November 2018




Dear SVM Members,

I hope you are enjoying the fall season --- I am personally adjusting to the long hours darkness here in Northeast Ohio, but am looking forward to the extra hour of sleep this weekend. There are a number of things happening within the Society. I have mixed feelings in reporting to our membership that Leslie Monahan left our team at SVM/Kellen earlier this month to pursue other professional opportunities in the Chicagoland area. It is a bittersweet development because Leslie was a terrific and collaborative Executive Director and we had built a great working partnership during the past 2 years. Fortunately, I am very pleased to be able to introduce our new Executive Director, Julie Webb. As you will see below, Julie is a terrific professional with extensive experience in non-profit organizational management. She has deep experience in fundraising and foundation management that I am eager to have her bring to SVM leadership. Julie has been hard at work getting to know our Executive Committee, Trustees, and committee chairs. Please feel free to reach out to her directly if you have yet to introduce yourself and wish to discuss a Society-related project. Fortunately, the remainder of our terrific management team will stay in place at this time of transition, including our Administrative Director, Annie Cox, our Communications Director, Justin Dreyfuss, and our meetings and exhibits team of Kim Santos and Tonya Cabrera.

Aside from the leadership transition, we have been busy with Annual Meeting planning (Raghu Kolluri and his committee are cooking up a fabulous 30th Anniversary celebration) and putting the final touches on the Fellows’ course (thanks to Ido Weinberg and Mitch Weinberg). We are also finalizing the 2019 Vascular Medicine Salary and Compensation Survey that will launch in January and a new PAD Toolkit (in partnership with Janssen). Next month, coinciding with Giving Tuesday, we will also launch an important fundraising campaign in honor of the 30th Birthday of our beloved Society. Stay tuned for information about opportunities to invest in the next 30 years of our Society. You will hear more about these initiatives, and more, in the next few months.

Finally, if you are heading to Chicago for AHA in a few weeks, please join me and other SVM members for an informal gathering on Sunday, November 11th (details below).

In fellowship,

Heather L. Gornik, MD, FSVM



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SVM is heading to McLean, VA to celebrate 30 years of advancing vascular medicine and we want you to come and share your work. Present your research or an unusual case study with the leaders in vascular medicine. You have until January 18, 2019 to get your presentation in, but the holidays are creeping up quick so don't delay.

Use the abstract submission site to:

• Submit an oral or poster presentation

• The Review Committees will determine if the submission qualifies for the Rapid Fire Session or Cases over Cocktails Session

• Apply for the Jay D. Coffman Award for young investigators

• Apply for the Alan T. Hirsch Travel Award

Submit today


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Come celebrate SVM's 30th anniversary just outside of Washington, DC at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner. Be sure to mark you calendars now for May 29 - June 1, 2019. Join your colleagues from around the world to toast 30 years of advancing vascular medicine. Registration will open this winter.

Book Hotel and Travel


James B. Froehlich, MD, MPH, MSVM

Take a moment to update your knowledge and check out some of the rapid fire sessions on anticoagulation from this year's Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago, IL. The session was moderated by Geoffrey D. Barnes, MD, and Philip A. Haddad, MD.

Dr. Brett J. Carroll | Dr. James B. Froelich | Dr. Scott Cameron Dr. Gregg Piazza | Dr. Teresa Carman

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Julie Webb

SVM welcomes Julie Webb as its the new Executive Director. Julie has substantial experience working in business management on behalf of both nonprofit and for-profit businesses. Prior to joining Kellen, Julie worked remotely as director of board relations for the PAHO Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. Her prior non-profit experience also includes fundraising and board relations at the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation and the National Alzheimer’s Association. Over the course of her career, Julie has developed strong skills in governance and board relations, fundraising and financial analysis. She holds a M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University, Chicago, IL and a B.S. in Accountancy, University of Illinois.



Attending AHA Scientific Sessions? Join us for an Informal Meet-up in Chicago on November 11th at 8 pm.

Please join fellow SVM members, including President Heather Gornik, current and former Trustees Naomi Hamburg and Paul Wennberg, and members of the SVM Next Generation Committee (with co-Chair Yogen Kanthi) for an informal meet and mingle in Chicago on Sunday, November 11th at 8:00 pm at the Beacon Tavern, 405 North Wabash Avenue. We will meet for beverages and snacks in the bar area. This is a self-pay event, and we ask that you please bring cash to cover costs. Come and unwind after a day of science and education and network with members of your SVM community. Non-SVM member guests are welcome to join us. Please contact to RSVP for our “head count”.


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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



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:
29th SVM Scientific Sessions Highlights (read article)
By Raghu Kolluri, Elizabeth V Ratchford

Presidential Address:
Homecoming (read speech)
By Heather L Gornik

Read the Editor’s Choice:
Association of HIV infection with age and symptomatic carotid atherosclerotic disease at the time of carotid intervention in the United States (read article)
By Timothy C Lin, Brittany N Burton, Andrew Barleben

Download the latest Patient Information Page:
May-Thurner syndrome (read article)
By Robert P Liddell, Natalie S Evans

CME Review Article:
Review of biologic and behavioral risk factors linking depression and peripheral artery disease (read article)
By Joel L Ramirez, Laura M Drudi, S Marlene Grenon

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