A new vascular surgery registry launched to leverage key data gathered in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic—and aimed at helping prepare for the fallout from future outbreaks—has acquired Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. With members spread across 30 different...

Official: SVS cancels VAM

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has officially pulled the plug on the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) scheduled to take place in Toronto from June 17–20 amid the continuing surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place, the SVS...
Royal Philips has announced that the US government and Philips agreed to team up to increase the production of hospital ventilators in its manufacturing sites in the United States. Philips plans to double the production by May 2020 and achieve a...
Decades ago, “picture” phones were an idea straight out of science fiction. As the saying goes, the future is now. FaceTime and Skype are common; similar technology permits doctors to visit patients via telemedicine. In other health technological advancements, “wearables”...
The Global Vascular Guidelines (GVG), extensively researched and written by an international committee of leading vascular experts, are now available as a pocket guide. The guidelines recommend the use of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Threatened Limb Classification System for...
A study that set out to determine whether there was a lesser stroke or death risk by deploying transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) over the transfemoral approach among patients receiving treatment for carotid stenosis suggested a statistically significant advantage for...
It's an issue increasingly knocking on the door of program directors and section chiefs in hospitals across the country as COVID-19 cases escalate in their areas: the redeployment of vascular surgeons and trainees to other areas of care.  It formed...
We certainly live in interesting times—times in which social distancing has literally become the new normal. COVID-19 came to the United States quietly and then hit like a brick, creating a national emergency. It is almost difficult to remember...
PALM BEACH, Fla.— The more open aortic repair (OAR) case volume vascular surgeons take on, the more it seems to be “impactful” on OAR outcomes than a physician’s accumulated years of practice experience. The finding was revealed by Salvatore T....
Moral distress has been described as “as a phenomenon in which one knows the right action to take but is constrained from taking it.”1 Continuous exposure to moral distress leads to moral injury. The term “moral injury” was first...
PALM BEACH, Fla.—Revascularization of intermittent claudication (IC) patients is associated with an increased rate of progression to critical limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI)—as well as an increased rate of amputation. Those were the main findings of a study presented in a scientific...
The devastating effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic are multifarious and far-reaching, touching both life and limb themselves as well as less tangible aspects of daily life like economic vitality and job function. Each applies unequivocally to vascular surgeons, not...
In a new statement published on April 2, 2020, all 45 societies represented by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)—over 800,000 physicians—emphatically declared their belief that all frontline healthcare professionals must have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and...
MIAMI—Data, gathered in a study on the impact of aortic neck dilation after fenestrated endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (FEVAR), show that the process does indeed occur after the procedure—but with minimal clinical implications. For principal evidence, the researchers pointed out,...
Medtronic is sharing an older version of its Puritan Bennett ventilator for free in a bid to help ramp up production of the key piece of technology in the management of respiratory illness as COVID-19 overwhelms U.S. hospitals. The medical...
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today leapt to the defense of healthcare workers who are heading to work in the face of increasing concerns over personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages as the COVID-19 pandemic cuts trails across the...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has placed members on notice that the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) slated for June 17–20 in Toronto looks increasingly “unlikely” in the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak. Writing on SVSConnect, the online community of...
Hospitals and government health departments should give careful consideration to the protection of older physicians and nurses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Peter I....
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a series of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules designed to help the U.S. healthcare system respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal agency announced. The actions cover increasing hospital...
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla.—As a podium talk at the annual meeting of the American Venous Forum (AVF), it represented a bit of an outlier. It was, the presenter admitted, the only non-scientific talk on the program. But the speaker was...
The imperatives of preserving personal protective equipment (PPE) in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic were given a robust airing during a Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Town Hall on the specialty’s early experiences with the coronavirus strain. Some of...
The SVS Research and Education Committee and the Research Council have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC)—a forum for cutting-edge vascular science for more than 30 years—set for May 4 in Chicago. Because...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) understands this is a very trying time for its members and hopes to provide help through various resources. On the SVS website, there is now a new COVID-19 member resources page where helpful...
HOUSTON—The picture as Jonathan Stone, MD, describes it couldn’t be more stark. Medical error, according to recent publications, he says, now sits at third place among the leading causes of death. “Right behind heart disease and cancer there is...
“More bleeding with background clopidogrel, even if not severe by adjudication, may be associated with broad consequences, including discontinuation of therapies. In the absence of clear benefit, clopidogrel exposure along with aspirin and rivaroxaban should be minimized or avoided...
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.— Almost 90% of authors who received industry-reported payments did not disclose a financial conflict of interest in their manuscript, a study exploring the issue of compensation made to physician-specialist authors of highly-cited aortic aneurysm papers discovered. The...
In stable atherosclerosis, a combination of aspirin plus rivaroxaban provided a similar relative degree of benefit on coronary, cerebrovascular and peripheral endpoints in patients with and without diabetes, a prespecified analysis of the COMPASS trial has shown. It also...
The reputed risk of administering modern intravenous iodinated contrast media in patients with reduced kidney function has been “overstated.” That is the headline takeaway from consensus statements released by the American College of Radiology and the National Kidney Foundation on...
Treatment with aspirin plus rivaroxaban following lower-extremity revascularization in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) leads to a 15% reduction in the risk of major adverse limb and cardiovascular events when compared with aspirin alone. The VOYAGER PAD study was...
Thirty-day and one-year data from the STABLE II study have been published in the April 2020 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) by Joseph V. Lombardi, MD, professor and chief of vascular surgery at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey,...
Vascular Specialist medical editor Malachi Sheahan III, MD, is no stranger to national and international emergencies—from New York City during both the 1990s AIDS crisis and the terrorist attack on 9/11, to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005....
Efforts and resources should be directed toward continuing randomized clinical trials in spite of the specter of the coronavirus pandemic. This is because of the potential of such studies to help millions of people suffering from debilitating chronic diseases,...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is a "solidly built bridge" across the troubled waters of the coronavirus pandemic, president Kim Hodgson, MD, today proclaimed. The path to the other side of the current COVID-19 crisis may not be clear...
A prominent hospital operating on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state has released a set of clinical practice guidelines for vascular surgery. They were put together by Benjamin W. Starnes, MD, professor and chief in the division...
Surgeons and other healthcare professionals aren’t hanging around waiting for depleted personal protective equipment (PPE) to be replenished. Amid COVID-19-related shortages, ingenuity, creativity and craftsmanship have come to the fore. Social media swirl with tales of healthcare professionals fashioning and...
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued guidance for surgeons to curtail recommendations for elective surgical procedures to preserve the necessary resources for care of critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist in surgical decision-making in curtailing...
Have you ever “dreamt in blood”? A vivid, waking nightmare that reminds you of exsanguinating hemorrhage that can’t be stopped? I have. An Iraqi war fighter who sustained catastrophic explosive lower-extremity and truncal wounds and required far-forward damage control...
Performance of telemedicine has been made easier and more accessible after regulations and limitations on its use were waived in the wake of the declaration of a national emergency sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Misty Humphries, MD,...
Vascular surgeons have been urged to support the health of the entire U.S. population “by immediately reducing resource expenditure, avoiding all surgical admissions unless immediately life or limb threatening and, most importantly, by staying home.” The advisory came in a...
With significant progress made on many fronts in 2019, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is looking forward to the next horizon in 2020. In late January, I updated the Strategic Board of Directors on progress to date on strategic...
In this issue: ‘No evidence’ to suggest spinal cord injury is decreased by prophylactic drainage during EVAR procedures: Cover story on Gustavo S. Oderich talk at Critical Issues America 2020 (p. 1) The replication crisis is here: Medical editor...
Patients with complex illnesses may not be eligible for hospital admission unless their diagnoses meet InterQual Criteria or Milliman Care Guidelines—hurdles patients must first pass through in order to be admitted. Forget how bad the patient feels; an admission...
Straub Medical, the US direct-sales subsidiary of Swiss outfit Straub Medical AG, has announced the launch and first intervention performed with the Rotarex S atherectomy device designed for treating occlusive peripheral vascular disease (OPVD).  Baljeet Uppal, MD, of Pinnacle Vein...
SEATTLE—We live in unprecedented times. On Jan. 19, patient zero arrived in the United States at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after returning from a visit to his family in Wuhan, China. He tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 20. Fast...
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official delivered a talk which represents the government agency’s earliest public reaction to the latest meta-analysis suggesting significantly reduced amputation-free survival at one year when paclitaxel-coated balloons are applied in arteries below...
Many believe the adage, “There is no perfect job.” If your list of “musts” for a career in vascular surgery includes working with a completely unique patient population with unparalleled opportunities for career development, the VA (Department of Veterans...
Defining the narrative. It’s a cliché among pundits, board members and anyone who has a point to make or a story to tell. It is the defining difference between success and failure in our life’s circumstances, depicting what is...
