New England Surgical Society
New England Surgical Society

Winter 2020 Newsletter

President's Message

Walter E. Longo, MD
Walter E. Longo, MD

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Sincerely,

Walter E. Longo, MD


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

A 2020 resolution...
While trying to tackle end of year chores such as setting up my electronic prescription device to comply with opioid laws, reviewing IV Tylenol utilization for my Division, arranging to take a picture for yet another ID badge, and completing my tardy e-learning modules, I have felt particularly salty. No doubt, we all have similar tasks that we must complete. I know that I’m not alone in feeling frustrated, at times angry, and sometimes a bit beaten down by the escalating demands placed on us, as medical professionals, without a corresponding expansion of time and resources available. As so many have pointed out, we are increasingly asked to fulfil one more requirement, complete one more task, and accept one more demand on our time. Even though the reasoning, proposed benefits, and possible importance of each tasks may be individually justifiable (or at a minimum not worth the fight to oppose) the negative cumulative impact cannot be ignored. The impact of this trend has been increasingly used to explain problems ranging from decreased physician wellness to diminishing patient satisfaction.

In her New York Times op-ed "The Business of Health Care Depends on Exploiting Doctors and Nurses", Danielle Ofri describes the reliance of the medical industrial complex to maximize efficiency (and sustain profit) by relying on the “one professional resource that seems infinite and free: the professionalism of caregivers.” The author describes the cynicism and frustration many express as our professional ethic seems to be taken advantage of by a health care system that has become unrecognizably corporatized, regulated and populated with more administrators than providers. The system banks on the fact that hospitals are inspiring places to work and most clinicians will do the right things for their patients, even at a high personal cost. As surgeons, I believe this is a particularly difficult subject for us to discuss as some of the loudest voices speaking on these issues sometimes are incompatible with our professional training and disposition that emphasize service, hard work and selflessness.

Why do we continue to accept the current state of affairs?

I was standing in a line at the grocery store with my family during the Christmas holidays and a patient’s spouse approached me in an interaction that I know that my peers also often experience. He pleasantly mentioned that she had recovered from her major cancer surgery, was feeling better and was optimistically looking forward to the New Year remarking “I am so thankful that you saved her life.” Accepting gratitude is not always easy, acknowledging pride from loved ones sometimes even harder. It took me a while to recognize what a special opportunity I had been given right then and there. In my grumpiness over the messiness of current medical practice, I almost missed the gift that I just had been given. It would be easy to conclude my comments right here that our personal and professional lives would be better if we just valued and appreciated these special moments and remained grateful, motivated and inspired by the privilege we are provided. But to simply do so, I fear, is to fall into the trap that an unacceptable system counts on and ultimately perpetuates the “mission creep” that I believe threatens both our profession and patients.

I share a love of surgery with my friends, peers, and colleagues. Like many others I am both inspired and motivated by our work. Ultimately, this is why we meet, cooperate, debate and celebrate. Like many, I am concerned that current medical and surgical practice is not sustainable. This quandary is real and depends on our thoughtfulness, leadership and collaboration. We need to continue this discussion and come to meaningful and effective solutions for the good of what we love.

Thomas J. Miner MD


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

Although the ground up here is deep in snow, I have it on good authority that spring will arrive this year as always. And that means Resident Research Day! For those of you who haven’t ever attended or sent in work, here is your opportunity. We’ll once again be at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods, in Waltham, Massachusetts, this year on Tuesday, May 12. It’s a fabulous, intimate setting, and year after year, the research presented by the residents has been simply outstanding. Over the years, we’ve seen everything from tight, well analyzed single center series, to ground-breaking work on opioid prescribing, to cutting edge basic science to large database work with data sources such as NSQIP or the National Inpatient Sample. Original work is encouraged, but it is allowable to have residents submit work that has been presented previously, so there is no excuse to not have your best work on display here. There are cash awards for the residents in both basic sciences as well as clinical sciences, but although it is a competition the vibe is completely collaborative with a tasty lunch and a chance to mingle with residents from all over New England. Submitting and/or attending will also satisfy your Society participation obligations. So mark it on your calendar and we hope to see you there! The abstract submission deadline is March 31, 2020.

