SVS Health and Vitality

Audit Committee
  • Engage independent auditors
  • Oversee audit
  • Review results of audit and present to SVS Board of Directors 
Committee Members

Nilesh M. Balar - Chair
Keith D. Calligaro 
E. John Harris
Mark Kahn
Benjamin W. Starnes
Patrick S. Vaccaro 


Communications Committee
  • Oversee strategy development for consistent outreach to key audiences, including members, prospective members, referring physicians, medical students/residents, patients and news/media and rapid response needs
  • Align communications with organizational strategic priorities and ensure coordination amongst all channels
  • Serve an integrative communications function across all entities of the SVS including SVS, SVSF, PAC and PSO
Committee Members

Amy Reed - Chair
Leann Chavez
Elizabeth Chou
Chelsea Dorsey 
Matt Eagleton
Sharif Ellozy
Anil Hingorani
Kim Hodgson
Nelson Menezes
Joe Mills
Afshin Molkara
Ulka Sachdev
Malachi Sheahan


Conflict of Committment and Professional Conduct Committee

Oversee compliance with SVS Guidelines for Industry Support and SVS COI Policy. The Committee shall be responsible for impartially investigating charges of unprofessional conduct brought by members against other members, and recommending disciplinary actions, when appropriate, to the Executive Board.

Conduct may be of any nature, including false advertising, unscrupulous business practices, substance abuse or failure to retain qualifications and fraudulent expert witness testimony.

Committee Members

O. William Brown - Chair
James H. Black
Jonathan Eliason
Mark K. Eskandari
Keith D. Calligaro
Richard A. Lynn
Ravi Rajani
Michael J. Rohrer
Vincent L. Rowe
Britt H. Tonnessen
Joe K. Wells
Virginia Wong


Corporate Development Committee

The overarching corporate relations strategy is to engage industry partners individually and collectively to determine what is important to our partners and align their needs with the SVS’ strategic initiatives/programmatic opportunities (mission work) for support.

Committee Members

 Sam Money - Chair
Francis Caputo
Ron Dalman
Ali AbuRahma
Dennis Gable
Scott Berman
Lori Pounds
Fred Weaver


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • Develop and sustain a set of DEI measures that can be utilized to evaluate progress on key metrics and initiatives.
  • Determine the need for organizational policies and positions to align DEI initiatives.
  • Continue to study and evaluate inequities in the vascular surgery career trajectory, from training to the workplace to vascular society engagement and leadership, such as those associated with gender, race, ethnicity, age and sexual orientation.
  • Develop or review specific proposals for equity, diversity and inclusion projects that can be promulgated or implemented by the SVS and other collaborating partners.
  • Assist SVS in developing an overarching strategy to increase awareness about inequities, including tools to encourage diversity in the specialty and to support a diverse workforce with equal opportunities.
Committee Members

 Vincent Rowe - Chair
Steven Abramowitz
Rana Afifi
Kwame Amankwah
Bernadette Aulivola
Kathryn Bowser
Laura Drudi
Young Erben
Garietta Falls
Andrew Gonzalez
Nasim Hedayati
Omid Jazaeri
Lee Kirksey
Erin Koelling
Rishi Kundi
Kedar Lavingia
Danielle Pineda
Rebeca Reachi-Lugo
Matthew Smeds
Ulka Sachdev


International Relations Committee

Oversee SVS relations and activities with international members and international chapters, including development of strategies for promoting and retaining international SVS membership.

Committee Members

Palma Shaw - Chair
Shahram Aarabi
Christopher Agrusa
Enrico Ascher
John Blebea
Ravi Chandra
Benjamin Colvard
Manual Garcia-Toca
Carlos A. Hinojosa
Emilia Krol
Fedor Lurie
Fatemah Malekpour
Joseph Raffetto
Fernanda Costa Sampaio Silva
Gilbert R. Upchurch
Wei Zhou


Membership Committee

In alignment with the strategic plan, evaluate the vascular surgery landscape to assess gaps and opportunities for the Society to provide relevant and impactful benefits to the membership.  Review and evaluate all applications for membership in the Society and make recommendations for membership to the Executive Board.

Committee Members

Afshin M. Molkara - Chair
Christopher J. Abularrage
Lisa Bennett
Francis J. Caputo
Patricia Garacisi
Shadi Jabr Abu-Halimah
Joe Huang
Massimo Mark Napolitano
Vincent L. Rowe
Michael J. Singh
John B. Taggert


Public and Professional Outreach Committee
  • Review content and provide quotes for media articles.
  • Develop strategies for outreach to medical professionals and the public.
  • Support SVS role in PR campaigns established by industry and other medical societies.
  • Support SVS branding project.
Committee Members

Joseph L. Mills - Chair
Trissa Babrowski
James H. Black
Alan M. Dietzek
Daniel K. Han
Mounir J. Haurani
Nasim Hedayati
Adriana Laser
Linda Le
Donna M. Mendes
Benjamin J. Pearce
Vincent L. Rowe
Timur P. Sarac
Benjamin W. Starnes
Gilbert R. Upchurch


Publications Committee

Oversees the business affairs of the Society’s print and electronic publications including:  Journal of Vascular Surgery and its related journals, Vascular Specialist, Rutherford Textbook, Vascular Trauma Book, VESAP and VascularWeb.

Committee Members

Peter Henke - Chair
Linda M. Harris
Karen J. Ho
Christopher J. Kwolek
Gregory J. Landry
Meryl L. Logan
Glenn M. LaMuraglia
Sam Tyagi
Mohamed A. Zayed


SVS Foundation Development Committee

Develop and execute fundraising strategies for the SVS Foundation..

Committee Members

Peter Nelson - Chair
Nilesh Balar
Peter Brant-Zawadzki
Rocco Ciocca

Thomas Forbes
Peter Lawrence
Chandu Vemuri 


Social Media Subcommittee
  • Develop engagement strategy to increase followers and amplification of SVS, Foundation and PAC messaging
  • Expand current metrics and tracking
  • Provide consultation to staff on social content as required
  • Develop approval flow to ensure timely publication of communications
  • Social Channels include: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube
Committee Members

Meryl Logan - Chair
Dawit Ayalew
William Beckerman
Ali Irshad
Khalil Qato
Jonathan Schor


Website Subcommittee
  • Ensure website redesign and overhaul project stays on track and representative voices from SVS, Foundation and PAC are included in process
  • In conjunction with staff and website vendor, rollout new website launch plan scheduled for VAM 2021
  • Provide ongoing consultation to staff on clinical web content development and updates, as required
  • Develop approval flow to ensure timely publication of regular web updates
Committee Members

Paul Crisostomo - Chair
Behzad Farivar
Joseph Hart
Edwin Kendrick