President's Message - November 201311.20.2013
It’s been one month since our recent Closed Meeting program in Las Vegas and I wanted to take this opportunity to update our membership regarding plans for the upcoming year. First of all, I would like to thank all of you for the confidence you have shown in allowing me the privilege of being your President for the next year. Following in my good friend and colleague, Jeff Abrams, footsteps is exciting. Jeff is to be congratulated on an outstanding year. In collaboration with the Executive Committee and the Committee on Industry, our organization experienced a very sound year fiscally while establishing many strong relationships with our friends in the manufacturing area as evidenced by the enthusiastic support of the open day pre-meeting program. We hope to foster these relationships further in order to assure our continued independence and stability. To that end, and at the urging of the Planning and Development Committee, we will plan to have an additional meeting annually separate from the Closed Meeting and Specialty Day events. For the upcoming 2014 year, that will be the April AAOS/ASES 9thBiennial Meeting in Florida. Success with this meeting will depend on your support and participation.
For those of you that were unable to attend the Las Vegas program, Buddy Savoie, Tony Romeo, and Larry Field are to be congratulated on an exceptional academic program chaired. A comprehensive selection of podium presentations culled from over 300 submissions were presented during the three days preceded by a one-day Symposium open to ASES members and non-members. The program also included debates on the current applications and issues of reverse arthroplasty, massive cuff lesions and instability, concluding with a very timely discussion on the Value Care proposition currently before us in the health care arena. Moderated by JP Warner, the speakers made it quite clear that we, as the thought leaders in shoulder and elbow, will need to remain proactive if we are to have a say in the future of shoulder and elbow care. The relevancy of our society will be measured in part by how we determine the value of that care. Our Value Based Shoulder Care Committee is working diligently under the chairmanship of Larry Higgins and Bernie Morrey laying the ground work for our role in this important process and we look forward to proposals from them as we move forward.
I would like to welcome and congratulate the newest members of the executive committee; Guido Mara (Member-at-Large), Craig Satterlee (Secretary/Treasurer-Elect) and Jesse Jupiter (Vice President). I look forward to working with all of you over the next year. Under the leadership of Larry Higgins and the Membership Committee, 31 individuals were submitted and voted on for 2014 membership. There were a total of 8 Advancing to Active, 15 for Associate Membership, and 8 for Corresponding Membership. Additionally, our newest Active, Associate, and Corresponding members were introduced and inducted during the recent Closed Meeting. Congratulations to all and welcome to YOUR organization. A list of our new members is posted on this website and I encourage you to take a look.
2014 is rapidly approaching and there are some important events coming up for our organization. The academy will be in New Orleans this year and Specialty Day is Saturday, March 15th. Program co-chairs, Guido Marra and John Sperling, have put together a comprehensive one-day program including an afternoon combined session with AOSSM. In April, we will be co-hosting the AAOS/ASES 9th Biennial meeting in Orlando, Florida. Many of you will be asked to help with that program and I thank you in advance for your support. It promises to be an excellent meeting and has, in the past, been a very successful proposition for the ASES. Also, mark your calendars for next year’s Closed Meeting which will take place at the beautiful Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, on October 9-12, 2014. I look forward to a thought provoking academic program from co-chairs, Peter McDonald and Bob Burks.
Congratulations and thanks to Anna Quintanilla, our new executive director, on having successfully navigated her first full year with ASES. All of us at the leadership level have come to appreciate her initiative and forward thinking and anticipate that 2014 will allow us to continue progress on the many projects already being implemented. Thanks also to Stella, Susan, and Lynett for their efforts in making the Las Vegas program a seamless, enjoyable event.
Again, thank you all for the honor and privilege of serving as your 30thPresident. I will do my best to assure the continued success of our society, and I look forward to working with the members of the Executive Committee as we navigate a very interesting time in medicine. During the next year, I will ask many of you for your thoughts, your opinions, and your service on committees and academic programs. I hope you will continue to support my efforts as you have for those before me. The ASES is an amazing organization, not only because of the thought leaders and innovators amongst our ranks, but equally so because of the unwavering willingness of the members to support it.
Thanks and let’s have a great year!