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New England Surgical Society
Report of the Secretary

The one hundredth Meeting of the New England Surgical Society took place at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 13-15, 2019. The meeting attracted 129 members (including two Candidate members), 21 guest physicians, and 44 non-member residents, and was enhanced by the presence of 51 accompanying guests of the Society.

The academic program was thoughtfully prepared by the Program Committee under the direction of Dr. Matthew A. Conway, One hundred sixteen abstracts had been submitted and 25 were selected for presentation in the traditional format, including two Research Day winners. Twelve additional papers were presented as three-minute presentations with directed discussion, and the Paper of the Year was presented. There were also an outstanding series of three debates with audience interaction, on “Antibiotics vs Surgery for Acute Appendicitis,” “Extent of Surgery for Well Differentiated Thyroid Cancers < 4 cm in Diameter,” and “Risks of Long Term Opioid Use after Post-Operative Opioid Prescriptions Faculty”; as well as a “Posters of Distinction” breakfast session during which the presenters vied for the Best Poster Award. Thirty-eight posters were reviewed.

The Meeting’s Samuel Jason Mixter Lecture by Dr. Monica M. Bertagnolli was entitled, “Good Judgment Comes from Experience: Building a Learning Healthcare System”, and Dr. Richard J. Barth, Jr., gave his Presidential Address, entitled “Profiles of Surgical Entrepreneurs.”

The Society’s Executive Committee continues to meet three times a year, in the Fall during the Annual Meeting, and in January and May, all this year via videoconference. The Committee carries out the business of the Society, coordinating the acceptance of new members, overseeing the finances, and working with the Program Committee. As of this writing, there are 362 Active, 377 Senior, 85 Associate, 48 Candidate, and 1 Honorary Members, which includes 34 Active members newly elected this year.

The NESS continues its support of the Annual Research Presentation Day in the spring, where residents from all the teaching programs in New England present their work. Unfortunately, this year’s Research Day had to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

Next year’s Annual Meeting of the Society will be:

2021 Annual Meeting, September 24-26, 2021
Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut

The Executive Committee is most grateful to Dr. Walter E. Longo for his enthusiastic leadership and unwavering resilience as President through the past difficult year, and looks forward to working with his successor, Dr. Anne C. Larkin.

Respectfully submitted,

James Whiting, MD