Sincerely,

James Whiting, MD
NESS Secretary


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

Dear NESS Members,

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. I hope you enjoyed time with family and friends over the holidays.

Our last Annual Meeting in Montreal was a great success. Our prolific membership submitted a total of 116 abstracts of which 25 were accepted as podium presentations, 12 Briefs, and 37 as poster presentations. Our members and trainees did an incredible job preparing and presenting their work.

A total of 34 papers from the meeting were submitted to the Journal American College of Surgeons (JACS). To date, nine of these manuscripts have been accepted for publication. You will see these manuscripts in NESS issue of JACS which will be published in June. A special thank you to the NESS members who reviewed the manuscripts prior to submission as well as to our members who provided invited critiques to accompany the manuscripts at publication.

We are already looking forward to our annual resident Research Day which will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Waltham, Massachusetts. This is a great opportunity for your trainees to share their research and network with each other and society members. I hope to see many of you and your residents and students there.

On a somber note, please remember to notify the Society if you are aware of the passing of any members so we can be sure to memorialize them in our necrology in the annual program book.

Wishing you all the best in 2020.

Sincerely,

Kari Rosenkranz, MD
NESS Recorder


Program Chair's Message

Michael P. Vezeridis, MD

We are already well into the beginning of the new year and the Program Committee is working on developing an exciting and stimulating program for our society’s 101st Annual Meeting.

The venue for this year’s meeting is Gurney’s Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is a very popular destination and in late October, when it is less crowded with tourists, it is even more pleasant. The “city by the sea” offers a variety of recreation activities, eclectic shopping and excellent dining.

A successful meeting is very dependent on the participation of the members of the society. I would like to encourage you to submit your clinical and basic research for presentation. The deadline for abstract submission is March 31 and, considering our very busy schedules, it will be approaching very fast.

I am looking forward to see all of you in Newport in October.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Vezeridis, MD
NESS Program Chair


Notice of 2020 Annual Meeting

NESS 2020 Annual Meeting

The NESS’ 2020 Annual Meeting will take place October 23-25, 2020 at Gurney’s Newport, in Newport, Rhode Island. To submit your abstract for consideration in this program, please visit the 2020 NESS submission site.

The NESS welcomes abstract submissions from all surgical disciplines. Should the NESS receive enough abstracts from a particular specialty (or specialties), the Society will schedule a Specialty Session, the focus of which will be determined by the number and quality of abstracts submitted. Read the Author Instructions for additional information.

New this year, submissions for both the Annual Meeting and Resident & Fellow Research Day will be accepted through the same submission site. You will be instructed to select if you would like to submit for consideration and one or both of the meetings during the submission process.

The abstract submission deadline for both meetings is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.


Notice of 2020 Surgical Resident and Fellow Research Day

2020 Surgical Resident and Fellow Research Day

The 27th Annual Surgical Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day will take place Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods, within the Massachusetts Medical Society Headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts. Please visit the NESS Research Day webpage to learn about the program, review the abstract submission guidelines, and complete your submission. Abstract submissions are welcome from all surgical disciplines from any surgical training program, including fellowship, in the New England region, as well as from Albany Medical Center.

And remember that, per NESS By-Laws, either attendance at Research Presentation Day or inclusion as an author of an abstract submitted for consideration for presentation at Research Presentation Day meets the Society's active participation requirement—so please consider attending the 2020 program and co-authoring an abstract.

New this year, submissions for both the Annual Meeting and Resident & Fellow Research Day will be accepted through the same submission site. You will be instructed to select if you would like to submit for consideration and one or both of the meetings during the submission process.

The abstract submission deadline for both meetings is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.


