The Society of Philippine Surgeons in America, founded in 1972, is holding its Sapphire Anniversary in Las Vegas, Nevada on Aug. 22-25 2017.

The Society is composed of Filipino surgeons from the United States, Canada and around the world.

Its founder is Dr. Hernan Reyes, a world-renowned pediatric surgeon in Chicago.

Some of the Society’s Fellows have been recipients of national and international awards; and recognitions for academic and humanitarian excellence.

Dr. Corazon P. Quiros, an obstetrician-gynecologist and current president of the Society, was instrumental in having the event in Las Vegas.

For a number of years, the annual convention was held on board a cruise.

The Society has since been continuously accredited by the American Committee on Continuing Medical Education for category 1 and 2 credits.

Annual invited professorial speakers and lecturers in the past include distinguished surgeons from academia and from the Society’s faculty pool.

This year’s keynote speaker is Vice-Admiral Racquel Cruz-Bono, the highest ranking Filipino-American officer in the U.S. Navy.

She would be talking on “The Military Health System - A Model for Health Care Reform.”

Local Convention Chairman, Dr. Daniel Fabito of Las Vegas, says the highlight of the event will be the dinner-dance on Friday, Aug. 25, during which time the seven founders of the Society will be honored and the incoming president, Dr. Romualdo Laygo, a surgeon from Georgia, will be installed.

The SPSA Board is meeting this October at the American College of Surgeons in San Diego, California where its surgical mission to Legaspi City, Albay on Jan. 21-27 2018, and other matters will be finalized.

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