New England Surgical Society
New England Surgical Society

Spring 2022 Newsletter

President's Message

James Whiting, MD
James Whiting, MD

As we emerge from Winter here in New England (as the author Bill Bryson has said, we have 3 seasons here: Winter’s Been, Winter’s Coming and Winter), many of us seem to be struggling to understand how our world has been changed from the 2 year onslaught of cultural and workplace changes that Covid has either caused or catalyzed. Even as the masks fall on the airlines and in grocery stores, and as supply chains start to inch back towards normal in the outside world, we are all reminded of the presence of this virus every time we step inside our hospitals, and I ask myself every day what changes are permanent and what ones are not. The New England Surgical Society is no different in this respect. Research Day this year will be virtual, not because we couldn’t hold it in person, but because we felt that the event would lend itself to the virtual format and whatever was lost by not being in person would be more than made up by the advantages of virtual. Our executive committee will likewise be meeting virtually and I think it’s safe to say that the old fashioned conference call is a goner, probably deservedly. As we make these transitions, it is incumbent on us to try and preserve the aspects of our institutions and activities that we value most. At least for me, when I consider the New England Surgical Society, that aspect is the friendships and network of surgeons that I’ve come to know over the years and now consider friends as well as colleagues. It’s why we felt so strongly about getting back to an in-person annual meeting last year, and why we are so looking forward to this year’s meeting in Boston. If this pandemic has taught us anything, I hope it’s helped us all value those relationships and has prevented us from taking them for granted. Hope to see you soon! (virtually or in person).

Sincerely,
James Whiting, MD


Newsletter Editor's Corner
Jennifer LaFemina, MD, Editor NESS
Jennifer LaFemina, MD

As we have been preparing this edition of the newsletter, I reflect on why I feel fortunate to be part of New England Surgical Society. I have personally reaped the benefits of NESS since I was a General Surgery resident, during which time it provided me opportunities to present my research and opened up doors of mentorship that have been integral in my career development in Surgical Oncology. Jump forward a few years (and many grey hairs) later, the attributes of membership have grown and expanded. As a Program Director, NESS provides our residents with a multitude of professional development experiences, ranging from networking to research presentation at the Annual Meeting and the Annual Resident and Surgical Fellow Research Day and to the opportunity for Candidate Membership and committee involvement. As a faculty member, I have been invigorated by the opportunities to take part in committees, review manuscripts, write commentaries, learn about the future of DEI in surgery in actionable ways that I can bring back to our training program, and learn about the ground-breaking science across all aspects of surgery that we are so fortunate to house here in New England. We hope through this Winter newsletter that you too will see the greatness of this Society for its members through the lens of its leadership with new newsletter additions from the DEI Committee and Candidate Members.

Sincerely,
Jennifer LaFemina, MD


Secretary's Message
Thomas J. Miner, MD, Secretary NESS
Thomas J. Miner, MD

Over the past several years, the executive committee has worked to address the problem of maintaining optimal membership numbers. Although many members of the society have appreciated a smaller and more intimate group, it has become clear that such a small sized group is unable to financially support the society and maintain the robust activities and desirable meeting venues that so many appreciate and value. This issue has been further compounded by the fact that larger numbers of Active members are anticipated to be transferring to Senior status soon. To an extent this issue has been successfully addressed by improved outreach and programing to new members. For the second year in a row the number of Active applicants will be capping at the 35-member per year maximum thereby delaying entry into the society for some. If new membership continues at the current pace, we will optimistically stay at our present size in the future (also accounting for anticipated attrition, geographic limitations, and regional growth rates.) Current bylaws, however, limit our ability to respond to current and future changes in membership demographics. After considerable discussion, the Executive Committee will be proposing changes in the bylaws to allow for a better way to define membership status in the society. Furthermore, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity considerations make arguments for such changes even more compelling. Although these proposals will be presented fully prior to the fall meeting, I hope to offer these ideas now for your consideration and feedback.

