President’s Message from Robin S. McLeod, M.D.
Spring 2014 Message
Welcome to Chicago! DDW is just around the corner and this year we will visit the windy city of Chicago! Not only is the city a great place to visit but we can assure you that you won’t want to miss DDW and in particular, the SSAT offerings. Nic Vauthey and his committee have put together a program which will be of interest to all surgeons. It includes Breakfast and State of the Art Symposia, Meet the Professor Luncheons as well as the usual array of podium presentations and poster sessions. The topics range from the management of pancreatic cysts and post-surgical bile leaks to management of GERD and Barrett’s esophagus to management of complications following anorectal surgery and management of GI cancers. Furthermore, there are special sessions which will be of interest to residents including the Resident and Fellows Research Conference on Friday and Surgical Fellowship Fair on Saturday. Our MOC Course on Saturday is entitled “The General Surgeon Performing GI Surgery: Current Management of Benign and Malignant Foregut Diseases” and will include a video session, case presentations as well as talks on a range of topics. There still is space left-so plan to register for what will surely be an interesting course addressing the latest developments in foregut diseases and surgery. As well, the course is planned and will be implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the ACCME, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits with self-assessment will be provided.
Finally, we have two special lectures: on Sunday, May 4 during the President’s Plenary Session, Mark Kielberger will deliver the John and Doris Cameron Lecture. Mark and his brother Craig are amazing young men who have started the “Free the Children” charity which works both domestically and internationally to empower and enable youth to be agents of change. Their accomplishments are astounding and they really do walk the talk. We are also fortunate that Dr John C. Alverdy will give the Maya and Frank G Moody State-of-the-Art Lecture entitled “Microbes not Technique Cause Anastomotic Leaks: Revisiting a 60 Year Old Hypothesis”.
As I mentioned in my previous message, the SSAT committees continue to do great work. We have a self-nomination process so if you are interested in becoming a member of any of the committees, just complete the online nomination form before May 9. There are a range of committees so I am sure that one will suit your skills and interest. I am quite certain you will find the committee work interesting and it is a great opportunity to meet other members of the SSAT and contribute to the success of our Society. I would particularly encourage you to consider joining our newest committee, the Giving Back Committee. This is a new venture for the Society and interested individuals are encouraged to join the committee to help us help others. Our International Relations Committee under the leadership of Ernst Klar has also been active and the SSAT is reaching out to surgeons around the world both by encouraging them to join the SSAT as well as by supporting meetings in other countries.
So mark your calendars and I will look forward to seeing you in Chicago in the first week of May! For more information about the SSAT program, follow this link to access the Preliminary Program and abstracts.
2013-2014 President, Robin S. McLeod, MD
2012-2013 President, Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD
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