Dr. Fernando Bello, the president of the Bolivian Society of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular surgery along with Dr. Alvaro Balcazar Ortiz, president of the Latin American Association of Vascular Surgery and Angiography officially opened the conference last night. Dr. Balcazar welcomed surgeons from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and the United States.
It was a historic moment for vascular surgery; as it is the first time that the heads of vascular surgery societies, and other surgeons from so many Latin American countries have come together to collaborate; forge ties, and advance knowledge and technology in vascular surgery.
Most of the thoracic surgery program is on Saturday but there are some interesting altitude-related offerings all week; including an entire morning devoted to carotid body tumors – which coincides with my latest case report.
Surgeons – I tried to meet all of you – if you have a relavent citation or paper – please send it to me so I can add it here.