To address new membership, we propose that there shall be no limitations (removal of current cap in bylaws) for active, senior, associate candidate or affiliate members and there shall be no limitation on the number of new active members per year. To address changes from active to senior status, we propose removal of automatic transfer of membership status at the age of 65. To better reflect the professional status of our membership, rather than setting an arbitrary age of retirement, we propose making senior membership open to any member who has either retired from full-time employment or become disabled. Upon meeting either criterion, a member upon request and approval of the Executive Committee, will be transferred to Senior status. Senior membership shall be exempt from dues; furthermore, Senior members who reside within New England shall have all other rights and privileges of the Society including the right to vote and hold office. As a related policy separate from the By-laws, if a member has reached the age of 70 and is in arrears for two years but has not communicated anything to the NESS regarding retirement or disability, the NESS would automatically transfer that member to Senior status.

I believe that the proposed By-laws changes will encourage and support a robust membership capable of not only sustaining, but also promoting the impact, reach, and growth of this society that means so much to us.

Sincerely,
Thomas J. Miner, MD
NESS Secretary


Program Chair's Message

State Representative Updates

David McAneny, MD
David McAneny, MD
Massachusetts State
Representative
Massachusetts Representative Update
Massachusetts has certainly not been spared the latest surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the omicron variant is typically not as debilitating as prior virus mutations have been, it is much more communicable. This illness has profoundly affected staff at our hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation units. The resulting hospital congestion has prevented us from performing “non-essential” operations that require in-patient hospital stays since Thanksgiving 2021, and that same ban extended to all but the most urgent essential operations in January, 2022. Thankfully, as of mid-February, relief is in sight as the Commonwealth has allowed some non-essential operations to be performed once again. Although many surgeons face daunting backlogs of postponed operations, we are familiar with the work that lies ahead on behalf of our patients. I extend my gratitude to and respect for all of my Massachusetts colleagues and wish them the best during the coming Spring.

It was great to convene in person at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the NESS in Mashantucket, CT. The scientific presentations and panels were outstanding, as usual, and the gathering instantly reignited longstanding friendships and fostered new ones. It was wonderful to realize that the camaraderie of the Society has not been dulled by virtual meetings. We also saluted new members Reginald Alouidor, Muriel Cleary, Farokh Demehri, F. Thurston Drake, Peter Fagenholz, Betty Fan, Lisa Ferzoco, Sidharta Gangadharan, Alok Gupta, Belinda Hsi Dickie, Somala Mohammed, Reuben Shin, Ann Smith, Ulises Torres, Karl Fabian Uy, Monica Valero and Benjamin Zendejas-Mummert.

The Massachusetts delegation truly waved its flag at the Annual Meeting. Our colleagues contributed 25 podium presentations, including the Paper of the Year (Chandrajit Raut), and garnered both the Clinical (Susanna de Geus) and Basic Science (Bixiao Zhao) Podium Prize Essay Awards and the Brief Report Award (Yurie Sekigami). In addition, Massachusetts teams presented five Posters of Distinction and received both Clinical (Yesh Datar) and Basic Science (Lumeng Yu) Awards in this forum. Nevertheless, my two lasting memories from the meeting include Giles Whalen being selected President-Elect of the Society and our friend Anne Larkin presenting her Presidential Address “A Collective Journey of Grit and Resilience”.

Finally, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the New England Surgical Society as the new Massachusetts representative to the Executive Committee and thank my colleagues for their confidence and trust.

Sincerely,
David McAneny, MD
Massachusetts State Representative


Vermont Representative Update

Summary:
As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise above freezing our attentions begins to turn to spring 2022. It has been a long difficult winter as COVID continues to impact our health care system in multiple ways. Even so, the practice of surgery remains alive and well in the state of Vermont. I hope that you enjoy this update, describing some of the highlights in the practice of surgery in the Green Mountain State.

