President's Message - May 201305.31.2013
This is the best time for members to plan their calendars for the ASES Summer and Fall Meetings. The Surgical Skills course, directed by Craig Satterlee, M.D., and April Armstrong, M.D., will be held in conjunction with the AAOS at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, July 26-27, 2013. Emphasis will be on shoulder instability, rotator cuff and biceps arthroscopic procedures. Cadaveric instruction combined with insightful presentations will complete a 1½-day course filled with valuable information that can be used in our practices.
Please mark your calendars for the Closed and Open Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada this fall. On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the “Arthroscopic Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: An International Perspective,” chaired by Felix “Buddy” Savoie, M.D., will be an open meeting inviting industry, ASES membership, and nonmembers interested in the current “state-of-the-art” on shoulder and elbow arthroscopy. This one-day meeting will include workshops and surgical demonstrations presented over lunchtime. The importance of ASES in providing education will be shared with the international community, and the agenda is on our website. The ASES reception will be Saturday evening, October 12, 2013, at the Bellagio Hotel for both the Open and Closed Meetings. Attendees for both meetings and industry will be invited to this large reception.
The ASES Closed Meeting will be held at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, October 13-15, 2013. Larry Field, M.D., Tony Romeo, M.D., and the Open Meeting Committee have reviewed 306 submitted abstracts which will be combined with symposia featuring arthroplasty applicable to young active patients, elbow osteoarthritis and expected outcomes, and management options to active patients with large rotator cuff tears. A special session with invited speakers will address the value of a surgeon’s impact and the reflection from the community. The interactive meeting design will promote lively discussion regarding clinical cases, surgical techniques, and a greater perspective on long-term patient management.
I would like to welcome Anna Quintanilla as our new Executive Director of ASES. Anna brings a wealth of experience that will strengthen our organization and update our needs and services to our membership. Anna will join Stella Gauthier and Susan Shannon in the Rosemont office in Chicago. We are very grateful for the tireless work of Angela Schnepf that she has provided to our organization and the Board of Directors. There are many current and future projects that require day-to-day management, and we are well staffed to meet these challenges. Our international membership, journal, and biennial meetings require excellent communication to complete a busy calendar year.
Our Membership Committee led by Larry Higgins, M.D. and Jonathan Ticker, M.D., has reviewed new ASES candidates with a new computerized application process. Currently there are 26 candidates being proposed by the committee for Associate membership, and 13 candidates for Corresponding membership. The review process will include ASES membership input prior to being sent to the Board of Directors. This process allows for ample discussion prior to the closed meeting. We are indebted to our hardworking committees that provide a critical service to our organization. We look forward to an exciting summer and fall season, and will plan to see you at these exciting meetings.
Jeffrey S. Abrams, MD