2011 SVS Accomplishments



• SVS membership totals 3,532 vascular surgeons and other medical professionals dedicated to vascular health

• SVS has 206 international members from 47 countries with four chapters in Columbia, Egypt, Hungary, and India

• SVS Board of Directors approved doctors of podiatric medicine for SVS Associate Membership beginning 2012

2011 Vascular Annual Meeting®

• Record-breaking attendance of 3,020

• All-time professional attendance record: 805 SVS members and 268 international attendees

• Record-breaking exhibits included 148 companies occupying 245 booths

• Eight education and device training pavilions; five satellite symposia presented

• World Federation of Vascular Societies Meeting held

Education and Publications Initiatives

•VESAP®2 launched

• First Comprehensive Vascular Review Course presented

• Two Coding and Reimbursement Courses presented

• Vascular Research Initiatives Conference integrated into the American Heart Association Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology meeting

•2011 Coding Guide published

Journal of Vascular Surgery®

• Achieved an Impact Factor of 3.851, highest in its 27-year history

• Rated 10 among 187 surgical journals

• Mailed to nearly 6,000 subscribers

• More than 1,650 (2010) manuscripts submitted for publication; 69 percent either clinical papers or case reports and 59 percent originated from authors outside the United States

• Four Journal of Vascular Surgery Supplements published

Practice Guidelines, Reporting Standards, and Multispecialty Consensus Documents Published

• Endovascular repair of traumatic thoracic aortic injury: clinical practice guidelines of SVS

• The Care of Patients With Varicose Veins and Associated Chronic Venous Diseases: Clinical practice guidelines of SVS and the American Venous Forum

• A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials of carotid endarterectomy vs. stenting

• The Methodology of the SVS Practice Guidelines: The Experience with the GRADE System

• Reporting Standards for Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair

• Reporting Standards for Carotid Interventions from SVS

•ACCF/AHA/ACR/SCAI/SIR/SVM/SVN/SVS 2010 performance measures for adults with peripheral artery disease

• Strategies to prevent and heal diabetic foot ulcers: Building a partnership for amputation prevention A Joint Publication of the SVS and APMA


• Established $100K SVS® Foundation Multicenter Clinical Studies Planning Grant directed to members developing grant applications for high-impact multicenter clinical studies in the treatment and/or prevention of vascular diseases

• Implemented the SVS Clinical Research Study Approval Program to facilitate clinical research addressing important questions in vascular disease management and to maximize participation of SVS members in the conduct of this research. Clinical research study proposals meeting the criteria shall be eligible for recognition as an “SVS Approved Clinical Research Study Proposal”

• Collaborated with FDA, multispecialty society representatives and manufacturers to develop the Catastrophic Thoracic Aortic Indications database and two FDA Master Access Files for use by endovascular graft manufacturers as comparator datasets

• Awarded three Clinical Research Seed Grants to SVS member clinical trialists, funded by a grant from Medtronic

• Awarded four scholarships to trainees to attend the 2011 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference

• Hosted Vascular Annual Meeting 2011 concurrent session “Comparative Effectiveness in Action” to educate members on issues regarding the implementation of comparative effectiveness research in health care delivery and policymaking

Quality and Performance Initiatives

• Vascular Quality Initiative launched

• SVS listed as Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

• Six new SVS-owned national quality measures for endorsement submitted to National Quality Forum

• Five SVS-owned measures for 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System selected in addition to two previously selected

Health Policy and Government Relations

• SVS lobbied Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Committee

• SVS lobbied Congress to pass a comprehensive medical liability reform bill • SVS successfully lobbied Congress to preserve payment levels for vascular ultrasound

• SVS members emailed more than 1,000 letters and made calls to Senate offices in support of repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula

• SVS provided comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the following proposed/final rules: Physician Fee Schedule, Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Prospective Payment Services, e-Prescribing, Accountable Care Organizations, and HIPAA

• SVS continues to lead the National Aneurysm Alliance and to advocate for elimination of barriers to AAA screening

• Many codes for vascular procedures were modernized by active SVS participation in the CPT Editorial Panel and Relative Value Update Committee

SVS Political Action Committee

• SVS participated in 80 PAC events for targeted Congressional members who are on committees of jurisdiction for health care, in leadership, and/or are physicians

• Peer-to-peer solicitation organized by the SVS Political Action Committee raised a total of $100,000 for the PAC; four vascular practices had 100 percent participation in contributions to the PAC

Public and Professional Outreach

• In 2011, 28 members volunteered for two-week rotations in Germany to treat coalition forces injured in Iraq and Afghanistan with a total of 76 volunteers since 2007

• VascularWeb® had 1.5 million hits

• 71 SVS press releases, ads, and radio spots submitted to medical, mass, and social media outlets

• 4,501 verified placements and airplays of the messages to a potential circulation and readership of 4.8 billion

• $6.3 million in ad value of the press releases, ads, and radio spot placements

• Patient education videos launched and promoted to SVS members and medical professionals to educate patients

Student and Resident Recruitment

• 83 Vascular Annual Meeting travel scholarships awarded

• 242 medical students and general surgery residents attended the Vascular Annual Meeting

• Section members grew to 143 Student Section and 222 General Surgery Resident Section

• SVS sponsored booths and member presentations at eight medical career events

Constituencies Relations

• Women’s Leadership Retreat held

• Two Women’s Leadership Training Grants presented

• Vascular Surgery Trainee Advocacy Travel Scholarship awarded

• Four International Scholars Grants presented

Industry Partnerships

• Corporate grants supported Clinical Seed Grants, Vascular Annual Meeting, Post Graduate Courses, Research Initiatives Conference, Women’s Leadership Retreat, and Vascular Wellness DVD/public awareness materials

• Conducted visits to corporate offices and meetings with industry partners

• New guidelines for interaction with industry implemented by SVS Board of Directors


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