Annual Meeting & Abstract Submission

  • Please join us for the 17th annual meeting of the SVSTS June 14-16th, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina at the Renaissance Hotel!
  • Membership and Conference Registration
A historic downtown venue with tours, shopping, and beaches for our enjoyment! It's a 12-minute walk from Charleston Museum and 1 mile from South Carolina Aquarium.
BOOK HERE to get the SVSTS group rate!  or call 1(800)605-1498 and use Group Code Reference: SVSTS

An intimate forum for surgeons to present clinically important information in an informal atmosphere with rich, frank discussions

Sessions are planned for half days; the rest of the day is free to enjoy local scenery and activities!

2018 Schedule

Abstract Submission Guidelines:
  • Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail (Word format) to Dr. Michelle Waschak ( and Cheryl Hedlund ( with subject line: "Abstract for SVSTS 2018" by April 1st, 2018. Make sure that you receive a reply to confirm your abstract has been received and can be opened. 
  • Acceptance of scientific abstracts will be determined by April 14th, 2018 at which point a formal email will be sent to all applicants. 
  • Please pay careful attention to the formatting guidelines below as inappropriate formatting will result in the return of the abstract to the submitting author. 

**Special call for Emergency Patient Surgery and Stabilization, but any difficult cases, or general soft tissue surgery abstracts are welcome**

Resident Abstract Competition:
The SVSTS is excited to continue the resident abstract competition at the upcoming annual meeting!  Resident project abstracts will be evaluated using common criteria by a committee of Diplomate attendees who do not have residents presenting in the competition.  Two awards will be offered; the first place award is $1,000 and will go to the resident with the best abstract and presentation and the second place award is $500 and will go to the runner-up resident.      
Abstract Format: Abstracts should be typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font and single spaced, with one inch margins. In order to avoid endangerment of future publication abstracts are limited to 250 words.   

Title: Times New Roman, Bold, Capitalized, 12 font

Authors: Author names should follow-on immediately from title and should be listed in order of contribution using Last name followed by initials only. Underline the name of the presenting author. Superscripted numbers should be used after each author’s initials to identify their affiliation if the project originates from multiple departments or institutions.

Affiliations/Addresses: Should follow-on immediately after author names. Name of department and institution followed by city and state or country if outside of the USA should be noted.  

Text of Abstract: The following outline is preferred: 1-2 sentence Objective, Study Design, Animals, Methods, Results and Conclusions. If these headings do not apply, flowing text is acceptable. Do not bold, underline or italicize within the text of the abstract. Do not insert blank lines between lines or headings in the abstract. 

Short communication and case report-style submissions [15-minute maximum] will also be considered for presentation at the upcoming SVSTS meeting: 

These presentations can be short case summaries about an interesting case or procedure, complications or creative use of an instrument or gizmo to perform a procedure. If you have a cool case or a lesion that you think is particularly interesting and would like to share it with the group, please consider a short video format. Please start the presentation with your objectives and proceed from there. These presentations are great for generating discussion!  So, keep your eyes out for cool and interesting cases in your practice and save those images for Charleston in 2018!