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Social Media Ambassador Program
At the beginning of 2019, the Society for Vascular Surgery launched the Social Media Ambassador Program. This provides an opportunity for vascular-focused medical students, general surgery residents and trainees to become involved within the society.
- Understand the general concept of social media, the benefits of SVS membership and be a member in good standing.
- Be an advocate for the SVS – whether that be on social media, within their program, at VSIGs, meetings, etc.
- Provide honest feedback to the SVS social media team.
- Optional - Post about SVS meetings, articles, promotions, etc. on personal social media accounts
Our first group of ambassadors have exceeded expectations with their involvement. We are happy to highlight them below.
Zaid Ahmed is a third-year medical student and class of 2022 vice president at Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, he moved to beautiful Boise, Idaho to attend medical school alongside his wife.
His passion for vascular surgery is multifactorial, including his love for anatomy and cardiovascular physiology, his enjoyment of complex patients requiring longitudinal care, and the wide range of open and endovascular procedures. He values the ability to incorporate the latest technological advances with these highly delicate operations.
Zaid hopes to increase medical student awareness to the exciting field of vascular surgery.
Carolina Aparicio is a third-year medical student at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She hails from Southern California and received her B.S. in Molecular Toxicology at UC Berkeley. In 2019, Carolina was fortunate enough to meet some amazing vascular surgeons from MSU that fostered her interest in surgery. She later attended the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society’s annual mentorship program and became a member herself.
Carolina’s dream job includes a balance of days in the operating room as well as days executing innovative research. She also hopes to be an advocate for patients by bringing a diverse point of view to conversations regarding patients that are from communities like the one she comes from.
Dawit Ayalew is a 4th year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. His interest in Vascular Surgery stems from an early exposure to peripheral arterial disease bench research as an undergraduate student where he studied acute limb ischemia recovery in pre-clinical mouse models. As he progressed in his clinical exposure as a medical student, he was drawn by the complexity in pathology, diversity in treatment paradigms and longitudinal care of an often underserved vascular patient population. Dawit is hoping to join this exciting field and supportive surgical community this 2021 application cycle.
Chris Cappellini is from Philadelphia, PA. He is a general surgery resident at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is interested in pursuing a vascular surgery fellowship because the field truly encompasses saving life and limb, the anatomy is intriguing, and it is a technically challenging specialty that keeps the surgeon humble. His current research includes the benefits, outcomes, and complications of Transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR). He plans to present his research at national vascular meetings within the next year.
Marvin is a third-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine (PSCOM). He was born and raised right outside of D.C. in Northern Virginia. Outside of school, he enjoys working out at the gym, soccer, and watching hip-hop choreography videos.
Vascular Surgery aligns with Marvin’s career interests due to the technical and innovative technological approaches to addressing vascular disease. This field enables one to participate in complex life-saving and finer delicate operations.
Christopher Chow is a student at the University of Queensland/Ochsner Clinical School. He was drawn to the field of vascular surgery after meeting, observing, and working with the amazing vascular surgeons at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Learning about the open surgical, endovascular, radiological, and medical challenges of vascular surgery has been both stimulating and exhilarating.
Christopher created the Ochsner Vascular Surgery Interest Group (O-VSIG) to increase exposure and awareness about the field among medical students. They host events like community vascular disease screenings and education, vascular simulation labs, and noninvasive vascular imaging workshops. Working with this group led to his involvement with the vascular surgery online community and also led him to the plethora of learning resources about vascular surgery, further fostering my interest for the field. "Pursuing the knowledge and skills required to be a vascular surgeon is going to be a lifelong challenge but doing so will allow me to reach my full potential as a doctor. It is something I look forward to every day.
Ana Paula Donadello Martins
Ana Paula Donadello Martins is a 4th year medical student at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil. She became interested in vascular surgery in the second year of medical school and, since then, has been involved in several projects in the area. She founded the academic vascular surgery league at PUCRS and am its current president, giving other students the opportunity to get closer to the area. She's interested in innovation and believes that vascular surgery is a great specialty for this purpose. Ana Paula believes in hard work and dedication to making the world a better place.
Natasha is a 2nd-year MD-PhD student at the University of Washington, and originally hails from California. Currently she’s doing her PhD at the Institute for Protein Design, building new proteins from scratch for use in novel therapeutics.
She became hooked on vascular after shadowing an open TAAA repair in her first quarter of medical school. Since then she has served as leader of UW’s Vascular Surgery Interest Group, working with their enthusiastic vascular faculty to increase student awareness of this fascinating specialty.
Vascular surgery appeals to her because it demands a high degree of technical skill to treat a variety of severe conditions. She also values the combination of acute, life-saving care and long-term patient relationships that span decades and often involve entire families. She believes it’s an exciting field with consistent opportunities for self-improvement and innovation in patient care.
Tushar is a final year medical student, from Mumbai, India. He is currently working with the Endovascular Surgery Department in Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital on a project about Pediatric Vascular Malformations.
He became interested in endovascular surgery during his 2nd year of medical school, and is since then, he has worked on multiple projects and presented them in various international conferences. He has a special interest in Vascular Molecular Biology and Molecular Imaging and will be presenting a poster on Natural History and Molecular Biology of Cerebrovascular Arteriovenous Malformations at ASFNR Annual Symposium, 2019.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio - Rod Gerardo is a PGY3 general surgery resident at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio; also where he completed medical school. He previously worked as a medical student producer on the Emmy award winning 8th season of The Dr. Oz Show. There, he focused an interest for medical education and social media as means to improve the patient’s understanding of health. Fascinated by the blend of technology and delicate technique, Rod fell in love with vascular surgery early on in his surgical training. His favorite case is a carotid endarterectomy.
Alessandro is from Milan, Italy and is a 6th-year medical student at “Vita-Salute” University. He is currently interning at the Unit of Vascular Surgery at IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital. His interest in vascular surgery was sparked by one of his best friends who brought him into the Ward and let him discover this incredible and fascinating world.
The appeal of Vascular Surgery for him is the ability to approach the same problem from very different angles and to tailor the approach to each patient, ranging from open to endovascular passing from hybrid solutions. In this Specialty you get to solve problems in every part of the body through a wide variety of accesses each requiring maximum expertise and precision. His main area of interest is thoracoabdominal aneurysm management both through open and endovascular repair, and how to best prevent possible postoperative complications.
Sreedharan Kannathasan is a final year MD candidate in Dalhousie Medical School, and the incoming vascular surgery resident at McGill Vascular Surgery. He first discovered vascular surgery during his pre-clerkship surgery elective. The surgeon, who is now his mentor, was almost finished operating on an abdominal aortic aneurysm via a retroperitoneal approach. He thought it was the single most beautiful anatomical exposure he’d ever seen. Sreedharan later came to appreciate all vascular exposures, as they are innately beautiful when done at the hands of a skilled surgeon. He believes there are very few things in life that feel as satisfying as unclamping a vessel post anastomosis, hearing triphasic doppler waveforms in a previously pulseless foot, seeing dye flush through a non-stenotic artery and watching a wheelchair-bound patient walk again. Many vascular patients lack a lot of the privileges that most people take for granted, such as a stable financial situation, access to adequate housing, healthcare and nutrition. There are some individuals that have truly been dealt a poor deck of cards in life and Sreedharan believes that taking care of them would ultimately help him become a more empathetic human being.
Ken R. Malave-Ramos is a third-year medical student at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. Vascular surgery appeals to him because it allows him to impact the lives of patients both in the short-term (through surgery) and long-term (through follow-ups). He has always found excitement in new challenges. Vascular surgery is a challenging specialty because of the technicality and precision applied during surgical procedures. The openness to the development of new innovating surgical techniques is one of the most rewarding aspects of the profession. It is a specialty that will allow his creative process to roam free. Becoming a vascular surgeon will push his understanding of how different surgical procedures can impact how the vascular system reacts to changes in physiological conditions.
His interest in the vascular system peaked when he participated in the NHLBI at the Framingham Heart Study. There, he was able to learn more about the prevalence of certain diseases that affect the vascular system. His ultimate goal is to gain more exposure in the upcoming years as well as become more involved in the Society of Vascular Surgery.
Alexandra Maningat is a third-year medical student at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine. Her first exposure to vascular surgery was when she was a cardiac cath lab technologist. She ultimately fell in love with vascular surgery after working with vascular surgeons on hybrid and percutaneous procedures such as EVARs and PTLAs. Her continued interest in vascular surgery stems from seeing vascular surgeons be able to utilize both open and percutaneous techniques to treat patients’ vasculature. She also appreciates that vascular surgery, as a surgical subspecialty, is always at the forefront of medical innovation and technology. Alexandra is a former president of her school’s surgery interest group (Student Osteopathic Surgical Association) and worked hard to expose her peers to many different surgical subspecialties, including vascular surgery. In her free time, she likes to work out, go hiking and work on various arts and crafts projects.
Therese was born in Aleppo, Syria, but at a very young age her family decided to move to North America. She is currently a fourth-year medical student in Chicago, IL, and will be graduating from Saint James SOM, where she was also a pathology Teaching Assistant.
Therese has been an honor student her whole life and aims to fill gaps in areas of vascular medicine, a field she grew passionate about because of the broad spectrum of pathology it entails. She is a member of the Ad-Hoc Center for Vascular Awareness V-Healthy®committee and aspires to contribute to vascular disease prevention, detection and treatment on a global level. She has a passion for health education and her research interests are centered on the complexities of geriatric care imposed by concurrent comorbidities, such as frailty and mental health.
Katherine Morrow is a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. She grew up in New Jersey and studied biology at the University of Notre Dame. Katherine became interested in vascular surgery through her clinical research projects at University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic, and further solidified that interest during clinical rotations in vascular surgery. She is drawn to vascular surgery because of the wide range of open and endovascular procedures, the ability to operate throughout the whole body, and the longitudinal aspect of patient care. Katherine has worked with her school’s Vascular Surgery Interest Group, helping to raise awareness of vascular surgery among medical students at CWRU. She is currently applying for integrated vascular surgery residency programs.
Claire Motyl is a 4th-year medical student at the University of Rochester. She grew up in Central New York and attended Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. She became interested in vascular surgery after shadowing a femoral-posterior tibial bypass during her second year of medical school. She is drawn to vascular surgery because of the technical perfection this specialty demands, the life- and limb-saving nature of vascular operations, and the combination of acute care and longitudinal patient relationships vascular surgery offers.
While at the University of Rochester, Claire has served as President of the VSIG, and in conjunction with UR’s dedicated vascular surgery faculty, residents, and VSIG team, has worked to increase medical student exposure to the specialty. She is grateful to have received support through the SVS Foundation Student Research Fellowship for her research on thoracic outlet syndrome with her mentor Dr. Adam Doyle.
Jay Natarajan is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He came to Ohio to pursue his medical education at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). He first became interested in vascular surgery after learning about critical limb ischemia from his father, who practices interventional radiology. After scrubbing in for a carotid endarterectomy case, Jay was attracted to vascular surgery’s challenging combination of open surgeries and innovative endovascular approaches. Since NEOMED is located in rural Ohio, he enjoys learning about vascular health in rural communities and expanding student awareness for the field through my school’s VSIG chapter.
Robin Osofsky is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a general surgery resident at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Currently he is pursuing a vascular surgery research fellowship, which he began in July 2019. His research interests include carotid body tumors, ECMO, dialysis access and 3D printing. He plans to apply to a 5+2 vascular surgery fellowship after he returns to his clinical duties in 2021. He also plans to attend present at as many vascular meetings as he can during his research years.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Jason is a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine and a transgender medicine researcher at both the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, Boston Medical Center, MA and The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health, MA. Currently on his research year, Jason serves as the principal investigator on several on-going clinical epidemiology studies that focus on the intersection between transgender medicine and vascular surgery.
Jason realized his passion for vascular surgery after he noticed that he could not stop talking to everyone about scrubbing into his first vascular case – a popliteal-to-dorsalis pedis bypass with reverse great saphenous. Since then, he has received the SVS 2019 Medical Student Research Fellowship Award, under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Siracuse at Boston Medical Center, to support his research on vascular complication among transgender patients on hormone therapy. He also serves on the SVS Health Information Technology Task Force and hopes to use technology as a way to streamline vascular surgeon workflow, strengthen physician-patient relationship, and, ultimately, improve vascular patient care.
Cole Pickney is a second-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. Originally from Tennessee, he brought his fly rod to Cleveland and is still in search of his first Steelhead Trout. Cole is one of CWRU's VSIG leaders and came into medical school familiar with vascular surgery, having spent time in the OR and cath lab with his mentor in Nashville. He was struck by the finesse required to be successful in the cath lab and is drawn to the field by the variety of procedures, ever-evolving devices, and real-time feedback and imaging that occur in the OR.
Amanda Rushing is a fourth-year MD/MPH student at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Amanda became interested in vascular surgery before medical school while working in a lab that investigated pharmacologic approaches to enhancing angiogenesis in a porcine CLI model. Amanda enjoys vascular surgery due to the creativity and innovation of the field, and the concept that each patient has a unique lesion with multiple approaches for reperfusion. She enjoys preventive vascular medicine with a particular interest in increasing the use of permanent AV access and preventing the use of central venous catheters in pre-dialysis patients.
Aditya Safaya is a first-year vascular surgery fellow at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Adi was born and raised in India where he attended his medical school. His childhood dreams of becoming a surgeon started taking shape as he completed his General Surgery residency at New York Medical College -Westchester Medical Center in July, 2020.
During his junior years of residency he was inspired by the technical finesse, academic pursuits and clinical judgment that a vascular surgeon possesses. The fact that vascular surgeons provide individualized, well rounded solutions for complex issues that materialize as simple primary repairs, complex bypasses or extremely innovative endovascular techniques has inspired him to pursue further training in Vascular surgery.
Aditya would like to finish his vascular training and work in an academic set-up operating on complex vascular pathologies and working with residents. His research interests include blunt aortic injuries, aorto-illiac diseases and robotic vascular surgery.
Céline is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine with a Bachelor of Science. She first discovered her passion for vascular surgery when participating in a Surgical Exploration and Discovery Program in her 1st year of medical studies. She loves the technological innovation and the broad spectrum of pathology in vascular surgery.
Simona is a 4th year medical student at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome, Italy. She is currently interning at the Unit of Vascular Surgery of Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli.
She’s fascinated by vascular surgery and the role blood vessels play as the cornerstone of the body. Thus, her deep love for vascular surgery is the main reason why she has decided to get involved with the SVS Social Media Ambassadors Program.
She had the chance to attend the last Vascular Annual Meeting in Washington and found it to be an amazing experience. Meeting people from different backgrounds and establishing relationships and discussions on latest trends and future implications was a great opportunity. She believes that knowledge comes not only from books, but from enriching personal experiences as well.
Simona hopes to be challenged and have increasingly stimulating adventures to improve her skills on a daily basis. She believes there are two secrets for a successful career: practice and being kind.
Clinton is a 4th year medical student at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in South Jersey, originally from Orange County in Southern California. He became interested in Vascular Surgery during his third year of medical school on his surgery rotation. He finds the ability to operate all over the body while using both small and large suture technically challenging and rewarding. In addition, he appreciates the continuity of patient care and the use of endovascular and open surgical techniques to treat complex arterial and venous disease.
Born and raised in Queens, NYC, George Titomihelakis is a first-generation Greek-American medical student. George is now a 4th year medical student at SKMC-Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has had phenomenal mentorship from Drs. DiMuzio, Abai and Salvatore, and with their support, became the Co-founder and President of Jefferson’s V-SIG. George chose vascular because there are a thousand ways to solve a problem, but surgeons choose what is best for each individual patient. The multiple types of interventions, and longitudinal relationships with patients are what reinforced his love for vascular surgery. Outside of academics, George enjoys working out, spending time with his fiancé and dog (Bam Bam) and being a red velvet connoisseur.
Tony Trung Nguyen
Tony is from Houston, Texas and is a 3rd-year medical student at University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio Texas. His aspiration for vascular surgery began when he met his mentor, Dr. Lyssa Ochoa, and explored the specialty further through Houston Methodist’s Cardiovascular Educational videos and shadowing his mentors.
He ultimately chose vascular surgery due to the adaptability of highly technical procedures with patient’s vasculature, the longevity of patient relationships, and the incorporation of technology and pursuit of innovation in the specialty. His research interests include diversity and inclusion in the medical community, education in vascular surgery and aortic pathology.
Lauren is from Buffalo, NY and is a MD/PhD student at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is completing her dissertation at WFIRM on tissue-engineered vascular grafts. She loves the vascular surgery specialty because of the diverse and innovative approaches to patient care. In addition to vascular, she also loves her husband, their dogs and hip-hop!
In February 2019, Lauren attended the Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) conference and wrote up a summary of her experience, which you can read here. She also spearheaded an upcoming Social Media Ambassador program campaign, “Frequently Vasc Questions,” where the Ambassadors will interview vascular surgery trainees or physicians and share on social media.
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