events, please reach out.

We want to thank you for your support of and involvement in the Society!

Kellie R. Brown, MD