2018 Annual Meeting


Dr. Katherine Yao

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of our Society president, Steven Chen, the board of directors, and the annual meeting committee, I invite you to join us at the 19th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Breast Surgeons. Our 2018 meeting, including the pre-meeting program, will be held Wednesday, May 2nd through Sunday May 6th, in Orlando, Florida. We have a great program planned so please save these dates on your calendar now.

General Session
I am delighted to announce that we will be welcoming as our keynote speaker Kelly Hunt, MD, Department Chair of Breast Surgery from MD Anderson Cancer Center. Additionally, we will have a special forum at the beginning of the meeting sponsored by the JWCI Foundation to discuss critical issues in breast cancer. This year's general session will also feature presentations and discussions on genomics in breast cancer, benign breast disease, updates on locoregional management of breast cancer, systemic treatment updates, immunotherapy and liquid biopsy, breast imaging, environmental risk factors for breast cancer and management of recurrent breast cancer. We will feature a panel on patient-reported outcomes in breast cancer and the changing healthcare landscape in the United States. This year we will have both "benign" and "malignant" debates and a session on best papers presented in the media and at high profile meetings. You will learn tips and tricks from your colleagues through How I Do It videos, hear oral presentations of the latest research, and view additional research in our poster session. You will also be able to see the latest technology in our Exhibit Hall and network with colleagues during breaks and social functions.

Pre-Meeting Courses
When making your travel arrangements, you should also take into consideration that we will be offering daylong pre-meeting courses on May 2nd and 3rd. I urge you to take complete advantage of this educational opportunity by registering for courses on one or both of these days. This year's program will feature both a beginner and advanced level oncoplastic skills course at the Nicholson Center with an option to participate in a cadaver lab in the afternoon. We will also include the always popular introductory breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy courses, and a new course on advanced coding and documentation. We are also excited to provide a new course on techniques to manage benign and high risk breast disease with a focus on technical and practical aspects of managing benign and high risk breast disease. Other courses will be a primer on genetics for surgeons, and a primer on interpreting and applying breast research studies to your practice.

The 2018 general session and pre-meeting courses will not only provide an opportunity to earn up to 22AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)™, but will also include the self-assessment activities necessary to claim up to 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)™ toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.

Orlando, FL and the Grande Lakes Resort
Sunny Orlando, Florida, home of the Grande Lakes Resort is sure to be warm and welcoming. The JW Marriott and The Ritz Carlton offer numerous activities and amenities for adults and kids alike, including multiple restaurants, a lazy river, a relaxing spa, and a championship golf course. (Visit the website www.grandelakes.com to see for yourself.) In addition, the surrounding Orlando area boasts world class restaurants and entertainment, as well as high-end outlet shopping. Of course, if you plan to bring your family you must consider an excursion, before or after the meeting, to nearby Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando (about 15 minutes from the resort). Be sure to investigate multi-day or multi-park passes as they are sure to save you some money. Also if you plan ahead, private park tour guides are available.

Plan Ahead
You’ll find, as always, an incredibly packed agenda for the entire week. I encourage you to review the schedule and see the topics and speakers we have assembled. I hope you will find that we have achieved our goal of providing focused content designed specifically to meet the needs of surgeons who treat breast disease. Make sure to look at the Sunday line-up before booking your flight home—we have world renowned speakers on Sunday and our always popular “Ask the Experts” session where you can get your questions answered about difficult patient cases.

So make plans now to join us and our colleagues at a unique meeting designed specifically to meet the educational needs and interests of surgeons and other health care professionals who treat breast disease. 

I hope to see you in Orlando, FL for ASBrS 2018!!


Katherine Yao, MD

Katharine Yao, MD
19th Annual Meeting Chair