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Dear Society Members:

The 2004 Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society’s XVth Congress is meeting

    These dates and location have been carefully chosen:

    1) not to conflict with any other major meeting, but to immediately follow Current Trends in

    Cardiothoracic Surgery 2004, in the same location ).

    2) to interfere minimally with your busy clinical schedule (Sat Mon).

    3) to be located in the best possible site for this meeting Houston, Texas. Arguably, the birthplace of American Surgery was in Houston, Texas. Whatever your opinion, certainly we are all

    proud of our training at Baylor. Many of the surgical giants who were our mentors in the past GEORGE

    MORRIS, E. STANLEY CRAWFORD, ARTHUR BEALL, and GEORGE JORDON are now deceased, Yet, many


    MATTOX, and the legend himself, PROFESSOR DEBAKEY. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and interact with

    them again, as well as colleagues from the past and present. No other meeting will offer to you such a genuine


Is the Baylor Department of Surgery still the national powerhouse that it was? That is exactly the focus of this


The meeting not only promises to reflect on the past, but also to bring us up-to-date on the Michael E. DeBakey

    Department of Surgery, and new technical developments from international authorities, as well as a national

    resident paper competition. Our Program Director, Dr. John Sweeney, promises a dynamite program like no

    other. A special social event is being planned that could literally be a “home run.”

     information is on the Society web site ( or can be obtained by contacting the Baylor Office of Continuing Medical Education (713/798-8237; Please make special note of

    the abstract deadline and submit your abstract NOW!

Don’t miss what promises to be a tremendous event and meeting! Your officers and board of directors join me in

    extending to you a personal invitation to attend.

Roger T. Gregory, M.D.


    This newsletter accompanying your 2003 dues newest and most exciting venue for the 2004 statement focuses on the upcoming meeting of the meeting, the located in the now

    Society. Mark you calendars NOW to assure you vibrant downtown area, adjoining the George R. will attend the 2004 biennial Society meeting to be Brown Convention Center, and just across Minute held May 15-17, in Houston’s newest hotel. Doctor Maid Park and the Toyota Stadium. The hotel’s John Sweeney, Program Director, has chosen the grand ballroom is the city’s largest, at 40,000 square

    feet. While the junior ballroom itself is 26,000 50 years. While Doctor Sweeney and the program square feet. Three restaurants, a full-service pool, committee will have invited speakers focusing on spa, and health club are also on site. State-of-the-art specific topics, much of the program will be technology features are found throughout the hotel. comprised of papers submitted from the membership January, prior to our meeting, the Hilton Americas for presentation. You are encouraged to submit will serve as the NFL’s Super Bowl XXXVIII abstracts on your research and clinical activities. headquarters hotel. There will be time for both formal presentations and

     poster sessions. Doctor Sweeney plans to work with Enclosed you will find the preliminary the Society to incorporate the meetings presentations announcement of the DeBakey Surgical Society into a book that will ultimately be a reflection of the meeting. More information on both meetings can legacy and foundation of the Society. be obtained by visiting the Society web site ( This is MUST ATTEND, one of a kind, meeting, and

     one that demands your active participation. Your In the survey that accompanied last year’s newsletter contributions can make this one of the most unique and dues, a majority of you indicated a desire to and memorable DeBakey Society meetings ever. have the Society biennial meetings in conjunction with other meetings at similar times and locations, The 2004 DeBakey Society meeting will be held in when possible, to increase the effectiveness of travel tandem with the Second Annual Current Trends in and CME budgets. We trust that many of you will Cardiothoracic Surgery, May 14-15. Doctor Joseph want to take this opportunity to take advantage of Coselli, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic both meetings. Surgery, is the Program Chairman of this highly

     successful symposium. The Michael E. DeBakey International Surgery

    Society meeting will be a Festschrift for Doctor

    DeBakey and for the activities of the Baylor Department of Surgery in Houston during the past


    , our second annual conference, will highlight the latest developments in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and oncology, transplant and assist devices, congenital heart

    surgery, and associated research in these fields. The conference will be presented in Houston, May 14-15, 2004.

    Our meeting immediately precedes the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society Meeting on May 15-17.

    This year, Current Trends in Cardiothoracic Surgery will have approximately 35 speakers participating in this

    information-packed, two-day program, covering topics such as coronary artery and mitral valve disease, aortic

    aneurysms and dissection, atrial fibrillation, thoracic trauma, mechanical cardiac support, lung and esophageal

    cancer, mesothelioma, congenital heart diseases and much more. We are delighted to be presenting this meeting

in state-of-the-art space at the new Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel located in Houston's revitalized and exciting

    downtown district. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you all to join me at CTCS 2004, and enjoy

     by registering for both CTCS 2004 and the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical

    Society biennial meeting. I promise you all an information-packed assembly, and look forward to welcoming you

    to Houston. For registration information, contact the Baylor Office of Continuing Medical Education (713/798-


At the time of the 2002 dues statement for the Society, we submitted to you a survey soliciting your views of the

    Society and meeting preferences. Specifically, since the meeting in Australia was not well attended, we inquired

    about the reasons why. Sixty percent of the membership responded, and many made specific suggestions for the

    meetings and the Society’s future.

    The primary reason for not attending the 2002

    meeting in Australia was cost of attending, with the second reason being length of time for travel and

    total time away from office.

