CSVS President Message 2015
It is with great pleasure that I begin my term as President of the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery. I am honored by the trust that the Executive and you, the Membership, have placed in me.
Our recent annual meeting in Victoria, BC was a huge success. I would like to thank the Program Chair, Matthew Robinson, and the Local Events Coordinator, Shung Lee, for putting together an excellent meeting and a fabulous social program. Thanks to those that presented and to the attendees for the quality of the presentations and the lively discussion that followed. I’d also like to acknowledge our special guest Dr. Peter Lawrence from UCLA who gave a couple of very insightful lectures and added a great deal to the meeting. For the first time we’ve had a paperless, electronic option for the program, which was very well received.
The city of Victoria was a spectacular backdrop for our meeting, which included other highlights such as the spirited debate as well as the perennial favorite, Vascular Jeopardy. The West prevailed again this year laying down a challenge for the East, reeling from back to back defeats. The social program was fantastic. This culminated in a visit to the Robert Bateman gallery – a special treat much enjoyed by all who attended.
Congratulations to this year’s award winners:
JC Luke Award for best paper - Dr. Randy Moore
John L. Provan Award - Dr. Graham Roche-Nagle
Cook Research Award - Dr. Leonard Tse
Gore Research Award - Dr. April Boyd
Sigvaris Award for best venous paper - Dr. Mary Tao
A special thanks to our sponsors and industry supporters. Without them this meeting would not be possible.
We start this year with a significantly improved website due to the efforts of Karim Alibhai and Christiane Dowsing. I would encourage everyone to take the time to visit it at www.canadianvascular.ca on both your computers and mobile devices. Our ability to communicate directly to the membership and to the general public has been greatly enhanced with this new platform. The fully capable e-commerce features will further improve the Society’s efficiency. Several new initiatives are planned to capitalize on this new capability. We have exciting education and research initiatives under the guidance of Guiseppe Papia and Graham Roche-Nagle - we will be engaging the membership to become involved in regional and national initiatives in these areas. Under the guidance of Tom Lindsay, Paul Petresek and Jacques Tittley we have also initiated the Vascular Manpower Study. I would encourage all members to take the time to answer this timely and critical survey. The information collected will be very important for future planning in our training programs and in our specialty as a whole.
I look forward to, with you all, building upon the momentum that has been started by my predecessors. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any ideas, questions or comments.
Greg Browne MD, FRCSC, FACS, RVT
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