A registry to track management of new patients who are being treated medically for a number of vascular diseases has been launched by the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Patient Safety Organization® and the Society for Vascular Medicine, in...
The U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published guidelines on abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) diagnosis and management. Discussion between physicians and patients to consider the risks of any intervention versus no intervention is encouraged,...
The American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD) has published the National Kidney Foundation’s KDOQI Clinical Practice Guideline for Vascular Access: 2019 Update, a completely revamped set of 26 individual guidelines for clinicians that focuses on dialysis access choices tailored to individual...
Lumbar spine stabilization surgery may be a risk factor in the development of symptomatic venous outflow obstruction lesions, a study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders has found. Furthermore, writes lead author Peter J. Pappas,...
The biology of vascular disease—including molecular mechanisms and the immune system—will take center stage on May 4 in Chicago at the 2020 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS). The conference, VRIC Chicago 2020:...
Updated recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) remain consistent with the 2014 guidance while incorporating new evidence. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statement, published in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, was...
People with depressive symptoms have a significantly higher risk of incident abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) after adjustments for established risk factors, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found. “Symptoms of depression and risk of abdominal...
NEW YORK—It’s the recurring theme on the conference circuit that stubbornly refuses to subside but one whose toll is great and lasting. At the VEITHsymposium in New York (Nov. 19–23, 2019), it was the turn of Samuel R. Money,...
PALM BEACH, Fla.—While the overall incidence of rapid carotid stenosis progression is low, patients who show any degree of a worsening condition may warrant closer follow- up—especially if they bear associated risk factors for such rapid progress. That was a...
In 2011, a new research study proved the existence of precognition, also known as Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP). The manuscript was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a well-regarded peer-review journal with a high- impact factor. The...
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla.—“Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) secondary to deep venous stenosis represents a distinct class of patients who require a unique treatment paradigm,” stated Abhisekh Mohapatra, a vascular surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, presenting...
An American politician from the 1800s named John C. Crosby once said, “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.” Currently, there are nearly 150 medical students and general surgery residents...
Late-breaking abstracts are now being accepted for VAM 2020 by the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS). Preference will be given to prospective, multi-institutional trials and investigational device exemption studies. Retrospective analyses will not be considered for this session, as the...
PALM BEACH, Fla.—In an address that ran the gamut of emotions—from success to tragedy and back again—W. Charles Sternbergh III, MD, may have delivered a salutary lesson in both life and work for posterity, one from which vascular surgeons...
Beyond the always popular scientific sessions detailing research and presented from the podium, the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) also stages more than 25 other educational offerings, many to smaller audiences and with questions and answers encouraged. Details are available...
NEW YORK—The opening of an outpatient wound care center has a positive impact on affiliated vascular surgery practice, with a significant increase in the number of peripheral interventions and a significant decrease in amputation rates, attendees of the 2019...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) recently published a joint document on reporting standards for type B aortic dissection (TBAD). The purpose of this document was to establish a standardized language for...
HOUSTON—These are exciting times in the theater of dialysis access, expert in the field Eric Peden, MD, mused in the latter part of last year—“and that’s not always been easy to say because dialysis has had not too much...
The meeting, the seminar and the symposium: Collectively, this triumvirate of forum types forms one of the core elements of postgraduate medical education. These crucial arenas in which we get together with colleagues to present data and share experiences...
What is surgical coaching? The Institute for Life Coach Training defines coaching as a professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations, helping them to bridge the gap between where they are...
LAS VEGAS—Medical education is confronted by huge opportunities with the coming of what has been termed the fourth industrial revolution—that of the intersection where “big biology and big medicine” meet “big data.” Those were the sentiments of Michael Dake, MD,...
Much has been made of the impending shortage of physicians in the United States, with ominous predictions that it could come as soon as 2030.1 The driving force behind the overall shortage is a menacing convergence of a rising,...
Registration and housing for the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) open March 4. The 2020 Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) meeting will be held June 17 to 20 in Toronto, Canada. VAM starts with a full day of educational programming...
In December 2018, the Journal of the American Heart Association published “Risk of death following application of paclitaxel‐coated balloons and stents in the femoropopliteal artery of the leg: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials” by Konstantinos...
The “Vascular Spectacular” Gala was one of the highlights of the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), and it’s sure to be the same in 2020. Join your colleagues and friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, to celebrate your...
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.—High-risk patients with asymptomatic severe carotid stenosis may be successfully managed medically, delegates at the winter meeting of the Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Jan. 30–Feb. 2, were told. That was the...
NEW YORK—The marriage of 3D imaging and robotics in hybrid operating suites promises to be a pivotal aspect of the future in vascular surgery—part of advances in the field that down the road will see surgeons look back on...
MIAMI—Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage is a key component in the treatment of spinal cord injury but the evidence that prophylactic drainage decreases such injury during endovascular repair (EVAR) is “at best weak,” Gustavo S. Oderich, MD, told the Critical...
Throughout our careers—indeed even in our personal lives—we struggle to achieve a proper balance between being a giver, sharer, taker or matcher. Adam Grant, a professor specializing in organizational psychology in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,...
February 2020 brings another paclitaxel device meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) patients. Krystal Dinh, BMed, of Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia, et al report online ahead of print that the risk of all-cause mortality after treatment...
An easy way to impact the future of the vascular specialty is to sign up as a mentor on SVSConnect. The Mentor Match Program needs more surgeons to act as mentors to medical students and general surgery residents. The program...
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (CDT) on March 26, the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS) Recruitment of Medical Students and Residents Committee will present a free informational webinar called VSIG Live. This will give all U.S....
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released an update to their 2014 abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening recommendations. The update is essentially a reiteration. They recommend a one-time screening with ultrasonography in asymptomatic men aged 65...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is closely monitoring reports of higher than usual doses of heparin being required to achieve activated clotting times (ACT) during cardiac procedures. The FDA “is aware of spontaneous adverse event reports submitted to FDA’s...
PALM BEACH, Fla.—Discussion of the drug-coated technology issue was piqued during the opening session of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (SAVS) annual meeting (Jan. 8–11) in Palm Beach, Florida. William P. Robinson III, MD, professor and chief in the...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided some light reading with the publication of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems, as well as Quality Reporting Programs final...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) have released new reporting standards to ensure patients with type B aortic dissections (TBADs) receive appropriate treatment and care. The care of patients with type B dissections...
The prospect of death rates from cardiovascular disease once again ticking upward after more than a half century of decline has led to a call for a randomized trial comparing the two new—and distinct—approaches to prevention: precision medicine and...
PALM BEACH, Fla.—The initial results of an ongoing first-in-man study in Colombia that saw the implantation of a prosthetic venous valve in 15 patients appear promising, with improvement in clinical outcomes and quality of life evaluation, delegates at the...
NEW YORK—Kim Hodgson, MD, president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, delivered a robust defense of the SVS position on the drug-coated balloon (DCB) and drug-eluting stent (DES) issue that is currently enveloping the vascular community during the 2019...
A new meta-analysis, just published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR), suggests significantly reduced amputation-free survival at one year when paclitaxel-coated balloons are applied in arteries below the knee for critical limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) treatment, but...
Alucent Biomedical has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to proceed with a phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its Natural Vascular Scaffolding (NVS) technology. The therapy is designed to treat peripheral...
The application of new global vascular guidelines for chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) provides an opportune and worthwhile window to revisit the concept of critical limb ischemia (CLI) along with its implications as a worldwide healthcare issue. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)...
Severe complications from placement of cerebrospinal fluid drains (CSFD) during first-stage thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and fenestrated-branched endovascular repair (F-BEVAR) of pararenal and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) were found to occur at an “alarming rate” in a prospective,...
HOUSTON—World-renowned innovator and inventor of the balloon catheter Thomas Fogarty, MD, delivered a robust pitch against the singular pursuit of financial gain during the process of innovation before a gathering of surgical colleagues at the inaugural International Society of...
Imagine a conversation with a (nonvascular surgeon) colleague about aortic dissections. “Renal malperfusion,” he says, “is just part of the natural history of the condition. Nothing you can really do about it.” You, of course, take issue with this...
Attendees had a “spectacular” evening at the 2019 SVS Foundation Gala, and organizers urge all members attending the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in June to keep that Friday evening clear for this year’s event. The 2020 SVS Foundation...
Translumbar embolization had a greater technical efficacy than its transarterial equivalent in the treatment of type II endoleaks after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. As a result,...
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Registration open for VRIC