University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Department of Surgery Faculty Highlights:

  • William Brundage, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, was invested as the inaugural Green & Gold Professor of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.
  • Christopher Brady, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, was invested as the inaugural Duncan W. Persons, MD ’34 Green & Gold Professor of Surgery.
  • George Kurien, MD received the Community Faculty Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Kurien was selected as the Community Faculty Teacher of the Year by the PGY-3 Family Medicine Residents at CVPH for being an outstanding provider who is dedicated to resident teaching.
  • The Vermont Chapter of the ACS Meeting is scheduled on May 12, 2022. Location is to be determined.
  • Mark Crane, MD has announced his retirement.
Presentations at the Academic Surgical Conference:

Presenter: Annie Vogt, MD (Lead Author): in person
Title: “Frequency and Independent Predictors of Futile Trauma Transfers to a Rural Tertiary Care Center” Oral Quickshot February 1, 2022

Presenter: Gary An, MD for Ben Price (Lead Author, M2 student): in person
Title: ”Inhibition of alpha-SMA to improve outcomes in volumetric muscle loss injuries”
Oral Quickshot February 1, 2022

Presenter: Stas Amato, MD for Tessa Cattermole, MD (Lead Author): virtual
Title: “Decoding Code Status: Frequency and Predictors of Discussion with Elective Surgical Patients”
Oral Quickshot February 3, 2022

Presenter: Jamie Benson (Undergrad and Lead Author): virtual
Title: “Access to Trauma Center Care and its Impact on Injury Mortality in the United States”
Oral Quickshot February 1, 2022

Presenter: Emma Dunne (MS3 and Lead Author): virtual
Title: “The impact of COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions on Satisfaction in the Surgical SICU”
Oral Quickshot February 2, 2022

Presenter: Gary An, MD: in person
Title: “What it will take to control sepsis: Integration of mechanistic simulation with machine learning/artificial intelligence”
Society of University Surgeons New Member Poster Presentations, February 2, 2022

Faculty & Resident Awards:

  • Kalev Freeman, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, received a $1.95 million, five-year R35 Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Titled: “Molecular Mechanisms of Histone-Induced Endotheliopathy in Trauma,” the project is an extension of Dr. Freeman’s current RO1 grant, titled: “Impact of Trauma and Its Factors on Vascular Endothelial Function.” In collaboration with Dev Majumdar, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dr. Freeman will use functional genomic and proteomic screens, vascular biology and electrophysiology methods to uncover the molecular basis of vascular damage in trauma on this project.

  • Heather Herrington, MD, FACEP, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, proposal “Improved Management of Pediatric Difficult Airways through Creation of a Collaborative, Interprofessional Workgroup” has been selected as a Frymoyer Scholars Program project. This project will be funded from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023 for a total of $50,000.

  • Fuyuki Hirashima, MD, Rebecca Wilson, RN, Patrick Delaney, RN, Nicholas Bedrin, MS, Stephen Ranney, MD, Serena Murphy, MD, and Alison Brandeis, MD were recently awarded the Frymoyer Scholars Program Project to implement a new treatment algorithm for postoperative cardiac surgery patients when they arrest. Along with the help of Sarah Kelso, MD, our first simulation based training session took place on December 11, and was met with resounding success. Cardiac surgical unit advanced life support (CSU-ALS) expands upon and tailors the American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) algorithms. Multiple disciplines came together including SICU nurses, respiratory therapists, critical care/providers, cardiothoracic surgeons, surgery residents, and physician assistants to participate in the training. We are establishing UVMMC as a “Center of Excellence” in the care of cardiothoracic surgery, and are pursuing the goal of becoming the first CSU-ALS training center in New England.

  • Stephen Ranney, MD was awarded the Dean’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Publication.

  • Chase Sullivan, MD is nominated for the 2021 Clinical Resident of the Year Award WMS Conference: Outstanding Research Presentation by a Researcher-in-Training Award – Injury and Illness in Youth Wilderness Expeditions.
Graduating Resident Fellowships:
  • Nick Bedrin, MD accepted a Critical Care Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University
  • Serena Murphy, MD accepted a Colorectal Fellowship at University of California Irvine.
  • Stephen Ranney, MD accepted a Colorectal Fellowship at University of Wisconsin.
  • Robin Riley, MD accepted a position at a private practice in Decatur, IL.
Sincerely,
Mitchell C. Norotsky, MD
Vermont State Representative

Notice of Proposed Bylaw Changes

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.

