A Message from the President

Fall, 2016

Dear PAPS Members,

The inaugural meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons was held on Orcas Island, just outside of Seattle, Washington, USA in 1968. Over the past 5 decades, our organization has grown to 250 members representing 23 different countries.  PAPS embodies what I feel are the finest attributes of our field; compassion, generosity, and good will towards all, coupled with a supreme commitment to the pursuit and application of scientific discovery and education to advance the surgical care of sick children throughout the world. Our organization carries out that mission without arrogant or pretentious behavior in an informal atmosphere of warm friendship and mutual respect. It is by far the best pediatric surgical meeting which I attend and the one which I most enjoy during the course of the year.

Next Spring (May 28-June 1, 2017), we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of PAPS.  The meeting will be hosted at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel with spectacular views of Elliott Bay.  John Meehan has organized a series of truly outstanding special events, including a tour of the Boeing Plant and a visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Center. As an additional tribute to the unique significance of this year’s meeting, an extraordinary 50th Anniversary one-day cruise to Orcas Island has been arranged for Thursday, following the last scientific session. The cruise ship embarks from a pier adjacent to the hotel.

Alicja and I extend our warmest invitation to all to join us in Seattle for what I’m sure will be a delightful and memorable experience.

Best wishes to all and we hope to see you in May.

Walter J. Chwals