Register today for the 2020 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference, to be held Monday, May 4, in Chicago. The conference emphasizes emerging vascular science and encourages interactive participation of all attendees. VRIC Chicago 2020: “From Discovery to Translation” takes place...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is undertaking a new study to take an objective, qualitative and quantitative approach when assessing the importance and financial impact of vascular services to health systems. SVS members have said that the lack...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has two dedicated member-supported service organizations fulfilling very distinct needs: the SVS Foundation and the SVS Political Action Committee. Both are vitally important to the future of the vascular specialty and our lives...
With the expiration of the fourth edition of the Vascular Educational Self-Assessment Program (VESAP4) on July 31, owners have a bit more than six months to complete all modules and claim credits. Those who want to purchase the educational product...
Because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updates healthcare billing codes annually, vascular surgeons need to have updates as well. It is important they have the knowledge and understanding required to correctly apply these billing codes to...
As a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (two years), I have been able to attend both CPT and RUC meetings in conjunction with the American Medical Association (AMA). When I began, I had known...
NEW YORK—The dramatic shift away from open surgery toward an endovascular approach has landed vascular practice at a stark crossroads, attendees at the VEITHsymposium (Nov. 19–23, 2019) heard during a lecture whose title bore a clear message: “How to...
In the classic 1991 movie, “New Jack City,” drug dealer Nino Brown rhetorically asks his gang (the Cash Money Brothers), “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Nino’s subsequent murder spree suggests he was not. This well-known phrase first appeared in...
LAS VEGAS—Efforts at international collaboration across borders can drive harmony among disparate regulatory requirements and lead to greater global cooperation at the medical device level, a senior member of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the opening session...
There is accumulating evidence that adverse clinical outcomes have a negative impact on the clinician. As vascular surgeons, we are particularly vulnerable to feelings of guilt, shame and self-doubt when we are confronted by a complication related to our...
Persistently high-cost patients are younger, more likely to be members of racial or ethnic minority groups, eligible for Medicare based on having end-stage renal disease and dually eligible for Medicaid compared to their transiently and never high-cost counterparts, a...
Four years ago, vascular experts from around the world were tasked with a quest to get all surgeons and providers to agree on the best ways to treat this common and debilitating illness: chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). The goal...
The diameter of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) may have an important clinical impact on patient outcomes, according to a study of cases contained in the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) database. The discovery, published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery,...

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LAS VEGAS—Efforts at international collaboration across borders can drive harmony among disparate regulatory requirements and lead to greater global cooperation at the medical device level, a senior member of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the opening session...
NEW YORK—Vascular Specialist has a critical role to play in dictating discussion of the key issues that impact surgeons in the field, the publication’s medical editor told a gathering at the 2019 VEITHsymposium held Nov. 19-23 in New York. The...
More patients are receiving vascular surgery procedures in outpatient-based labs (OBLs). This trend is expected to increase in years to come. Right now, there are many questions surrounding OBLs , including questions about safety, equipment required for emergencies, types...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Excellence in Community Service Award is an honor the SVS bestows on a member who has exhibited outstanding leadership within their community as a practicing vascular surgeon. Selection for this honor recognizes an...
November is National Diabetes Month, which gives SVS members the perfect opportunity to further educate their patients and loved ones with the SVS Foundation Patient flier on diabetes and vascular disease. These are available in both English and Spanish...

Find Support on SVSConnect

SVSConnect gives members an opportunity to share tough cases, discuss new breakthroughs in the industry and/or seek trusty advice from other professionals. Currently, a post about Peer Support through the new SVS Member Support Program is one of the...
Abstracts and videos for the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting will be accepted now through January 15. The submission process may be completed on a smartphone or tablet computer. The Video Committee encourages submissions in areas such as dialysis access,...
The Vascular Research Initiatives Conference emphasizes emerging vascular science and encourages interactive participation of attendees. Scheduled the day before Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions, VRIC is considered a key event for connecting with vascular researchers. Join us for the 2020...
The SVS' Community Practice Committee will hold a webinar, Credentialing and Privileging for New Procedures and Technologies, on Tuesday, November 12th from 7-8pm CT. The webinar will focus on critical elements for obtaining privileging, the definition of a new...
With physician distress a top concern of vascular surgeons, the SVS and its Wellness Task Force are launching a member support component of its wellness program, designed to help vascular surgeons enhance their personal resilience/wellness, and continue development of...
The SVS Foundation has just published its 2019 Annual Report. This year, the report focuses on how past award recipients have used their grants to impact and improve patient care. More than $13 million in grants over the past...
The SVS, in collaboration with the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS), has launched a new leadership development program. Its aim is to help our community of vascular surgeons reach their...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), in collaboration with the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS), is launching an exciting new program meant to provide a meaningful leadership development experience for...
As the holiday shopping season approaches, the SVS Foundation would like to remind you to set up your AmazonSmile account and designate the SVS Foundation as your charity. It’s easy to begin. Start at smile.amazon.com and search ‘Society for...

SVS Members: Pay Your Dues!

By renewing your membership, you continue to support the critical work the Society does throughout the year, and you contribute directly to the ongoing improvement of vascular health. Renewing will also provide you continued access to all membership benefits,...
Oct. 31 is the deadline for the Vascular Surgery Trainee Advocacy Travel Scholarship. The primary purpose of this award is to provide the recipient with an opportunity to participate in Capitol Hill visits and learn more about the SVS’...

Register for Upcoming Webinars

Registration is now open for two webinars hosted by the SVS Community Practice Committee. Sign up for webinars focusing on “Hiring for the Right Clinical Fit” and/or “Credentialing and Privileging for New Procedures and Technologies.” These webinars are meant...
The SVS has officially announced its new Mentor Match program on its online community, SVSConnect. This program provides a simple way for general surgery residents and medical students to match with vascular surgeons who will, ideally, help guide them...

Prepare for VAM 2020

Mark your calendars: the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting will take place June 17-20 at the Toronto Convention Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. All U.S. residents entering Canada will be required to travel with a valid passport. Your passport expiration...
Our website contains many resources that SVS members can use for help with managing a practice, continuing education, patient education materials and much more. The patient resource pages on the site cover a variety of vascular conditions, tests and...
If you are a young vascular surgeon from outside North America, consider applying for the International Scholars Program. Recipients of the award will receive a $5,000 stipend, spend two weeks in the U.S, visiting universities and clinics, and attend...

Check on Your Fiscal Health

The Affinity Program of expanded benefits is available to SVS members and can connect them with individual disability plans. These plans – available through Principal Life Insurance Company, Securian and Lloyds of London – provide tax-free benefits and can...
If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018, your performance feedback is now available for review on the Quality Payment Program website. Through a process called targeted review, MIPS eligible clinicians or groups can request...
The SVS PSO is looking for a part-time Associate Medical Director. This person will be responsible for assisting the SVS PSO Medical Director and the SVS PSO staff, with guidance and over site in its clinical operations. The new...
If you are a young vascular surgeon from outside North America, consider applying for the International Scholars Program. Recipients of the award will receive a $5,000 stipend, spend two weeks in the U.S, visiting universities and clinics, and attend...

Become a mentor on SVSConnect

The SVS has officially announced its new Mentor Match program on its online community, SVSConnect. This program provides a simple way to match general surgery residents and medical students with vascular surgeons who will, ideally, help guide them on...
Join us as we celebrate all vascular nurses September 8 to 14 during Vascular Nurses Week. Be sure to let your nurses know how much you value them and their important contributions to your vascular team. You may also...

Purchase VAM on Demand

All who attended the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting can review sessions they attended, as well as “attend” those that they missed. Those who weren’t at VAM can now experience all they missed. Slides and audio presentations of nearly every...
Attend the first ever International Symposium on Pediatric Renovascular Hypertension Nov. 11-12 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This conference will bring multi-disciplinary experts together to identify best practices in clinical management of unique pediatric patients. An...
September is PAD month. Did you know that the SVS Foundation offers free patient education fliers that you can easily customize with your own office name and contact information? We have one on PAD, one on Smoking and Vascular...
If you’re looking to have the best remote user experience on SVSConnect, download the Member Centric app. Don’t limit your time on the community to only when you have a desktop or laptop computer available. The app gives you...

