March 2019



Dear SVM Members,

It's been a busy winter for the Society. Most of our current efforts revolve around ensuring that our 30th Scientific Sessions are the best yet. Dr. Raghu Kolluri and his committee have developed a dynamic educational program, rich in clinical updates and the latest in vascular medicine research. In addition to the learning, this year's meeting promises to be a tremendous amount of fun. We will celebrate 30 years of our Society, reminisce with our senior leaders, and look ahead to our future with the engagement of our Next Generation members. I'm particularly excited about some special events occurring during this year's "homecoming", including a gala dinner celebration with a silent auction. Please consider making a contribution with a donation of a potential novel auction item (see details below). I am also pleased to be able to share that we will be introducing the results of the SVM 2019 Comprehensive Practice and Compensation Survey during the Scientific Sessions. I tip my hat (or stethoscope) to Dr. Jay Bishop and the Clinical Practice Committee on taking this idea to fruition, and additional thanks to all SVM members who took the time to complete the survey last month.

A few other events are happening this spring that are of potential interest to SVM members. First, Dr. Aaron Kithcart and I are going to host a beignets and chicory breakfast during the ACC Scientific Sessions next week. See details below and join us if you are in town and available. All are welcome, and please bring your colleagues and trainees too. Finally, I would like to share that SVM has partnered with Dr. Bruce Gray and his colleagues at the American Board of Vascular Medicine (ABVM) to host a summit on the future of vascular medicine training on April 3, 2019 at Kellen Headquarters in Chicago. This summit will bring together senior SVM leaders with those who have been pursuing various aspects of recognition of our subspecialty and our fellowship training programs for a day of honest discussion and strategic planning. Stay tuned for updates regarding this summit, both in Vascular Medicine and in person at our Scientific Sessions. Indeed, we heard from many of you through the Comprehensive Practice and Compensation Survey that pursuing recognition of our vascular medicine subspecialty is a top priority for putting your membership dollars to work.

I hope to see all of you at #SVM19 if not sooner. Please register now and reserve a seat at the gala dinner too.

In fellowship,

Heather L. Gornik, MD, FSVM



Thanks to generous donations from you, we are nearly at the halfway mark of our 30 for 30 fundraising campaign. Your donations directly support the work SVM does and will contribute to ongoing programs and new initiatives, including a membership growth campaign and so much more. Please consider supporting SVM today.

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Join your SVM friends during the Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology for an informal beignet breakfast on Monday, March 18th 6:30-8:00 am. If you're heading to New Orleans, come to the gathering and catch up with fellow SVM members for an informal networking breakfast.

Café Du Monde
800 Decatur Street (in front of Jackson Square)
New Orleans, Louisiana

Cost: Bring ~$10 cash to cover cost of breakfast (cash only)
Menu: Coffee, beignets, orange juice/milk, and SVM fellowship
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It's time to book your spot at the 30th Annual Scientific Sessions. That's right, SVM has been advancing vascular medicine for three decades now and we want to celebrate with all of you! Not only will there be an outstanding line-up of speakers and sessions, but we'll also be hosting an anniversary gala to celebrate the past 30 years and look forward to the next 30.

The meeting will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, VA, just outside of Washington, DC, May 29 - June 1, 2019.

Learn more and register


The Society for Vascular Medicine Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, VA, on Friday, May 31, 6:30 - 7:45 a.m. All SVM members are invited to attend. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so that you can attend this meeting and vote for our future leaders. It will be during this meeting that voting members will elect incoming SVM Trustees.

Below is the slate of nominees for the SVM Board of Trustees:



Raghu Kolluri, MD, RVT, FSVM



Herb Aronow, MD, MPH, FSVM


Past President:

Heather Gornik, MD, RVT, RPVI, FSVM



Ido Weinberg, MD, MSc, MHA, FSVM



Elizabeth Ratchford, MD, FSVM



Nicholas Leeper, MD, FSVM
(2nd term)



Paul Wennberg, MD, FSVM
(2nd term)



Mehdi H. Shishehbor, DO, MPH, PhD
(1st term)





Start preparing now for important board certification or recertification by the American Board of Vascular Medicine (ABVM). Purchase and download the SVM Online Board Review Course today and get started. The course is offered as 8 didactic sessions with review questions following each session as well as two overall review sessions.

Sessions can be purchased individually or as a complete course with prices varying dependent on session length. As always, SVM members receive significant savings.

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SVM is seeking donated items for a silent auction to be held to support its 30 (K) for 30 (years) fundraising campaign. Proceeds raised from the auction will be used to support new programming for our Society and efforts to support novel strategies to grow our membership.

Potential items for donation could include:

• Textbooks by SVM members signed by the authors

• Original artwork and/or photography by our more artistic SVM members (signed by the creators if possible)

• Goods assembled by members (e.g., thematic gift baskets, homemade stationary, a terrific vintage bottle)

• Donation of time and expertise by SVM members (e.g., “my famous voice on your answering machine”, “I will give a 1 hour remote/webinar lecture to any group you wish on the nuances of the different types of popliteal entrapment syndrome”, “I will provide comments/editorial review of one of your manuscripts”, “you can pick my brain for an hour on balancing clinical practice, academics, and home life”)

Donate an item



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 Vascular Center at University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, 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.

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