On behalf of our Society president Sheldon Feldman, the board of directors, and the annual meeting committee, I invite you to join us at the 18th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Breast Surgeons. Our 2017 meeting, “Viva Las Vegas: Breast Cancer: Controversies, Challenges and Glitz”, including the pre-meeting program, will be held April 26-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please mark the date in your busy calendar and plan your spring schedule accordingly. We have planned a very exciting educational program and would not like for you to miss out.
I am delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is Professor Frederik Wenz from Mannheim, Germany. Professor Wenz has been the director of the Department of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology at the University Medical Center in Mannheim since 2000, has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Claudia von Schilling Prize in 2010 and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region’s 2011 Innovation Award for his pioneering work in the development of intraoperative radiation.
This year’s general session will feature a journey of the challenges and controversies from benign breast disease to metastatic breast cancer. Presentations and discussions on benign breast disease, genetic risk, molecular subtyping, clinical trials, new breast cancer staging, neoadjuvant therapy, contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, management of the axilla, recurrent and metastatic breast cancer, and much more. You will learn new approaches and tips 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 have the opportunity to see and play with the latest technology in our Exhibit Hall and network with colleagues during breaks and social functions. This year, we have added a new session Sunday morning, “Ask the Experts” where you can get input on your most difficult and challenging cases.
When making your travel arrangements, you should also take into consideration that we will be offering daylong pre-meeting courses on April 26 and 27. 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 again include the always popular introductory breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy courses, as well as courses on novel and emerging technologies, advanced imaging, oncoplastic surgery with a cadaver lab and hands on experience, breast practice management survival kit 101, and building a breast cancer survivorship program.
CME and MOC
The 2017 general session and pre-meeting courses will not only provide an opportunity to earn up to 40 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)™, but will also include the self-assessment activities necessary to claim up to 26 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)™ toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.
Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada and Beyond
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Bellagio is well known for its lakeside setting with fountains that perform a show choreographed to music and lights each afternoon and evening. (In fact, TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 Awards recently named the Bellagio fountains as the #1 U.S. Landmarks.) Guests of the hotel will continue to be amazed as they enter a lobby that features exquisite glass sculptures by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly, as well as a conservatory and botanical gardens. A full-service spa and fitness center; live world-class entertainment, including “O” by Cirque du Soleil; a large casino; high-style shopping; a gallery of fine art; and 19 restaurants provide something for everyone at Bellagio.
And keep in mind, if your family or friends will be traveling with you, there’s no end of activities in the city and its environs to keep them entertained. They may expect world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment, but, don’t forget, Las Vegas is also a great base from which to visit such spectacular sites as Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon. Be sure to take a look at www.lasvegas.com/activities/ to learn more about what Las Vegas and the surrounding area have to offer.
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—the final day of the meeting will feature world-renowned breast surgeons and oncologists providing the latest information.
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. Most importantly, remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but what you learn in Vegas, you can take away!
See you all in Las Vegas for a superb meeting!
Jane E. Méndez, MD
18th Annual Meeting Program Chair
American Society of Breast Surgeons