Gala Committee

Gala Committee

The committee is to plan an event that will meet both objectives on behalf of the SVS and the Foundation. There are many purposes of the Gala including: celebrating, fundraising, commemorating the expanded vision and mission and attain, increasing the care and equity nationwide, and to obtain more energy overall for the mission. The Gala should exceed attendee’s expectations, deliver financially and be a celebration and highlight of VAM.

  • Develop Event Program
  • Plan Event Entertainment
  • Develop Fundraising Goals and Methods to Fundraise
  • Engage membership and solicit sales; ensure attendance meets capacity

Committee Members

Venita Chandra, MD  -  Co-Chair George Hines, MD
Leigh Ann O'Banion, MD  -  Co-Chair Linda Le, MD
Luke Brewster, MD, PhD Matthew Mell, MD, MS
Thomas Forbes, MD Erica Mitchell, MD, MEd, SE, FACS, DFSVS
Mallika Gopal Christopher Smolock, MD
Joseph Hart, MD, MHL, FACS Sunita Srivastava, MD
Nasim Hedayati, MD, MS Chandu Vemuri, MD


If you have any questions regarding this committee, please contact:  Catherine Lampi at