Annual Business Meeting—for members only


Attend Saturday’s Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Annual Business Meeting to participate in important Society business. This is SVS’ second Annual Business Meeting for 2021; the first was a virtual meeting held in June.

That meeting included the transition of the SVS presidency to Ali AbuRahma, MD, the announcement of Joseph Mills, MD, as SVS vice president and other business.

This second Annual Business Meeting includes the Member Business Luncheon and is from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 6DE. The agenda includes reports from Immediate Past President Ronald L. Dalman, MD; officers; committee chairs; and SVS Foundation Chair Peter Lawrence, MD; plus distribution of awards for outstanding achievements.

Though AbuRahma officially ascended to the SVS presidency in June, members will witness the traditional passing of the gavel to him from Dalman.

A number of people will receive awards or be recognized during the luncheon.

SVS Presidential Citation Award (2020)

  • Jens Eldrup-Jorgenson, MD, for his contributions to merge the VQI and the National Cardiovascular Data Registry
  • Non-SVS-member Ralph Brandis, for his contributions to bridge the vascular surgery-cardiology divide
  • Anton Sidawy, MD, for his efforts on the part of the SVS with the Vascular Quality Initiative and Quality Improvement Program
  • Judith Lin, MD, for her stellar performance as inaugural chair of the Health Information Technology Committee
  • Alan Lumsden, MD, for his contributions to the launch of the SVS Town Halls
  • Oliver Aalami, MD, for his contributions to develop and promote the SVS Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) App
  • Thomas Forbes, for his service to the SVS on the Document Oversight Committee
  • Danny Bertges, MD, for representing the SVS and the vascular surgery specialty on Registry Assessment of Peripheral Interventional Devises (RAPID)
  • Sharif Ellozy, MD, for his contributions to the Audible Bleeding podcasts

SVS Presidential Citation Award (2021) 

  • Margaret Tracci, MD, in recognition of her Government Relations Committee effort to stop payment cuts
  • Matthew Eagleton, MD, for his contributions as the VAM chair (SVS Program Committee) for three years
  • Edith Tzeng, MD, for her contributions as Research Council chair for three years
  • Audra Duncan, MD, for her transformative work on the UCLA-SVS vascular review course
  • Bernadette Aulivola, MD, and John Eidt, MD, for their contributions to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force
  • Melissa Kirkwood, MD, for her contributions to the launch of the Leadership Development Program
  • Kellie Brown, MD, for her contributions to the launch of the SVS Learning Management System
  • SVS Director of Meetings Debbie Wallentin, CMP, for her amazing effort to move VAM from June to August

SVS Foundation Awards

SVS Foundation and American College of Surgeons Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award K08:

  • Andrea T. Obi, MD, University of Michigan Medical School: “Myeloid TLR4 epigenetic regulation and signaling in accelerating venous thrombus resolution”

SVS Foundation Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23):

  • Caitlin W. Hicks, MD, Johns Hopkins University: “Risk factors and outcomes associated with late-life diabetic peripheral neuropathy” 

E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship:

  • Shipra Arya, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine

With vascular patients suffering a high prevalence of geriatric syndromes, Ayra plans to visit centers that have implemented perioperative and prehabilitation care models in order to develop such a center at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

Clinical Research Seed Grant:

  • Katharine L. McGinigle, MD, University of North Carolina: “Using precision medicine to define adaptive treatment strategies for patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia”
  • Cassius Iyad Ochoa Chaar, MD, Yale University School of Medicine: “Genetic variants associated with premature peripheral arterial disease”

Resident Research Award:

  • James Melvin, MD, general surgery resident, University of Michigan Medical Center: “Coronavirus induces diabetic macrophage-mediated inflammation via IFNꞵ regulation of SETDB2.” Mentor: Katherine Gallagher, MD

VISTA pilot project grants:

  • Misty Humphries, MD, University of California Davis: “Targeted outreach in vascular deserts to improve outcomes for chronic limb-threatening ischemia”
  • Kelly Kempe, MD, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine: “Disparities in access to care for limb salvage: The Oklahoma Project”
  • Joseph Mills, MD, Baylor College of Medicine: “A patient-centered approach to reduce diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations among underrepresented minorities”

Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) Trainee Awards

  • Elizabeth Andraska​, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: “Early upregulation of elastolysis allows for collateral formation after arterial occlusion.” Mentor: Ryan McEnaney, MD
  • Luis Gonzalez, BS, Yale University School of Medicine: “Role of tenascin-C in venous remodeling following AVF creation.” Mentor: Alan Dardik, MD
  • Margaret Nalugo, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: “Towards a cure for diabetes: Pancreatic tissue encapsulation and implantation in a novel arteriovenous graft.” Mentor: Mohamed Zayed, MD
  • Sriganesh Sharma, MD, University of Michigan: “Induction of the epigenetic enzyme KMT2A/MLL1 and urokinase in macrophages after murine coronavirus infection contributes to hyperfibrinolysis.” Mentor: Andrea Obi, MD 

Student Research Fellowship Awards

  • John Miller Allan, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine: “Impact of post-operative smoking cessation on long-term outcomes in patients undergoing treatment for intermittent claudication.” Sponsor: Emily Spangler, MD
  • Adam Michael Brown, Medical University of South Carolina: “Tension-induced signaling through the serum and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase-1 (SGK-1) drives interleukin-6 (IL-6) expression in aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs).” Sponsor: Jean Marie Ruddy, MD
  • Nina Byskosh, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine: “Improving PAD knowledge and patient empowerment with a focused education intervention in a vascular surgery cohort.” Sponsor: Karen J. Ho, MD
  • Hanu Chaudhari, Western University: “Feasibility study of a handheld ultrasound and needle guide device for training diverse providers to perform resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) in a clinical simulation program.” Sponsor: Adam Power, MD
  • Yancheng Dai, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine: “Natural history of abdominal aortic aneurysm sac regression after elective EVAR.” Sponsor: Nathan L. Liang, MD
  • Marlene I. Garcia-Neuer, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center:Retrospective administrative-claims data analysis of medical management of type B aortic dissections.” Sponsor: Mounir J. Haurani, MD
  • Kenneth Clayton Harland, University of Florida, and Malcolm Randall, VA: “Role of electronic cigarette smoke-induced skeletal muscle atrophy in limb ischemia.” Sponsor: Salvatore Scali, MD
  • Kameel Khabaz, University of Chicago: “Using machine learning to predict post-TEVAR complication risk from aortic shape.” Sponsor: Ross Milner, MD
  • Sydney Olson, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health: “Relationship of iliac anatomy to adverse events in iliac branch devices: Standardized analysis of CT imaging.” Sponsor: Jon Matsumura, MD
  • Keyuree Kirtikumar Satam, Yale School of Medicine: “Do sex hormones explain sex differences during arteriovenous fistula maturation?” Sponsor: Alan Dardik, MD
  • Matthew Tiojanco, University of Nebraska Medical Center: “Effects of plasma blood glucose, hemoglobin 1A glycosylation (HGB1A), and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1A (PAI1A) on AAA growth rate.” Sponsor: B. Timothy Baxter, MD


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