Don Mackay, MD
As you know the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to cancel the 2020 AAPS Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Board has had two conference calls and discussed options for the 2020 meeting that included delaying it to later in the year, having a virtual or partly virtual meeting, merging it with the 2021 meeting, delaying everything by a year or cancelling it altogether.
We had input from a number of other specialist societies who have elected to do variations of all these options. The American Surgical Association elected to delay everything by a year and that is ultimately what the AAPS Board decided to do. You should know that both Linda Phillips and I recused ourselves from the board vote.
What the vote means is that the 99th AAPS meeting will take place at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort in Miami from the 15th to the 18th of May. I will continue to serve as President till then. Linda Phillips will take over AAPS presidency at the Miami meeting and will serve as president for the Centenary Meeting which will take place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego from April 9-12, 2022. The 101st meeting will take place in Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton from April 29-May 2, 2023 when Bob Havlik is President.
The board officers, committee chairs and committee members will all remain unchanged this year. The meeting program will essentially remain as is. The awards, scientific scholars and special lectures from this year will be presented in Miami next year. The board has waived the rule that disallows any published work from being presented at the Annual Meeting. Presentations accepted for this year’s meeting may be submitted for publication and will still remain on the 2021 program.
We plan to have the AAPS membership vote electronically to select this year’s new members. The vote will occur after the annual AAPS Board Meeting, which this year will be a virtual meeting. Julie Hansen has graciously accepted the task of chairing the Membership Committee for another year. The membership committee will have just as much work to do again this year. I thank them for their willingness to undertake their important task. The classes of 2019 and 2020 new members will be presented at the Opening Ceremonies in Miami next year. A new group of candidates will be vetted by the membership committee this year and will be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting in Miami.
I want to thank all the committee chairs for their dedication and hard work this year and for their willingness to serve another year. I am grateful to Symposium Chairs who have also agreed to stay on. I am particularly grateful to Joe Losee, this year’s Scientific Program Chair. Joe has done a spectacular job putting together an outstanding program that I hope all of you will see in Florida. Joe is the incoming ASPS President which entails a huge work load and time commitment. Even though the meeting organization is largely complete, we clearly saw the need to take the pressure off Joe. We are both grateful to Shane Johnson, my colleague and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Penn State, who has agreed to co-chair the scientific program with Joe for the Miami meeting.
We are living through a crisis that none of us could fully anticipate but that will change our world forever. Just know that one thing will be true after this crisis is over. The AAPS will put on the best scientific and social program in organized Plastic Surgery next year and set us up for a spectacular Centenary Celebration the following year in San Diego.
On behalf of the Board, I thank you all for that you are doing.
Please stay safe.
Don Mackay, MD