Southern Association for Vascular surgery

2008 President's Message

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SAVS President: Kimberley J. Hansen
SAVS President
Kimberly J. Hansen

The 31st Annual Meeting in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico was one of our Association's best.  Attendance was outstanding, as were the plenary papers, special sessions, and postgraduate course.  These successes were coordinated by our hardworking Secretary-Treasurer Spence Taylor and the efforts of Program Committee Chair Mike Freeman, Research and Resources Committee Chair Scott Stevens, and Recorder Tom Huber.  The quality of these programs was balanced beautifully by the warm weather and social activities each evening.

Several years ago, efforts to involve our young colleagues beginning their careers in Vascular Surgery included the creation of a Candidate members group and practice oral examinations.  The intent of these efforts is to introduce young Vascular Surgeons to the benefits of our Association and its Annual Meeting.  The quality of presentations, both plenary and special session, combined with the collegiality of our social activities, is unmatched by any other vascular society.  Through the efforts of Secretary-Treasurer Taylor and Resource Development Chair Sam Money, our treasury, unlike most other regional societies, allows for the support of these activities and the young Vascular Surgeons involved.  In so doing, we continue the long held SAVS tradition of embracing the young Vascular Surgeons of the future and welcome them on the path to Active membership.  These young men and women are the future of our Association and our specialty.

Next year's Annual Meeting will convene at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Naples, Florida, January 16 through 19.  Plans for another outstanding meeting are well underway.  Please make your arrangements to attend at this beautiful "gateway to the Everglades".  I look forward to seeing you in Naples.