Welcome to the 100 year of The New York Society for Thoracic Surgery. I am excited to serve as the NYSTS president and invite you all to join in the celebration of our society, the oldest thoracic surgery society in the United States. When I moved to New York a decade ago, the NYSTS served as an amazing venue for me to meet surgeons throughout the New York area and to become part of the thoracic surgery community. It is astonishing to think that it has served a similar roll for thoracic surgeons in New York for the last 100 years. The NYSTS is one of the things that make practicing in New York unique and special. I find it is ironic that 100 years ago surgeons gathered in Dr. Meyer’s office contemplating the technologic challenge of operating on the open chest, and today we meet and discuss ways to perform cardiothoracic procedures without opening the chest. Clearly the exchange of new ideas and knowledge is as important today as it was 100 years ago.
I am truly honored to serve as the president and hope that I can continue the mission of comradery and education for the betterment of ourselves and our patients. We have an exciting educational program for the coming year. We will celebrate our Centennial at the November meeting at the University Club, with a history of our society and thoracic surgery in the United States. In January we will host our city-wide mock oral boards and our spring meeting will be held at an outside venue and continue to focus on our illustrious history. Please plan to join us in these events, each will be enriched by your presence and participation.