Message from the President: Don't miss the 2015 Annual Meeting

Dear Parkland Surgical Family,
            It is time to mark your calendars and board the trolley for this year’s Parkland Surgical Society Meeting on July 16-18 at the Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas. I mean this both literally and figuratively.

            The weekend will kick off Thursday evening with a cocktail reception at Sambuca in the Uptown area of downtown Dallas. During the reception, a “party” McKinney Avenue Trolley driven by conductors Dr. John Hunt and Alex Duran (Dr. Thal’s grandson) will be stopping by at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. for guided tours around Uptown, the new “hip” part of Dallas. 

           As most of you know, Dr. Thal loved driving the McKinney Avenue Trolley and we felt this would a nice tip of the cap to him. Of course, beverages will be served on board (Dr. Hunt asks that you drink responsibly) and there will also be food and drinks served at Sambuca.
            After the reception you may want to consider sticking around downtown Dallas and trying out one of several downtown restaurants.

           Across the street from Sambuca is Fearing's in the Ritz Carlton.  Other excellent choices in close proximity are Savor, Lark on the Park, Stephan Pyles' Stampede 66, Nobu, The Capital Grille, Ocean Prime, and Del Frisco’s Grille just to name a few. 

           Transportation will be provided from the Four Seasons to Sambuca and back, however, if you are planning to stay downtown for dinner you will need to arrange transportation back to the resort.
            Sticking to tradition, Friday morning has been set-aside for Sport Clay Shooting at Elm Fork Shooting Sports. For those who prefer to shoot at more difficult targets, early morning tee times have been reserved at the TPC Course at the Four Seasons. You will need to sign-up in advance for these events so that we can plan accordingly. Depending on what you decide to do Thursday night you might prefer to just sleep in.

            A block of rooms has been reserved at the Four Seasons Resort for the meeting. Call the resort directly at 972-717-2499 or 972-717-0700 to make your reservations and remember to reference the Parkland Surgical Society so that you may receive the room rate of $195.00 for superior rooms and $215.00 for deluxe rooms. The room reservation cut-off date is Wednesday June 17, 2015.

            The meeting this year is diverse, featuring talks ranging from Ebola to cyber security. There will be panels on general surgery and trauma/critical care as well as one member’s personal experience with rattlesnakes. This year we have Co-Distinguished Alumni, Drs. Matt and Phil Rossi and we are honored to have Dr. Ken Mattox giving the 25th Robert N. McClelland Lecture. View the program and social activities schedule here.

            The Business Meeting will include a proposal to take next year’s meeting out of town. This is something that has been talked about for several years but has been difficult to nail down. I would ask that you consider whether or not this is something you would be willing to attend prior to the meeting so that we might get a realistic idea of what kind of attendance we could expect. More details will be presented at the meeting.
            Parkland Hospital holds a special place in all our hearts. This year marks the transition of patient care and resident training from our mothership to a new one across the street. For me, this is bittersweet.  Sad because in many ways I grew up there, we grew up there and it is difficult to let go. Joyous because the new Parkland truly is magnificent.  It is the hospital that our patients have always deserved and an institution that will continue its legacy of training the finest doctors.
            I encourage you to come back to Dallas. Come back to Parkland Surgical this year and celebrate the legacy, the mission that links us all together from Dr. Wilson, to Dr. Thal to the most recent resident to graduate. 

           We are Parkland Surgical … come join the celebration!
Charles Slack, M.D.