Apply for SVS Membership

The third membership deadline of 2019 is a few short days away on Sept. 1. SVS members enjoy many benefits such as SVSConnect, discounted pricing on publications and meeting registration, practice management resources and much more. Visit the membership...
The Society for Vascular Surgery seeks proposals for invited sessions for the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting, to be held June 17 to 20 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Scientific sessions will be June 18 to 20 and exhibits will be...
Last year, the SVS Foundation updated and rewrote its popular patient education fliers. These are designed to fulfill the Foundation’s mission to support patient education, vascular health and community awareness of vascular disease. SVS members are encouraged to download...
PART I Reports of sexual harassment and gender discrimination have dominated news headlines, and the #MeToo movement has brought the scope and severity of discriminatory behavior to the forefront of public consciousness. The #MeToo movement has raised national and global...
Question: Driver D strikes a pedestrian after losing control of his vehicle from insulin-induced hypoglycemia. Both Driver D and pedestrian were seriously injured. Driver D was recently diagnosed with diabetes, and his physician had started him on insulin but...
The vascular specialty has had many coding changes over the past five to six years. It is sometimes difficult to keep up with the changes from year to year, but attending the SVS Coding & Reimbursement workshop, to be...
The Society for Vascular Surgery seeks proposals for invited sessions for the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting, to be held June 17 to 20 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Scientific sessions will be June 18 to 20 and exhibits will be...

VAM on Demand Now Available

All who attended the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting can now review sessions they attended, as well as “attend” those that they missed. Those who weren’t at VAM can now experience all they missed. Slides and audio presentations of nearly...
If you are a medical student, a general surgery resident and/or a trainee who’d like to get more involved within the Society for Vascular Surgery, apply to be an SVS Social Media Ambassador. Ambassadors must be members of the...
The Society for Vascular Surgery is establishing a new Health Information Technology Task Force. The SVS Executive Board is seeking members with a desire to explore and advance technology-based health improvement for vascular patients. Volunteers should be interested in,...
The SVS Political Action Committee has set an aggressive fundraising goal for this current 2020 election cycle, and your contribution is critical to helping the PAC to meet this goal. The SVS PAC is one of the most effective...
Register today for the fourth annual UCLA / SVS Symposium. This year’s event, “A Comprehensive Review and Update of What’s New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery,” will be held Aug. 24 to 26 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly...
The SVS Foundation’s patient fliers project is completed, and fliers are available free to members on the SVS website. Nine vascular topics are addressed in updated fliers, including Carotid Artery Disease, Diabetes, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and more. These were...
The SVS Foundation developed the Research Career Development Travel Awards program to develop strong leaders in vascular surgery research. Recipients of the award will be assigned SVS research mentors who will provide guidance and discuss academic career advancement. They’ll...

VAM Photos Now Available

If you attended the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Md., be sure to check out the many photos now available on the SVS Flickr account. Relive the education sessions, the exhibit hall, the alumni receptions and the...
On May 31, new global guidelines on the best ways to treat Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia were co-published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery and the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. This comes after four years of collaboration...
Conversations surrounding the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting have begun on SVSConnect. Share what you learned at your favorite session, start a discussion about the Branding Initiative or reminisce about the ‘Vascular Spectacular’ gala. Keep the conversations going and connect...
The SVS Branding Initiative concepts were introduced at the Vascular Annual Meeting last week. We asked attendees to provide their feedback either at the SVS booth or through the event app. Input from members is vital in moving this...

VAM on Demand Coming Soon

If you missed the Vascular Annual Meeting, would like to review some sessions or view the ones you missed, purchase VAM on Demand. The online library will hold audio and slide presentations of most sessions from the meeting. It...
The inability to be in two places at one time makes VAM On Demand an essential component of the Vascular Annual Meeting. ISerg Creative/Getty Images VAM on Demand lets people review — in depth and on their own timeline —sessions...
Physician registrants can get a big boost in collecting required Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) self-assessment credits at the Vascular Annual Meeting. The Society for Vascular Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical...
A tradition at the Vascular Annual Meeting, the E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum is organized by the incoming SVS President and devotes itself to assessing and discussing particular challenges currently facing the society. This year’s Forum focused on...
In selecting the subject of his presidential address, SVS President Michel Makaroun, MD, decided to focus on the inadequacy of vascular manpower to meet the demands and needs of the public. Nationwide Photographers Dr. Michel Makaroun In introducing the subject, he...
How have you managed a possible infected aortitis, a severe focal stenosis or a fractured carotid stent? Give your input in discussions about these topics, and more, on your online community, SVSConnect. If you attended VAM last week, continue...
The SVS has recently re-vamped its newsletters geared towards future vascular surgeons. These provide residents, students and vascular trainees with up-to-date information on upcoming events, awards and scholarships, open positions and more. These are sent on a bi-weekly and...
Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons will – together – head for the top during the Aortic Summit, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is presented in collaboration with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. A similar summit at the 2017...
Electing Secretary, Welcoming President, Presenting Awards The SVS Annual Business Meeting serves a vital, mandated function, with members conducting important Society business. This year, not only will President Michel S. Makaroun, MD, hands his gavel over to President-Elect Kim Hodgson,...
To determine the necessity of permanent monitoring of small aortic aneurysms in the elderly, Mark Rockley, MD, of the Ottawa Hospital and his colleagues investigated the yield of ultrasound surveillance for small abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in octogenarians, as...
Vikram S. Kashyap, MD, of the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, will present results from ROADSTER 2, a prospective, multicenter, postapproval registry for patients undergoing transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR). This technique involves carotid artery stenting with cerebral protection via...
Three of the Vascular Annual Meeting’s signature events – celebrations along with distinguished lectures – occur on Saturday, VAM’s closing day. All conveniently occur in the morning, shortly before the start of the SVS Annual Business Meeting and luncheon...
In its inaugural year, the Excellence in Community service award will be presented this Friday at VAM during the ‘Vascular Spectacular’ Gala. This year’s winners are Drs. Richard Lynn, Carlo Dall’Olmo and Joseph Anain. These members have all exhibited...
Join others in placing bids on items available in the ‘Vascular Spectacular’ gala’s silent auction. Items include, but are not limited to, artwork, fine wines, travel experiences and sports memorabilia. Bidding will be open until this Friday, June 14,...
Frailty increasingly has been seen as a factor in procedural outcomes, including vascular surgery. Nutrition factors among older adults have also become an issue of concern, and older adults undergoing interventions for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) may be at...
After months of planning, the day is finally here! Friday evening, 500 people will be living the high life at the “Vascular Spectacular” gala, celebrating the specialty and each other. RUSSELLTATEdotCOM/DigitalVision Vectors But everyone, no matter where they are in...
Work-related pain and disability have been reported in the literature among various surgical specialties and can influence surgeon productivity and burnout. In Friday’s Scientific Session 4, Max Wohlauer, MD, of the University of Colorado, Denver, will report on a...
Are you in need of a new headshot for your website or institution’s site? Good news for you! Attendees can get a professional head shot taken from 10am to 2pm on Thursday and Friday at the Vascular Annual Meeting....
Many fabulous prizes are now available for bidding. The Society for Vascular Surgery has compiled nearly 70 packages for items graciously donated for the silent auction portion of the ‘Vascular Spectacular’ gala. The event takes place at the Vascular...
Physician burnout has been linked to medical errors, decreased patient satisfaction, and reduced career longevity. In light of the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease, vascular surgeon burnout presents a legitimate public health concern because of the impact on the...
Sexual harassment is known to be more pervasive in male-dominated workplaces and flourishes in a climate of tolerance and culture of silence, according to Bernadette Aulivola, MD, of Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill. “We sought to examine the prevalence...

