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 and our pivot to a Virtual Annual Meeting this year. We appreciate the gratitude and support of our members and are thankful for the opportunity to continue our commitment and service to the Society.
I also want to thank all of the Members, trainees and colleagues who participated in and attended the 44th Annual Meeting Sessions and Poster Sessions, held virtually September 9th through 12th. I hope that you will agree that the meeting was a resounding success filled with excellent presentations. Please join me in congratulating our 2020 Best Poster Award winner, as well as the winners of the Szilagyi, Guthrie and Pfeifer Research awards on their excellent work and presentations. A list of winners is posted on the Awards page of our website.
Our sincerest thanks and congratulations also go out to our Education and Medical Student Committees who planned a challenging and successful Mock Oral exams and Medical Student Education program, “Introduction to Vascular Surgery” in a virtual format. We had 35 Medical Students attend this year’s program, which was co-Chaired by Doctors Jonathan Bath and Senthil Jayarajan. Our thanks go out to our colleagues who presented and mentored these students; and to the students who took time out to attend.
We thank all of the 12 Members who volunteered as Examiners to assist in preparing 24 Fellows and Residents for the Virtual Mock Orals. Our Mock Orals Committee led by Doctors Dawn Coleman and Andrew Hoel and members Brian Lewis, Paul DiMusto, Jihad Abbas and Julia Wilkinson did an outstanding job coordinating and executing a challenging program through the virtual platform. We commend their efforts and contribution to the success of this year’s Mock Orals.
Our New Horizons Webinar Series launched in October and I’m pleased to report that our October and November Webinars on AORTO-ILIAC OCCLUSIVE DISEASE and ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM were outstanding. We thank our 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 for January, February and March. Our January Webinar will focus on Dialysis Access. For additional information and registration go to the Courses/Webinars page.
Our Society continues to grow, and is now comprised of over 700 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.
Thank you for your support of and involvement in the Society!
Kellie R. Brown, MD