University of Southern California (USC) vascular chief Vincent Rowe, MD, took over as the new president of the Western Vascular Society (WVS)—with University of Arizona chief of vascular surgery Wei Zhou, MD, named the new president-elect—during the organization’s 2021 annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, held Oct. 16–19.
Rowe succeeds Michael S. Conte, MD, the co-director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Heart & Vascular Center and chief of the UCSF division of vascular and endovascular surgery.
Conte ended his WVS presidency with a presidential address that took a look at vascular population health, as well as the health of the vascular specialty and its surgeons. He was formally introduced by Rowe and his three children. “Dr. Conte transferred out here from New England but has been a staunch contributor to the society and to science in general, especially for PAD [peripheral arterial disease],” Rowe, professor of surgery at the USC Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, told attendees.
Zhou, MD, a professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, Arizona, was also recently named the second Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) representative to the the World Federation of Vascular Societies (WFVS) council of officers.