For this presidential address, I was tempted to talk about one of my personal interests in vascular surgery, but decided it was more important to talk about our Society for a number of reasons. First, this Silver Anniversary of our founding in 1952 warrants some reflection; second, our plans to expand our membership have come to fruition and should be shared with you; and third, a need to identify competence in vascular surgery is clearly on us and deserves discussion.
Many of you may not be aware of the origins of our Society, although a detailed account of the history of our parent organization, the International Cardiovascular Society, has just appeared in the current issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery,1 authored by none other than the man who conceived and organized our Society, Dr Henry Haimovici (Fig 1). Some facts and dates of our Society should be of
Connolly JE. A View of the International Cardiovascular Society on Its Silver Anniversary. Arch Surg. 1977;112(11):1281-1286. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370110015001