August 2018



Dear SVM Members,

I had some terrific time off this summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Despite a nasty run-in with a lobster trap and a three ER visits (long story…and I’m thankful my foot won’t become an Image in Vascular Medicine), I enjoyed the down time with family and friends, good seafood, and freedom. I hope you too had some down time to recharge as we head into the late summer/early fall time of transition…enjoying a few last days of hot weather while also looking ahead and preparing to “buckle down” for the academic year. It’s a time of back to school preparations to teach our students and our trainees (not to mention a time to literally get children “back to school"). I find this period also a time of looking forward and for setting aspirational goals for the academic year to come. As we head into fall, our SVM Board of Trustees, Committees, and Staff are also hard at work planning our programming for the year. Most importantly, we are designing a series of activities to celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of our Society (our articles of incorporation were signed on June 23, 1989) with the goal of strengthening our foundation, growing our membership, and engaging our members more than ever as we celebrate three decades of SVM. Stay tuned for announcements regarding our 30th anniversary activities over the next few months and save the date (and submit your time off/meeting form) for #SVM19 which will be held May 29th-June 1st, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Tyson Corner, McLean Virginia.

Below are some Society updates, including detailed recaps from the Jay D. Coffman Young Investigator finalists and a series of videos from senior and junior SVM members as to why they value our Society. As always, feel free to reach out to me ( to talk about how you’d like to get more engaged in SVM.

In fellowship,

Heather L. Gornik, MD, FSVM



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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Before receiving the SVM Jay D. Coffman Young Investigator Award, first place winner Arvind K. Pandey, MD, and runner-up, Eri Fukaya, MD, PhD, sat down with SVM to discuss their research. Check out the interviews below and see others on the SVM YouTube page.


See more interviews with YIA finalists



Other finalists included:


Andrew F. Prouse - Temporal Trends in the Management and Clinical
Outcomes of Acute Limb Ischemia Within a National
Veteran Population

Kruti H. Patel - Durability of Supervised Treadmill Exercise Benefits
in People with Peripheral Artery Disease

Arman Qamar - Efficacy and Safety of Vorapaxar on Cardiovascular
and Limb Outcomes in a Broad Population of
Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease: Analysis
from TRA2P-TIMI 50



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



A number of attendees stopped by at #SVM18 to share their story. We had people who have been members for 30 years and we had first-time attendees looking for their new professional home. Hear what they had to say about why they come to the Annual Scientific Sessions year after year and some thoughts from some newbie attendees.



Naomi Hamburg, MD, MS, FSVM | Alejandro Perez, MD, RPVI, FSVM |

Bruce Gray, DO, FSVM | R. Eugene Zierler, MD, FSVM | Andrew Prouse, MD


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


See pictures and details from last year's course



SVM mourns the passing of one of its longstanding fellows, Dr. Leslie Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert trained in internal medicine and vascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic, finishing her vascular medicine training in 1993. Prior to joining the staff of Cleveland Clinic in 2008, Dr. Gilbert had built a large solo practice in vascular medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and she was a highly respected physician throughout the city of Cleveland.

Dr. Gilbert was a master clinician in vascular medicine with a particular passion for the care of patients with lymphedema and wound care and for the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory. In her decade on staff at the Cleveland Clinic, she was instrumental in growing the regional presence of vascular medicine throughout the Cleveland area and was a beloved educator of our fellows.

Her colleagues and former trainees at Cleveland Clinic will always remember Dr. Gilbert as an astute, compassionate clinician and a tireless champion for improving care for all patients with vascular disease. From Dr. Heather Gornik: “We will always remember Leslie for her love of teaching and spreading the gospel of vascular medicine. Her vascular lab reading sessions were the stuff of legend for our fellows (…and watch out if you didn’t know the various diagnostic criteria!). She took genuine pleasure in her interactions with her patients and her colleagues and truly embraced collaboration with all caregivers on the team, especially our vascular technologists. She loved discussing tricky cases with our techs and working together as a team to use vascular lab tools to make a difficult diagnosis. In acknowledgment of her tremendous collaboration in the vascular lab, she served as the chief judge for the lab’s annual case club competition each year. We will remember and always be inspired by Leslie’s courage and tenacity in a battling illness and the kindness and humanity with which she approached all of her patients as well as her partners and friends here in vascular medicine.”


Dr. Gilbert’s obituary is available here.



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:

Society updates (read article)By Christina Fanola, Yogen Kanthi, Geoff Barnes, Naomi Hamburg

Read the Editor’s Choice:

Hospitalization metrics associated with hospital-level variation in inferior vena cava filter utilization for patients with venous thromboembolism in the United States: Implications for quality of care (download article)
By Ming Chen, Amie Goodin, Hong Xiao, Qiong Han, Driss Raissi, Joshua Brown

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Catheter-related venous thrombosis (read article)
By Natalie S Evans, Elizabeth V Ratchford

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