Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (SAVS)
Fall 2022

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From the Secretary-Treasurer

Adam W. Beck MD
Adam W. Beck MD
The 47th Annual Meeting of The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery will be held January 18-21, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve in Puerto Rico. Details regarding the meeting and hotel registration information may be found online ( We encourage you to make your airline reservations early in order to secure the best possible fares and itinerary. The resort is about a 30-minute drive from the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU). Wednesday Afternoon Course

Wednesday afternoon will begin with a course designed to highlight the expertise of the Society members. Each presentation will be a video that demonstrates the technique and then ample time will be kept for questions/discussions with the surgeon after. Topics will include endovascular lower extremity repair, open AAA repair, complex endovascular aortic cases, carotid and venous procedures. The program has been created by the Education Committee—Benjamin Pearce, Leila Mureebe and Dennis Gable--and the program registration will be limited. This year to embrace the island theme, dress standard will be resort wear with a special gift certificate at the Resort to be given for best Hawaiian Shirt/Blouse/Dress/Skirt. In addition, we will have an open bar in lieu of a coffee break, so the discussion may get interesting! The full program is online at

Mock Oral Board Examinations
Mock Oral Board Examinations will be offered to individuals preparing for the Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination on Wednesday, January 18. A reception and “Tips and Tricks” session led by Dr. Pearce will precede this on the evening of Tuesday the 17th. Watch for upcoming communication regarding location and time. Registration for the Mock Oral closed on November 1 and the level of interest in this program has yielded an unprecedented number of applications. The 30 scholarship positions will be filled on a rolling basis and based on a commitment to prioritizing PGY-7 fellows, PGY-5 integrated residents and recent graduates who will be taking the Boards in the next year. Within this group, we will likely be able to accommodate a single trainee from each program unless additional positions open. Those accepted will be notified within the next several weeks. A waiting list is available for those who are planning to attend the meeting and would like to take advantage of any additional availability.

Thank you to all of those who have volunteered to serve as examiners! Volunteers will receive a communication soon to confirm their availability and to thank them for serving either as confirmed examiners or, for those planning to attend the meeting and willing to do so as backup examiners in the event that last minute travel or other issues prevent a confirmed examiner from serving. We expect this to be both useful and fun, and an opportunity for trainees to practice and receive feedback as well as an opportunity for examiners to spend a morning with a colleague.

As we have done in the recent past, we will have additional educational activity on Thursday afternoon. The student and resident scholarship winners will have an opportunity to interact with program directors. We will also have endovascular and open simulators present on Thursday afternoon in the exhibit hall. This will give these scholarship winners, our resident and fellows an opportunity to test their skills. A top skills trainee will be selected to compete for a Top Gun prize in March. Skills Competition

Thanks to overwhelming support from the society, the 3rd SAVS Trainee Skills Competition will take place Thursday at 4pm. The event has gone so well, that we have added a second sponsor this year—many thanks to Terumo Aortic and Medtronic for making this happen. If you have not attended in the past, please come and watch and cheer on your favorite trainee. The winner receives a scholarship to represent the South in the national Top Gun Skills competition in March at the SCVS Meeting. If you would like to participate as a faculty judge, please email Benjamin Pearce at

Members who wish to invite non-member physicians as their guests should contact the office of Adam W. Beck, M.D., Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BDB 652, 1808 7th Avenue S, Birmingham, AL 35294 or by email at Invited guests will receive a letter of invitation and the necessary reservation forms, as well as meeting information.

Active, Candidate, and Corresponding Memberships
If you wish to sponsor a colleague for SAVS Membership, an application form must be requested from the Secretary-Treasurer by the sponsoring member. Completed applications for consideration at the 2023 meeting were due to us on October 1st, but please do not hesitate to send for consideration at the 2024 meeting. Remember that those who are approved at the 2023 meeting will be inducted at the first meeting that they attend after approval. Please note the qualifications for membership as outlined below:

Qualifications for Active Membership:
The active membership consists of those surgeons recommended by the Executive Council from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC;

Applicants must be certified by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) with rare exception. Applicants not certified by the Vascular Surgery Board of the ABS must document at least fifty (50) major peripheral vascular reconstructive procedures in each of the three years preceding application, exclusive of residency and fellowship training;

The application must be accompanied by letters of sponsorship (1) and endorsement (2) by three members in good standing of the Association. One of these members must be from the Applicant's home state unless the candidate is applying from outside of our defined region.

Qualifications for Candidate Membership:
The candidate membership consists of Fellows & Residents in approved Vascular Surgery training programs, General Surgery residents accepted into approved Vascular Surgery training programs, or Vascular Surgeons who do not yet meet the requirements for active membership within the region of the SAVS; A letter of sponsorship is required from either the applicant's Program Director or a member in good standing of the Association from the applicant's home state; Candidate membership has a maximum term of three years following completion of training.

Qualifications for Corresponding Membership:
Corresponding membership consists of those surgeons residing outside the United States recommended by the Executive Council.

Applicants must meet the requirements for Active Membership in Article I, Section 5(a) of the bylaws.

Certification in Vascular Surgery from the American Board of Surgery or its equivalent is highly desirable.

The application must be accompanied by letters of sponsorship (1) and endorsement (2) by three members in good standing of the Association. All application materials should then be returned to the office of the Secretary-Treasurer, Adam W. Beck, M.D., Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BDB 652, 1808 7th Avenue S, Birmingham, AL 35294 or by email at

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