During the years following World War II and the Korean War, the specialty of peripheral vascular surgery was born. It was baptized by the founding of the Society for Vascular Surgery with its inaugural meetings in 1947, and by that of the International Cardiovascular Society in 1952. During the two decades thereafter, surgeons enlisted in the specialty in growing numbers, but until the late 1960’s there were relatively few training programs. Inevitably, the first to enter the field had to invent new techniques, adapt instruments and techniques from general surgery and transmit their skills to generations of younger colleagues, but many years passed before there were adequate numbers of trained, skilled surgeons around the country to meet demands. Of particular importance was the lack of practitioners able to deal with emergencies such as abdominal aortic aneurysms and acute ischemia by arterial occlusion. Far too many patients with symptomatic or ruptured aneurysms were subjected to lethal delay through transfer to distant medical centers. Even lesser vascular surgical conditions could not be treated in many hospitals, especially in thinly populated areas.
By 1973, it was clear that more had to be done to generate more vascular surgeons. In the summer of that year, Robert R. Linton, MD and R. Clement Darling, Jr., MD of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Ralph A. Deterling, Jr., MD of the New England Medical Center agreed that the influence of the national societies and medical centers needed to be expanded by creating regional societies that could reach much larger numbers of surgeons to help them advance their knowledge and skill. In this way, the New England Society for Vascular Surgery (NESVS) — the first regional vascular society in the country — was founded. Several meetings were held and the group of charter members grew to twenty by the end of the year. That number grew to 37 members from all six New England states by the first Annual Meeting in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire in 1974.
For the first 25 years, the meetings were held in conjunction with the New England Surgical Society in various New England and eastern Canadian convention sites. In that period, the NESVS steadily grew to a membership well over 100, was fiscally stable and held Annual Meetings of steadily increasing breadth and quality. Papers presented at the meetings enjoyed a high rate of publication, first in the JAMA Archives of Surgery, and since 1988, the Journal of Vascular Surgery. By the meeting of September 1998 in Toronto, the Society looked back with a feeling of achievement, gratification and pride at its first twenty-five years, with determination for the next twenty-five to be just as successful.
As the Society moved into the 21st century, several new initiatives were undertaken. During this time, Vascular Surgery became recognized as an independent specialty, and the New England Vascular Society began to hold its Annual Meeting independent of the New England Surgical Society. With an independent format, the NESVS was able to expand its Annual Meeting to include a postgraduate training course focusing on critical vascular techniques and innovations, expand the number of paper presentations in the plenary sessions and to host events focused on medical students, residents and fellows pursuing a career in Vascular Surgery. Another major initiative involving the NESVS during this time was the formation of a regional quality improvement registry, as proposed by Dr. Jack Cronenwett in his Presidential Address to the Society at its 25th Annual Meeting. The Vascular Study Group of New England (VSGNE) was founded in 2001 with his leadership and is a cooperative group organized to improve the care of patients with vascular disease. By collecting and exchanging information, the group strives to continuously improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and cost of caring for patients with vascular disease. The VSGNE now encompasses 22 institutions spanning the whole of New England, and once again New England has helped lead the way for the rest of the country. A decade after the inception of VSGNE, numerous similar regional quality initiatives are being developed as part of what is now a national movement sponsored by the Society for Vascular Surgery as the SVS Vascular Quality Initiative.
The members of the New England Vascular Society continue to reflect with pride on the leadership and innovation that have been at the core of its foundation and continued existence. As the NESVS moves past 35 years as a formal society, it remains vibrant and completely dedicated to advancing the prevention and treatment of vascular disease in New England and beyond.
Nathan P. Couch, MD
Mark F. Fillinger, MD
Glenn M. LaMuraglia, MD
Richard J. Powell, MD
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Julianne Stoughton, MD
Andres Schanzer, MD
Marc Schermerhorn, MD
Sean Roddy, MD
Albany, New York
Immediate Past President
Michael T. Watkins, MD
Robert B. Patterson, MD
Providence, Rhode Island
Mark F. Fillinger, MD
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Virendra I. Patel, MD
Matthew T. Menard, MD
Julie Lahiri, MD
Program Committee Chair
Alik Farber, MD
Issues Committee Chair
Julie Lahiri, MD
Membership Committee Chair
Palma M. Shaw, MD
Syracuse, New York
2018 Postgraduate Course Director
Robert A. Cambria, MD
C. Keith Ozaki, MD
To view a list of individuals who have served the Society in the capacity of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and/or recorder, click here.
Massachusetts General Hospital
It is with a distinct pleasure of that I would like to invite you and your family to the 45th Annual Meeting of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery that will be held October 12–14, 2018. This meeting will be held at the Cliff House which is a relatively newly opened/renovated resort near York, Maine.
This year we have a very exciting program that will provide an interesting, wide array of topics that you should find very informative in both your vascular surgery practice, as well as your everyday work in the hospital or office. The Postgraduate Course, organized by Drs. C. Keith Ozaki and Robert Cambria entitled “Contemporary Hemodialysis Access Practice for the Vascular Surgeon,” will be held on Friday, October 12 and will provide strategic and technical tips for dialysis access care issues ranging from open and endovascular procedures to reimbursement. After a lunch symposium on treating the thoracic aorta, the outstanding scientific sessions will feature 18 standard length presentations and eight rapid fire presentations – the latter to include a video on the endovascular treatment of SVC syndrome. The formal program will wrap up Sunday morning with unique and challenging vascular cases during the Pinehurst Panel moderated by Dr. Richard Powell.
The featured addresses will be presented by Dr. Michael Jaff (Robert R. Linton Distinguished Address) entitled “The Changing Healthcare Environment: What this Means for the Vascular Specialist,” and the Distinguished Address delivered by Dr. Bruce Perler entitled “An Evidence-Based Approach to Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Disease: Nihilism is Not Appropriate or Acceptable” which is totally appropriate after he was featured this past weekend in the Wall Street Journal.
Other highlights include the Issues Panel on October 13 moderated by Dr. Julie Lahiri on physician burnout, a networking meeting for women in vascular surgery, the ever-popular Professors’ Rounds for our resident and student attendees and the Presidential Dinner on Saturday evening which will highlight a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Woodson reflecting on his experiences in healthcare management, time at the Pentagon and his role at the Institute of Health System Innovation and Policy at Boston University.
In addition to this fabulous program, the meeting will provide the opportunity to reconnect with our many friends in the NESVS and company representatives who support our meeting. Saturday afternoon has time available to enjoy the Cliff House resort – with panoramic views of the ocean – and to explore nearby attractions. The resort has its own spa, there is the adjacent Cape Neddick Golf Course and for those of you inclined, there are tennis courts, hiking trails, bicycling and shopping nearby. The dress code for this meeting will be casual to respect the laid-back nature of this beautiful venue (jackets, ties and business attire will be required for the Saturday evening dinner only).
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for giving me the privilege of serving as your 45th president of the NESVS. It is truly the high point of my vascular surgical career working for many of my good friends and colleagues in the area. I look forward to seeing you all in Maine, to enjoy and partake in what I think will be a fantastic meeting.
To download the 2017-2018 committee listings of the NESVS, click here.
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