This book has been a long project in the making. The sheer volume and number of chapters included in the book certainly would not have been possible to compile together without the participation of each individual contributing author from all over our country. I am grateful for their participation, their words of wisdom, and also for their patience over multiple emails from myself for their drafts. Without them, this book would not have been possible.
This book certainly would not have been possible without the guidance and leadership from our senior editor, Dr. Marc Neff. Not only was this book his original idea for many years, he was involved in every aspect of the development of the book. Without his guidance, the book nor I would be where we are now.
Secondly, I would like to thank my Fellowship Program Director, advisor, mentor, and hustler sister, Dr. Carla Fisher, for eagerly agreeing to come onboard on the project and pushing me along the way. Her keen and unusual sense of honesty and attention to detail have improved this book in so many countless ways, and for that and for many other things, I am forever grateful.
Lastly, I would like to dedicate this book to my dear husband, companion in life, biggest supporter, baby daddy, and partner, Peter M. Flannery, Esq. He has seen through it all, from graduate school, commuting into the city for a research position, medical school, a brutal surgical residency to a challenging surgical fellowship and _inally in _irst practice. Without his support, I would not be where I am in my career, nor would I have had the courage to continue my demanding surgical career all the while not compromising our ambition for a large family. My hope is that every single medical student, surgical resident, and young surgical attending reading this book will hopefully understand that despite the dif_icult days and years that have accompanied us along the way, all of it can and will be possible if you have the will for it, especially if you have a supportive partner standing beside you. I know I did and I am eternally grateful.
January 2, 2018