It is a great honor to be the 35th President of the Texas Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. I would like to thank the members and council for their confidence in me to lead the greatest statewide Vascular society in the greatest state in the country.
The 2019 meeting this past November at the Omni Barton Creek Resort was another tremendous success. We again had over 100 attendees consisting of vascular surgeons, trainees, and students, nurses and allied health as well as our valuable industry partners.
The meeting launched on Friday morning with sessions devoted to the medical students and residents. The number of students and trainees continues to expand and I am pleased to announce that over 40 trainees were registered this year.
The forum for this section of the meeting were focused on vascular surgery as a career and on diversity. Several trainees participated in the mock orals as well. The afternoon poster session was packed with attendees and 11 posters were presented and discussed.
The Saturday scientific session was robust and the discussions lively. Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor Scott and white Temple, Dell School of Medicine and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons headlined the postgraduate program with a variety of interesting topics.
Dr. Fred Weaver was this year’s Rutherford lecturer and he gave an outstanding presentation on the history of aortic surgery. Later that evening he gave an even more entertaining and interesting presentation on American football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy at the president’s banquet. Dr. Scott Seidel’s ethics lecture on “Off Label Use” was fascinating and informative.
Our 2020 meeting will be held in downtown Dallas, TX. We are looking forward to this year‘s Rutherford lecturer, which will be determined by committee as the year concludes. The new speaker’s presentations and contributions are sure to be enlightening and engaging. The inaugural Clifford Buckley Lecture will premiere at the 2020 meeting to memorialize our longtime colleague and friend.
Realizing that the care of vascular patients is a team sport we will continue to expand the society’s membership to all of those with vascular cases. This includes not only vascular surgeons but all of the members of the team such as trainees, students, nurses and other allied health professionals. Non-members and other medical professionals are encouraged to attend as well.
My goals for this society are to increase membership and to increase the recognition of the society throughout the statewide vascular community, to strengthen and expand our relationships and support with industry and to have our meeting abstracts published in an internationally recognized journal. I am looking forward to a terrific year for the Society.
See you in Dallas!
William P. Shutze, MD, FACS
President, Texas Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Countdown to the TSVES 2019 Annual Meeting