    The responses to this question were quite mixed, making it somewhat

    difficult to discern a specific direction for future meeting sites. Overwhelmingly, members wanted to

    maintain occasional meetings in Houston, but did not express a desire to have the meetings always held in

    Houston. The most popular choice, although by a narrow margin, was a domestic (within the US) resort

    property, and the third, by a wider margin was an international city. Because the primary reason

    expressed for not attending 2002 was expense, it was determined that if the Society did choose an

    international site in the future, the specific location would need to be one that could be expeditiously

    reached from both time and cost standpoints.

    A majority of those responding indicated CME credits were an important

    factor in the decision making process to attend the meeting. What we failed to ask, but probably should

    have, was related to willingness to accept a higher registration fee so CME credits could be applied for.

    believe the answer would still be that CME credits are very attractive, and in many cases, a “must” for We

    Society members, even if the cost of registration is increased. You should be aware that obtaining CME

    credits for the meeting is a significant expenses, and does, therefore, necessitate an increased registration


    Responding members indicated that increasingly their interests are

    focusing on subjects outside thoracic and vascular surgery. Overwhelmingly, those responding saw a need

    and desire for the continuation of the Society and its biennial meetings.

    C: There was no doubt from those responding that the reception

    was considered an important Society function that the large majority wished continued.


    malpractice cases. Subsequently, Texas physicians Professional liability rates have been rising nationally, were successful in working with many in the State to and in Texas the rates increased as much as 300% pass a constitutional amendment codifying this law, for some surgeons and subspecialists during the past so that its constitutionality could not be debated in 3 years. Many neurosurgeons, obstetricians, trauma the Texas courts for the next 10 years. “Proposition surgeons, and even general and thoracic surgeons in 12” was a major success, and some professional

    Texas have restricted their practices, refused to take liability insurance carriers have already begun emergency cases, or retired early. Much of the lowering premiums. emergency and trauma infrastructure of Texas has been adversely affected with trauma center closures,

    thresulting in long transfers of critically injured patients, Houston is now the 4 largest city in the United

    often with dire consequences. Many physicians, States, and at the time of this writing, we have a new including members of our Society, took an active mayor, Bill White. Houston continues to grow in role in working with the Texas Legislature to pass people, diversity, buildings and sports teams. The legislation placing caps on non-economic damages in Houston Rockets’ 7’6” center, Yao Ming, is on his

    way to becoming a Houston and, indeed, national front of/into the train. Fortunately, there were no favorite to watch on and off the courts. injuries just dents and scratches.

    The Downtown Houston you knew if you trained Baylor’s has a new president, Dr. Peter Traber. He is here more than ten or even five years ago now bears a visionary leader, formerly Chair of Medicine, and no resemblance to what you may remember. The then CEO of the University of Pennsylvania in Downtown renovation and rejuvenation projects Philadelphia. He has already developed dialogue abound and are succeeding. The sports and aimed at strengthening Baylor’s presence at St Luke’s convention center downtown area, where our 2004 Hospital, while at the same time attempting to meeting will be held, is a center of fun, great dining, continue and build on the many combined programs and non-stop activity. that Baylor has had with The Methodist Hospital. In

     addition, Dr. Traber and the Baylor Board have

    announced establishment of an outpatient facility, Even for those who live in Houston, the changes in possibly to be built in the space of the old Tidelands the Texas Medical Center surprise us daily. Most Motel, although various locations are being institutions are still recovering from the great flood considered. The facility will be called the Adult of early June 2001, when Tropical Storm Allison Ambulatory Clinical Center. dropped almost 36” of rain on some parts of Houston. Construction, flood gates, submarine Dr. DeBakey continues to be one of the busiest doors, and internal rearrangements continue. The persons at Baylor, continuing to work on his left Doctors’ Club has closed its doors. The Trevisio ventricular assist device, which shows great promise. Restaurant, located in the center of the TMC on the He continues to travel as much as ever and attends top floor of the John P. McGovern Texas Medical board meetings, galas, and writes extensively. Center Commons building is now the most convenient fine dining establishment for Medical Dr. Brunicardi continues to build the research and Center personnel. The lower floor of the garage clinical aspects of the Department. The Department houses a food court for casual dining. This area is of Surgery is among the top 10 in funded research in known as “The Commons.” The Texas Children’s the nation and each of the divisions continues to be Hospital has moved into its beautiful new building, productive in educational programs, presentations, making it the largest children’s hospital in the and publications. country. Congress has just given the Houston VA Hospital a new name, the Michael E. DeBakey

    Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Former President We regret to inform you that four Society members Bush, Father of the current President, participated in died last year. In May, the Society was notified that dedicating the new Vascular Surgery Unit of that long time member, Marceau Servelle, of Paris, France, facility just last week. St. Luke’s hospital has opened died in October 2002. a new facility for the Texas Heart Insititute. It faces the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The M.D. Dr. Bill Berry, who was a medical student and Anderson Cancer Center has just opened new surgical resident between 1958 and 1969, was killed research and outpatient facilities, making its footprint in Houston this year in a moving vehicle accident. very large. The Western Campus continues to Dr. Gene Guinn died following an acute illness. Dr. expand with facilities for M.D. Anderson, UT School Guinn was repeatedly recognized by Baylor students of Public Health and still more parking facilities. This and residents over the years for his teaching and west campus extends almost to Greenbriar. mentoring. Dr. Franklin Harberg, former Chairman

     of Pediatric Surgery, died suddenly last year. The most obvious change in the Texas Medical Although he had officially retired, he had continued Center is the new MetroRail. It is to open January to work and teach at the Ben Taub General Hospital. 2004. Already, during the first week of “test runs,” These physicians were long-term contributing four accidents happened when cars made left turns in members of the Houston medical community and

    will be greatly missed.

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