Dear APA Members,

2020 has certainly been a year like no other, and I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my esteemed colleague, Dr. Anil Rustgi, as the APA President. The success of this year has largely been through Dr. Rustgiā€™s vision and leadership, and we thank him for his deep commitment to the APA.

Thank you to the Program Committee and all who assisted in planning our first virtual meeting, which was a great success. Our 2020 Virtual Meeting boasted over 1,000 registrants, and the virtual platform remains active through the end of the year. We have experienced over 1,500 views of the recorded sessions following the meeting, and almost 4,000 ePoster views collectively! Congratulations to our award winners Drs. Anna S. Gukovskaya, Vay Liang Go, and all of the research presentation awardees.

The APA has many new and exciting initiatives in the coming year. We are pleased to extend more leadership opportunities through the addition of new committees including a Young Trainee Committee and a Women, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In addition, we will be expanding the Program Committee so if you are interested in participating please look for future communications about this.

Save the date for our next annual meeting to be held at the Eden Roc Miami Beach November 3-6, 2021. We are hopeful that the pandemic will be in the rearview mirror, and that we will be able to gather in friendship for riveting science and live discussion.

Finally, I want to welcome Dr. Melena Bellin to the APA Board as Councilor. I look forward to working with her and the APA Board in the coming year. As always, if you have suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are always looking for opportunities to grow and improve to best serve our membership.

Happy holidays and best regards,

Joe Hines, MD

The American Pancreatic Association is a membership organization for physicians and researchers interested in diseases of the exocrine pancreas. Our mission is to foster clinical and basic science research needed to cure diseases of the pancreas. We strive to continue advancing the field of research, while training the next generation of researchers devoted to finding a cure for these deadly diseases.

Recognizing that progress in understanding, diagnosing, and treating pancreatic diseases requires multidisciplinary analysis, the APA is reaching out to broaden the participation from pancreas- related disciplines, which perhaps have been underrepresented in the past: endoscopy, radiology, and pathology, among others. Our annual meeting is the cornerstone of our organization and allows us to bring together these groups to discuss current topics in pancreatic diseases.

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