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2020 President - Jim Mckinsey, MD
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The Eastern Vascular Society welcomes our 34th President for the 2019-2020 term, James McKinsey, MD.

Dear Members of the Eastern Vascular Society,

I look forward to seeing all of you at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Vascular Society which will be held at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina, September 24th-27th, 2020. This meeting promises an exciting educational program, a wonderful social experience, and lots of activities in beautiful historic Charleston. September is an ideal time of year in Charleston, with warm temperatures during the day, and cooler evenings.

The Belmond Charleston Place will provide the perfect venue for our meeting. The hotel is right on the edge of the historic district in downtown Charleston with many restaurants, boutique shopping and activities in walking distance. The Belmond Charleston Place is internationally known for its accommodations and meeting areas, as well as its spa and pool area.  The meeting rooms are perfect for all components of our program, with close proximity to the main meeting room, vendor space and satellite programs. There will be ample opportunity to use the accommodations as the center of operations for afternoon and evening activities: golf, fishing, beaches, historic walking tours, fine dining, and all variety of other activities. If schedules allow, I hope you’ll consider bringing your family with you to the meeting, and we believe our program will allow ample free time to enjoy yourself and catch up with friends from the EVS.

The Program Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Christopher Abularrage, is assembling an excellent program covering a wide range of topics for vascular and endovascular surgery that will be presented by a diverse panel of distinguished speakers. This will include original presentations, video presentations, and rapid-fire presentations, in addition to the e-poster competition. New to the program this year, we will also have a dedicated session on complication management and mini-symposia on new technology and focused topics on patient management issues: “How To Do It.” There will be a brand-new abstract category highlighting “Novel Technologies and Innovations,” which I expect will be thought-provoking and stimulate vibrant discussion throughout each Plenary Session. Self-assessment CME credits will again be available, in addition to standard CME.

Also brand new to the program this year will be the EVS “Top Gun” Competition pitting trainees against one another in a friendly competition, with the winner receiving a scholarship to attend the SCVS in 2021 and compete in Miami Beach. In addition to the “Top Gun” competition, trainees will have the opportunity to participate in mock orals and in a dynamic simulation session being developed under the leadership of Drs. Jennifer Ellis and Yana Etkin.

Other eagerly anticipated sessions are the Radiation Safety Course, Community Physicians session, Diversity Panel, Issues Panel, Allied Health session, Young Surgeons’ Program, and Issues Panel. We will have sponsored breakfast and lunch informative symposia throughout the meeting.

The meeting will commence on Thursday September 24th at noon, with an industry-sponsored lunch session. Importantly, given the beautiful historic environs of the city of Charleston, all Plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday will conclude after industry-sponsored lunch sessions, by 1:15 pm. This will allow ample time to explore the city, partake in its charms and activities, and spend time with family and friends. The meeting will adjourn on Sunday September 27th at noon.

In the early evening of Thursday September 24th, the Society will be hosting a Welcome Reception. On Friday evening, September 25th, there will be a Women, Diversity and New Members Reception to which all attendees are invited and the Executive Council will be present to discuss any questions you may have regarding the EVS. On Saturday, September 26th the President’s Gala will be a “Roaring 2020’s Party” which will feature entertainment, dinner, fedoras and all manner of beverages.

The EVS wants to continue to lead the way with a strong mentorship program. I invite you to 'Become a Mentor' to our Society's future Leaders and develop meaningful relationships with students, residents, fellows, and young vascular surgeons. Dr. Neal Cayne has agreed to head up our scholarship and mentor program this year in conjunction with the Young Surgeon’s Committee so if you are interested in participating as a mentor please contact Neal Cayne ( or Jennifer Ellis (

I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to work with the Program Committee, the Executive Council, EVS committees and all of our members who are dedicated to making the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Vascular Society our best and most enjoyable meeting ever. I greatly appreciate our industry partners for their continued support of our society and this meeting. I look forward to welcoming you all to Charleston in September.


James F. McKinsey, MD
EVS President