President's Message - December 201212.17.2012
It is a great honor to become the 29th President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, as these are exciting times for our organization. We have developed a leadership role in shoulder and elbow education, in addition to addressing challenges in patient advocacy and maintaining financial security. We will continue many of the initiatives that have been started, as well as begin new programs to maintain our relationship with other educational societies, including our international collaborations.
Your Executive Committee would like to welcome two new members, Frank Cordasco, M.D. and Bill Mallon, M.D. They join current Executive Committee members Rob Bell, Fran Cuomo, JP Warner, George McCluskey, and Brad Edwards.
Our organization has played a significant role in assisting with the development and update of the AAOS rotator cuff guidelines. A critical rebuttal from our organization, combined with AANA and members of AOSSM, has led to further discussions on the value of expert opinion and best medical-available evidence, which together will assist in developing “appropriate-use criteria” for nonoperative and operative intervention of this common problem. The Academy has welcomed the interaction of our society in developing principles that will offer the best treatment options.
As many of you may know, the ASES office, as part of the Academy building, will be moving in the next two years. In addition to office space, the Orthopaedic Learning Center will be designed as a “state of the art” surgical skills teaching facility. This will require a partnership of Academy membership and industry to support this ambitious move.
We congratulate JP Warner and his program chairs Jon Ticker and Larry Higgins for the outstanding program for the 2012 Closed Meeting in Sea Island, Georgia. Our desire to continue our mission in education includes our international members. The ASES Executive Committee has adopted the recommendation of AAOS in formalizing its collaboration with meetings abroad. Meetings that contain the logo “ASES recognizes” will have Executive Committee performed content review, similar to our meetings. Our international partnership has created a worldwide classroom with shared educational goals in shoulder and elbow, similar to our shared information found in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. The ICSES meeting is scheduled in Nagoya, Japan, April 10-12, 2013. This important meeting that occurs every three years is a great combination of academics and cultural sharing.
The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons has begun plans for the 2013 events beginning with the Open Meeting presented during Specialty Day in Chicago under the leadership of Brian Cole and Peter Millett. Our Annual Meeting will take place at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, October 12-15, 2013. A new format with an open meeting developed by Buddy Savoie will occur on Saturday, with industry present for workshops and a reception. The closed portion of the meeting will begin on Sunday, October 13 and conclude Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Our program chairs, Larry Field and Tony Romeo, will be polling our membership on topics of interest to make a meeting filled with discussion and engagement.
I would like to personally thank JP Warner for his leadership and vision in promoting the importance of our organization, and the role it has played in the challenging times of politics, reimbursements, and policy. The “value” of expertise, research, and education will continue to play a role in the future agenda, benefiting teachers, students, and patients.
In closing, thank you for the opportunity to work with this elite group of educators. I will utilize the website newsletter to communicate with our membership. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org; my cell phone is 609-468-9617 (USA). I am available for any suggestions for our organization.