AMENDMENT officializes the Publications Committee and converts the current Diversity & Inclusivity Task Force into a standing Committee.

Additions are in Bold Underline and deletions are in strikethrough.

ARTICLE IX – PUBLICATIONS

Manuscripts shall be reviewed and critiqued by the Publications Committee in an effort to provide useful feedback prior to submission to the Journal in which the New England Surgical Society Annual Meeting papers are published. Members of the Committee shall be chosen by the Recorder. The Executive Committee reserves the right to add at-large members at their discretion.

ARTICLE X – DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY

Membership and activities of the New England Surgical Society shall be enhanced by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, through increased engagement of diverse members of the profession of surgery to achieve an environment that promotes and celebrates mutual respect, equity, and inclusion. The (Co-)Chair(s) of the Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. Members of the Committee shall be chosen by the President. The Executive Committee reserves the right to add at-large members at their discretion. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will appoint no more than two Ombudspeople to the Program Committee and to the Publications Committee, to oversee and ensure diversity within all program content.

AMENDMENT changes the eligibility criteria for Senior status to either retirement or disability.

Additions are in Bold Underline and deletions are in strikethrough.

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP

Section j. Senior membership will be automatic for all active, associate, and affiliate members the year following the year in which they reach the age of 65 prior to September 1st. Senior membership is open to any active, associate, or affiliate member who has either retired from full-time employment or become disabled. Upon meeting either criterion, an active, associate, or affiliate member may, upon request and by approval of the Executive Committee, be transferred to Senior status. Senior members shall be exempt from dues; furthermore, Senior members who reside within the New England States shall have all other rights and privileges of the Society including the right to vote and hold office.

As a related POLICY separate from the By-Laws, if a member has reached the age of 70 and is in arrears for two years but has not communicated anything to the NESS regarding retirement or disability, the NESS could automatically transfer that member to Senior status.

AMENDMENT removes the limits on the total number of Active members as well as on the number of new Active members able to be elected in a single year.

Additions are in Bold Underline and deletions are in strikethrough.

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP

Section b. Active membership shall be limited to 425 members. No more than 35 There shall be no limitation on the number of new Active members shall that can be elected in any single year. Honorary membership shall be limited to 5 members. There shall be no limitation for active, senior, associate, candidate, or affiliate members.

AMENDMENT formalizes the Immediate Past President as an Officer of the Executive Committee and removes the American Board of Surgery Representative from the Executive Committee.

Additions are in Bold Underline and deletions are in strikethrough.

ARTICLE III - OFFICERS

Section a. The officers of the Society shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Recorder, and the Immediate Past President. …

Section c. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Society, the representative of the Society on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, the representative of the Society on the Advisory Council for Surgery of the American College of Surgeons, the designated representative of the Society on the American Board of Surgery, and six State Representatives, one from each of the New England States. The representative of the Society on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and on the American Board of Surgery shall be nominated by the Executive Committee and approved by the Society. Membership on the Executive Committee shall be contingent upon the final acceptance of these this nominees by the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery.


Notice of 2022 Annual Meeting

Notice of 2022 Surgical Resident and Fellow Research Day

2021 Annual Meeting Presentation Awards

The Resident and Best Poster Presentation Awards from the 2021 Annual Meeting, supported by the NESS Scholars Foundation are:

NESS Scholars Foundation Research Grant
David Stitelman, MD
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut
In Utero Particle-Based Therapy to Improve Outcomes in Pregnancy

Podium (formally Resident) Prize Essay Award
Clinical
A rising tide lifts all boats: combined volume of complex cancer operations protects patient outcomes in a low-volume setting
Susanna W. de Geus, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Basic Science
Inhibition of lactate export suppresses growth and metabolism of anaplastic thyroid cancer
Bixiao Zhao, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Brief Report Award
Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Staged versus Non-staged Techniques for Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy
Yurie Sekigami, Tufts Medical Center, Cambridge, MA

Best Poster Award
Basic Science
FG-4592, a prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor, improves long-term pulmonary outcomes in a murine model of bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Lumeng Yu, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Clinical
Surgical Outcomes of Pulmonary Valve Infective Endocarditis: A United States Population-Based Analysis
Yesh Datar, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA

Paper of the Year Award
Variability in Patterns of Recurrence after Resection of Primary Retroperitoneal Sarcoma (RPS) A Report on 1007 Patients from the Multi-institutional Collaborative RPS Working Group
Chandrajit Raut
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Summary of the 2021 Annual Business Meeting

The 2021 Annual Business Meeting was held on Sunday, September 26, 2021.

