June 2018

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Dear SVM Members,

It was terrific to see so many of you in Chicago a few weeks ago. As I mentioned in my Presidential address, our annual meetings are our annual societal homecoming. I returned to Cleveland and my full outpatient clinic on Monday recharged and full engaged in vascular medicine mission thanks to the terrific content, but also because of spending time with all of you. If you were unable to attend, please save the date for our 30th SVM Scientific Sessions in 2019 (details below).

Though I’ll keep this month’s communication brief, I did want to pass along some exciting news to our members, now wearing my Vascular Medicine Editor-in-Chief hat. We just learned yesterday that our journal Impact Factor (IF) increased from 1.866 in 2016 to 2.393 in 2017. We still have a ways to go until the IF fully reflects the importance of the papers we publish, but this is our highest IF yet, and is an encouraging sign of progress. And so I’ll close this newsletter by raising a virtual glass of champagne in toast to our Associate Editors, Editorial Board Members, and all members of our SVM community who peer review and submit manuscripts to VMJ. Please continue to send us your work.. and make VMJ the first journal choice to submit your work.

Have a terrific summer. As always, feel free to reach out to me (gornikh@ccf.org) to talk about how you’d like to get more engaged in SVM.

In fellowship,

Heather L. Gornik, MD, FSVM


SVM presented its annual awards at the recent SVM Annual Scientific Sessions. The Jess R. Young Outstanding Vascular Medicine Educator Award is conferred upon individuals who have made an exemplary contribution to the field of vascular medicine through the education of its practitioners. The Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine (MSVM) designation is conferred upon individuals who have provided extraordinary service to the Society for Vascular Medicine. The Mark A. Creager Prize recognizes the authors of the most meritorious research article published in Vascular Medicine during the preceding calendar year. In addition to these awards the Jay D. Coffman Young Investigator oral abstracts sessions were held and first and second place winners were selected from among 5 finalists.

See full list of 2018 SVM award winners


The newly formed Next Generation Committee held its first in-person business meeting at the 29th Annual SVM Meeting. The committee discussed current and future creative initiatives to support the mission of SVM, broaden the awareness of vascular medicine, and support the development of the next generation of vascular medicine practitioners and leaders. The NGC had several initiatives during SVM18, including a “Meet the Professors” candid roundtable for early career attendees with past-presidents of SVM, Dr. Mark Creager and Dr. Josh Beckman. The NGC hosted an informal social gathering on the evening of June 15, 2018 in Chicago, IL. The event was well-received with a high turn-out and over 25 early career SVM members attending, from medical students to fellows and junior faculty, to discuss careers in vascular medicine, collaborations, challenges, and growth opportunities. We were especially grateful to have current and past Trustees of SVM in attendance including Drs. Nick Leeper, Ido Weinberg, Jay G. Bishop, Paul Wennberg, Raghu Kolluri and vascular medicine leaders Diane Treat-Jacobsen, Mitch Weinberg, Guillaume Mahe and Bryan Wells. This was an extremely successful event organized by the Next Generation Committee and there was much enthusiasm at all levels to continue informal events such as these at upcoming scientific meetings to foster a sense of community and camaraderie amongst vascular medicine professionals.

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The SVM Pulmonary Embolism Toolkit provides free information for patients including a PE explanation, symptoms, treatment and more. It also includes important information for health care providers including diagnosing, patient assessment, anticoagulation prescriptions, cost reduction strategies, a patient handout and more.


Visit the PE Toolkit




The SVM Fellows Course is returning for a 4th year and will be held at the Westin Atlanta Airport, December 2-3, 2018. Registration information will be available mid-summer.

See pictures and details from last year's course




The 2018 SVM Board Review Course (BRC) is now available! Download vasospastic disorders for free and get started. The BRC is an important resource preparing physicians for the American Board of Vascular Medicine certification examinations in general vascular medicine and endovascular interventions.


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Thanks to everyone who made SVM's first-ever meeting in Chicago a roaring success. Over 300 attendees contributed to a fantastic week of educational sessions, roundtable discussions, networking and fun. The 2018 Annual Scientific Sessions had the third highest attendance in SVM history! We look forward to seeing everyone in McLean, VA next year.

The mobile app was a great way to connect at the meeting, don't lose touch! 93% of users found the mobile app helpful, fostering communication is one reason:

Here are just a few of the images uploaded to the mobile app and Twitter. Find more on the SVM Facebook page.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors and exhibitors who helped make the 2018 Annual Scientific Sessions possible:


ACI Medical, LLC
Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Aurora Health Care
Bio Compression Systems
Consensus Medical Systems, Inc.
Gore & Associates
Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc
Osborn Medical
Perimed Inc
Primus Pharmaceuticals
Vascular Medicine Journal
Portola Pharmaceuticals
American Board of Vascular Medicine
Vascular Insights, LLC
Siemens Healthineers
Philips IGTD
TS Medical USA

Platinum Supporters:

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Silver Supporters:

Cleveland Clinic
Philips IGTD

Bronze Supporters:

Fidelity Medical

Educational Grants:

Biocompatibles, Inc., a BTG International Group Company
Boston Scientific
Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer
Cook Medical
Inari Medical
Medtronic, Inc.
Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc
W.L. Gore & Associates

In-kind Donations:

AngioDynamics, Inc.
Biocompatibles, Inc., a BTG International Group Company
Boston Scientific
Cook Medical
Cordis, A Cardinal Health Company
Medtronic, Inc.
Vascular Insights, LLC

Take-One Table:

Vein & Wound Training Institute


In a tight battle for Vascular Jeopardy supremacy, Dr. Alec Schmaier of the Next Generation Committee and Brigham and Women's Hospital took home first place. The Next Generation Committee was everywhere at #SVM18 and really helped make the meeting enjoyable and connective.


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.

SVM Blue Pages:

Membership spotlight: Ehrin Armstrong, Christina Fanola (read article)

Read the Editor’s Choice:

Statin prescription rates and their facility-level variation in patients with peripheral artery disease and ischemic cerebrovascular disease: Insights from the Department of Veterans Affairs (download article)

Under-utilization of statin medications in patients with peripheral artery disease or cerebrovascular disease (download article)

Download the latest Patient Information Page:

Hypertension by Shireen R. Khoury and Elizabeth V. Ratchford (read article)

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