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Welcome from the Program Chair

Brigid K. Killelea, MD, MPH, FACS


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of our society president, Nathalie Johnson, MD, the Board of Directors, and the Annual Meeting Committee, I invite you to join us at the 24th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Breast Surgeons. Our 2023 meeting, including the pre-meeting program, will be held Wednesday, April 26, through Sunday, April 30, at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. We have an exciting 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 Jo Buyske, MD, FACS. Dr. Buyske is the President and CEO of the American Board of Surgery, and a past ABS director. An inspiring figure in surgery, Dr. Buyske president will share with us her knowledge and experience as a leader.

As part of our emphasis on surgical innovation, the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Critical Issues in Breast Cancer Forum will feature controversial issues in breast surgery. The Hoag Hospital Surgical Innovation Forum, supported by a grant from the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian , will feature topics on the Surgeon’s role in breast surgery innovation.

The program will address several important topics that each of us face as leaders. We will explore how to deliver high-value care and feature presentations and discussions on de-escalation of therapy, review latest advances in breast imaging, discuss the management of lymphedema, hear oral presentations on the latest research, have great debates on relevant issues in breast surgery, and view additional research in our poster session. Our annual “How I Do It” video session, featuring surgical tips and tricks, is also in the main program. 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

You will not want to miss out on the excellent pre-meeting courses on April 26 and April 27. Take advantage of these educational opportunities by registering for courses on one or both of these days.

We will once again feature both beginner and intermediate level oncoplastic skills courses with cadaver labs. We are excited to bring you new courses on advanced axillary surgery with cadaver lab, cryotherapy and wireless technologies. We will also include the always popular courses in introductory breast ultrasound, management of the high-risk patient and endocrine therapy, and survivorship. We are very excited to offer new half-day courses on leadership skills and practice building.

John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

Located in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood, the Hynes convention center is just 4.6 miles from Logan International Airport and is surrounded by numerous shopping and dining options, including the Prudential Center, which is connected to the Sheraton Boston and Marriott Copley Place. Copley Square is flanked by 1800s landmarks Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library and along Newbury Street, you will find boutiques and fashion chains, art galleries, and patio cafes.

And keep in mind, if your family or friends will be traveling with you, there’s no end of activities and tours in the city to keep them entertained.

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 are committed to constantly raising the standard of breast care. Make sure to review the Sunday program before booking your flight home so you do not miss out on the important topics being presented including management of the high-risk patient, surgical and non-surgical management of lymphedema and benign breast questions.

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

I look forward to seeing you in Boston, Massachusetts, for #ASBRS23!!

Sincerely,

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Brigid K. Killelea, MD, MPH, FACS
24th Annual Meeting Program Chair
The American Society of Breast Surgeons