Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
President's Message

Peter F. Lawrence, M.D. SCVS President, 2004
Peter F. Lawrence, M.D.
SCVS President, 2004

The 2004 Annual meeting was a great success; several substantive changes in the structure of the meeting were responsible: 1. We had the involvement of 65 vascular fellows in the SCVS annual symposium. The fellows participated at many levels, including presentation and discussion of papers and abstracts 2. We provided simulated clinical modules to train interested vascular surgeons in new procedures, and 3.We increased the level of audience participation by limiting invited discussion and encouraging comments from the floor. The annual symposium not only had content addressing many facets of endovascular management, but it also providing technical training, through simulators, of carotid stenting. We have reached an agreement with Cordis and the simulator company to continue training our membership next year, after carotid stenting receives anticipated CMS reimbursement. There will be another opportunity next year to develop the skills that can lead to privileges at your hospital, although we don't believe that window will remain open for a long period.

The changes in the meeting were consistent with the fundamental mission of the SCVS, which remains: 1. To focus on the education and training of clinicians who perform vascular surgery as a primary component of their practice 2. Bring cutting-edge technology to the practicing vascular surgeon, 3. Hold the SCVS meetings in an atmosphere that is conducive to an optimal learning environment. 

Kim Hodgson, our immediate past president, completed a very successful year. His presidential address focused on what he has been practicing throughout his career- teaching vascular surgeons the catheter and endovascular skills so that they can continue to have a significant role in managing all diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of patients with vascular disease. 

What do we plan to do in the next year? Your leadership has the following objectives:
1. Continue to increase attendance at the annual symposium by providing value for practicing vascular surgeons and the medical device industry.
2. Involve vascular fellows in all aspects of the meeting, including discussion and presentation of papers. Fellows are the future of our organization, and we would like them to consider the SCVS as their most valued organization.
3. Offer hands-on training courses in endovascular and new surgical procedures.
4. Increase the number of presentations at the annual symposium related to surgical technique, so that SCVS members have exposure to the technical aspects of difficult procedures.
5. Represent your views regarding the future direction of vascular surgery and the training and certification of vascular surgeons. Your leadership will take your opinions to the SVS, American Board of Surgery, and American Board of Vascular Surgery

I am excited about the upcoming year, and invite you to contact me about additional issues that are important to you.

Peter Lawrence

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