New England Surgical Society
New England Surgical Society

Summer 2019 Newsletter

President's Message

Richard J. Barth, Jr., MD, President NESS
Richard J. Barth, Jr., MD

I hope that all members are thoroughly enjoying time with friends and family this summer. Although one can find something charming about every season (even mud season) in New England there is something special about the lakes, mountains and seacoast during the summer. My son Matt, who is working in England, is currently visiting. He has been reminding me all week of the European perspective on work and life: let’s make sure that we are "working to live" rather than "living to work".

Resident Research Day in May was an outstanding success, with over 50 resident presentations submitted for consideration. The Executive Committee considered and passed a proposal initiated by Bruce Leavitt and Dave Berger to specify the terms of the State Representatives, Secretary, Treasurer and Recorder to be three years in length. The intent of this change is to encourage active participation and diversity in the composition of the society leadership.

Our Annual Meeting in Montreal is fast approaching. It will have a distinctively Canadian flair. Gerald Fried, Chairman of Surgery at McGill, has graciously accepted our invitation to give a keynote address about what it is like to be an academic surgeon in the Canadian healthcare system. After the dinner Saturday night, Helen Antoniou, the daughter-in-law of Eric Molson, and author of "Back to Beer... and Hockey", will give us some insight into the business behind one of Canada's most treasured beverages. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.


Richard J. Barth, Jr., MD

Editor's Corner
Thomas J. Miner, MD, Editor NESS
Thomas J. Miner, MD

Like many of you, I have just started making my travel plans for the NESS Annual meeting in Montreal. I'm particularly excited about attending the meeting this year. In addition to the excellent content and chance to catch up with friends and colleagues, the opportunity to visit our neighbors in Canada seems extra special. It's been decades since I last visited Montreal. I remember the stained glass of the majestic Notre-Dame Basilica and watching the Canadians and Bruins play at the Forum. I have partial recollection of a spontaneous late-night road trip with a couple of classmates during medical school. (We returned safely, and our stories remain protected.) I often find it fascinating, and sometimes magical, to return to places that I have been before. It's fun to reflect on how things look differently from a new perspective that time, place, expectation and experience brings. I recently had an out of the blue opportunity to see Eric Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall in London (a bucket list experience to be sure). Despite a deep appreciation, admiration, and study of his work, the music has come to life to me again in new and meaningful ways. I still can't fully explain the beautiful, complex, layered, and moving rendition (and extra-long introduction) of I Shot the Sheriff. It was magnificent and in ways has changed my point of view in a positive way. These opportunities are rare, but I'll be on the lookout when I return to Canada this fall!

Thomas J. Miner MD

Secretary's Message
James Whiting, MD
James Whiting, MD

In just a few weeks, the annual meeting of the New England Surgical Society will be landing in Montreal. This is only the third time that we've ventured out of New England in the last two decades. Many of you are no doubt familiar with this marvelous city, but for those who aren't, I've compiled my own "top ten" list of things to know about Montreal.

  1. Montreal is a 30 mile long island but for almost the first 100 years of its existence, the town was Ville Marie, while the island was Montreal. Indigenous peoples mostly used it as hunting grounds, there was no significant settlement on the island.

  2. The layout of the streets was designed by the French and are constructed to parallel the route of the St. Lawrence River. The river is thought of as broadly running east-west and the streets are designated as such, but really it's much more north-south. So when directed to go east, you may find that you're actually going north. As a result it's been said that "Montreal is the only city in the world where the sun rises in the North".

  3. Montreal was occupied by Colonial Forces during the American Revolution for almost nine months. It was still a secondary city to Quebec, which is farther downriver and more amenable to sea trade.

  4. It's the only place in Canada where you can't turn right on red.

  5. Officially French, it's the second largest city in the world that's primarily French speaking, but 60% of the population is bilingual.

  6. Montreal has a vast underground city with more than 20 miles of connected shopping malls, museums, universities and other public places. It's also connected by seven different subway (metro) stations.