Photo Highlights from 2019 Annual Meeting

View photo highlights from the 2019 Annual Meeting.


2019 Annual Meeting Presentation Awards

2019 Award Recipients

ACS/NESS Health Policy and Management Scholarship
Jacqueline J. Wu, MD
Springfield, Massachusetts

Nathan Smith Distinguished Service Award
John E. Sutton, Jr., MD
Redding, Connecticut

NESS Scholars Foundation Research Grant
Srinivas J. Ivatury, MD
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Deep Sleep and Beeps: A Quality Improvement Project Regarding Sleep in Postoperative Patients

Podium (formally Resident) Prize Essay Award
First Place
A Volume-Restrictive Burn Resuscitation Bundle and The Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury
Roberto Cortez, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital

Second Place
The Impact of Fresh Frozen Plasma to Packed Red Blood Cell Ratio on Mortality in Traumatic Hemorrhage:
a Nationwide Analysis
Charlie Nederpelt, Massachusetts General Hospital

Third Place
Care Discontinuity in Emergency General Surgery: Does Hospital Quality Matter?
Manuel Castillo-Angeles, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brief Report Award
Co-winners
Higher Risk of Urinary Tract Infections in Renal Transplant Recipients Receiving Pentamidine Versus Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) for Pneumocystis Pneumonia Prophylaxis
Whitney Fu, Yale School of Medicine

Blood Gene Expression Profiles Support Early Changes in Immunometabolism in Patients Following Sleeve Gastrectomy
Tammy Lo, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

New Member Award
Health Maintenance and Screening Among Residents
Erika Rangel, Brigham & Women's Hospital

Best Poster Award
Decreased Recurrence in Sarcoma Using Double-Loaded Paclitaxel-Eluting Polymer Films
Ngoc-Quynh Chu, Massachusetts General Hospital

Paper of the Year Award
Lessons Learned From the Study of 10,000 Patients with Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Murray F. Brennan
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY


Summary of the 2019 Annual Business Meeting

The 2019 Annual Business Meeting was held on Sunday, September 15, 2019, in the Salle De Bal Ballroom of the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain hotel, in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Report of the Secretary
Dr. Barth referred the Membership to Dr. James Whiting’s formal report in the Annual Meeting Program Book.

Dr. Whiting was called to the podium to present additional information for the Secretary's report. Dr. Whiting reminded those present that all candidates being proposed for new membership consideration need to be submitted via the online membership module on the NESS website. 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. Whiting 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. Whiting reported that in 2019 the Executive Committee of the Society met on January 15th via conference call, May 7th in Waltham, Massachusetts, and again on Friday, September 13th, in Montreal, QC, Canada, with the following being action and informational items from those meetings:
  • Voted to judge the Resident Prize Essay Award based on the presentations themselves and not in conjunction with an evaluation of a preliminary manuscript.
  • Voted to offer two new Brief Report Prizes, for which both residents and medical students would be eligible.
  • Voted to implement a new policy of three-year terms for the Secretary, Treasurer, Recorder, and Executive Committee State Representatives, with the positions staggered so that one Officer and two
State Representatives rotate off each year.
  • Approved an amendment to the Society By-Laws, which was then circulated to the membership in a June 7th email and in the Summer 2019 Newsletter. The amendment, projected here, codifies the Program Committee in the By-Laws. The NESS By-Laws may now be amended by a two-thirds electronic vote of the membership within 30 days following this Annual Meeting—so watch for your ballot within the coming weeks.
  • Agreed to continue having two moderators per scientific session.
  • Agreed that discussant names should continue to be recorded but no longer projected at the Annual Meeting.
  • Approved the posting of a downloadable PDF of the Centennial History Book in the Members Only Area, alongside the Centennial Documentary.
  • Re-Nominated Dr. David L. Berger to a second and final three-year term as the NESS Representative to the ACS Board of Governors.
  • Re-Nominated Dr. Edward C. Borrazzo to a second and final three-year term as the NESS Representative to the ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery.
  • Voted to hold the 102nd Annual Meeting at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, September 23-26, 2021.
  • Voted to hold the 103rd Annual Meeting at the Revere Hotel Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts, September 16-18, 2022.
  • With the Society facing increasing expenses and stable revenues—and noting that the NESS has only raised member dues once in at least 20 years—voted to raise member dues by $20 to $295.

