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Program Chair's Message

Brian G. Harbrecht, MD
Brian G. Harbrecht, MD

As all Central Surgical Association members know, our 2020 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. With vaccine distributions gaining momentum, COVID case numbers are falling in many areas, as well as regional relaxing of pandemic-related restrictions. Plans are underway for the Central Surgical Association & Midwest Surgical Association Combined 2021 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, at the Westin Chicago River North from July 25-27, 2021. The Program Committee has selected what we expect to be a well-balanced and informative program that all members will want to attend. The meeting will be held jointly with the Midwest Surgical Association and will include educational offerings, opportunities for networking with colleagues, and social activities.

The Scientific Program will consist of two combined plenary sessions and four parallel scientific sessions. Dr. Tina W.F. Yen will give her 2020 Presidential Address and Dr. L. Michael Brunt will provide his 2021 Presidential Address. Dr. Mark G. Kortepeter, retired U.S. Army colonel, biodefense expert, and former Chief at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, will serve as our guest speaker and provide thoughtful insights based on his experiences in dealing with issues of biological weapons. Central Surgical members will also have the opportunity to attend the MSA Mini-Oral (formerly ePoster) session, the MSA 2021 invited lectureship, and the MSA 2020 and 2021 Presidential Addresses.

We hope that the members will enjoy the Sunday through Tuesday format of this combined meeting with built-in opportunities to enjoy the Chicago area. On behalf of the Program Committee, we look forward to seeing you in Chicago and hope that you enjoy the science, fellowship, and social events of this year’s meeting.


Brian G. Harbrecht, MD
Program Chair

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