Vascular Live

Come see exhibitors present new ideas, showcase new technologies, and discuss the latest trends in vascular surgery. All Vascular Live events will take place at the Vascular Live stage in the Auditorium, on the lower level of the convention...
The Exhibit Hall is an integral part of the Vascular Annual Meeting. All members of the vascular team, as well as other attendees, will be able to see a wide-ranging array of products of interest to vascular surgeons and...
This year’s VAM features an exhibit pavilion, special Vascular Live presentations, and a breakfast session geared specifically to clinicians who work in office and outpatient settings. The Office Vascular Care Pavilion is in Exhibit Hall B, on the lower level...
Nonhealing wounds in patients with diabetes are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and are increasing at an alarming rate. Equally concerning, the current “standard of care” leaves 70% of diabetic wounds unhealed. Given...
As the Vascular Annual Meeting approaches, we hope you are gearing up for a great few days of vascular programming, networking, receptions and fun! We invite you to share meeting details with your peers and colleagues on social media...
A community has opened specifically for our PA Section members on SVSConnect. This community is meant to provide a private space for vascular PAs to engage and collaborate with one another. Members will be able to have in depth...
Requirements for starting a vascular surgery training program have been lightened – you no longer need to have a general surgery residency at your institution and faculty requirements are in review. Because of this, SVS members are available to...
At the Annual Business Meeting, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, SVS members (Active, Seniors and/or Distinguished Fellows) will be asked to elect individuals to fill the positions of Secretary and Vice President and then approve the full...
For the first time ever, the SVS Foundation is teaming up with the Society for Vascular Nursing and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound to provide free AAA and peripheral artery disease ultrasound screenings. The event will take place from...
Register today for the Fourth Annual UCLA / SVS Symposium. This year’s program, “A Comprehensive Review and Update of What’s New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery” will be held Aug. 24 to 26 at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills,...
PA programming is set to take place from 1:15 – 5:15pm Thursday, June 13. There will be a PA networking lunch before the section session from 12-1pm, and a PA networking meet-up afterwards at 5:30 in the exhibit hall....
Do you allow your patients to eat during thrombolysis? Do you have any difficulties with your EMR? Have questions about the upcoming Vascular Annual Meeting? Sign in to SVSConnect and participate in discussions surrounding all things vascular. Your SVS...
The ‘Vascular Spectacular’ Gala has officially sold out, but there are still ways for non-attendees to be a part of the fun. Raffle tickets are available for $20, and those who purchase will have a chance to win a...
The SVS is introducing a dedicated program for vascular residents and fellows at the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting. The new program is set for 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and will provide a forum to those nearing the end...
The SVS recently established the Section on Outpatient & Office Vascular Care (SOOVC) for clinicians who work in outpatient and office vascular care centers. SOOVC membership is available to all SVS members in good standing, and hospital/practice administrators are...

Register for VRIC

The Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) is a few short weeks away, and it’s still not too late to register. Don’t miss your chance to connect with vascular researchers at the 2019 program, “Hard Science: Calcification and Vascular Solutions,”...
The Society for Vascular Surgery will provide complimentary meeting registration to a lucky attendee. To be eligible, all you must do is register for the meeting before 5 p.m. CDT tomorrow, April 24. The winner will be selected at...
The ‘Vascular Spectacular’ Gala has officially sold out, but it’s not too late to donate auction items for the live and silent auctions. So far donations consist of vacation stays, tickets to sporting events, entertainment, travel and time shares,...

Programming for PAs Slated

The SVS will once again host an afternoon of education programming specifically for physician assistants. The afternoon session will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 13. Topics include discussions of PAs in different team settings, vascular diagnostics,...

Plan Your VAM

Begin planning your Vascular Annual Meeting experience today with the recently launched SVS Online Planner. This includes the entire VAM schedule, as well as the schedule for the Society for Vascular Nursing’s annual conference. The Vascular Quality Initiative’s meeting,...
The SVS is now seeking comments on draft Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Management of Visceral Aneurysms. Your comments are essential to strengthen the content of these guidelines, and to ensure relevance in clinical practice and potential for improvements...
The Society for Vascular Surgery will provide complimentary meeting registration to a lucky attendee. To be eligible, all you must do is register for the meeting before 5 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 24. The winner will be selected at...
As the BEST-CLI (Best endovascular vs. best surgical therapy in patients with critical limb ischemia) trial enters its last phase of new patient enrollment, I thought it was important to reflect on what it has meant for both the...
The application deadline for the Community Awareness and Prevention Project Grant is April 15. This award is intended to help vascular surgeons conduct community-based projects that address emerging issues in vascular health, wellness and disease prevention. The SVS Foundation...
Begin planning your Vascular Annual Meeting experience with the SVS Online Planner. This includes the entire VAM schedule, plus the schedule for the Society for Vascular Nursing’s annual conference. The full schedule for the Vascular Quality Initiative's meeting, VQI@VAM,...
The PA Section steering committee has been hard at work developing session programming for the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting. Vascular PAs can look forward to a four-hour session on Thursday, June 13, completely dedicated to them. The program will...
The SVS is excited to announce that within your online community, SVSConnect, there will be an “Ask Us Anything” session at 2 p.m. CDT on April 8. Drs. Daniel McDevitt and William Shutze will be available in real time...
Determining who is responsible for the increase in health care cost in the United States has seemingly limitless possibilities. There are enough culprits to go around, but a recent analysis points a finger at hospital-based care (Health Aff. 2019...

The paclitaxel paradox

As medical editor of Vascular Specialist, it has always been my hope to use our excellent reporters and rapid production schedule to keep readers abreast of the latest news in vascular surgery. While my colleagues at the Journal of...
This year’s Vascular Annual Meeting on June 12-15 will introduce a dedicated program for vascular trainees. The Vascular Residents and Fellows Program will help these trainees make the transition from training to practice, and to explore leadership development. Programming...
The Society for Vascular Surgeons and the Society for Thoracic Surgeons are seeking comments on draft Reporting Standards for Type-B Aortic Dissection. Reports focusing on type-B aortic dissection have become increasingly common in recent years, but there is currently...
SVS is soliciting abstracts for a late-breaking session at the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting. Preference will be given to prospective, multi-institutional trials and investigational device exemption studies. As the intent is to provide attendees with true “late-breaking” trial data,...
Registration and housing have officially opened for the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting! This year’s event will be held on June 12-15 in National Harbor, Md., (near Washington, D.C.) As always, attendees will learn about cutting-edge vascular research, attend innovative...

Patient, heal thyself!

Octavio has prostate cancer. His prostate growth is large but localized. “What do your doctors suggest?” I asked him. “They sent me to two specialists at the medical center,” he said. “One does robotic surgery, the other does radiation. Each one...
I was at a meeting in Orlando, sitting in the front row. The speaker was a former Disney executive who was telling us how to improve our offices. He kept walking very close to the edge of the stage...
We’re still a few months away from the Vascular Spectacular Gala at VAM, but excitement is growing concurrently with the list of items contributed to the event's live and silent auctions. You’ll definitely leave VAM with new professional connections...

SVSConnect App is Ready

You can now log in to SVSConnect conveniently from your phone and tablet. This gives you easy access to field-related discussions, resources from other users and the SVS member directory. You can do everything on the app that you...
The time has almost come to register for the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting. This month, you’ll be able to register for the can’t-miss event of the year for vascular care professionals. This year’s event will be held on June...
Hemodynamic complications of arteriovenous (AV) access are uncommon but can be potentially life threatening. Fistulas and grafts can cause a decrease in systemic vascular resistance and secondary increase in cardiac output in patients who may already have myocardial dysfunction...

Commentary: Bias rules

Bias can be defined as a prejudice or a preformed inclination. Bias is reflective of one’s inherent mind set about any thing, concept, ideology, claim, product, person, or group of people. Since biases are well known to be inherent...

Vascular PAs: Join the SVS

The PA Section is open to physician assistants who’ve demonstrated an active interest in the field of vascular surgery. It's intended to provide a professional home to all PAs working in vascular care settings. Since its inception, 138 PAs...

Getting Started on SVSConnect

Complete your profile, post your first message, upload a resource or find another member – getting started has never been easier on SVSConnect. New “easy” buttons on the home page will help guide users as they begin activity on...
Burnout among vascular surgeons and other physicians is a serious national epidemic that needs immediate attention by senior policy makers and health care leaders. Not only is maintaining an appropriate supply of fully qualified surgeons important to the medical...
In 2017, the National Academy of Medicine recognized the urgent need to address burnout, wellness, and resilience in physicians. A consortium was subsequently put together comprising many cosponsoring organizations, including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and...

Donate to the SVS Gala

Our “Vascular Spectacular” VAM Gala will be held Friday, June 14, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., site of our Vascular Annual Meeting. The event will be highlighted by both live and silent...

Terminating an employee

I’ve written more than once about the private practitioner’s least favorite task. Most physicians find it so objectionable that they will tolerate marginal employees rather than fire them. And that hurts the efficiency and morale of your good employees...

Apply for VAM Travel Awards

Applications are due Feb. 27 for travel scholarships to attend the Vascular Annual Meeting. Available is a resident/medical student award and a diversity medical student award. Recipients are eligible to receive complimentary meeting registration plus a travel scholarship. They...

