W. Charles Sternbergh, III, MD
Fall is here, and it’s time to make plans to attend the 44th Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, January 8-11, 2020. Our venue is the iconic Breakers in Palm Beach, FL.
Don’t leave your spouse/significant other at home, as this is a truly magnificent property that will not disappoint.
After mock orals in the morning, the meeting kicks off Wednesday afternoon January 8th at 12:25pm with an excellent course on "Current Controversies in Vascular Surgery". Dr. Rich Neville, chair of the CME committee, has set up a pro/con program exploring controversies in the management of asymptomatic carotid disease, lower extremity, AAA, and aortic dissection. The format should keep things lively and interactive. The Plenary Sessions begin Thursday and this year promises to be another high quality scientific meeting. Dr. Adam Beck and his Program Committee have done a superlative job in putting together sessions that are varied, interesting and sometimes controversial. Highlights include a dedicated program on “Defining the Value of Vascular Surgeons in a Hospital System.” This year's Jesse E. Thompson, MD Honored Guest Lecturer will be Michel S. Makaroun, MD from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Given the venue for our meeting, I expect the social aspects to be sublime. Whether at the Welcoming Reception on Wednesday night, the President's Dinner or the after-party cigar and bourbon tasting on Friday, it is going to be special.
The time-tested amalgam of excellent science, protected time to spend socially with friends and family, and superior venues is the “secret sauce” that makes the SAVS the premier regional vascular surgery organization. It has been a singular honor to serve as your President this year. My wife Tasha and I look forward to seeing you in Palm Beach in January.