|Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS
What a presidential run this has been! In March of 2020, just three days before our Spring Workshop on breast surgery, we were forced to cancel after the WHO declared Covid-19 a global pandemic. Although at that time most of us could never have imagined how this novel virus would change our lives, and how long all of this would last, we have certainly come a long way since then. The NESPS, similar to many other surgical societies, has faced significant challenges with respect to programing, finances and ongoing engagement with members. However, 17 months since our canceled Spring Workshop, I am happy to report that we are emerging from this "Covid era" stronger than ever and with a renewed sense of focus, purpose, and resolve. I continue to be humbled by the vast number of national and international leaders throughout our specialty who remain active contributors to our regional society despite their larger renown. I am so proud that we were able to come together and hold our Annual Meeting virtually this past fall. Despite it being an overwhelming success, the 2021 Annual Meeting will hopefully remain the only virtual one in NESPS history. While the format was of course not what we had hoped and planned for, it still provided us with a platform to showcase the amazing work being done in plastic surgery throughout the Northeast. We were likewise thrilled to receive such positive feedback this past March after our virtual Spring Workshop on breast surgery, which had even higher attendance than in previous years.
I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all of the moderators, faculty, and participants of these meetings and to our management company, PRRI. Even more so, I need to thank Dr. Suhail Kanchwala, who served as program chair for the Annual Meeting in 2020 and Dr. Tara Huston who served as program chair for the Spring Workshop. To say that they both rose to the occasion would be quite the understatement! I am thrilled that Dr. Kanchwala agreed to assume the role of program chair again for our 2021 Annual Meeting in order to plan and chair a proper in person annual meeting. And what an annual meeting we have in store for our NESPS members! As successful as the virtual programs have been, they were still missing the unique elements that make the NESPS so special- the interpersonal interactions, discussions, and camaraderie which are the hallmark of our regional society meetings. I am looking forward to getting back to a more "usual" experience in just a few short weeks and hope you are too. If you have not already registered, I encourage you to do so. The program highlights are listed within this newsletter and can also be found online at nesps.org.
The 38th Annual Meeting of the NESPS will take place this September 10th-12th at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kanchwala for two years now and we have put together an extremely exciting and unique program. Philly has traditionally been one of our most heavily attended meeting locations and judging by the record number of abstract submissions this year (almost double our typical amount!), attendance should prove to be robust to say the least. The program will feature highly prominent, expert and renown faculty and moderators who are too numerous to list here. These panels will include a Financial panel, a Chairman's Panel (showcasing the work of various programs within the society), as well as panels on Hot Topics in Breast Reconstruction, Hot Topics and Updates on Social Media, Tips and Tricks (check out the powerhouse faculty listed!), as well as Breast Augmentation Updates. Please visit nesps.org to see the full program. And, of course, it goes without saying that the scientific presentations will be top notch as has been our tradition. In fact, this was the most competitive year yet to get a presentation accepted to our meeting given the high volume of quality submissions we received.
The Eugene Courtiss Memorial Lecture this year will be delivered by Dr. Joseph Disa and Dr. Lou Bucky will deliver our Founders Address, and Dr. Vu Nguyen will deliver the Residents Best Paper Award Alumni Lecture. The member luncheon and annual business meeting will take place on Saturday September 11. I am also excited to have Alexis Hazen, MD as our speaker at the third annual luncheon sponsored by the Women's Society of NESPS. All are invited to this lunchtime presentation. Please be sure to register for what promises to be an outstanding meeting all around and make sure to bring formal attire for Saturday eveningís Presidentís Reception and Banquet where the resident presentation awards will be handed out.
We also look forward to our 5th Annual NESPS Spring Symposium in March of 2022 live at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel. The symposium will focus on body and breast and the program is once again outstanding and unique. It will be chaired by Dr. John Potochny (President-Elect, NESPS) and Dr. Tara Huston (Program Chair). Both of them have worked very hard to organize this program and have already confirmed participation by many acclaimed faculty. A particular highlight will be the keynote visiting speaker, Dr. Lorne Rosenfeld, who will discuss various aspects of abdominoplasty surgery. We look forward to finalizing the program and hope that you will join us at this exciting event which has become an extremely popular day of education and discussion. Space will be limited so please reserve your spot and register early!
I would like to thank all of you for the honor and pleasure of serving as your president over the past two years, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Philadelphia next month!
Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS