Women's Leadership Training Grant

The application process is now closed for the 2016 Women's Leadership Training Grant.

The SVS Leadership Development Committee periodically awards training grants to female vascular surgeons. The purpose of the grant program is to develop strong women leaders in vascular surgery who will, over time, exhibit the outstanding accomplishments and exceptional personal qualities of those vascular surgeons recognized by SVS for their lifetime achievements: 

1. Contributions to SVS or other vascular societies through leadership that has influenced professional practice and the quality of care. 

2. Contributions to vascular education through leadership and innovation in vascular training. 

3. Contributions to vascular basic science or clinical research through continued grant support or mentoring of other researchers. 

4. Special contributions to the field that may include:  

  • Contributions that elevate the national and/or international stature of the specialty of vascular surgery 
  • Regulatory, political, or governmental work that advances the specialty 
  • Pioneering technique or concept

Examples of leadership training opportunities include personal leadership coaching, traveling to meet women leaders, or specific training programs such as:

Financial Support
The generosity of W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., has allowed for these grants to be awarded in 2016.​

Selection Criteria
Three awards are given annually to women at various levels of experience: 

  • One $5,000 award to a woman 0 – 5 years out of training 
  • One $5,000 award to a woman 6 – 10 years out of training 
  • One $5,000 award to a woman more than 10 years out of training. 

Applications that clearly describe how the grant will advance the leadership goals of the candidate, and that include a clear action plan, are given preference. 

Applicants must have completed training and be a current SVS member.

Application Requirements
Submit a complete online application and include the following materials:

  1. Submit a letter of intent (two pages or less) that indicates how you would use the award to advance personal leadership training and specific career goals. The letter should describe what the recipient wants to accomplish, not just how the grant will be used.

  2. Provide a curriculum vitae.

  3. List three PubMed citations or any other types of citations from the past three years.

  4. Submit two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the chair of the department in which an academic appointment is held; one letter from a colleague.

Application Deadline

  • Applications and related materials must be submitted online by March 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm CST​.
  • In order to be considered for the grant all applications must be complete.
  • All applicants will be notified by early April regarding their application status.

For questions, telephone 1-800-258-7188 or email studentresident@vascularsociety.org.

Recipient’s Report to Committee
Within twelve months of completing the Women's Leadership Training Grant program, the recipient will prepare and forward a report to the SVS Leadership Development Committee. The report should be one to two, double-spaced pages and should summarize activities during the leadership training period. Although factual statements of activities should be included, recipients are encouraged to place these within an overall context of the impact on professional and personal development. 

Any publication of the leadership training activities should acknowledge W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and the SVS Leadership Development Committee.

Past Award Winners

S. Marlene Grenon, MDCM
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 

Melissa L. Kirkwood, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Angela A. Kokkosis, MD
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Stony Brook, NY

Manju Kalra, MBBS
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Caron Rockman, MD
New York University Medical Center
New York, New York

Ulka Sachdev, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bernadette Aulivola, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Attending Surgeon
Loyola University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Leila Mureebe, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
Chief, Vascular Service
Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center
Durham, NC

Jean E. Starr, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Director of Endovascular Services
Associate Program Director
The Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Ruth L. Bush, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Education, Texas A & M College of Medicine, Temple Campus
Senior Vice-President for Education, Scott & White Hospital
Temple, TX  

Katherine A. Gallagher, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Erica L. Mitchell, MD
Associate Professor Surgery
Program Director, Vascular Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Audra A. Duncan, MD 
Assistant Professor of Surgery 
Program Director for the Vascular Surgery Fellowship and Residency Program
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota 

Robyn A. Macsata, MD
Chief of Vascular Surgery
Veterans Affairs Medical Center 
Washington, D.C. 

Melina R. Kibbe, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Northwestern University
676 N St. Clair Street, #650
Chicago, IL 60611

Read a report [PDF] of Dr. Kibbe's experiences as the 2010 SVS Women's Leadership Training Award recipient.

Amy B. Reed, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH

Read a report [PDF] of Dr. Reed's experiences as the 2008 SVS Women's Leadership Training Award recipient.

Kellie R. Brown, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Vascular Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI