SVS adds ‘service’ criterion to Distinguished Fellows process


The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has added service to the Society as an important component of its Distinguished Fellows process, an honor annually bestowed upon a handful of members. 

This accolade goes to Active, International or Senior vascular-surgeon members who have distinguished themselves in a sustained matter by making substantial contributions in two of three categories: research, service or education. 

Examples of service to the SVS include but are not limited to being a member or chair of an SVS committee, council, task force, writing group or section; the SVS Executive Board or Strategic Board of Directors; the Vascular Surgery Board (VSB); the Association of Program Directors of Vascular Surgery (APDVS); and/or of a Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) editorial board. 

In addition, members of the SVS Awards and Distinctions Committee will consider presentations at the SVS Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) or other SVS educational program, authorship of an SVS publication, or a member of the SVS Foundation or the Patient Safety Organization (PSO). 

“The SVS Awards and Distinctions Committee felt strongly that for people to be distinguished members of our Society, they should have exhibited service to our Society and that service should be part of the selection process,” said SVS Treasurer Keith Calligaro, MD. 

As treasurer, he chairs the SVS Awards and Distinctions Committee, which selects those members who will be put forward as candidates for the designation for voting by all SVS Distinguished Fellows. 

“The Society for Vascular Surgery offers innumerable opportunities to become involved, including writing groups for guidelines, innumerable committees and task forces, JVS, VSB and more,” Calligaro said. 

“Nor does service include only committee work. Members can offer to review articles for the Journal of Vascular Surgery publications, regardless of whether or not they are academic vascular surgeons or community practice vascular surgeons. 

“Other members may want to mentor younger surgeons or offer to create and lead webinars on an important topic.” 

The SVS Executive Board enthusiastically endorsed the addition, Calligaro added. The nomination/application deadline for 2023 is March 1, 2023. Distinguished Fellows are recognized during the Opening Ceremony at VAM and receive their certificates at the Presidents Dinner at the annual meeting. 

For the full and current list of SVS Distinguished Fellows, visit 


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