  7. No building in Montreal can be taller than the 103 foot Mount Royal Cross on the top of the hill.

  8. Montreal originally grew as a terminal outpost for the fur trade as the rapids south of it prohibited navigation farther inland- it was the last stop inland from the sea. When a canal and locks were built in the early 1800s, it presaged a whole new wave of growth and expansion.

  9. The Montreal Canadiens hockey team was founded in 1909 and is the oldest professional ice hockey team in the world, and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the league. The official name of the club is le Club de hockey Canadien.

  10. Although the food scene has advanced considerably, the two foods it's known for are poutine and "smoked meat" (similar to pastrami).

See you in September!


James Whiting, MD
NESS Secretary

Recorder's Message
Kari Rosenkranz, MD
Kari Rosenkranz, MD

Dear NESS Members,

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. The time is passing quickly and registration has now opened for the Annual Meeting in beautiful Montreal in September 2019.

The Program Committee has put together a great meeting. We look forward to some interesting science and subsequently to many published manuscripts in the Journal of American College of Surgeons highlighting the great work of our membership.

A highlight of the Montreal meeting will be Dr. Murray Brennan presenting the paper of the year which highlights his illustrious career as a surgical oncologist and sarcoma expert.

Our Annual Meeting will be an exciting few days to catch up with old friends and to greet our new members. I look forward to seeing you all.


Kari Rosenkranz, MD
NESS Recorder

Program Chair's Message
Matthew A. Conway, MD
Matthew A. Conway, MD

This Fall's gathering of the New England Surgical Society will be our 100th Annual Meeting. As individuals and a society we use milestones such as "100" to mark the passage of time and recognize those things which have staying power and value to us. The fact that this society has gathered together to share ideas, learn from each other and foster relationships this long supports that notion. The charge for those of us on the Program Committee is to keep our gatherings relevant and interesting.

Our program this year has much the same format as years past with some interesting additions. Our panel session will be much more of a point-counterpoint series of debates on some areas of controversy within surgery. This will include some audience voting participation to see whether the debaters can sway opinions. We will have an interesting presentation by a respected Canadian surgeon on some of the differences in practice between Canada and the US. For residents, we are planning a lunchtime session on financial planning for the future. Our well-received Women in Surgery session this year will be an evening reception. And as always we have endeavored to include speakers, presentations and abstracts from across the spectrum of our various surgical specialties.

The venue for this Fall's meeting is in Montreal, which is a vibrant city with much to do. Amble along the cobblestone in Old Montreal. Take a walk up to beautiful views from the top of Mont-Royal (the city's namesake). Take a boat tour along the St. Lawrence River (the city is an island after all). The beauty of holding the meeting in a city such as Montreal is that there is much to see and do when not otherwise engaged in the meeting.

I hope you all enjoy the warm days of summer. For those of us who live in New England they are precious and often too few in number. Take some time to enjoy it.

I look forward to seeing you in Montreal.


Matthew A. Conway, MD
NESS Program Chair

Notice of 2019 Annual Meeting

NESS 2019 Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the NESS will take place September 13-15, 2019 at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. An exciting program has been assembled including stimulating scientific sessions, poster presentations, panel discussions, networking social events, and award presentations. Attendees will experience a memorable, rewarding, and education experience while earning CME credits.

View the Preliminary Program

Register now for what is sure to be an exciting meeting in historic Montreal, and visit the NESS Meetings webpage for continuous updates. The Early Bird Deadline is Monday, August 12, 2019; save $50 USD by registering now.

The NESS Headquarter Hotel is The Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain. Reserve your room before the Housing Cut-Off Date of Monday, August 12, 2019.