Report of the Recorder
Dr. Kari Rosenkranz 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 23, 2018:

Stanley A. Bartus, MD, Avon, CT
William F. Bernhard, MD, Framingham, MA
William A. Cook, MD, North Andover, MA
Richard R. Curtin, MD, Fort Myers, FL
James L. Fife, MD, Brunswick, ME
Leland W. Hall, MD, Hanover, NH
Graeme L. Hammond, MD, North Haven, CT
J. Greer McBratney, MD, South Dartmouth, MA
George L. MacDonald, Jr. MD, Marblehead, MA
Kenneth C. Morley, Jr. MD, West Lebanon, NH
Lucien F. Veilleux, MD, Waterville, ME
Henry O. White, MD, Rockport, ME
Robert J. Williamson, MD, Bristol, CT

The Membership stood for a moment of silence in remembrance of these distinguished colleagues.

Report of the Treasurer
Through the use of slides, Dr. Peter J. Mazzaglia, Treasurer, presented a financial report for the year-end as of December 31, 2018. Total year-end Receipts as of December 31, 2018, were $236,854. These consisted of: $96,054 in Dues & Assessments; $4,500 in contributions toward the 2018 Research Day; $136,178 in receipts for the 2018 Annual Meeting; and $121 in General and Administrative receipts—which for 2018 was non-investment-portfolio interest income. The second column represents activities of these line items as of prior year-end 2017, with the third column indicating the 2018 budget. The largest variance is in dues revenue—a result of far fewer Senior members paying voluntary dues in 2018 than projected.

Total year-end Disbursements of $238,110 consisted of: $89,758 in total General and Administrative expenses; $2,956 in total Publications expenses; $9,830 in expenses toward the NESS Research Day; $117,184 in Meetings and Education disbursements for the 2018 Annual Meeting and an $11,250 deposit for the 2020 Annual Meeting hotel; and $7,132 in Officers and Committees expenses. Again, the second column represents activities of these line items as of year-end 2017, with the third column indicating the 2018 budget. The larger variances were as follows:

  • Research Day expenses were greater than budget because of the implementation of a new abstract processing system and increased costs at the host venue; and
  • 2018 Annual Meeting expenses were under budget, largely attributable to the banquet coming in nearly $15,600 (40%) less than projection.
Regarding investment, the NESS opened a conservative portfolio on December 11, 2017 (after the 2018 budget had been approved), which lost $2,539 in 2018, inclusive of investment manager fees or $373.

Dr. Mazzaglia also noted the following details on last year's Annual Meeting in Portland, Maine:

  • Receipts from attendee registration and exhibitors were above budget. Total receipts were $2,728 (2.0%) above budget.
  • Expenses were under budget by $23,620 (16.8%).
  • The Annual Meeting surplus was $18,993; a deficit of $7,355 had been budgeted.

Report of the Audit Committee
Dr. Barth called upon Dr. Kenneth W. Burchard, MD, who, along with Dr. Victor E. Pricolo, had served on the Audit Committee. He reported that the Audit Committee met Saturday morning with staff and affirmed that the Fiscal Year 2018 balance sheet and tax forms are accurate and complete.

VOTED to approve the Report of the Audit Committee.

