February 2020



Dr. KolluriDear colleagues,

Hope you are all well this winter.

I am happy to report that the SVM Fellows/APP course in December 2019 was a huge success under the leadership of Drs. Mitch Weinberg and Ido Weinberg. I want to thank the faculty who donated their time and efforts toward this important SVM endeavor. This course has become the go-to educational program for vascular trainees and APP.

It has been a busy winter this year for SVM leadership and other committees. The 2020 Annual Scientific Sessions are now open for registration. Dr. Herbert Aronow and his team have planned an outstanding meeting with several unique features. SVM will be offering Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points this year. Attendees will have a better experience with the new interactive digital platform and smartphone app. Other novel non-CME events such as SVM-Member Happy Hour and New Member Recognition Ceremony will allow attendees to connect with old friends and to make new friends.

Dr. Elizabeth Ratchford and the Membership Committee have initiated various programs to increase SVM membership. Notable amongst these include the new Mentor-Mentee Program. This program will hopefully advance the professional development of our rising stars signed up as Mentees by matching them with appropriate SVM Mentors. SVM NextGen Committee and the Membership Committee has arranged for a Speed Mentoring Session at the 2020 Scientific Sessions. A free meeting registration raffle for APPs has been initiated by Dr. Ratchford and her committee. See the details below. I hope you will spread the word about the 2020 Scientific Sessions locally and regionally. Encourage your colleagues, trainees, APPs, and sonographers to join us in Denver.

Finally, we thank our colleagues at the Anticoagulation Forum for initiating the Ansell Fellowship Program for advanced fellowship training in general Vascular Medicine. The Forum will add several fellowships starting this year. This infusion of new training programs helps our specialty tremendously and will energize our efforts to seek specialty recognition and ACGME certification.

I hope to see you all in Denver, or sooner.


Raghu Kolluri, MS, MD, FSVM


The Society for Vascular Medicine is raffling off one free registration for an advanced practice provider to attend the 2020 Society for Vascular Medicine Annual Scientific Sessions in scenic Denver, Colorado (June 11-13). Stay tuned to your email for a chance to enter. The winner will learn the most up-to-date recommendations in vascular care directly from the leading experts in the field and will have the opportunity to network and connect with vascular medicine colleagues. The winner will be announced Wednesday, March 25.


Get ready to Tweet about anticoagulation following intracerebral hemorrhage and earn CME during the next SVM Vascular Medicine Twitter Journal Club. Vascular Medicine Social Media Editor Alec Schmaier (@ASchmaier) will facilitate the discussion March 3, 2020, 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST. The discussion takes place on Twitter. Check @VMJ_SVM or search for #VascMedJC on Twitter. Learn more.


Join SVM Trustees Heather Gornik and Esther Kim and #SVMNextGen committee co-chair Aaron Aday for an evening of networking and fellowship during the 2020 ACC Scientific Sessions Saturday, March 28, 2020, 6:30 - 8:00 pm CST (tentative). Meet at Coq D'or in the Drake Hotel for cocktails (or soft drinks) and appetizers. All SVM members and non-members interested in vascular medicine are welcome. Note: this is s self-pay event; please bring cash.

If you will attend, please RSVP here

Coq D'or at the Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611

Questions? Contact us.


Get prepped for the SVM 2020 Annual Scientific Sessions. For discounted rates, register and book your hotel room now and know you're all set to learn with this community of vascular medicine professionals. View the schedule and program highlights.


Fellows CourseFeedback from the 5th annual SVM Fellows’ Course and inaugural Advanced Practice Provider (APP) course was overwhelmingly positive. The events took place in Denver, Colorado, on December 14–15, 2019. Approximately 50 fellows representing all invasive and non-invasive specialties focusing on vascular disease attended the course, and an enthusiastic group of approximately 25 APPs enjoyed an expansive vascular curriculum.

Thanks to our sponsors, who helped make the Fellows and APP Courses possible!

Amgen, Inc.

Boston Scientific

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General Sponsors
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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 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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