March 1 awards deadline nears 

Robert Smith collects his SVS Lifetime Achievement Award at VAM 2021 in San Diego

The deadline is March 1 for several awards and honors from the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the SVS Foundation. They include the SVS Lifetime Achievement Award, the Medal for Innovation in Vascular Surgery, the Distinguished Fellow Designation, as well as SVS Foundation Clinical Research Seed Grants. 

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: This is the highest honor the SVS bestows on an individual member. This recognizes an individual’s outstanding and sustained contributions to the profession and the SVS, as well as their exemplary professional practice and leadership. The most recent recipient was Robert B. Smith III, MD, of Georgia (in 2020), who received his honor at the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in San Diego 
  • Medal for Innovation in Vascular Surgery: This honors an individual whose contribution has had a transformative impact on the practice or science of the vascular surgical specialty. The most recent recipient was venous surgery pioneer Robert Kistner, MD, in 2019 
  • Distinguished Fellow designation: This designation goes to Active, International or Senior members who are vascular surgeons and who have made substantial contributions in two of the three categories of research, service and education. Visit for more information 
  • Clinical Research Seed Grants: These awards provide $25,000 in direct support for clinical pilot projects that have the potential to become larger studies funded by industry or government sources 

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