The Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital welcomes you to the 170th Annual Meeting of the Society of Clinical Surgery.

Keith Lillemoe, MD

Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, Department of Surgery

Dear Fellow Members of the Society of Clinical Surgery,

It is my great pleasure on behalf of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital to invite you to the 170th Annual Meeting of the Society of Clinical Surgery (SCS). In 2011, Mass General celebrated its 200th anniversary, representing the third-oldest hospital in the United States. The history of the Department of Surgery at Mass General is long and storied, originating with John Collins Warren, one of the founders of the hospital. Warren's impact on the department included serving as the surgeon for the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia on October 16, 1846. The department has changed dramatically since that time, and now holds 11 clinical divisions and three thematic research institutes. Our campus has also grown tremendously since the days of the Bulfinch Building (which still houses the Ether Dome) and we have recently benefited from the addition of the beautiful new Lunder Building. This state-of-the-art building offers the next generation of advanced patient care and includes high-tech operating rooms, which will be perfect for the operative clinics on Friday morning. There are many hotels in the area that are central to Mass General, including The Liberty Hotel, which is immediately adjacent to the hospital. We are assembling a program for in the operating room, the didactic presentations as well as the Saturday morning program that will highlight some of the strengths and outstanding contributions of our faculty and staff.

Kenneth Tanabe, MD

Kenneth Tannabe, MD, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology

On behalf of my three chief of surgery predecessors, all members of the Society of Clinical Surgery, Paul Russell, MD, W. Gerald Austen, MD, and Andrew Warshaw, MD, as well as the remaining faculty members of the SCS and our entire department, we look forward to hosting you and your guest at Mass General in Boston. Autumn is always beautiful in Boston, and we are very hopeful that you will extend your stay for the weekend to enjoy some of the many activities that the region affords you. Finally, please note the dates of the meeting (November 14, 15, 16), a week later than the normal tradition. We certainly hope that all can join us for what we fully expect will be a great meeting of this fine society.  

Keith D. Lillemoe, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital
W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School

Kenneth K. Tanabe, MD
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School