Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
2012 Annual Symposium: President's Message

Michel S. Makaroun, MD, SCVS President 2011-2012
Michel S. Makaroun, MD
SCVS President, 2011-2012

I am proud of the accomplishments made by the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS) and greatly appreciate the opportunity of being your President for the 2011-2012 cycle. Our organization is one of the leaders for our vascular specialty and now more than ever delivers a multitude of educational benefits to both members and non-members.

The 2012 Annual Symposium will be our fortieth and our Program Committee met in October of 2011 to review the 200 abstracts that had been submitted for consideration. As this year will be somewhat of a milestone, I have worked closely with our Program Chair, Dr. Joseph Giglia, on unique scientific content as well as memorable social activities for the meeting which takes place in Las Vegas on March 14-17 at the Encore at the Wynn Hotel. Please view the program webpage at for details.

A contribution I have personally made to the SCVS Annual Symposium for several years now has been the organization of our International Panel which has become a most enjoyable endeavor for me. My colleagues Giorgio Biasi, Jan Blankensteijn, Jacques Bleyn, Dittman Bockler, Amman Bolia, Marc Bosiers, Stephen Cheng, Marc Coggia, Jonathan Earnshaw, Roger Greenhalgh, Martin Malina, Frans Moll, Philippe Piquet, Vincent Riambau, Peter Taylor, Matt Thompson, Eric Verhoeven, and Will Wisselink have all joined us from abroad to deliver what have been some of the most interesting talks in the history of our Annual Symposium. So far the countries of Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have been represented by these visitors and, with each year, I try to invite presenters who will contribute new and exciting content from the global perspective. I am proud to report that our International guests for the 2012 program in Las Vegas will be:

  • Piergiorgio Cao M.D. FRCS - University of Perugia, Italy
  • Nicholas Cheshire MD, FRCS - Imperial College and St Mary's NHS Hospitals, United Kingdom
  • Christos Liapis, MD, FRCS - Athens University Medical School, Athens, Greece

The SCVS Fellows and Incoming Fellows programs have now become a most important component of our program as well with almost all levels of career advancement in vascular surgery presently being addressed by specific courses. Your Fellows cannot miss these learning opportunities that are most generously supported by industry. Attendees to these programs receive reimbursement for their travel as well as complementary Annual Symposium registration so please encourage your Fellows to register for their respective SCVS Fellows or Incoming Fellows programs via the 2012 program website at today. In addition to these courses the SCVS also offers the Young Vascular Surgeons Program which is an evening symposium for those who are newly established with their practice. We also offer the popular Top Gun Competition that uniquely integrates simulation training into an exciting, but more relaxed, learning environment. As with the Fellows and Incoming Fellows programs registration of these events can be found via the pages at

The SCVS leadership Council has had a number of issues on the agenda this year and, through our representatives, continues to work in tandem with affiliated societies in accomplishing our mission beyond that of education. These include our ongoing communications with organizations such as the Society for Vascular Surgery, The Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery, the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories, the Vascular Disease Foundation, and the American College of Surgeons.

All members should feel free to share thoughts with me and the SCVS leadership on how the Society can better serve the Membership via email ( or phone (978.927.8330). Thank you and I look forward to your attendance in Las Vegas.


Michel S. Makaroun, MD

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