Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
2011 Annual Symposium: President's Message

Joann M. Lohr, MD, SCVS President 2010-2011
Joann M. Lohr, MD
SCVS President, 2010-2011

I would like to thank the membership of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS) for the privilege of being your President and am pleased to report that the Society, and its Annual Symposium, is going very strong with another successful year of initiatives and educational programming being planned in the months ahead.

With the success of our most recent Annual Symposium last Spring, the 2011 Program Committee is building upon that model with a number of new enhancements designed to benefit our practicing members and Fellows as well as increase their enjoyment of its already unique educational and social components. I compliment Dr. Mark Davies, Program Chair, on his hard work so far and look forward to the results of the committee’s efforts during the upcoming meeting in Orlando.

Our Focused Sessions concentrate on the latest “hot issues” facing all vascular surgeons and with the success of last year’s “What Made Vascular News?” a return of this topic is being considered for next spring’s meeting as well. New this year will be a special “Town Meeting” with speakers focusing on Heath Care Reform. Our Distinguished Visiting Professor will be Dr. Robert L. Kistner, past President of the SCVS and American Venous Forum. The popular Young Vascular Surgeons program and our ever-growing Fellow Development Programs will be offered again in 2011 and I encourage all of our Fellows to stay close to this website ( for information on these educational offerings that are uniquely targeted to different levels of their career advancement. To supplement these programs will be an enhancement of our simulation offerings which will benefit both our Fellows and supporters from industry.

As the Society President, I would like to thank the members of our leadership council as well as those presently serving as representatives to our affiliated organizations for their work to date. I cannot stress enough the importance of your roles in service of the SCVS. Your regular participation and reports at our meetings are vital to the organization. I look forward to your commitment as the Membership is counting on us to sustain the health and growth of our Society.

The mission of the SCVS places an emphasis on clinical issues facing all practice settings; academic, community, government, or a combination of these. During my year as President I also intend to work with our affiliated societies on how we can be viewed as specialists and resources in our various areas of expertise without any duplication of effort among our collective organizations. As the SCVS has shown itself to be a leader in our vascular community, I believe that it is important for us to take a lead in this initiative. Feel free to share your thoughts on this with me and the SCVS leadership via email ( or phone (978.927.8330). I also am interested in your feedback on how the Society can better serve you as a member of the SCVS.

Don’t forget our 39th Annual Symposium taking place March 16-19, 2011 at the Walt Disney Swan Hotel in Orlando, Florida which will be a memorable event for you and your families. Regular updates on the program can be viewed by visiting

With warm regards,

Joann M. Lohr, MD
President, 2010-2011

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