VAM 2024: Presidential welcome

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Joseph L. Mills

It is with great excitement and anticipation that I welcome you to the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), taking place from June 19–22 in the city of Chicago. This year’s meeting promises to be an exceptional convergence of the brightest minds and most dedicated practitioners in vascular surgery.

VAM 2024 is not just another conference—it’s a dynamic gathering where innovation meets expertise. Over four days, we will offer premier educational sessions, groundbreaking research presentations and interactive panel discussions. This year’s program is designed to ignite your curiosity and fuel your passion for excellence in vascular care.

As we look forward to the meeting, we also mark the end of an era for two of our distinguished colleagues. Andres Schanzer, MD, who has been an integral part of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Program Committee for the past decade and served as the VAM program chair, will be concluding his term. Likewise, William Robinson, MD, who has been a cornerstone of the Postgraduate Education Committee (PGEC), will be finishing his term. Their contributions have been invaluable, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their dedication and leadership.

One of the highlights of VAM will be the inaugural SVS Keynote Speaker Series, headlined by Karith Foster, the CEO of Inversity Solutions. Her insights will undoubtedly inspire and challenge us to think beyond the conventional boundaries of our field.

Another event not to be missed is the E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum. For those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture, we’re bringing the spirit of Chicago football to Soldier Field with our second annual SVS Connect@VAM: Building Community.

The SVS section sessions will provide a broad exposure into the latest advancements in our field, offering valuable insights and practical knowledge. These sessions are designed to foster a dynamic and well-informed community of vascular surgeons.

For those in the early stages of their working life, our career fair presents an unparalleled opportunity to explore a wide range of career options across the country. Networking with peers and potential employers can significantly impact your professional journey.

Finally, don’t miss the SVS Foundation Gala. This event includes complimentary round-trip transportation from the Marriott Marquis to the Museum of Science and Industry for an opportunity to relax and celebrate our shared achievements in a grand setting.

If you forgot to cast your electronic ballot for vice president in the SVS officer election, you can do so in person at VAM 2024 until 2 p.m. Central Time on Friday, June 21. Finally, to fully benefit from VAM 2024, I encourage you to stay for all four days. The comprehensive learning opportunities, professional development sessions and networking events are designed to maximize your experience and provide you with the tools you need to excel in your practice.

Welcome to VAM 2024! Let’s make this an unforgettable meeting filled with learning, collaboration and inspiration.

Warm regards,

Joseph L. Mills, MD

SVS president

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