|David Otterburn, MD
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Enclosed you will find this year’s edition of the NESPS Newsletter. The past 2 years have been tumultuous and straining for everyone, and it’s still not clear that we are at the end of our long journey through this pandemic. However, we all cheer the return of in person meetings including our Fall meeting Sept 10-12 in Philadelphia. For many it will be the first in person meeting attended and hopefully a chance to not only celebrate our research and clinical accomplishments but also a chance to socially reconnect.
To reflect on how we as plastic surgeons contributed to and were affected by the pandemic, please read the COVID Diaries section of the newsletter which recounts how difficult this ordeal was. We are glad that the worst seems to be a distant past, but this allows us to remember the significant burden we overcame.
This past year was a busy year for the Society, highlighted by the virtual fall and spring meetings. The Society strived to keep normalcy and exceeded expectations by all accounts. The fall virtual meeting and the Spring Workshop on “Special Topics in Plastic Surgery of the Breast,” which included Elizabeth Hall Finley as the invited guest speaker were very well attended. Please read Dr Brian Glatt’s President’s Address for full details of the year.
This year the Spring Meeting will be held on March 12nd at the Lotte New York Palace. The topic will be “Hot Topics in Breast and Body Contouring: Secrets for Success.” The invited guest lecturer is Lorne Rosenfield from California who, along with a who’s who of surgeons from the Northeast will provide a wonderful 1 day symposium. Please support the program and encourage your faculty and residents to participate. The meeting is 1 day long but packs in the essentials of breast and body contouring, focusing on clinical pearls and interactive discussions among regional and national experts.
From the enclosed Program Update you will see that the Northeastern programs are leading the nation with the level of research grants awarded, honors bestowed and prestigious fellowships garnered. I would like to thank the busy Chairpersons, Program Directors and Coordinators who took the time to complete the survey: I know it takes significant time to do this thoroughly. It is great to get this snapshot of what each program is doing so again, thank you!
I would like to invite our members in private practice to submit updates to me via my email, email@example.com. They will be included in next years Program Update in a Private Practice Update section.
I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia.
David Otterburn, MD