It has been a great honor and a privilege to serve as President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve this year. It has been a wonderful experience to contribute to this vibrant organization and watch it grow and get stronger. Our society is now the premiere society dedicated to education and research in the field of peripheral nerve in the world. Our challenge is to remain vibrant and relevant to our members and to our patients as well.
Many changes have taken place this year starting with changing our management service to PRRI, which has provided administrative stability to our society. We also placed the financial investments of our organization in the hands of professional financial advisors headed by Mr. Jeffery Palmer who also advises our sister organization, AAHS. Our membership drive has been successful with more than 25 new members in the pipeline this year. So, it is reassuring to know that our society is growing and its financial status is healthy.
We are very grateful to our partners; the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) for increasing the number of research grants to our society members to two each year. Each grant would provide up to $10,000 for research. This will enable ASPN to enhance its ability to pursue its research and educational mission.
As we come closer to our annual meeting in January at the Atlantis in the Bahamas, preparations for a stimulating and thought-provoking program are full steam ahead under the leadership of Greg Borschel, MD. You can review the program online. All the abstracts and posters will be posted online in the coming week. The Friday program will feature, for the first time, our ASPN/AAHS Joint Invited Guest Speaker, our Past President Susan Mackinnon, MD. She will speak on “Path to Innovation in Academic Surgery: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” The combined Saturday morning program with AAHS and ASRM will feature a timely panel discussion on “The Affordable Care Act and its Impact on the Surgeon.” Our Joint Presidential Keynote Speaker will be Ramez Naam who happens to be my son but I did not have anything to do with inviting him. The AAHS and ASRM presidents invited him to be our keynote speaker. He will lecture on the “Piercing the Veil: The Frontiers of Neuroscience.”
One of the most important features of our organization, being a relatively small one, is the intimate relationship between its members. So prepare yourself for a wonderfully stimulating program in the midst of one of the most beautiful places on earth. While the Northeast and Midwest deal with snowstorms and icy roads in January, we will be sipping our Margaritas on the beautiful sandy beaches of Nassau. So, get yourself ready to join all your friends and colleagues to have a great time filled with camaraderie, friendship, fun, sun and science.
I am looking forward to welcoming each and every one of you to the beautiful Bahamas. See you there.