August 2019


AUGUST, 2019



Dear colleagues and friends,

It is an incredible honor for me to write this first letter as the President of our Society. Looking back at my early years in practice, I never dreamed of achieving what is now the pinnacle of my career. However, I humbly accept this reality. There is a lot to report in this message.

Over the last couple of months, I was trying to get an in-depth understanding of SVM as an organization to better align my vision for our society. Meanwhile, SVM leadership was also working on completing important projects and assignments. I am fortunate to have our immediate Past-President, Dr. Heather Gornik, guiding me during these initial months. The Compensation and Practice Survey results and the PAD toolkit are finally complete as noted below. I am particularly thankful for the hard work of Drs. Heather Gornik, Jay Bishop and Elizabeth Ratchford for leading these efforts to completion.

One of our new goals is for SVM to become the home society for the vascular Advanced Practice Providers. Please spread the word. We now have an APP subcommittee within the Membership Committee that is headed by Dr. Elizabeth Ratchford. Increasing APP membership will be the primary task for this subcommittee.

Our incredibly successful SVM Fellows Course planning is on at full steam with Drs. Ido Weinberg and Mitch Weinberg at the helm. This course has proven again that we (SVM) are the premier educators of vascular disease management. This year's Fellows Course will see the addition of an APP course. We hope that this will improve the care for all vascular patients. Further details will be available in the next few days.

Drs. Eri Fukaya and John Fish will co-chair a newly appointed task force - Venous Task Force. This task force will collaborate with other venous organizations and will also create a plan to improve postgraduate venous interventional training.

The Board of Trustees has approved the appointments to various committees. Committees are the backbone of our society. I am incredibly proud to be a part of the army of volunteers who work tirelessly to further SVM's mission and vision. We are always seeking new volunteers who would like to contribute to the Society.

With great humility, I accept the trust bestowed in me and will work diligently to move the needle in the right direction. Stay tuned for further updates in the upcoming months as we plan to increase SVM's footprint in the vascular world.


Raghu Kolluri, MS, MD, FSVM
SVM President



The 30th Annual Scientific Sessions wrapped up in early June after three days of amazing research, networking, learning and celebration. The latter being for SVM's 30th anniversary with a rousing black-tie event with a silent auction, drinks, dinner and a presentation we'll be talking about for another 30 years by Dr. Thom Rooke. We look forward to seeing everyone in Denver for the 2020 Annual Scientific Sessions.

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Take advantage of this free member benefit and download the results of the 2019 SVM Compensation and Practice Survey. Thanks to the over 200 participants who provided valuable feedback, SVM is able to share important information about the vascular medicine field including compensation insight and a breakdown of vascular medicine practices.

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The Society for Vascular Medicine is pleased to present the PAD toolkit, designed to increase awareness and to standardize approaches in the diagnosis and treatment of PAD.

SVM and Janssen have developed the PAD toolkit with important information for health care providers including epidemiology, noninvasive diagnosis, advanced imaging, and treatment strategies. The toolkit also provides similar valuable information for patients on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of PAD.

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The annual SVM Fellows Course is back for a fifth time as we prepare a new class of participants to properly identify, diagnose and treat patients with vascular disease. It will take place December 14-15, 2019, at the Westin Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. Registration will open in early September.

The program is designed for fellows of various training pathways including general cardiovascular, interventional and surgical fellows (general cardiology, interventional cardiology, interventional vascular medicine, interventional radiology and vascular surgery). It will offer a foundation in non-invasive vascular medicine including the diagnosis and treatment of arterial, venous and lymphatic disease.

For sponsorship opportunities and questions, contact Julie Webb at 847-686-2344 or

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Save the dates, June 11-13, 2020, for next year's Annual Scientific Sessions as SVM begins the next 30 years of advancing vascular medicine.

Do you have work to share? SVM wants to see it! The abstract submission window for the 2020 meeting will open in mid-October and end in mid-January. Don't miss the chance to present in front of hundreds of leading vascular medicine professionals in Denver, Colorado, next June.


Manuscripts must be prepared according to the submission guidelines and submitted online by the deadline through the journal’s website: Please choose ‘Focused Issue – Vascular Oncology’ as the article type.



Are you planning on taking the American Board of Vascular Medicine (ABVM) exam? Purchase and download the SVM Online Board Review Course and start preparing today. It's never too early to get a headstart. With EIGHT sessions and review questions, you'll have everything you need to know at your fingertips.

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Are you looking for to change jobs or begin your career in vascular medicine? Visit SVM's Career Center for the latest job offerings around the world.

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A sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed to our 30 for 30 fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support, we have passed our original goal of $30,000. We are still accepting contributions, so please consider contributing to our donation campaign today and support SVM's mission.

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.

Contribute to 30 more years



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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Vascular medicine and social media, highlights from the practice and compensation survey, and the future of vascular medicine training
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