The 2016 Annual Business Meeting was held on Sunday, September 18th, in the Plaza Ballroom A/B of the Seaport Hotel, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Report of the Secretary
Dr. Zinner referred the Membership to Dr. David Clark’s formal report in the Annual Meeting Program Book.
Dr. Clark was called to the podium to present additional information for the Secretary’s report. Dr. Clark reminded those present that all candidates being proposed for new membership consideration need to be submitted via the online membership module on the NESS Web site. He added that only candidates proposed during Caucus are to be submitted and encouraged submission of data in support of those candidates before December. In addition, he informed the Membership that, by mid-November, the list of all potential candidates would be sent to the current membership for comment and feedback. These steps would ensure adequate paperwork review by the State Representatives prior to the winter interim meeting of the Executive Committee.
Dr. Clark also reminded those present that the category of Affiliate Membership is new this year. If a member wishes to sponsor an Affiliate Membership applicant, such person must:
- Be a resident outside the New England States and within either the United States or Canada;
- Have either Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons, fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or certification by an ABMS surgical specialty board or Canadian equivalent; and
- Have an unrestricted license (or an inactive license due to retirement) to practice medicine and surgery in the state or province in which s/he practices or resides.
Dr. Clark reported that in 2016 the Executive Committee of the Society met on January 13th via conference call, May 13th in Waltham, Massachusetts, and again on Friday, September 10th, in Boston, Massachusetts, with the following being action and informational items from those meetings:
- Affirmed the policy of strongly encouraging Senior members to continue to pay dues, especially those still in practice.
- Agreed that, given the per unit cost of $43 to publish the NESS Centennial History book, extra copies of “Surgery, Science, and Collegiality” should be sold for $50 plus mailing.
- Appointed Dr. Thomas J. Miner at the new Editor of the Society’s Newsletter.
- Charged an expanded New Members Committee with new strategic tasks of member retention (helping to ensure Candidate members transition to Active/Affiliate status) and member engagement.
- Endorsed the efforts of the Committee on Graduate Medical Education and Candidate Membership to develop a position paper on resident wellness.
- Voted to hold the 2019 Annual Meeting from September 13-15 at the Marriott Montreal Château Champlain in Montreal, Quebec.
Report of the Recorder
Dr. Walter E. Longo read the names of members who were known to have passed away and had not yet had their names read before the Membership at any previous Annual Business Meeting; thus, the following list includes members who may have died prior to September 28, 2015:
|John C. Baldwin, MD, Lubbock, TX
Robert L. Berger, MD, Brookline, MA
Allan D. Callow, MD, San Francisco, CA
Berger H. Carlson, MD, Concord, NH
Joseph M. Civetta, MD, Farmington, CT
Nicholas P. Coe, MD, Springfield, MA
Lawrence H. Cohn, MD, Boston, MA
Geoffrey M. Coley, MD, Hartford, CT
John D. Constable, MD, Sherborn, MA
|Nathan P. Couch, MD, Dover, MA
Andrew J. Dowd, MD, Wakefield, RI
Mitchell P. Fink, MD, Los Angeles, CA
William L. Gage, MD, Laconia, NH
Robert W. Hopkins, MD, Milton, MA
Paul G. Kuehn, MD, South Windsor, CT
John H. Seashore, MD, New Haven, CT
David M. Sensenig, MD, Lansdale, PA
The Membership stood for a moment of silence in memory of the departed members.
Report of the Treasurer
Through the use of slides, Dr. John E. Sutton, Jr., Treasurer, presented a financial report for the year-end as of December 31, 2015. Total year-end Receipts as of December 31, 2015, were $267,548. These consisted of: $115,325 in Dues & Assessments; $4,000 in contributions toward the 2015 Research Day; $147,627 in receipts for the 2015 Annual Meeting, as well as $475 in delayed receipts from the 2014 meeting; and $121 in Interest Income.
Total year-end Disbursements of $228,996 which consisted of: $82,739 in total General and Administrative expenses; $1,555 in total Publications expenses; $5,365 in expenses toward the NESS Research Day; $112,556 in Meetings and Education disbursements for the 2015 Annual Meeting; and $26,781 in Officers and Committees expenses.
Dr. Sutton also noted the following details on last year’s Annual Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island:
- Receipts from attendee registration were lower than budgeted; however, exhibit fee were $34,600—or $24,600 above budget—resulting in total receipts being $13,227 above budget.
- Expenses for that meeting came in $11,363 under budget, with $4,859 of that amount due to lower function expenses resulting from lower registration.
- The 2015 Annual Meeting surplus was $32,805—or $24,590 higher than the $8,215 budgeted surplus.
Report of the Audit Committee
Dr. Zinner called upon Dr. David McAneny, who, along with Dr. Frederick H. Millham, had served on the Audit Committee. He reported that the Audit Committee met Friday afternoon with staff and affirmed that the Fiscal Year 2015 balance sheet and tax forms are accurate and complete.
VOTED to approve the Report of the Audit Committee.
