FVS 30th Annual Scientific Sessions Recap

The FVS 30th Annual Scientific Sessions were held May 4-7, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Our three guest speakers were Mark A. Farber, MD, FACS; William A. Marston, MD, FACS; and Timothy M. Sullivan, MD, FACS, FSVS, FSVM, FACC. In addition to all the great talks this year, we were proud to expand the James M. Seeger, MD Symposium into a two part session on Complex Topics in AV Access and add a session for the South Florida Society for Vascular Surgery

Mark A. Farber, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC


William A. Marston, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery and
Chief of Division of Vascular Surgery
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC


Timothy M. Sullivan, MD, FACS, FSVS, FSVM, FACC
Chairman, Vascular/Endovascular Surgery
Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of MN
Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Vascular Surgery &
Journal of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Minneapolis, MN


Next Generation

Our Next Generation program had 11 scholarship recipients. The Mentorship Luncheon featured guest speaker Dr. Kyle R. Diamond, MD, an integrated vascular surgery resident at UMass Memorial Medical Center, who presented Mentoring the Next Generation of Vascular Surgery Trainees: A Current Resident's Perspective. Dr. Diamond is a past Next Generation scholarship winner.

Dr. Kyle R. Diamond


2017 Next Gen Scholarship Recipients


After the mentorship luncheon, eight medical students and ten resident/fellows presented. Presentations were judged by guest speakers and executive committee members. On Friday, following a tribute to each award namesake, the winners were announced:


Jose "Pepe" Alvarez, Jr., MD Award
Best Resident Abstract & Oral Presentation
Punam P. Parikh, MD
University of Miami, Department of Surgery
Miami, FL
Dr. Howard Katzman, awarded Dr. Parikh for her presentation Novel Gene Therapy Facilitates Critical Limb Ischemia Reperfusion in Mouse Hindlimb Gangrene Model.


Dr. "JJ" Karmacharya Award
Best Resident Abstract & Oral Presentation in Aortic Aneurysmal
Disease Reconstruction & Treatments
Adam Tanious, MD
University of South Florida, Department of Vascular Surgery
Tampa, FL
Dr. Omaida Velazquez awarded Dr. Tanious for his presentation Who Performs Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair?


Mark L. Friedell, MD, Award
Best Medical Student Abstract & Oral Presentation
Abdullah Abou-Samra
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
Mr. Abou-Samra was the inaugural winner for his presentation Reduction in Post-operative Opiates after Opiate-free Anesthesia.


Kentucky Derby President's Dinner

The Saturday night highlight was the family-friendly President's Dinner honoring Dr. Geoffrey L. Risley. The Kentucky Derby theme was fun for all ages and everyone got in the spirit with their bow ties and hats. The evening started with a commemorative 30th anniversary photo of all members present. Before the televised run of the actual Kentucky Derby, member Dr. Lawrence Kaelin surprised party-goers with a video from the Derby where he was a spectator. Next up was our bow tie and hat contest - winner for the bow tie was Dr. Jon Wesley and for the hat, Marcy Zeltzer. Amidst all the fun and excitement, a proposal took place with Next Gen student John Kim getting down on bended knee to ask Katelyn Updyke for her hand in marriage! Following the buffet dinner was a dessert reception with the President's speech, presentation of the President's plaque, and the traditional passing of the gavel. Dr. Risley presented incoming FVS President, Dr. Jeffrey Hertz, the gavel and wished him well in his term. The evening finished with everyone getting "down and derby" with live band The Boogie Freaks.

Along with the excellent educational program, there were plenty of opportunities to network and enjoy some camaraderie with a host of sporting activities including golf, tennis, and a 5K run.

Golf Winners

Tennis Winners

5K Winners


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