Chinese vascular surgeons were well represented at the 2011 Vascular Annual Meeting. A group of 23, headed by Professor YuQi Wang, President of Chinese Society of Vascular Surgery, attended. This is the first time a large group of Chinese vascular surgeons, including 16 professors of surgery, have attended the meeting at one time.
The Chinese surgeons and SVS leadership had a luncheon during the Vascular Annual Meeting where they discussed the role of China within the World Federation of Vascular Societies. During the luncheon, Past SVS President, Dr. Robert M. Zwolak, spoke about the future of SVS followed by President YuQi Wang’s discussion of the current activities of the Chinese Society of Vascular Surgery. Both leaders talked about the potential to develop a Chinese SVS chapter. In his closing remarks, Dr. James S. T. Yao urged Chinese surgeons to work closely with U.S. surgeons to create further progress in both countries and encouraged Chinese surgeons to participate on the world stage of vascular surgery. Dr. Yao reminded all that such a cooperative effort will be good for future generations of young vascular surgeons from both China and the United States.
In addition to attending the Vascular Annual Meeting, Northwestern University, with the Vascular Surgery Division, hosted a special meeting with the visiting Chinese surgeons prior to the meeting. This meeting was an additional venue for the Chinese surgeons to showcase their practices and presentations.
Both meetings were successful with discussions on the rich experience of the Chinese surgeons in treating aortic dissection. Professor Zaiping Jing of Second Military Medical University of Shanghai and Professor Shu Chang of Central South University, Hunan, presented their experience in managing 1,000 and 600 cases of aortic dissection, respectively. Dr. Dong of Beijing presented his research experience in the management of critical ischemia with stem cell therapies. The open forum ended with emphasis on the use of the Internet for future exchange between the Chinese and U.S. surgeons.
The trip was supported by Cordis Endovascular China and was organized by Dr. Yao in conjunction with the SVS International Relations Committee, Dr. Enrico Ascher, chair of the committee, and Drs. Greg Sicard, Zwolak, Richard Cambria, and Peter Gloviczki. n