Chief of Surgery named President of Boston Surgical Society
Pardon Kenney, MD, MMSc, FACS, Chief of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, has been named President of the Boston Surgical Society (BSS).
The BSS brings together surgeons from Boston and eastern Massachusetts to create an organization for the dissemination and exchange of information in surgical sciences, with the purpose of improving patient care. The mission of the BSS is to advance the science, practice and teaching of surgery in its various branches.
Dr. Kenney has been a member of the organization since the early 1990s, serving as Vice President in 2004 and President-Elect in 2016. He will serve as President for one year. He will act as a spokesperson for the organization, moderating the four dinner meetings held throughout the year and encouraging younger attending surgeons to join the BSS. “We also invite surgical residents to the meetings so they can begin to feel a part of the overall corpus of surgery,” he says. He will conclude his term as President by delivering his presidential address at the Annual Meeting in December of 2017. When his term as President is complete, he will sit on the nominating committee for three additional years to select future Presidents.
“A list of the former Presidents of the society includes many of the very distinguished surgeons of Boston, so it’s a great honor to be elected its president,” says Dr. Kenney of his appointment.
In addition to the honor of being President, it is also an important opportunity to encourage cohesiveness in the profession. “It’s a challenging time to be a doctor, not just a surgeon. This form of collaboration is important,” Dr. Kenney says. “Having conversations with surgeons from other institutions is vital to understanding the shared experiences and challenges that bind us all together.”
Dr. Kenney succeeds Dr. William Mackey from Tufts Medical Center as President of the BSS. Dr. Mark Callery from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will take over as President in December of 2017.