Report of the Secretary
Dr. Larkin referred the Membership to Dr. Thomas Miner’s formal report as part of the online Annual Meeting Program Book and the mobile app.

Dr. Miner reminded those present that all applicants for Active, Senior, and Affiliate membership categories, only those proposed during Caucus meetings are to be submitted, and all applicant data should be submitted as soon as possible, prior to December. In addition, by mid-November the list of all potential Active, Senior, and Affiliate applicants will be sent to the current membership for comment and feedback. This will ensure adequate review by the State Representatives before the winter interim meeting of the Executive Committee in January, when the final ballot is set.

Attendee were reminded of the eligibility criteria, for Affiliate Membership applicant where the applicant 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.
The Secretary also reminded attendees that they may sponsor an applicant for Candidate membership at any time, as such applicants are vetted through the GME & Candidate Membership Committee on an as-needed basis throughout the year. This process permits for both more expeditious advancement of a trainee’s membership and a potential for longer periods of membership at the Candidate level and its requisite benefits. So please consider sponsoring a new Candidate membership applicant via the online membership module on the New England Surgical Society website. Candidate members represent a pipeline of future Active members.

Dr. Miner reported that the Executive Committee of the Society met on January 12th and on May 11th, and again on Friday, September 24th. The following are action and informational items from these meetings:

  • Agreed to hold the 2021 Surgical Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day virtually, after it was cancelled outright the previous year.
  • Approved the Task Force on Diversity & Inclusivity’s plan to add demographic questions to the profile page of the NESS website’s Members Only Area, so that the Society can define its diversity baseline then chart how it improves each year. All members will receive a reminder to complete these questions following the adjournment of the 2021 Annual Meeting. It should be noted that the Task Force has also formulated: its Mission Statement; a Statement of Expectations for participants in the New England Surgical Society; and a Diversity and Inclusion Statement to reiterate the commitment of the Society to DEI goals. Additionally, the Task Force will be appointing separate ombudspeople to the Program and Publications Committees; a call for self-nominations will be issued in the coming months.
  • Launched the NESS Surgeons Well-Being Project, the aim of which is to improve professional well-being for surgeons at all stages of their lives and careers. While preliminary data was presented yesterday, the NESS still needs all members’ input. If you have not already participated, please log into the NESS Members Only Area and click the survey link.
  • Appointed a Financial Task Force to develop strategies that will help the NESS avoid annual deficits—including examining ways to improve the Society’s relationship with industry that will garner more industry support and sustain exhibitor loyalty.
  • Having previously agreed to publish pieces of the Annual Meeting program book online instead of in print—thereby reducing both the size of the program book and layout and printing costs as well as beginning a transition to a meeting app—decided to reduce touch-points at the 2021 meeting and immediately adopt a mobile meeting app in lieu of any printed program book.
  • Endorsed the New Members Committee’s plans for an annual, virtual New Member Orientation for both Active and Candidate recently elected members; the successful and well-attended inaugural June event presented information on: the benefits of NESS membership; the expectations of NESS participation; the importance of participating in the State Caucus meetings; the process of submitting an abstract to the Annual Meeting; the maximizing of participation at the Annual Meeting; the initiation of membership applications; the virtues of participation in Research Day; the promotion of NESS Candidate membership; and the identification of leadership NESS opportunities. This Committee also collected personal profiles of the new members elected this year, which are available in the mobile meeting app.
  • Allowed the Committee on Graduate Medical Education and Candidate Membership to change the Candidate membership application process, replacing the previous requirement for a recommendation letter with a standardized, electronic recommendation that can be completed more easily by a Program Director and that provides more targeted information for the Committee. In addition, this Committee will track the career progression of Candidate members and promoting Active and/or Affiliate membership to those who become eligible.
  • Noting that the 2020 virtual caucuses saw increased member attendance and engagement, voted to conduct the 2021 State Caucuses virtually, prior to the Annual Meeting; the time usually reserved for on-site Caucuses became state-specific pre-receptions before the full Welcome Reception. Moreover, given the efficiency of this year’s virtual caucuses, agreed to continue the practice of conducting the State Caucuses virtually.
  • Clarified that the Paper of the Year recognized at the Annual Meeting represents the most impactful paper published five years prior to the meeting with an actively participating NESS member as the first or last author—and, further, that each such author must have been an actively participating member at the time of publication and still be an actively participating member at the time of the Paper of the Year presentation.
  • And, finally, endorsed the plans of Dr. Jennifer LaFemina, the new Newsletter Editor, to add features highlighting Candidate members, non-university-based members, DEI issues, and more.
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 the 2020 Annual Meeting:

