Excellence in Community Service Award

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2022

The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) Excellence in Community Service Award is an honor the SVS bestows on a member who has exhibited outstanding leadership within their community as a practicing vascular surgeon. Selection for this honor recognizes an individual’s sustained contributions to patients and their community, as well as exemplary professional practice and leadership. 

Selection Criteria

Nominees for the SVS Excellence in Community Service Award should be individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership within their community as a practicing vascular surgeon and who possess exceptional personal integrity and reflect the highest standards of the profession. Requirements to be considered in evaluating nominees include:

  • Minimum of 20 years as a practicing vascular surgeon
  • Minimum of 5 years as SVS member
  • Evidence of impact on vascular care or community health, such as:
    • Leadership in a community-based practice
    • Implementation of services or innovations to advance community health
    • Partnerships or collaborations with organizations in the community
    • Contributions that elevate the stature of the specialty of vascular surgery in the community

Submission Process

Any SVS member may nominate a candidate for the award by submitting a Nomination Form and supporting documentation. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominees, who are not selected to receive the award, will be automatically re-nominated for the award, for three-years, from the initial date of application submission.

Please submit the following materials (In PDF format) to awards@vascularsociety.org

  • Nomination Form 
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae (abbreviated CV (i.e. 3 pages) or full CV is acceptable)
  • Description of the nominee’s significant work and impact in a community practice setting (1 page)
  • 3 letters of recommendation.  One recommendation letter must be from an SVS member.

Award Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by the SVS Community Practice Committee, who will determine the award recipient. Although a call for nominations will be made annually, the award may not be awarded each year. The award will be presented to the recipient during the SVS Vascular Annual Meeting.

DEI Statement for SVS Awards and Scholarship Opportunities

SVS is invested in a process that assures diversity, equity and inclusion for our award and scholarship opportunities. We encourage enthusiastic, eligible applicants from all aspects of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity to apply.

For questions, email awards@vascularsociety.org or telephone 800-258-7188  


“The creation of this award by our society is a terrific acknowledgment that there are many individuals who make significant and sustained contributions without the spotlight of the podium or publication.”-William Shutze, MD | 2020 Award Recipient


Past Recipients


John Kirkland, MD
Daniel McGraw, MD
Kenneth Schwartz, MD


Krishna Jain, MD
Russell Samson, MD
William Shutze, MD


Joseph Anain, Sr., MD
Carlo Dall'Olmo, MD
Richard Lynn, MD