Donald R. Mackay
MD, FACS, FAAP
I am honored and privileged to follow Bill Hoffman as the ASMS president. I first become involved with our Society in 2003 when Warren Schubert (ASMS president, 2014) involved me in the group tasked with updating and reorganizing the Basic Course. I quickly realized that this was the society that I most readily identified with. The passion, dedication and innovation of this talented group of colleagues focused on Craniomaxillofacial Surgery resonated with me. Andy Wexler (ASMS president, 2008) really captured the essence of the ASMS for me when he identified us as "Artists in Facial Restoration."
My focus in the upcoming year will be to strengthen our educational mission that has been so ably established by my predecessors.
The Basic Course is the bedrock of these efforts. Gabby Doumit has followed Warren Schubert with his own enthusiastic effort. He continues to update and improve the course every year. The winter Basic Course will be hosted by Mark Urata on February 23-25, 2018 at the University of Southern California.
The ASMS will offer specialty courses biannually, alternating a Pediatric Plastic Surgery Symposium with a hands-on Cadaver Course. These will build on the successes of the Pediatric Meeting Joe Losee held in Pittsburg in 2015 and the Cadaver Course that Alex Lin hosted in St Louis last year. Frank Papay will host the 2017 Pediatric Plastic Surgery Meeting at the Cleveland Clinic from August 24 to 26, 2018.
The ASMS will also continue to explore giving courses internationally. This year ASMS members plan to give a basic course in Teheran, Iran, El Salvador and Romania. It is exciting to see the ASMS brand so eagerly welcomed outside of our shores.
Another major educational effort of the ASMS is our contribution to Plastic Surgery, The Meeting every year. Your president-elect Peter Taub, ably assisted by Tom Samson, made a truly exceptional ASMS contribution in Orlando with focused cadaver dissections, panels, and floor presentations. The Preconference Symposium was folded into the main meeting this year. The initial assessments and feedback have been very positive. I look forward to participating in the ASMS activities that will be led by Del Mount next year in Chicago.