New England Surgical Society
New England Surgical Society

Late Summer 2018 Newsletter

Late Summer 2018 Newsletter
» President's Message
» Editor's Corner: Stumbling into Wellness?
» 2018 Annual Meeting & Preliminary Program
» Recorder's Message
» A Message from the Program Committee
» New Members Elected in 2018
» NESS Job Board
» Foundation News, including Scholars Research Grant Awardee

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President's Message
Robert J. Touloukian, MD, President NESS
Robert J. Touloukian, MD

Dear Colleagues,

My hope is that everyone is now actively engaged in summer activities and enjoying the pleasures of the out-of-doors that only New England offers this time of year. This alert is to bring you up to date on the New England Surgical Society's 2018 Annual Meeting, September 21-23, 2018, at the Westin Portland Harborview, in Portland, Maine, and the many highlights you will enjoy.

The Executive Committee met with the Program Committee in early June to finalize the selection of Abstracts for presentation and were impressed with the number and quality of the submissions. The Panel on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 10:50 am, will focus on the "New Frontiers in Surgical Oncology," and the Mixter Lecture, "Pancreatic Cancer Current Outcomes: Is There Hope on the Horizon," will be given by Dr. Keith Lillemoe on Sunday, September 23rd, at 9:20 am. The full preliminary scientific program is now available online. The importance of the New England Surgical Society providing an outstanding academic meeting increases on a yearly basis!

Special meeting events are another highlight and an added opportunity for collegiality and friendship. Two exciting complimentary breakfast sessions will be offered on Saturday morning, September 22nd, both from 7:00-7:45 am. First is "Navigating the Medicolegal Climate for Residents and Young Surgeons" geared towards Resident and Fellow attendees, led by Walter Longo. Second is the Posters of Distinction round robin presentation for the Best Poster Award, which should be a fun way to support this year’s Poster of Distinction nominees.

Also, this year we are offering two ticketed activities on Saturday, September 22, 2018: A tour of the "Winslow Homer Studio" starting at 12:00 pm, including a docent-guided visit to the Portland Art Museum; and the "Lucky Catch Lobster Charter," which was so popular that it's sold out, but if interested in being on the waitlist, contact the administrative offices. Both sound exciting. For landlubbers, our after-dinner speaker, Andrew Pershing, at Saturday's Presidents Reception and Dinner will focus on the challenges in the ecology of the Gulf of Maine.

When registering for the meeting, please sign-up for the First "Women in Surgery Leadership" luncheon on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 12:15 - 1:45 pm, which will provide the opportunity for a lively round table discussion led by Dr. Anne Larkin, who is also heading up our Task Force on Women/Diversity/Equity in Surgical Leadership. I predict a large turnout for this event.

A final reminder: Registration is still open and can be accessed online at our website. Please notify your residents and non-member colleagues that Guest Registration can also be accessed there a quick reminder that all children (even grandchildren) can register for FREE, and that registered children ages 5-12 will be able to take part in Saturday evening's Mad Science Kids Banquet.

I look forward to greeting you all at our meeting.

Robert J Touloukian, MD, FACS