I have thoroughly enjoyed my last 22 years of membership in the New England Surgical Society. I was humbled and honored to be selected as your 86th president and hope I have at least another 22 years of membership. I give a special thank you to our program committee, executive committee, and the team of Stan Alger, Jon Blackstone, and Heather Wood for the planning and operations of our meeting. And I give 3 cheers to the membership at large for your active participation at this meeting—as that participation is the soul of our society. The camaraderie of the New England Surgical Society and other surgical societies is a unique haven in today's world of medicine as a business. This annual happening of educational and social interaction in an atmosphere of young and old, active and senior, university and community professionals, keeps us on the high road for our patients as opposed to our clients.
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