Relax, recharge at VAM 2023 opening day social event


SVSThe opening day at the society for Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) starts with an educational session for the World Federation of Vascular Societies (WFVS), moves on to the Opening Ceremony, followed by a very full day of abstract and education sessions, meetings, industry symposiums and more.

With VAM Wednesday (June 14) packed full of important vascular topics, what better way to unwind and to celebrate the kick-off of this epic four-day gathering of vascular professionals than with fun?

New this year is the first SVS Connect@VAM: Building Community, a free, blockparty-style and family-friendly networking event that will include food and beverages, games, entertainment and activities. The event is sponsored by Terumo Aortic and Philips.

“People will have spent the day moving from place to place to place, all to catch as many of the sessions we’re offering as they can,” said Andres Schanzer, MD, chair of the SVS Program Committee, which plans much of VAM’s educational content.

“We’re introducing this event—and we want it to become a new tradition—to encourage everyone to take a breath, or seven, and relax and recharge. Bring the family if they’re along for the trip. Bring yourself!”

“It’s strictly casual,” he emphasized. “Save the fancy clothing for Friday’s ‘Great Gatsby’ Gala on Friday night,” he said. “We want people to focus on kicking back and visiting with some of the people they haven’t seen since last year’s VAM. The emphasis is on family and fun.”

Though the event is free, tickets are required and may be obtained when registering for VAM. Those already registered can include “Connect” tickets at


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