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Walter E. Longo, MD
I first want to thank all of the membership for the privilege and honor they bestowed upon me for being the President of the New England Surgical Society. I can distinctly remember in 1987, when I was a young surgical resident, listening to Dr. Joseph Murray’s presidential address and the tremendous impact in becoming our president had on his life…coming from a man who performed the first successful kidney transplant.
The Annual Meeting that took place in Montreal, Canada was truly a great meeting on so many fronts, and I wish to thank the countless individuals who made it all successful. There was tremendous energy, and terrific exchange of ideas that went on, all concluded by a wonderful and inspiring Presidential Address by Richard Barth, M.D. I would like to welcome both our newest members inducted at our last meeting, as well our newest committee members, committee chairs and our newest officers of our Society. I have all the confidence in them to continue to lead and promote excellence in our organization. PRRI continues to foster so much of our organizations success and I do want to recognize Jon Blackstone and his team for their unending excellent work that they do.
As we enter our next decade, I truly believe that we as an organization need to continue to re-evaluate our purpose, including our missions, how we select our leaders of this organization, and continue to foster and lead in the hot button issues in surgery such as promoting diversity, culture and climate, physician wellness, and engagement. Furthermore, as time marches on, it remains common that many senior members of our organization come to the microphone, congregate in the break rooms and populate the lobby and pubs, we must remember to recognize them kindly and make them still feel included so that they have a continued purpose and value in our organization.
Our future is our young members and their guests who are in attendance. We need to continue to engage them and promote their active participation in our organization, for they will be continuing the sculpturing of our organization for the many years to come. Our organization remains an excellent vehicle to mentor and inspire residents and young members as they face the next challenges of healthcare whether in private practice or as employed physicians.
We are forging ahead in getting set for our 101st Annual Meeting taking place in Newport, RI from October 23-25, 2020. I personally have always found the Goat Island site, now at the Gurney to be an excellent venue that really defines our southern New England signature. It will be a meeting later in the fall and I’m sure the weather will prove to be crisp and delightful. It is always wonderful to see the mansions, Newport shipyards and marina as well as the distinctive downtown atmosphere. I am happy to announce that our past president Thomas Tracy, M.D. has agreed to be our upcoming Mixture lecture and is honored to return to Rhode Island where he spent many years as faculty at Brown.
Soon the abstract deadline will be approaching. I know that Michael Vezeridis, M.D. and the program committee will foster an excellent program. I have found that our scientific program remains excellent and can compete with any other national meeting. Our Resident Research Day will continue its long-lasting tradition in the late Spring. Please encourage your trainees to apply for Candidate Membership through our Committee on Graduate Medical Education now chaired by Donald Hess, Jr., M.D.
We will continue to revisit some of our long-standing traditions such as term length for our officers and committee chairs, how and why we choose our next president, and continue to explore other initiatives such as emerging technologies and health care deliveries. Collegiality and fellowship among our membership is crucial as well as career development for young individuals linked to our organization, past, present and future. Our organization is as strong as ever with excellent national visibility and reputation. The last several meetings have been truly exceptional. We appreciate your contributions to the scholar’s fund. Please embrace and contribute to our historical efforts of our organization. History is always on the verge of being lost. In addition, please contribute to our Scholars Foundation if your means allow you to.
Finally, our world continues to change, both good and bad, but mostly for the better. There are tensions internationally that we are all aware of, so make time for some prayer that the right outcomes will emerge. For after all, it doesn’t just effect our 401K and our living room, but will have a major impact on our children and grandchildren’s life and their frame of reference. If you have any questions regarding our organization, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be sending out my next message with more specific details about our upcoming Annual Meeting in either the late Spring or the Summer.
Walter E. Longo, MD