Newsletters for Our Trainees

The SVS is taking steps to provide more direct resources to our candidate members. To start, we’re sending newsletters that will keep these members, who are vital to our future, up-to-date on topics directly geared towards tomorrow’s vascular surgeons....
TRANSforming Gynecology is a column about the ways in which ob.gyns. can become leaders in addressing the needs of the transgender/gender-nonconforming population. We hope to provide readers with some basic tools to help open the door to this marginalized...

Medical ethics and economics

The balance between medical research and the pharmaceutical world has always been unsettling. The recent spate of articles in the press reporting the large payments by industry to a number of highly paid medical staff of the Memorial Sloan...
To those members who have not yet paid their 2019 dues -- are you planning to attend the Vascular Annual Meeting? Do you find your Journal of Vascular Surgery publications invaluable? Those are just two of the member benefits...
Because leadership skills are integral to success but are not typically taught in medical school, the SVS Leadership Development and Diversity Committee offers the Women's Leadership Training Grant to help women sharpen their leadership skills. The $5,000 awards (offered...
Transitioning toward retirement or looking for postgrad training opportunities? Or maybe you need some advice on good “power meals” to have during your busy days? These are only a few of the many threads attracting comments on SVSConnect, your...
"Tranche" dates -- for completing all the paperwork for the Kai-Zen retirement accelerator program offered through the SVS Affinity Program of expanded benefits -- have been set for 2019. The first dates are Jan. 28, March 11 and May...
The SVS Foundation has extended the application deadline for its prestigious Resident Research Award to Tuesday, Jan. 22. This award is one of the most important opportunities for surgical trainees in vascular laboratories and includes the opportunity for the...

VAM Scholarships Available

Students and trainees can get financial help to attend the Vascular Annual Meeting in June. The Society for Vascular Surgery distributes dozens of travel scholarships to attend VAM, which is the perfect opportunity to meet other students as well...
The SVS has a section dedicated solely to vascular physician assistants. All surgeons are encouraged to urge their PAs to join the section. This “professional home” for PAs has grown to 138 members in just one short year and...
This year, the Society for Vascular Surgery will recognize a member in community practice who excels, leads and contributes. If you know of such a surgeon, make your nominations for the SVS Excellence in Community Service Award by Feb....
Every surgeon has experienced the anguish of an adverse outcome. The elective aneurysm that dies on the table, the asymptomatic carotid patient that has a stroke in the recovery room, the cosmetic varicose vein case that has a pulmonary...
As I reflect upon the past year, 2018 has certainly made a mark for addressing burnout among medical professionals, enforcing wellness, and targeting implicit and explicit gender bias in medicine and surgery. Dr. Laura Drudi Looking back, I entered surgery with...

Burnout

Having taken the SVS “burnout” survey, I felt that it really never got into the “whys” of what was making individuals burn out. It dealt more with the consequences of the whys rather than the whys themselves, and it...
Following a series of Vascular Specialist pieces highlighting the crisis of surgeon burnout and the unique challenges that face vascular surgeons, the SVS Wellness Task Force was formed in 2017. Recognizing that burnout may compromise recruitment and retention into...

Physician value thyself!

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines value as “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something” and “relative worth, utility, or importance.” We usually assess our professional worth by how we are treated at...
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) requirement for their 24 member boards. The MOC process has received much criticism, especially in recent years. To date, a 5-hour exam at a secure testing center...
Within 3 minutes of the car engine rumbling to a roar in the morning air, cruise control is set, freshly ground coffee is in hand and NPR is playing on WOSU 90.5. I settle in for the morning news...
The Vascular Research Initiatives Conference emphasizes emerging vascular science and encourages interactive participation of attendees, including trainees who are aspiring academic vascular surgeons. The SVS Foundation offers the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference Trainee Travel Scholarship for trainees to attend...
The workings of Congress and other governmental agencies frequently seem obscure and the impact of their decisions unclear. Yet collectively, these entities in Washington, D.C., wield huge power over vascular surgeons’ careers and lives. Do you have questions about...
The SVS is working to ascertain members' experiences in meeting federal regulatory requirements, with responses due by Dec. 31. Approximately 135 members have already responded – join them. Read more and find the survey link here.

Gala Added to 2019 VAM Lineup

This year’s Vascular Annual Meeting will have a new and elegant air about it, with the introduction of a Gala to benefit the SVS Foundation. It is replacing the traditional President’s Reception, at the request of SVS President Michel...
SVSConnect, your online community, is now open! This online space gives members a place for discussion, collaboration and a chance to expand their professional networks. This initial launch starts with a single forum for all members to get signed...

Submit VAM abstracts

The abstract submission site for the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting is now open. Submissions may be considered for the following programs: Scientific Session, Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society (VESS), International Forum, International Fast Talk, Poster Competition and Interactive Poster....

SVSConnect is on the Way

Anticipation is growing for SVSConnect, a new online community for SVS members. This site will give users an online home for connecting with colleagues on various topics including case complications, techniques, practice management and even work-life balance. A group...
The SVS Foundation is supporting travel scholarships for trainees to attend the annual Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC), which will be held on May 13, 2019, in Boston. Recipients of the scholarship will receive complimentary registration to both VRIC...
This final month of the year is the giving season, and many people delay their charitable contributions until then. Please consider making a difference in the world of vascular surgery this holiday season by donating to the SVS Foundation....
The SVS Executive Board announced in November that all Active SVS Members in good standing will now be considered Fellows of the Society for Vascular Surgery™ (FSVS™). The trademarked designation is one of the benefits of SVS membership and...
Amputation: Resistance is not futile! What’s in a toe you may ask? Why worry about saving it? Just amputate and move on ... Dr. Issam Koleilat Not so! I implore you to resist the desire. We vascular surgeons are accustomed to cutting...
The SVS Research and Education Committee encourages eligible members to apply for the prestigious Resident Research Award. The recipient will showcase his or her work at the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting in June as well as receive a $5,000...

VAM Abstract Site Now Open

The abstract submission site for the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting is now open. Submissions may be considered for the following programs: Scientific Session, Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society (VESS), International Forum, International Fast Talk, Poster Competition and Interactive Poster....
Both registration and the abstract submission site for the 2019 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference are now open. This one-day meeting encourages interactive participation of all attendees and emphasizes emerging vascular science. To maximize researchers' and participants' travel dollars and...
The Society for Vascular Surgery is creating a private online community, SVSConnect, with a number of resources for SVS members and their peers. This new collaborative online community will let members connect and engage with, and learn from, fellow...
A new flier on diabetes and vascular disease is now available in English and Spanish as an instant download. This is the second new flier produced by the SVS Foundation as part of its awareness and prevention mission. Please...

Death of a sales pitch

In 2000, the Institute of Medicine published “To Err Is Human,” a landmark study that warned that as many as 98,000 people die annually as a result of medical errors. One conclusion of the report stated, “When patients see...
The Society for Vascular Surgery Community Practice Committee announces the Excellence in Community Service Award, honoring a member who has made contributions not only to the profession but to the community as well. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2019....
Download Below The SVS Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report has just been published online. The report highlights the Foundation’s work, the money raised, and money spent. It tells why people give and the profound difference SVS members make, not only in...
Applications are due by October 31 for the SVS Vascular Surgery Trainee Advocacy Travel Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to enhance the trainee’s health policy and advocacy development. The recipient gets the chance to participate in Capitol Hill visits...

Form CMS Virtual MIPS Group

The election period to form a virtual group for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year is now open. These groups give participants the opportunity to coordinate resources that can help achieve and meet requirements under each...

