President’s Message (November 1, 2015)
Welcome to the ISPCOP website and thank you for your interest! As incoming president of the society serving you for the next 2 years, it is important to reflect on the achievements to date and set a course for the future.
First and foremost I would like to thank our dedicated and outgoing president Dr. Stephanie Jones for her tremendous contributions and leadership during her time of service. Notably ISPCOP has strengthened relationships with ESPCOP and SOBA, and we are now sharing a combined newsletter informing the membership about ongoing meetings and events related to the field of anesthesia for patients with obesity. Reciprocal member benefits include reduced fees at meetings and shared member-only web content. For a second year in a row, ISPCOP will provide a collaborative surgery and anesthesia track at Obesity Week Nov 2 – 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. ISPCOP members were represented again at the 2015 IARS Annual Meeting, and a panel as well as a PBLD on behalf of our society has been accepted for the 2016 IARS program to be held in San Francisco, May 21 – 24. This year’s 4th annual ISPCOP Symposium at the ASA annual meeting in San Diego was the society’s largest meeting yet with an exciting program that again provided CME credits for over 50 attendees. For the third time, abstracts were presented in poster format and the top 3 entries as judged by a panel of the meeting organizers gave short oral presentations. More about the symposium can be found in the ISPCOP News and Meeting sections. Lastly, ISPCOP has now engaged with the ASA to become an affiliate society which would provide additional benefits to ISPCOP and its members. These important developments would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Dr. Jones. Thank you Stephanie! I am delighted to know that Dr. Jones will remain a strong part of the ISPCOP leadership team continuing as treasurer and immediate past president.