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SCVS Celebrates 50 Years of Advancements and Innovations in Vascular Surgery: A Recap of the 2023 Annual Meeting in Miami

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The Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS) celebrated its 50th anniversary in Miami, Florida, from March 25th to 29th, 2023. The meeting was a huge success, with almost 700 registered attendees, including vascular surgeons, researchers, and healthcare professionals from all over the world. This year's conference was particularly special, as it marked half a century of the SCVS's annual meeting.

The first day of the conference was dedicated to Vascular Fellows and Chief Residents, with a range of educational and training sessions designed to help them develop their skills and knowledge in vascular surgery, which included hands-on workshops and lectures from leading experts in the field.

The kickoff section of the conference focused on community practice, with a presentation entitled "Private Practice and Its Impact on Vascular Surgery." Dr. Fred Weaver delivered the leadoff presentation on "The Private Practitioner and the SCVS, Linked by History." He gave deserved credit to Dr. Peter B. Samuels, the driving force behind the creation of the SCVS. Dr. Samuels recognized the need for a venue and platform for community practice surgeons to discuss patient care, disease treatment, and network, thus filling the gap that early vascular surgeons faced.

The following days of the conference were filled with great scientific presentations, leveraging the rapid-fire format born at the SCVS, where presenters have only five minutes to present their research. The presentations covered a wide range of topics in vascular surgery, including the latest advances in treatments, clinical trials, and patient outcomes.

Post-graduate events focusing on leadership, education, and training were also a key part of the conference. These events provided opportunities for attendees to engage in discussions about the future of vascular surgery, including how best to prepare the next generation of vascular surgeons and researchers.

Two notable events during the conference were the Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture given by Dr. Michael Conte entitled "Evidence-based Revascularization for Limb-threatening Ischemia - A Journey for Our Specialty" and the Presidential Address by Dr. Sean Roddy. Dr. Conte's lecture reviewed the role of scientific scrutiny of lower extremity limb salvage methods and results, with an emphasis on the groundbreaking BEST-CLI trial. Dr. Roddy's address connected the dots from Dr. Weaver's presentation to the present and detailed the evolution of the SCVS to its current state.

Adding to the special occasion of the 50th anniversary was the presence of the legendary Dr. Frank Veith, who was present for a book signing. A special gala celebration was held on Tuesday evening, culminating in a "Miami Chic" theme with salsa music and salsa dancing professionals wowing the attendees.

In conclusion, the 50th anniversary of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery annual meeting was a resounding success. The conference provided an excellent opportunity for vascular surgeons, researchers, and healthcare professionals to come together to share knowledge, network, and discuss the latest advances in vascular surgery. The conference highlighted the importance of community practice in vascular surgery and the crucial role that the SCVS has played in filling the gap for early vascular surgeons. The future of vascular surgery looks bright, and the SCVS is well-positioned to continue its mission of advancing the science and practice of vascular surgery for many years to come.

Dr. Shutze has no conflicts of interest to report.

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