Message from the President
It is my genuine pleasure to extend to you a warm invitation to attend the 19th Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) in Miami Beach, Florida. Established in 1994, our objective has been to promote, encourage, and support the highest standards of practice, research, education, and ethics in the study of sexual function and dysfunction. Our fall meeting has become increasingly recognized as the premiere gathering of sexual medicine experts and health care providers in North America focused on the advancement of scientific knowledge in all aspects of male and female sexual health. The dedicated forum for the presentation of new ideas and various talks by expert lecturers presenting the latest cutting-edge developments in the field attract attendees from the United States and across the globe as far away as the Asia Pacific region.
Our Scientific Program Chair, Dr. Nelson Bennett, and the scientific program committee, have worked tirelessly to assemble an outstanding program of master lecturers, panels, point–counterpoint debates, and poster sessions providing a wealth of information on diverse topics, encompassing exciting and timely advances in sexual health. The program will be of interest to specialists in all disciplines of sexual medicine whether you are a physician, an allied health / non-physician practitioner, mental health provider, scientific researcher, or other health professional. We welcome you all!
The outstanding social program has been assembled with the help of our society staff and incorporates several events that will make your visit to South Florida – Greater Miami area even more exciting. The region offers an unparalleled multicultural experience in a sun and beach setting that is attractive to individuals as well as families traveling together. More than most US cities, Miami is many destinations merged into one, simultaneously offering sparkling white beaches right at your doorstep at the Loews Miami Beach, a rich culinary history and superb cultural activities. Built in 1998 as a large and opulent beachfront property, the hotel also took over the historic and beautiful St. Moritz hotel next door and restored its magnificent 1930s art deco design features. The welcome reception on Thursday evening will open our Exhibit Hall and showcase our dedicated sponsors and industry supporters. The SMSNA Foundation Gala on Saturday Evening will showcase the local culture, cuisine and entertainment at the highest standards. Depending on your schedule, you may find the time to visit the historic buildings of Coral Gables, the design district in Miami, or embark on a post-meeting scuba diving adventure in the Treasure Coast. Who knows – you may even learn to Salsa!
The success of our meeting would not have been possible without the significant time commitment and efforts of our management company, Status Plus, whose team of dedicated members including Tessa Benitez, Bobbi Hahn, Vivian Gies, Julia Mensing and David Casalod have contributed endless hours to oversee every detail and make this event a recurring success. We are proud to continue our efforts in promoting a rich tradition of inclusiveness, scholarship, and camaraderie that is well displayed with every year’s scientific meetings.
I welcome you to share your knowledge, contribute to our joint mission, and advance the field of sexual medicine. With your help and participation, we will achieve new heights in clinical excellence and service to our patients. We look forward to seeing you in Miami November 8-11.
“A week in Miami is not unlike watching an unbelievable reality show, only this time it’s actually real.” Frommers Guide to Miami
Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad, MD, FACS
Message from the Meeting Committee Chair
It is my sincere pleasure to invite you to attend the 19th Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in South Miami Beach, Florida, November 8 - November 11, 2018. The SMSNA Annual Fall Meeting remains the premier Sexual Medicine meeting for clinicians, scientists, and surgeons in the field of urology, andrology, psychology, psychiatry from all over the world. The hallmarks of the SMSNA meeting are a broad range of outstanding learning opportunities, timely discourse on the most relevant surgical, clinical and research practices, along with unparalleled access to peers.
The 19th Annual Fall Meeting of the SMSNA addresses essential clinical and nonclinical content. An exciting mixture of named lectures, State-of the Art Lectures, International symposia, interactive sessions, Point-Counterpoint sessions, podium presentations and poster presentations will again be delivered by world-renowned experts in their respective fields. We will feature several symposia including a Basic Science symposium, Advanced Practice Nursing - Physician Assistant symposium and our first full-day Cancer Survivorship and Sexual Health symposium. SMSNA will offer our second annual Master’s Course in Prosthetic Urology. Additionally, we are very excited to host astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly as our keynote speaker.
South Beach lies at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach, and its 2-mile-long swath of beautiful beaches attracts celebrities and sun-seekers. Named America’s sexiest city, South Miami Beach (SoBe) is home to world-class beaches, renowned restaurants, trendy nightclubs and an international art scene. In the center of South Beach is the Loews Miami Beach Hotel which recently underwent a $50 million renovation. This full service Hotel offers multiple restaurants and bars, a spa, a kids club, and is adjacent to many of the cultural fineries of this international vacation destination.
On behalf of the sexual medicine Society of North America, I look forward to seeing you in Miami Beach.
Nelson Bennett, MD, FACS
SMSNA Meeting Committee Chair