Memorable meeting: SBAS annual meeting participants in the Ether Dome
The MGH recently hosted the 21st annual meeting of The Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS), an organization founded in 1989 to support and promote academic excellence and professional development of African American surgeons. The three-day event took place in the Ether Dome and at The Liberty Hotel. The program included numerous panels, forums and lectures about topics ranging from technological advances in surgery to health care disparities. Twenty-five MGH physicians participated in the sessions and provided presentations and more than 200 individuals attended.
“The scientific program was outstanding, and the social events were both informative and entertaining,” says Michael T. Watkins, MD, a surgeon in the MGH Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and former SBAS president, who was the local chairperson for the event.
The gathering culminated with the presidential address, given by current SBAS President Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, vice president and surgeon-in-chief of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Afterward, an awards dinner featured remarks from Ford; keynote speaker Randall L. Kennedy, JD, a professor at Harvard Law School; Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; and Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, SBAS honorary fellow, former surgeon-in-chief and MGH senior physician consultant. The dinner also included the introduction of SBAS’s new president, Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, the Sabiston Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center.
“This was easily the most successful SBAS meeting ever,” says Ford. “We are deeply indebted to Drs. Warshaw and Slavin and our local arrangement chair, Dr. Watkins, for organizing such a magnificent and truly memorable meeting.”