I would like to thank all of the members of the Western Surgical Association for the special privilege and honor of being your president. Members of this organization have been my teachers in medical school, mentors in residency, role models in my early academic career, and now valued colleagues and warm friends. I attended my first meeting of the Western Surgical Association 26 years ago in Las Vegas and had the opportunity to present one of my first papers to a major surgical organization. I became a member in 1987 at the meeting in Dallas. Like all initiates, I was told that new members were the lifeblood of the association and that good things would happen to those who took part in its activities. I certainly can vouch for the veracity of these words, since I have gotten back much more than I have given to this, the oldest of the regional surgical organizations.
Richard A. Prinz, MD
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