2018 President's Message
The meeting will begin on Wednesday morning with mock oral exams coordinated by our Recorder, David Cull. Over the years, this exercise has provided our trainees with a valuable learning experience. Wednesday afternoon will feature the Postgraduate Course put together by Jean Panneton and his committee and has become increasingly popular. This year, the course "A Case-Based Approach: How to Manage Vascular Complications" will address a wide spectrum of difficult problems faced by practicing vascular surgeons. On Thursday, the Annual Meeting will commence. Dr. Bill Marston and the rest of the Program Committee have done an outstanding job putting together a program that covers a wide variety of topics: carotid disease, vascular access, aortic disease, lower extremity occlusive disease, and venous disease. In addition, there will be a video session, case reports, and a session for basic science. This year's Jesse E. Thompson, MD Honored Guest Lecturer will be William H. Baker, MD from Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Baker is widely known for his expertise in carotid disease and surgery and his classic manuscript "Carotid Endarterectomy Without a Shunt: The Control Series" was published in the inaugural publication of the Journal of Vascular Surgery (1984; 1:50-56.)
The meeting will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa which has a AAA four diamond rating. There are several activities that the resort offers during your stay. Each evening, gather around the fire pit at the Dreamweavers Canyon and listen to Scottish Pipes at Sunset. The resort offers 27 holes of golf with an array of transportation options to choose from: walking and two-player carts, Segways, golf bikes, or GolfBoards. Water-related activities are also available including a lazy river with an option to rent a private island reef, the FlowRider to surf or boogie board, or just relax by the adult pool. Shopping and dining options are located in the Kierland Commons or Scottsdale Quarter adjacent to the Resort and accessible by a shuttle. Tours at the Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home), the Musical Instrument Museum, and the Heard Museum (showcasing American Indian artifacts) are also available.
The Association will continue to offer golf, tennis and the 5K run. This year, sporting clay shooting and a hike up Camelback Mountain are also offered. For the first time, the Association will offer a bike ride – 25 or 50 mile rides. If you do not want to ship your own bike, bikes can be rented. Each evening, members gather for a reception, capped off on Friday by the Presidential Banquet and After Party. As started by President Money, an award will be provided for the best shoes (women) and tie (men) worn at the President's Banquet.
I would encourage your spouse and family to attend. The Association is making efforts to assure that your spouse is welcomed. Each morning a Hospitality Suite will be open for spouses, guests, and family members. Your spouse will receive a schedule of events, a list of dining and shopping facilities that are nearby, discounts for shopping, and information on how to access the spa. While you are attending meetings, we want the experience for your spouse and family to be rewarding.
What I have experienced and hear consistently from members is that the SAVS is unique among professional organizations in that the scientific program is first-rate combined with an opportunity to relax and reconnect with friends and colleagues. This makes for a meeting that not only is informative, but is fun. It has been a great honor to serve this organization first as Secretary-Treasurer, and for the past year as President. My wife Debbie, and I look forward to hosting you in Scottsdale and want to do all we can to make this meeting special and memorable. Have a blessed holiday season! We look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale.