W. Craig Clark, MD, PhD, FICS, FACS
Chair, Board of Directors

Academy members and friends, it is with great pleasure that I report on our successful Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle this past June. The educational content of our program was excellent with quite a few faculty members from the University of Washington joining us for 2 days of stimulating sessions.

I was extremely delighted that Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at UW, was able to participate as our Keynote Speaker on Saturday morning. His recap of The 10 Things You Need to Know About Concussion was an important reminder of the dangers this serious injury can pose – especially to young athletes.

My sincere gratitude is expressed to not only Dr. Ellenbogen, but all the members of the UW faculty that participated in our sessions. Feedback was extremely positive and the Q and A portion of the program certainly demonstrated the significant interest the audience had in the topics presented. Our sessions ran long on both days due to the enthusiasm all our attendees had in the educational content offered.

While we all enjoyed Seattle and learned about some new approaches to patient care, we now must begin to think about next year. The 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, our 42nd, will be held in Chicago at the W Lakeshore Hotel. Joining the International College of Surgeons once again the meeting will be moved next year to an earlier date. We will be meeting on April 27th and 28th with the ICS meetings beginning on the 26th.

You may have already seen the ICSUS Call for Presentations, which was mailed in mid-June. Due to the earlier dates, you should pay particular attention to the submission deadline date. Submissions will be due two full months earlier than usual with the new cutoff being October 1, 2017. All Academy members are encouraged to submit your research as well as case reports and join us in Chicago.