Report of the NESS Scholars Foundation

Through the use of slides, Dr. David McAneny, NESS Scholars Foundation Secretary and Treasurer, presented a financial report for the year-end as of December 31, 2018. Total year-end 2018 assets were $224,871 and included $11,303 in the Checking and Money Market Accounts, $211,470 in the investment portfolio, and $2,099 in re-stocked neckwear. The Reconciliation portion indicates beginning cash on January 1, 2018, of $240,623, with a year-end Centennial Fund balance of $972 and an operating deficit of $16,724, resulting in the total assets of $224,871.

Total year-end Receipts were $19,987, which consisted of: $23,125 in contributions, including $550 in donations to the Centennial Fund; $800 in initiation fees; and $4,038 in investment loss, including $1,209 in investment manager fees. The second column represents activities of these line items as of prior year-end 2017, with the third column indicating the 2018 budget. The largest variance is in investment revenue, due to the volatility and underperformance of the equities market.

Total year-end Disbursements were $36,712, which consisted of: $6,750 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 two Scholars Research Grants; $4,000 for the joint ACS/NESS Health Policy and Management Scholarship; $2,935 in General & Administrative costs; and $29 in Foundation Board expenses. Again, the second column represents activities of these line items as of prior year-end 2017, with the third column indicating the 2018 budget.

Dr. Kurkchubasche, Scholars Foundation President, 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 2017-2019 Scholars Research Grant Recipient was Dr. Eric G. Sheu; I now call on Dr. Sheu to present his final report.

Dr. Kurkchubasche notified the members that Dr. Srinivas J. Ivatury, of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, received the 2019 scholars grant for his project for his project, “Deep Sleep and Beeps: A Quality Improvement Project Regarding Sleep in Postoperative Patients.”

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 2019 Scholarship was awarded to Dr. Jacqueline J. Wu of Baystate Medical Center, who was called to the podium to report on her experience.

Dr. Kurkchubasche further mentioned that the Foundation supports:

  • The Spring Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day, all four winners of which presented posters at this 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. Kurkchubasche reminded each member that his/her Contribution Level is cumulative, determined by the sum total of all donations over time. She thanked those NESS members who had contributed to the Foundation in the past year, they are recognized by badge ribbons and signage here at the meeting. You may also find the cumulative donor listing in the Program Book on Pages 38–44.

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.

Report of the Program Committee
Dr. Matthew A. Conway, 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 Archives Committee
Dr. John P. Welch, Chair of the Archives Committee, provided a report summarizing the committee’s plans and activities.

Report of the Representatives
Dr. Barth 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. Barth called upon Dr. Dr. Bruce J. Leavitt, to present the Report of the Nominating Committee.
Dr. Leavitt noted that the Committee consisted of himself, together with Drs. David L. Berger, Chair, and Robert J. Touloukian. The Committee submitted the slate in the following order:

OfficerName
RecorderKari Rosenkranz, MD
TreasurerPeter J. Mazzaglia, MD
SecretaryJames Whiting, MD
Vice PresidentVictor E. Pricolo, MD
President-ElectAnne C. Larkin, MD

Introduction of New President-Elect
Dr. Anne C. Larkin was then escorted to the podium and the Membership congratulated her on his election. Dr. Larkin thanked the Society and remarked how she was looking forward to leading the organization.

Introduction of Incoming President
Dr. Barth called Dr. Walter E. Longo to the podium to assume the Presidency of the Society. Dr. Barth presented Dr. Longo with the Society's ceremonial gavel.
On behalf of the Society, Dr. Longo expressed appreciation to Dr. Barth 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. Barth expressed his gratitude for the privilege of serving the NESS and thanked the Executive Committee and the Membership.

Dr. Longo took a few moments to discuss the 2020 Annual Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island and encouraged all to attend.


Dues Renewal

Make sure you remain a part of this vibrant Society; if you have not already done so, renew your dues online today by logging into the Members Only Area. There you also have the option to print a copy of your invoice and mail or fax it in with payment.

The NESS Executive Committee also strongly encourages Senior members to continue to pay their voluntary dues—especially those still in active practice.


Committee and Representative Listing

View 2019-2020 Committees and Representatives.


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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