Brian P. Blackwood, MD
As both a general surgery resident and pediatric surgery research fellow, I am continuously looking for ways to expand my clinical and basic science knowledge of the diseases of the surgical patient. This year at the Surgical Infection Society’s Annual Meeting in Westlake Village, California I found myself surrounded by incredibly knowledgeable and distinguished surgical colleagues. I appreciated being able to hear their thoughts on infection as it pertains to the surgical patient, and I was fascinated with the new data being discovered by members of the society. I knew then that the Surgical Infection Society was an incredible resource to me as a young surgeon. As a member of the society, I want to broaden my understanding of infectious diseases in the surgical patient. Additionally, I hope to contribute to the existing literature on infectious diseases through my own research endeavors in pediatric surgery.