Don Mackay, MD
It is an incredible honor to have been elected President of your Association. Nick Vedder and his Scientific Program Committee led by Richard Hopper and Peter Neligan gave us another outstanding meeting in Baltimore. It is always inspiring to witness the best scientific and clinical work our specialty has to offer together with the enthusiasm and passion, especially of our younger members. Once again a great social program allowed us time to renew old friendships and make new ones. This combination once again affirms for many of us why it is such an honor to belong to the Association. A highlight for me is always the presentation of our Academic Scholar. This year was particularly poignant when Dino Ravnic, who is one of my partners, gave the Hoopes presentation on his work with fat stem cells. The stimulus that the academic scholarships provide for groundbreaking research that benefits our patients and our specialty were on full display.
The Association's leadership stance in insisting on more detail in disclosing conflicts of interest with all the podium presentations was very well received and is already being adopted by many other societies.
Julie Hansen and the Membership Committee have started the work of identifying a new diverse pool of talented surgeons to join our Association. I encourage you all to nominate candidates that you feel should be members. Joe Losee and the Scientific Program Committee are already planning to make the meeting in Chicago a showcase for the best of Plastic Surgery in 2020. Russell Reid and the Research and Education Awards committee will soon start the search for the next academic scholars.
I want to thank all of the members who volunteered for committee service and all of you who participate in the Association's activities. You all ensure that the Association continues to provide leadership and innovation for Plastic Surgery as we have done for close to a century.
Please let me or any of our Board members know if you have any suggestions to improve what we do.
I look forward to working with you.
Don Mackay, MD