President’s Message

Mark M. Connolly, MD, FACS
President, Illinois Surgical Society

Welcome to the Illinois Surgical Society (ISS).  The ISS was founded as a platform to allow Illinois’ diverse group of surgeons exposure to unique learning opportunities and lifelong friendships.  Personally working in an urban community hospital, surrounded by a rich academic community, I have found the ISS invaluable as a resource to access dialogue and share best practices.   Membership provides a great opportunity to network with colleagues and expand your professional career through board participation and leadership growth.

Throughout its long history the ISS has been exceptional in providing a “wet lab” to view live procedures.  This session will now be improved with edited videos discussed by the operating surgeon with Q&A, giving an invaluable learning experience.  We can expect this at our next spring meeting.

We just completed our first annual  combined Illinois Surgical conference.  This joint meeting of Illinois Surgical and four other surgical organizations was a great success.  The new format expands the value of membership with enhanced number of surgical experts and the latest in research and quality improvements.  I expect this will lead to an increase  of professional and social networking.

Your membership in the ISS will strengthen our collective voice which is essential in this rapidly evolving health care environment.  Our society understands the Illinois surgeons needs from all perspectives and can help you maximize your impact on future care.

The Illinois Surgical Society  has been a terrific asset of high value in my professional life.  If you do not belong, I encourage you to consider membership and hope to see you at our future meetings, here’s how to join.


Mark M. Connolly, MD, FACS