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Chair's Message

Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA
Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA

The 64th Annual PSRC Meeting will be held in Baltimore, Maryland May 2-5, 2019. We are looking forward to a tremendous attendance and participation. Dr. Gregory Borschel (Program Chair) and I are planning outstanding scientific programs and engaging social events, which will take place in and around Baltimore city. The meeting will celebrate Plastic Surgery Research including basic, clinical and translational aspects. A major highlight of the program will be the integration of the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) Research Fundamentals Workshop (RFW) over the course of the entire program. The Local Program will take place at The Johns Hopkins Hospital on Thursday May 2nd, followed by a Welcome Reception at the National Aquarium that evening in the inner harbor. On Friday May 3rd, we will host the Members Dinner at The Walters Art Museum. Saturday night, May 4th, we will celebrate the integration of the PSF-RFW with a gathering in Harbor East overlooking the Inner Harbor.

We are excited to bring the Annual Meeting to historic and vibrant Baltimore! May will bring fair weather and, of course, the start of the Maryland crab season. There is a wealth of attractions surrounding the conference center, which I hope you all will be able to explore. Here are some select highlights:

The central meeting hotel is The Hyatt Regency, situated in the heart of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The acclaimed National Aquarium (Welcome Reception) is situated next door. Those preferring the sights and sounds of the city will be greeted by hundreds of shops, restaurants, and museums. The Lewis Museum, which explores Maryland African-American heritage, sits several blocks east of the aquarium and, to the south in Federal Hill, you can find the Science Center, Museum of Industry, and quirky American Visionary Arts Museum.

Just a short walk (or water taxi) away is Harbor East, boasting some of Baltimore's fine gourmet dining and a lively nightlife. Trek to the rooftop of the Four Seasons to enjoy the opulent Bygone, for dinner or drinks with an absolutely stunning panoramic view of Charm City. Dozens of restaurants line the waterfront, allowing you to enjoy your meal alongside the bay with everything from traditional Maryland seafood to Japanese (Azumi), Lebanese (Lebanese Taverna), and Argentinian (Bar Vasquez) cuisine (just to name a few!).

A short walk from Harbor East is Fell's Point, a quaint neighborhood with cobblestone streets and waterfront taverns. Those looking for an evening retreat will find the Sagamore Pendry, a century-old warehouse turned award-winning hotel, and in the heart of Fells' cobblestone center is Max's Taphouse, renowned for its 100+ beers on tap. We will all have a blast here!

If you travel north from the conference center, you will find a different Baltimore gem: Mount Vernon. This is a refined and historic neighborhood, dominated by the beautiful original Washington Monument. Those with a taste for history can venture though the stunning Peabody Library or the Walters Art Museum (Members Dinner), while a lush assortment of restaurants line its streets. Two Baltimore institutions include The Brewer's Art, a brewery meets restaurant, and The Helmand, which serves delicious Afghan cuisine. Those looking for boutique luxury can seek out Hotel Ivy.

Those with additional time to explore beyond the city's bounds will find a region ripe with history and national beauty. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the national anthem, is a short venture (or 3 mile waterfront run) south. A twenty-minute drive east is Patapsco State Park, thick with waterfalls and springtime greenery.

Finally, not only will we celebrate the PSRC membership and its incredible research but we will also honor the legacy of the late Dr. Milton Edgerton. In 1955, Dr. Edgerton and his colleagues created the PSRC and kicked it off in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins. In May 2019 we are returning to Baltimore to celebrate what was started there and take the society to even higher levels of academics, collegiality and networking.

I am very excited for you all to visit Baltimore and explore its offerings. If you have any questions about the city or your visit here, do not hesitate to ask me.

Sincerely,

Justin M. Sacks, MD MBA FACS
Chair