Nicholas Vedder, MD
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Our Annual Meeting is less than one month away and I am honored and delighted to be serving as the Association's President as we host our 98th Annual Meeting at the beautiful Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Our Program Chairs, Drs. Peter Neligan and Richard Hopper, have done an outstanding job in putting together this year's program, and I urge you to review the online program available on our website and see the depth of the oral papers and posters which we are presenting in 2019. Also, thanks to Drs. Mark Constantian and Jim Grotting for leading our Aesthetic Symposium, with a series of focused lectures by the leaders in our aesthetic specialty, as well as Drs. Mike Neumeister and Joe Disa, who have put together what promises to be a tremendous Reconstructive Symposium.
For our members who are not involved in this year's program, you will note something different at the start of each scientific presentation; a firm 10 second hold on each presenter's disclosure slide, which will include a mandatory disclosure of any financial interests of $2,500 or above. Our specialty has been discussing the need for transparency in disclosure for some time now, and your Association made the decision to step forward and require that all presenters disclose the full extent of their potential financial conflicts of interest.
While our AAPS celebrates the most respected leaders in our specialty, we also understand the supreme importance of nurturing the future of plastic surgery, and the Association is proud to offer Resident Travel Awards, supported through a generous grant from AMS RRG. This year we are providing support to two residents, who will be introduced during our Opening Ceremonies. We also, thanks to the incredible generosity of our Cannon Members, are bringing 21 Cannon Students to this year's Annual Meeting! They will also be recognized at our Opening Ceremony, and if you have the opportunity during the meeting, please take a moment to welcome them and encourage them to stay engaged in the AAPS as they advance in their careers. Speaking of engagement, we are always proud to welcome the newest members of our Association into the society each year, and all new members will have a special ribbon designating them as such; again, please welcome these newest members of our organization warmly. The Association is just 2 years away from our Centennial, and our next 100 years are in the hands of all these future leaders.
Socially, the AAPS Annual Meeting always offers a Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, something that gives everyone a chance to catch up and renew old and new friendships. And I am delighted that we will be bringing the Monday evening President's Dinner to the beautiful National Aquarium, located right on Pier 3 in the Inner Harbor, walking distance from our hotel and offering spectacular views and exhibits.
I would be remiss if I did not thank our many volunteers, who populate all of our AAPS committees and task forces, and work so very hard throughout the year. The Association recognizes excellence with our many awards, encourages the continued participation of our most senior members with the annual Cannon Dinner, encourages the future of our specialty, and offers year round education through our webinars. Our committee chairs and members are dedicated individuals who take time from their practices and personal commitments to serve the Association. Over this past year I have had the opportunity to audit so many of their calls, and I am humbled by their efforts.
The Annual Meeting begins on Saturday, April 6th. I cannot wait to welcome each of you to Baltimore!
Nicholas Vedder, MD