FVS 31st Annual Scientific Sessions Recap

The FVS 31st Annual Scientific Sessions were held April 26 - 29, 2018 at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® in Orlando, Florida. Our three guest speakers were Ronald M. Fairman, MD, FACS from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; John “Jeb” W. Hallett, MD, FACS from the Medical University of South Carolina; and Benjamin W. Starnes, MD, FACS from the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center. In addition to all the great talks this year, we were proud to present the James M. Seeger, MD Symposium on Lower Extremity Revascularization on Friday and once again a session for the South Florida Society for Vascular Surgery on Saturday.

Pictured left to right:
Dr. John “Jeb” W. Hallett, Dr. Ronald M. Fairman and Dr. Benjamin W. Starnes


Next Generation

After our guest speakers kicked off the Scientific Sessions on Thursday, the rest of the day was dedicated to our Next Generation. We had ten medical students, nine residents and six fellows in attendance this year and we gave out eleven scholarships.

The six medical student and ten resident/fellow presentations were judged by guest speakers and executive committee members and winners were announced on Friday at the President’s Luncheon.

FVS member Dr. Russell Samson gave a mini-symposium geared toward the Next Gen on What Not to Do in Carotid Surgery between the presentations from the medical students and the resident/fellows. 


President’s Luncheon

New for 2018 was the President’s Luncheon held on Friday. Dr. Dan Kaelin, a past president, gave the opening remarks and some background on our award namesakes before the Next Gen awards 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. Jack Zeltzer, awarded Dr. Parikh for her presentation E-Selectin/AAV Gene Therapy Promotes Wound Healing in a Critical Limb Ischemia Mouse Model.



Dr. "JJ" Karmacharya Award
Best Resident Abstract & Oral Presentation in Aortic Aneurysmal
Disease Reconstruction & Treatments
Suniah S. Ayub, MD
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Dr. Jorge Rey awarded Dr. Ayub for her presentation Validation of AAA Patient Reporting of National Administrative and Clinical Outcomes Databases.



Mark L. Friedell, MD, Award
Best Medical Student Abstract & Oral Presentation
Benjamin A. Eslahpazir
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
Dr. Russell Samson awarded Mr. Eslahpazir for his presentation A Lumped-Parameter Computational Model Shows Mild Inflow Disease—Does Not Require Hybrid Revascularization During Placement of the Femorofemoral Bypass.


Dr. Hertz then presented the first recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award given to an FVS member who has displayed dedication to teaching. This inaugural award went to Dr. James Dennis. Dr. Dennis completed General Surgery Residency and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Loyola University and joined the faculty at the University of Florida in Jacksonville in 1998. He is board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Critical Care and has extensive research and publications on vascular trauma IVC filters and vascular access. He has also been honored throughout his teaching career receiving the best teaching faculty 1988 through 1991; Thaddeus Moseley Award for Teaching Excellence 1997, 1998, 2000; and best surgical rotation every year from 1989 through 2014, except 1993. He has had 19 general surgery residents go into vascular surgery fellowship programs including Irfan Imami, practicing in Melbourne; Anthony Avino, practicing in Savannah, GA, who completed his fellowship at USF and is the immediate past president of GVS; and Dr. Hertz himself.

After the awards FVS President Dr. Jeffrey A. Hertz was honored and gave his presidential address “A Year in the Life…” detailing his lessons learned after going from doctor to patient recently and how the experience affected him both personally and professionally. Not many dry eyes in the house as the audience gave him a standing ovation. Incoming FVS President, Dr. Paul A. Armstrong congratulated him on a successful presidency, thanked him for all his hard work and dedication to the Society and presented him with his president’s plaque.


Coney Island Style President's Dinner

The Saturday night highlight was the family-friendly President's Dinner with a "Roasting of the President" by Dr. James W. Dennis. Lots of good natured ribbing and some fun photos of Dr. Hertz's younger days kept the crowd entertained and laughing before being served a buffet dinner reminiscent of Coney Island style cuisine. Caricature artists, animal balloons, face painting and airbrush tattoos added to the fun atmosphere before the dueling pianos took over. Lots of singing and dancing ensued over desserts to make for an evening enjoyed by all ages.

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Lunch & Learn and Dinner Series

As an added feature this year, we had two Lunch & Learn and two Dinner Series sponsored by industry. This was an opportunity for attendees to gain more knowledge in what was happening from the industry perspective. We’d like to thank our sponsors and their presenters:

Bolton Medical
John P. Henretta, MD, FACS
Martin R. Back, MD, FACS
Luis A. Sanchez, MD, FACS

Ross Milner, MD, FACS
Randy Bassett, PHD

Steve A. Henao, MD, FACS, FACC

Gore & Associates
Murray L. Shames, MD, FACS



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

Foursome – Dr. Scott Tapper, Doug Delagrange, Jason White and Roman Polivka
Closest to the Pin – Dr. Scott Tapper
Longest Putt – Juliet Illig
Longest Drive – Michael Conner and Cathy Collins


5K Winners

Dr. Jeffrey Edwards and Christina Cardy



Tennis Round Robin


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