Carmine J. Capalbo, MD, Greenville RI
J. Richard Chabot, MD, Enfield, CT
George N. Cooper, Jr. MD, Warwick, RI
Richard R. Dyer, MD, Warwick, RI
Josef E. Fischer, MD, Boston, MA
Donald J. Glotzer, MD, Boston, MA
Stephen J. Healey, MD, Westwood, MA
John B. Herrmann, MD, Worcester, MA
Horace A. Laffaye, MD, Durango, CO
Ashby C. Moncure, MD, Savannah, GA*
William C. Nugent MD, Meriden, NH
Louis N. Pernokas, MD, Stephenville, TX
Melvin H. Sher, MD, Framingham, MA
Thomas J. Smith, MD, Morristown, NJ
Earle W. Wilkins, MD, Williamstown, MA*
David R. Williams, MD, Yarmouthport, MA

* Past President

The Membership observed 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, 2020. The year 2020 ended with Total Net Assets of $381,229, which is $21,249 more than year-end 2019. Total year-end 2020 Receipts were $118,656. These consisted of: $86,730 in Dues & Assessments; $31,450 in receipts for the virtual 2020 Annual Meeting; and $476 in General and Administrative receipts—which for 2020 included job board revenue in addition to non-investment-portfolio interest income. The major Receipts variances were as follows:

  • Dues payments were below budget, impacted by the pandemic;
  • The 2020 Research Day was cancelled, and thus no support was received for that event; and
  • 2020 Annual Meeting receipts were below budget—the meeting was conducted virtually, with registration fees reduced and decreased industry support.
Total year-end Disbursements of $115,859 consisted of: $90,578 in total General and Administrative expenses; $1,911 in total Publications expenses; $1,366 in expenses toward the NESS Research Day; $21,533 in Meetings and Education disbursements, which included expenses not just for the virtual 2020 meeting but for other years’ meetings as well; and $471 in Officers and Committees expenses. The major Disbursement variances were again related to the pandemic:
  • 2020 Research Day was cancelled, but not before some management work had already been performed;
  • The virtual 2020 Annual Meeting was far less expensive than a live meeting with its social functions, on-site audio-visual staff and equipment, travel costs, etc.; and
  • Committee expenses were well under budget due to the cancellation of live activities.
It was noted that the virtual 2020 Annual Meeting realized a surplus of $9,987.

Report of the Audit Committee
Dr. Larkin called upon Drs. Mitchell Norotsky and Erika L. Rangel who had served on the Audit Committee. They reported that the Audit Committee met with staff on September 22nd and affirmed that the Fiscal Year 2020 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. Rocco Orlando, Scholars Foundation Secretary and Treasurer, to provide a report on the Foundation’s Fiscal Year 2020 receipts and disbursements. Total year-end 2020 assets were $253,199, and included $6,023 in the Checking and Money Market Accounts, $245,195 in the investment portfolio, and $1,982 in men’s logo neckwear. The Reconciliation portion indicates beginning cash of $233,925, with a year-end Centennial Fund balance of $2,422 and an operating surplus of $16,852, resulting in the total assets of $253,199.

