SVS announces new vice president and treasurer following 2023 election

Keith Calligaro and Thomas Forbes

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has announced the latest additions to its officer roll following the 2023 elections for Society vice president and treasurer. 

Keith Calligaro, MD, of Pennsylvania Hospital and a professor of clinical surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, was elected vice president for 2023–24, meaning he enters the presidential line of succession to become president in 2025–26.

Thomas Forbes, MD, surgeon-in-chief and James Wallace McCutcheon Chair of the Sprott Department of Surgery at the University Health Network in Toronto, assumes the role of SVS treasurer after winning the electoral contest.

The results were announced during the SVS Annual Business Meeting held at the conclusion of the 2023 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Incoming SVS President Joseph Mills, MD, told members in a Society mailer the election saw a record number cast ballots.

“The election opened in Mid-May, and we left no stone unturned to stress the importance of voting to all voting-eligible members, which resulted in a record turnout with 939 votes (30% of eligible voters),” he wrote. “In the 2022 election, just over 600 voting eligible members voted, resulting in a 50% increase in one year. Thank you to all members who chose to cast their vote.

Mills also thanked the other candidates who ran for the two positions for their candidacies: Kellie Brown, MD, professor of surgery in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, who ran for vice president; and Palma Shaw, MD, professor of surgery at State University of New York in Syracuse.

“Each of them is a strong leader within the society and their institutions, and I look forward to continuing to work with them within SVS,” Mills commented. “There’s no doubt we will continue to see great things from them.”


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