April 13, 2020
Dear SNMMI Members,
SNMMI is receiving many inquiries about the status of the upcoming Annual Meeting, planned for June 13-16 in New Orleans. We are aware that most of you are operating under severe restrictions meant to protect your health and that of your patients, staff and families. SNMMI leadership is watching very closely as the situation progresses—in New Orleans, in the United States and worldwide.
The New Orleans Convention Center is currently closed and has been converted to a massive field hospital. Of course, we have thought about all options for our scientific sessions, including an alternative virtual meeting option, and it is the SNMMI Board of Directors’ duty and fiduciary responsibility to lessen the Society’s losses while protecting the health and safety of our attendees. We are in active consultation with SNMMI legal counsel as well as officials in the state of Louisiana, and we will announce our decision in a timely manner.
In the meantime, we have created a detailed contingency plan for an interactive virtual meeting that is both informative and appealing, including continuing education, scientific abstracts, posters, exhibits and networking. We are continuing to fine-tune this plan so that it can be promptly implemented.
Hope you and your family are safe, and I am grateful for your commitment and support of the Society.
Vasken Dilsizian, MD