Apply for BSN-JOBST Grant

The American Venous Forum Foundation will accept applications until Oct. 21 for the $100,000 BSN-JOBST Research Grant. The grant is for original, basic or clinical research in venous or lymphatic disease and provides $50,000 for each of two years....
The National Heart, Lung and Blood institute has extended the combined number of years of K training support from six to eight years for the K08 and K23 grants. Clinician scientists who have received either award can stay on...
If one includes the entire spectrum of venous disease, it is a more common pathology than peripheral arterial disease. The financial impact of venous disease is substantial. Why, then, has it taken so long to generate enthusiasm for venous...
Learn to use the correct codes, use all the codes necessary and submit everything properly the first time at the SVS Coding and Reimbursement Workshop, Oct. 19 and 20 at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel in Chicago. These skills...
Applications are due Oct. 1 for the SVS Foundation's new Bridge Grant, which provides funding from one grant to another. The grant targets those investigators with previous national funding for basic research, such as an NIH R01 grant, and...
  Dear hospital consultants, Just thought I would write and give you a quick update on our situation, not that you asked. As you recall, a few years ago we spent many hours discussing and planning the Heart and Vascular Service...
Coding. Practice expenses. Supervised Exercise Therapy. The vascular lab. Medicare reimbursement (including MACRA, MIPS, APMs and QPP). All these topics and more are part of a vascular surgeon's life and livelihood. Vascular surgery trainees interested in health policy and...
It’s Vascular Nurses Week this week, and as part of the celebration, the SVS is inviting Society for Vascular Nursing members to join the SVS as affiliate members. Applicants will receive a 50 percent discount through Dec. 1. Email...
We need your help to spread the word Please help us spread the news about peripheral arterial disease. It’s easy – SVS has updated its online resources for physicians and resources for patients. Both web pages have videos, web links,...
The Society for Vascular Surgery is seeking applicants to serve as representative for the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for Vascular Surgery. Please email letters of interest/nominations for the three-year term by Aug. 31. The nominee must be...
VAM on Demand, a library of hundreds of presentations from the 2018 Vascular Annual Meeting is now available. Those who attended VAM can review sessions at their own pace and watch others that they missed. Those who did not...

VRIC Set for May 13, 2019

The Society for Vascular Surgery has set the date for the 2019 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference: May 13, 2019. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this conference, which focuses on emerging vascular science. VRIC will feature abstracts, the...
Apply for the SVS International Scholars Program by Sept. 1. Up to four qualified vascular surgeons younger than 40, from countries other than the United States or Canada, will receive $5,000 each, to attend the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting...
John Lockwood Ochsner, MD, (1927-2018), a world-renowned heart surgeon, will be remembered as a charismatic and skilled surgeon, a dedicated teacher, a loving father, and a role model for the hundreds of surgeons he trained. Dr. John Ochsner Dr. Ochsner was...

I want you to do my job

It is never easy to replace a legend. The Vascular Specialist that Russell Samson has left behind does not require saving. There are, however, problems ahead for all vascular surgeons, and my hope is to use this forum to...

Get up to Speed with VESAP4

With certification exams coming up, some surgeons may want to brush up. The Vascular Educational Self-Assessment Program (VESAP), fourth edition, is a great study tool. As with previous editions, VESAP4 contains 10 topic sections, each with dozens of study and...
The Society for Vascular Surgery needs members to participate in guideline writing groups on three topics: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, Trauma and Genetic Aneurysms/Dissections. SVS welcomes applicants with expertise and experience in diverse practice settings. Visit here for more...

Submit Ideas for VAM 2019

Do you have an idea for an informative session at the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting? The Society for Vascular Surgery is seeking proposals for invited sessions — postgraduate courses; breakfast, concurrent or small-group sessions; and/or Tips and Tricks and...
This marks my last editorial as medical editor of Vascular Specialist. It has been more than a privilege to have been offered this position. After all, how lucky am I to be provided with an opportunity to rant about...
Whether you attended VAM18 or not, if you need more meeting, we have you covered. All things VAM are available here. For example: Find link to CME claim info Watch on-site videos and enjoy slide shows Find a link...
The deadline to submit applications for the SVS Foundation Research Career Development Travel Award is Aug. 15. This award aims to develop strong leaders in vascular surgery. Awardees are assigned an SVS research mentor and are provided with funds...
The deadline for applications for the SVS International Scholars Program has been extended to Sept. 1. The program provides up to four scholarships to qualified young vascular surgeons from countries other than the United States or Canada. Awardees receive...
Applications are due by Aug. 2 for the SVS International Scholars Program, which provides up to four scholarships to qualified young vascular surgeons from countries other than the United States or Canada. Awardees receive $5,000 each, to attend the...
Learn all about coding at the SVS Coding & Reimbursement Workshop, set for Oct. 19 and 20 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Chicago. The intensive two-day program will address 2019 updates and proposed updates, the global surgical package...
The deadline to submit applications for the SVS Foundation Research Career Development Travel Award is Aug. 15. This award aims to develop strong leaders in vascular surgery. Awardees are assigned an SVS research mentor and are provided with funds...
The Third Annual UCLA / SVS Symposium on “What’s New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery" is less than seven weeks away. Register today for this comprehensive course that includes a survey of basic science, pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of...
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) seeks comments by July 25 on draft clinical practice guidelines on venous thromboembolism: VTE Prevention in Surgical Hospitalized Patients. The draft recommendations and a link to the online survey where comments are collected are...
Society for Vascular Surgery members are receiving an important email from the Mayo Clinic containing a survey from the SVS Wellness Task Force. Nationwide Photographers Panel members discuss the problem of physician burnout and promoting physician wellness during “Promoting Physician...
The Vascular Annual Meeting conducts important Society business at the SVS Annual Business Meeting. During Saturday’s meeting and luncheon, President R. Clement Darling III, MD, will hand over the leadership reins to President-Elect Michel S. Makaroun, MD. Dr. Michel S....
Duty hour restrictions, changing training paradigms, and diminishing open surgical case volumes have caused dramatic shifts in the vascular trainee experience, according to Malachi Sheahan, MD, and his colleagues from Louisiana State University, New Orleans. Dr. Malachi Sheahan Dr. Sheahan and...
This year’s E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum addressed the current status of the vascular surgery workforce, its existing geographic distribution, the potential for a worsening shortage, and proposed solutions to ensure future vascular care delivery. Nationwide Photographers Panel members...
Postoperative delirium has a high prevalence among vascular surgery patients, increasing morbidity, mortality and length of stay (LOS),according to Rima G. Styra, MD, and her colleagues at the University of Toronto (Canada). In Friday’s Scientific Session 5, Dr. Styra will...
The Safety and Efficacy Study for Reverse Flow Used during Carotid Artery Stenting Procedure (ROADSTER) multicenter trial reported the lowest stroke rate in high-risk patients compared with any prospective trial of TFCAS, according to Mahmoud B. Malas, MD, of...
Young vascular surgeons looking to make their marks and balance their lives, as well as more experienced surgeons seeking tips for more effective practice and career management, should consider the session led by Jeffrey Siracuse, MD, of Boston Medical...
Mark the closing of the Exhibit Hall by attending the Closing Reception, set for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Auditorium on Level 2 of the Hynes Convention Center. VAM attendees have one more chance to visit with vendors...
For those considering a career as a vascular surgeon, deciding on a training program is an important decision. Should it be a vascular fellowship (5+2) program, or one offering an integrated vascular residency (0+5)? Does following in the footsteps...
The team approach has changed the entire field of medicine in the past 10-20 years and, in fact, is critical to optimal patient outcomes. That’s according to Anil Hingorani, MD, who will co-moderate a special forum Friday, “Improving Clinical...
Friday evening’s Closing Reception, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. offers the final chance to visit the Exhibit Hall and talk with vendors, get information from the Society for Vascular Surgery at its booth (#1015), enter a drawing at the...

Visit the Residency Fair

Simon and Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair,” the “State Fair” of movie fame, Bruce Springsteen’s “County Fair” that will attract everybody in town. And the SVS Residency Fair, showcasing nearly 70 training programs. Trainees can visit representatives from programs with different...
Young vascular surgeons can get guidance on successfully transitioning from training to practice in C5: Management Tips and Tricks for Young Vascular Surgeons. It will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in HCC, Room 311. The interactive program...
This year’s SVS Foundation’s Resident Research Award is being presented to Kaspar M. Trocha, MD, for his research on vein graft disease. As a member of the laboratories of C. Keith Ozaki, MD, and James Mitchell, MD, along with...
Innovative approaches to minimally invasive repair of the aorta will be featured during Thursday morning’s William J. von Liebig Forum. Dr. R. Clement Darling III “This year, the forum’s focus is on complex aortic endografting for a wide variety of aortic...
Will the demand be sufficient for the supply of the vascular surgery work force in the United States? That topic, along with potential solutions, will be front and center at the E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum from 10:30...
SVS members who are attending the Vascular Annual Meeting can get in-person help with any application issues, or, indeed any membership services concerns. The SVS Booth, #1015, in the Exhibit Hall will be staffed both Thursday and Friday, June...
Between billing, coding, keeping electronic medical records up to date and … oh yes, … actual surgery, vascular surgeons increasingly report feeling overwhelmed and burned out. In fact, vascular surgeons and trauma surgeons occupy some of the top rungs among...
Contemporary data on outcomes in open thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair is limited to reports from major aortic reference centers showing excellent outcomes, rather than broad-based, real-world observations. In order to deal with this deficiency, Virendra I. Patel, MD,...
Tiziano Tallarita, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and his colleagues performed a study to examine the surgical management of aberrant subclavian artery (aSCA) associated with aortic arch anomalies at their institution over a 24-year period. “This study...
Current advancements and care of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) patients will be the focus of Wednesday morning’s session, “Treating Acute PE and Developing a Pulmonary Embolism Response Team.” “PE is a silent killer and its incidence is only increasing,” said...
A record 17 alumni receptions, representing more than 20 vascular surgery programs, are planned for Thursday evening. All take place on the third floor of the Sheraton Boston, unless otherwise indicated. Break out the school colors! Go purple and...
The Exhibit Hall opens with a flourish at 10 a.m. Thursday. During the day enjoy visits with vendors and industry representatives. Play the SVS Scavenger Hunt to try to win one of three great prizes. Visit the SVS Membership...