Total year-end Receipts were $42,424, which consisted of: $24,365 in contributions, including $200 in donations to the Centennial Fund; $3,100 in initiation fees; and $14,959 in investment gains, including $1,223 in investment manager fees. The second column represents activities of these line items as of prior year-end 2019, with the third column indicating the 2020 budget.

Total year-end Disbursements were $25,573, which consisted of: $2,500 in Annual Meeting Awards, including expenses for the Podium, Brief Report, and Poster Presentation Prizes; $20,000 for two Scholars Research Grants; and $3,073 in General & Administrative costs. Disbursement were under budget, largely attributable to the cancellation of both the 2020 Research Day and the 2020 Health Policy and Management Program at Brandeis University.

Excluding investment gains, Receipts less Disbursements resulted in a net operating surplus of $1,892. Adding in the portfolio gains of $14,959 resulted in the year-end surplus of $16,852.

Dr. David McAneny, 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 2019-2021 Scholars Research Grant Recipient was Dr. Srinivas J. Ivatury of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Due to pandemic-related delays, his project received a no-cost extension. Dr. Robert Allen presented a progress report on behalf of the project team, which includes NESS member Dr. Matthew Wilson as mentor.

The recipient of the eighth Scholars Grant, given this summer to Dr. David Stitelman, of Yale School of Medicine, for the project titled, “In Utero Particle-Based Therapy to Improve Outcomes in Pregnancy.”

Dr. McAneny further mentioned that the Foundation 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. Due to the pandemic, this year the program was held virtually, and the scholarship was awarded to Dr. Kevin Schuster of Yale School of Medicine.
  • The Spring Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day, the 2021 edition of which was held virtually on May 5th.
  • The Annual Samuel Jason Mixter Lecture;
  • The Nathan Smith Award; and
  • The Podium, Brief Report, and Best Poster Prizes as well as the New Member Award at the Annual Meeting.
Dr. McAneny reminded each member that their Contribution Level is cumulative, determined by the sum total of all their donations over time. He then thanked all those NESS members who have contributed to the Foundation in the past year; those members are recognized on the Society website, where the cumulative donor listing can also be found.

Each member was asked to consider a donation to the Scholars Foundation. Members were instructed to make donations online by credit card via the Members Only Area on the Society’s website.

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. Peter S. Yoo, 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 New Members Committee
Dr. Marlene Cutitar, Chair of the New Members Committee was then called to the podium to deliver the Report of the New Members Committee which highlighted the first annual new member orientation that was held virtually over the summer for all new members.

Report of the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusivity
Drs. Alisa Savetamal and Jacqueline Wu, Co-chairs of the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusivity, provided a report summarizing the task force’s upcoming plans and activities.

Report of the Representatives
Dr. Larkin referred to the reports contained in the Online 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. Larkin called upon Dr. Robert J. Touloukian, to present the Report of the Nominating Committee. Dr. Touloukian noted that the Committee consisted of himself, together with Drs. Richard J. Barth and Walter E. Longo. The Committee submitted the slate in the following order:

OfficerName
RecorderKari Rosenkranz, MD
TreasurerPeter S. Yoo, MD
SecretaryThomas J. Miner, MD
Vice PresidentRocco Orlando, III, MD
President-ElectGiles F. Whalen, MD

Introduction of New President-Elect
Dr. Giles F. Whalen was then congratulated on his election. Dr. Whalen thanked the Society and remarked how he was looking forward to leading the organization.

Introduction of Incoming President
Dr. Larkin called Dr. Whiting to the podium to assume the Presidency of the Society. On behalf of the Society, Dr. Whiting expressed appreciation to Dr. Larkin for her years of leadership work in the NESS and her invaluable service as President, especially in a difficult year.

Dr. Larkin expressed her gratitude for the privilege of serving the NESS and thanked the Executive Committee and the Membership.

Dr. Whiting took a few moments to discuss the 2022 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA and encouraged all to attend.


Task Force on Diversity & Inclusivity

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

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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