Report of the New England Surgical Society Charitable Foundation
Through the use of slides, Dr. John P. Welch, NESS Charitable Foundation President, presented a financial report for the year-end as of December 31, 2015. Total Assets as of December 31st were $236,352, which included $33,370 in the Checking and Money Market Accounts, and $200,417 in the investment portfolio. Also listed in the assets are $2,564 worth of NESS Neckties currently in inventory.
Total year-end receipts of $26, 223 consisted of: $23,630 in contributions; $1,800 in initiation fees; $200 from neckwear sales; and $592 in investment revenue. Total year-end disbursements were $35,966, which consisted of: $6,740 in Annual Meeting Honoraria and Awards, including expenses for the Mixter Lecture, Nathan Smith Award, and Resident, New Member, and Poster Presentation Prizes; the $3,000 annual contribution toward the NESS Research Day; $20,000 for the Scholars Research Grants; $4,000 for the joint ACS/NESS Health Policy and Management Scholarship; $1,951 in General & Administrative costs; and $265 in Foundation Board expenses.
Dr. Welch reminded those present that the mission of Scholars Foundation is to provide financial support to enhance the clinical and educational opportunities of the membership of NESS in their efforts to strengthen the discipline of surgery in New England. Activities currently supported by the foundation include; the Scholars Research Grant, which advances innovative surgical research via multiyear support. The recipient of this grant is awarded $10,000 in the initial year; the grant can then be renewed by review of the NESS Scholars Foundation Board of Directors for a succeeding year, for up to an additional $10,000. The 2014-2016 Scholars Research Grant Recipient was Dr. Heung Bae Kim. Dr. Welch then called upon Dr. Kim’s research fellow, Dr. Eliza Lee, to present their final report.
Dr. Welch notified the members that Dr. Richard A. Perugini of the University of Massachusetts received the 2016-2017 scholars grant for his project, “Assessment of the Correlation between Gastric Morphology, Gastric Emptying, Post Prandial GLP-1 Response, and Hunger Scores following Longitudinal Sleeve Gastrectomy.”
The Foundation also supports the ACS/NESS Health Policy and Management Scholarship, which subsidizes attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The 2016 Scholarship was awarded to Dr. Christopher S. Muratore of Hasbro Children's Hospital, who was called to the podium to report on his experience.
Dr. Welch further mentioned that the Foundation supports:
- The Spring Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day, two of the winners of which presented podium papers at the 2016 Annual Meeting;
- The Annual Samuel Jason Mixter Lecture;
- The Nathan Smith Award; and
- The New Member, Resident Essay, and Best Poster Prizes at the Annual Meeting.
Dr. Welch reminded each member that his/her Contribution Level is cumulative, determined by the sum total of all donations over time. He thanked those NESS members who had contributed to the Foundation in the past year, and he iterated that, to honor the Society’s 100th Anniversary, the Scholars Foundation had established the unrestricted Centennial Fund, the purpose of which is threefold:
- To provide financial support for the production of the NESS Centennial History Book;
- To provide financial support for other NESS Centennial activities associated with this 2016 Annual Meeting; and
- To provide financial support to enhance the clinical and educational opportunities of the membership of the NESS in their efforts to strengthen the discipline of surgery in New England.
Contributions are a fitting tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the New England Surgical Society, and may be made online by credit card via the Members Only Area.
Report of the Centennial Celebration Committee
Dr. Thomas A. Colacchio, Chair of the Centennial Celebration Committee, provided an update on the success of the Centennial planning, including the creation of both a commemorative documentary to premier at the 2016 Annual Meeting and a written history book.
Report of the Program Committee
Dr. Richard S. Swanson, Chair of the Program Committee, provided a report on abstract submission and selection, registration, invited speaker sessions, and other items related to the organization of the scientific programming at this year’s Annual Meeting.
Report of the Representatives
Dr. Zinner referred to the reports contained in the Program Book from the Society’s Representatives to the American Board of Surgery, American College of Surgeons Board of Governors, and American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for Surgery.
Report of the Nominating Committee and Election of Officers
Dr. Zinner called upon Dr. Neil S. Yeston, to present the Report of the Nominating Committee.
Dr. Yeston noted that the Committee consisted of himself, together with Drs. Frederick R. Radke and David L. Berger. The Committee submitted the slate in the following order:
||Walter E. Longo., MD
||John E. Sutton, Jr., MD
||David E. Clark, MD
||Anne C. Larkin, MD
||Robert J. Touloukian, MD
Introduction of New President-Elect
Dr. Robert J. Touloukian was then escorted to the podium and the Membership congratulated him on his election. Dr. Touloukian thanked the Society and remarked how he was looking forward to leading the organization.
Introduction of Incoming President
Dr. Zinner called Dr. Bruce J. Leavitt to the podium to assume the Presidency of the Society. Dr. Zinner presented Dr. Leavitt with the Society’s ceremonial gavel.
On behalf of the Society, Dr. Leavitt expressed appreciation to Dr. Zinner for his years of leadership work in the NESS and provided him with a Plaque of Appreciation in recognition of his invaluable service as President.
Dr. Zinner expressed his gratitude for the privilege of serving the NESS and thanked the Executive Committee and the Membership.
Dr. Leavitt took a few moments to discuss the 2017 Annual Meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and encouraged all to attend.