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Something old, something new, something improved. The old is providing a schedule of VAM’s myriad events. This year, find that schedule on “something new,” our interactive VAM Planner (vsweb.org/VAMPlanner), which not only includes the lineup but also lets attendees create...
From the opening postgraduate courses on Wednesday morning to the RPVI exam review course and the Championship Round of the Poster Competition on Saturday afternoon, the 2018 Vascular Annual Meeting is chock-full of interesting and informative sessions. To answer members’...
The mobile app for the 2018 Vascular Annual Meeting will be available Wednesday for both Apple and Android products. The app has been rebuilt from the ground up, for a very user-friendly experience. It’s interactive, comprehensive and searchable and...
Don’t miss the vascular surgery world’s headline event! Join colleagues and friends in Boston for this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting, June 20 to 23. Scientific sessions are June 21-23 and the Exhibit Hall is open June 21 to 22....
Looking for a research opportunity? Check our updated website for current programs in your area. If your institution has an opportunity to promote, let us know at communications@vascularsociety.org.
The SVS is recruiting volunteers to serve on a new Task Force on the Future of Vascular Surgery, which will examine a number of critical trends shaping the specialty. President-elect Michael Makaroun, MD, will chair the new group. Learn...
Help build the Vascular Annual Meeting’ new “Ask the Experts” sessions. The four small-group sessions will focus on common issues in vascular disease — coding, aortic care for occlusive disease, hemodialysis and PAD — with an expert reviewing a...
Don’t miss the vascular surgery world’s headline event! Join colleagues and friends in Boston for this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting, June 20 to 23. Scientific sessions are June 21-23 and the Exhibit Hall is open June 21 to 22....
AIDS, the Vietnam War, whatever your preferred scale for measuring horrific events, the numbers from the opioid crisis are as grave or worse. And, once again, it is the young who are dying. How we got to this point...
On the advent of this year’s Society for Vascular Surgery’s (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), I would like to welcome you to the 2018 ­annual spring meeting for VESS, which convenes in conjunction with VAM on June 20 at...
It seems fitting, said Tiffany Street, President of the Society for Vascular Nursing, that SVN and SVS have their conferences in the same location and with overlapping times. Joanna Bronson/SVS Participants enjoy a break during the 2017 SVN Annual Conference...
The E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum – marking 25 years under that name this year – is a mainstay of the Vascular Annual Meeting. But who was E. Stanley Crawford? He was a “cardiovascular surgeon extraordinare,” according to the late...

See You in Beantown!

Boston is my hometown and I can’t wait to show it off at our Vascular Annual Meeting. Come join me there June 20-23 for the preeminent educational and social networking event of the year in vascular surgery. Scientific sessions will...
The 2018 Vascular Annual Meeting is less than a month away. Join colleagues and friends in Boston for this year’s VAM, June 20 to 23. Scientific sessions are June 21-23 and the Exhibit Hall is open June 21 to...
Did you miss the April 30 webinar on "Negotiating Physician Employment Contracts," presented by the SVS and the SVS Community Practice Committee? Materials -- available only to SVS members -- can be viewed here. Topics include benefits, call pay,...
Looking for a research opportunity? Check our website for current programs in your area. If your institution has an opportunity to promote, let us know at communications@vascularsociety.org

Register for VAM Today

Speaking of the Vascular Annual Meeting, have you registered yet? You won’t want to miss a minute, with postgraduate courses, workshops, concurrent and breakfast sessions, scientific sessions, opportunities to get tips and tricks and to ask the experts and...
The SVS is debuting a new “Ask the Expert” series at the Vascular Annual Meeting this year, and we need members’ help to build it. “Expert” will consist of four, one-hour sessions, one daily Wednesday through Friday, with cases...
Learn about emerging vascular science, engage with researchers, network with colleagues, and support your peers at VRIC, our ‘Annual Meeting’ for basic and translational vascular researchers. Online registration has ended by attendees can register in person the day of...
Apply to become a member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, a unique program of the American College of Surgeons. Membership will be open to master surgeon educators from across the surgical specialties. Learn more here. The deadline...
The theme of this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting is “Home of the Vascular Team – Partners in Patient Care.” To celebrate the work of all of the members of the vascular team, we want you to send in your...
SVS and the SVS Community Practice Committee will hold an informative webinar for SVS members on April 30 on “Negotiating Physician Employment Agreements.” The 75-minute webinar will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain and...
When: June 20-23 Where: Hynes Convention Center, Boston Scientific Sessions: June 21-23 Exhibit Hall: June 21-22 Register: vsweb.org/VAM18 #VAM18 What’s happening this year at the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Annual Meeting? Enhanced online program planner that syncs with meeting app and makes it simple...
Have you registered yet for the 2018 Vascular Annual Meeting in Boston? This year, bring your vascular team – there will be programming for nurses, technicians, nurse practitioners and PAs. In addition to VAM sessions of interests to nurses,...
The Third Annual "UCLA / SVS Symposium: A Comprehensive Review and Update of What's New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery," is set for Aug. 25 to 27 in California. This course is offered by the Division of Vascular and...
SVS is accepting applications for Medical Editor of "Vascular Specialist," the monthly news periodical produced by SVS. The editor can expect to spend approximately 10-20 hours each month in the three weeks leading up to publication. A modest annual...
The American Board of Surgery has announced the details of its new Continuous Certification Program, shaped by surgeon feedback and designed to provide greater value, flexibility and convenience in maintaining ABS board certification. Instead of taking one recertification exam...
SVS members who want to serve on an SVS Council or Committee must complete the brief application by Friday, March 30, 2018. Please note: Members must create a new account; SVS log-in credentials will not work.

VAM Registration Now Open

Registration and housing for the 2018 Vascular Annual Meeting are now open. Register today for VAM, June 20 to 23 in Boston, including looking over housing options. Following a full day of postgraduate courses, VESS abstracts, workshops and international...
Register today for this year’s Vascular Research Initiatives Conference, May 9, in San Francisco. The theme “Road to Innovation, Invention and Enterprise,” is reflected in the Translational Panel presentation, "Road to Entrepreneurship." Also part of VRIC are four abstract...
The American Board of Surgery has announced the details of its new Continuous Certification Program, shaped by surgeon feedback and designed to provide greater value, flexibility and convenience in maintaining ABS board certification. Instead of taking one recertification exam...
The application for the SVS Women’s Leadership Training Grant has been extended a week, to March 21. This grant seeks to identify female surgeons who want to sharpen their leadership skills. It provides a $5,000 award to help defray...
  Look, I am not a burnout expert. And neither are you (presumably). None of us know much, but that won’t stop the regulations from coming. Program directors are already being asked to provide “wellness plans.” Through the SVS, experts...
SVS has partnered with Guidelines Central to create a Pocket Guide version of the new AAA guidelines. Also available are pocket guides on Management of Diabetic Foot, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Venous Leg Ulcers.SVS members can access the digital...
On Feb. 4, 2018, with his team narrowly leading the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson made an audacious 4th-and-goal call. At the suggestion of backup quarterback Nick Foles, Pederson chose to...
Through the Leadership Development and Diversity Committee, the SVS continues its strong commitment to leadership development in women. The Women's Leadership Training Grant seeks to identify female surgeons who want to sharpen their leadership skills. A $5,000 award will...
The SVS Foundation will accept applications through March 16 for funds from its Disaster Relief Fund. The fund can be used for recovery efforts in areas that have experienced catastrophes. Monies support programs, initiated by SVS members, that provide short-term...