Southern Association for Vascular surgery

2012 President's Message

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John F. Eidt, MD
SAVS President
John F. Eidt, MD
The 36th annual meeting of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery will take place at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, January 18-21, 2012. This is a simply spectacular property set on 27 acres in the Sonoran dessert nestled into the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. You and your family will enjoy the world-class resort and the luxurious spa and fitness facilities. The resort offers a wide variety of planned educational and entertainment activities for kids of all ages that take full advantage of the dessert flora and fauna including hot air balloon rides, hiking, biking, jeep tours, and outstanding shopping. Lacy always likes to remind me that Nordstrom offers “free” shipping! In addition, there is a 27 hole championship golf course on site, numerous swimming pools, excellent restaurants and bars. On Friday night, the Presidential Banquet will honor the past Presidents by reserving the dance floor for the first song.

I am particularly pleased to report that Roy Greenberg has agreed to present the first Jesse Thompson Distinguished Guest Lecture on the state of branched and fenestrated graft technology. Of interest, the Annual Meeting of the SAVS in 1987 took place in Scottsdale under the leadership of Jesse Thompson, who served as the 9th President of our organization. Jesse was one of the pioneers in vascular surgery and founded the surgery group at Baylor in Dallas that has had a profound impact on our specialty. The Jesse Thompson Distinguished Guest Lectureship is made possible through the generosity of the friends of Jesse Thompson.

In addition to the distinguished guest lectureship, Will Jordan, and the Program Committee, have been putting the finishing touches on an outstanding scientific program that will include special sessions dedicated to the management of challenging endovascular cases, vascular access and outpatient angiography. Due to the popularity last year, he is preparing a debate session that promises to be exciting and controversial. On Wednesday, Dave Minion has organized a star-studded faculty for the Postgraduate Course on the treatment of lower extremity arterial disease entitled “Curveballs and Controversies”. You won’t want to miss this outstanding post-graduate course!

The SAVS Executive Council is committed to the two most important purposes of the organization: education and fraternity. For the first time this year, we will offer the option for members to receive self-assessment CME credit by taking an examination on the material presented at the meeting. As many of you know, the American Board of Surgery now requires 30 hours of annual CME that is relevant to your practice, and two-thirds must be “self-assessment”. As in years past, we will offer a Mock Oral examination on Wednesday morning. The Mock Orals have become one of the signature educational initiatives of the SAVS and serve to distinguish us from other regional and national meetings.

So I invite all of you to put on your Cowboy boots (or hiking shoes) and head to the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa at the Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale. The Annual Meeting of the SAVS promises to be fun and educational, and great way to meet new friends and connect with old pals. I look forward to seeing you all.