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November 2017

November 2017



Dear SVM members,

I hope you are well and gearing up for the holiday season.

This fall, SVM members and the Board of Trustees (BOT) have been hard at work planning activities for the next few years. As part of a strategic planning process, we revisited our original SVM mission statement and made some revisions to modernize and more fully reflect our purpose in 2018. We also developed an SVM 'tagline': Advancing the discipline of vascular medicine and the care of patients with vascular disease. We intend to use this updated mission statement to guide all of our SVM activities. Everything we do as a Society should be undertaken to advance our field and, perhaps more importantly, the care of patients with PVD worldwide. Please read the full updated mission statement below. I'll have more updates on new SVM activities in the months to come.

In the spirit of advancing our discipline, many SVMers will meet in Atlanta on December 2nd and 3rd to teach fundamentals of vascular medicine to more than 50 vascular trainees from different specialties at the 2017 SVM Fellows' course. Kudos to Drs. Raghu Kolluri, Mehdi Shishehbor, and Ido Weinberg for their work on this program. We'll have a recap and photos in our next newsletter. I am hoping this will become an annual event.

Please make engagement with SVM a priority for 2018. Renew your membership. If not already an FSVM, please consider applying for advancement (and email me if you need a sponsor). Submit an abstract or a novel case study for our 2018 Scientific Sessions and recruit colleagues to do the same. Our meeting appeals to vascular medicine physicians, as well as vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists, vascular nurses, technologists, and also general practitioners who want to learn more about vascular disease.

As we move into the next year, I would like to take an opportunity to spotlight some of the vascular medicine clinical and programs around the country. In this edition, we feature the Stanford Vascular Medicine program, home of SVM Trustee Dr. Nicholas Leeper, FSVM. Stanford is launching a vascular medicine fellowship training program -- help spread the word.

Before closing, I would like to take a moment to remember a dear friend and colleague to all us at SVM, Dr. Emile Mohler. Emile passed away last month --- he was a member of our BOT and former SVM Secretary, and always a professional inspiration, trusted colleague, and friend. Before his passing, Dr. Mohler published his memoir in VMJ. The link to the article is below. Take a moment over the holiday season and read his last words of wisdom about a research career in vascular medicine. Share his lessons with your trainees. Emile -- you will never be forgotten.

Gearing up for Thanksgiving this week, I close with gratitude for you, my SVM colleagues and friends... we truly are a vascular family.

Happy holidays!

Heather Gornik, MD, FSVM

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The Society for Vascular Medicine mourns the loss of one of its Masters. Dr. Mohler died October 13, 2017 at the age of 56. He was the most recent recipient of the SVM Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine Award and published over 250 manuscripts throughout his career. His most recent publication in Vascular Medicine can be viewed online.

View Dr. Emile R. Mohler's obituary




- New SVM mission statement! SVM has updated its mission statement to more accurately and effectively represent the goals of the Society. Read the full statement at the SVM website.

Support SVM with your holiday shopping! Thanks to Amazon's Smile program, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to SVM at no cost to you! Just use this link, do your normal shopping, and give back!

Submit an oral or poster presentation for the 29th Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago, IL, June 13-16. When submitting, apply for the Jay D. Coffman Award for young investigators or the SVM Travel Award.

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The Stanford Vascular Medicine Fellowship Program will resume July 2018 after several years of absence following the NHLBI K12 programs. This one-year non-interventional program aims to produce experts in arterial, venous and lymphatic diseases, including related conditions of atherothrombosis, aneurysm disease, and inflammatory vascular disorders.

Find out more

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New this year! Earn free continuing medical education (CME) credits just by reading articles published in our journal, Vascular Medicine. This activity is made possible by a partnership with University of Virginia School of Medicine. Each article listed below is worth one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Learn more


It's time to renew your membership with SVM for 2018. While you're at it, update your profile and get involved!




Present at the 29th Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago, IL, June 13-16, 2018.

Submit an abstract



A 47-year old white female presented with painful ulcers on the right leg. They began as painful purpuric lesions around her right calf, and evolved into multiple ulcers that ultimately coalesced into one large ulcer. She denied trauma to her leg, fever, myalgia, dyspnea, pleuritic chest pain, wheezing, sinus congestion, hemoptysis, abdominal pain, dysuria, hematuria, focal weakness or numbness.

View the case study


The SVM Board Review Course is available for order. Topics include: The vascular system and its clinical laboratory evaluation, peripheral artery disease, venous, lymphatic and thromboembolic disease, cerebrovascular disease and the aorta and its branches and more!

View more details

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Vascular Medicine is SVM's premier peer-reviewed journal, featuring the latest clinical and scientific information in vascular medicine. Heather Gornik, MD, FSVM, of the Cleveland Clinic, serves as Editor-in-Chief and many senior SVM members serve on the Editorial Board. Learn more about Vascular Medicine and CME opportunities for SVM Members. Follow the journal on twitter at @VMJ_SVM.

Read the Editor’s Choice:

Progression of asymptomatic mild carotid artery stenosis: Implications for frequency of surveillance.
Russell D Hamilton, Cory E Shield, David Laughrun (read article)

Progression of external and internal carotid artery stenosis is associated with a higher risk of ischemic neurologic events in patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis
Reza Masoomi, Zubair Shah, Buddhadeb Dawn, Karthik Vamanan2, Aravinda Nanjundappa, Kamal Gupta (read article)

Surveillance of asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis: Not all plaques are created equal
Javier A Valle, Ehrin J Armstrong (read article)

• Download the latest Patient Information Page: Statins, by Elizabeth V. Ratchford and Seth S. Martin (read article)

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