New Members Elected in 2019

Seventeen new Active members were elected into the Society in 2019. Please welcome the following:

Nita Ahuja - New Haven, CT
Nikola Dobrilovic - Boston, MA
Robert P. Driscoll - Hingham, MA
Courtney E. Gibson - New Haven, CT
Srinivas J. Ivatury - Lebanon, NH
Susan Kartiko - Springfield, MA
Linda L. Maerz - New Haven, CT
D. Joshua Mancini - Lebanon, NH
Julie A. O'Brien - Burlington, MA
Doruk Ozgediz - New Haven, CT
Joseph D. Phillips - Lebanon, NH
Caroline Rochon - Hartford, CT
Teviah E. Sachs - Boston, MA
Abdul Saied Calvino - Providence, RI
Jeffrey J. Siracuse - Boston, MA
Thomas D. Willson - Colchester, VT
Lauren RT Wilson - Lebanon, NH

Proposed Amendments to the NESS By-Laws

The NESS By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds electronic vote of the membership within 30 days following the Annual Meeting of the Society when it has been proposed provided that the proposed alteration has been approved by the Executive Committee and electronically circulated to the Society at least 60 days preceding the vote.

The NESS Executive Committee proposes one amendment to the Society By-Laws, which will be voted upon by electronic ballot within 30 days following the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Additions are in Bold Underline and deletions are in strikethrough.

Current By-Law

The programs of all meetings shall be under control of the Executive Committee. All papers and discussions presented before the Society at its regular meetings shall become its property for publication in the Transactions and the official organ of the Society.

Proposed By-Law Change
The Program Committee shall develop the program of the meeting, for approval by the Executive Committee. The Program Committee shall consist of six State Representatives, one from each of the New England States, as well as the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Recorder, and Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day Chair ex officio with vote. The Executive Committee reserves the right to add at-large members at their discretion.

Foundation News, including Scholars Research Grant

The New England Surgical Scholars Foundation continues to actively support the NESS by providing funds for educational and research endeavors. During the past year, Dr. Catherine A. Schneider was appointed as the Vermont representative on the Board of Directors, while Dr. Artlet G. Kurkchubasche was re-appointed as President and Dr. David McAneny was elected as Secretary-Treasurer.

During fiscal year 2018, members contributed $23,125 to the Foundation, which includes $550 to the unrestricted Centennial Fund that was established to honor the NESS' 100th Anniversary. The organization has a number of financial obligations that have increased over time, and ongoing donations from the NESS membership are needed. Cumulative contributions are listed in the annual meeting program booklet, and members who have contributed since last year's meeting are further recognized by an assembly ribbon and by on-site signage.

The Foundation is now funding 2 concurrent Scholars Research grants—one a first-year grant ($10,000), and the other a second-year grant ($10,000)—which are meant to advance innovative surgical research via multiyear support. Further financial support is provided for the:

  1. Scholar Research Grant
    Advances innovative surgical research via multiyear support

  2. ACS/NESS Health Policy and Management Scholarship
    Allows development of socioeconomic expertise within the society, via an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University

  3. Spring Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day
    Promotes the professional development of young surgeons

  4. Annual Samuel Mixter Lecture
    Expands the understanding of the national surgical environment

  5. Nathan Smith Award
    Acknowledges the distinguished service of an NESS member

  6. New Member, Resident Essay, and Best Poster prizes at the Annual Meeting
    Acknowledges scholarship in the discipline of surgery

  7. ACS/NESS Health Policy and Management Scholarship
    Allows development of socioeconomic expertise within the society

Members may donate by credit card via the Members Only Area; to donate by check (or to donate with credit card by mail), please download the Contribution Form.

The NESS Scholars Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 corporation organized 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.

NESS Job Board

If you are seeking a job in surgery, visit the NESS Job Board to:

  • Search for and quickly apply to great, relevant jobs;
  • Set up Job Alerts so you are immediately notified any time a job is posted that matches your skills or interests;
  • Create an anonymous job seeker profile or upload your anonymous resume so employers can find you; and
  • Access job searching tools and tips.

Job seeking is always free.

If you need to hire surgeons, visit the NESS Job Board to:

  • Place your job in front of NESS members;
  • Search our resume database of qualified candidates;
  • Manage jobs and applicant activity right on our site;
  • Limit applicants only to those who are qualified; and
  • Fill your jobs more quickly with great talent

Our hope is that this resource will make a significant difference for NESS members as they navigate their career paths.

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