Women's Leadership Training Grant

Applications due on March 1st, 2019

Leadership skills are not traditionally taught in medical school or residency or fellowship training, yet are integral to achieving success in one’s career. Through the Leadership Development and Diversity Committee, the SVS continues its strong commitment to leadership development in women. One of the Leadership Development and Diversity Committee’s goals is to encourage more women to enter the specialty, as well as cultivate the development of female vascular surgeons to ensure that the gap with respect to women surgeons in leadership positions is addressed.

The purpose of this grant program is to identify women surgeons who are seeking to develop and sharpen their leadership skills. An award of $5,000 will be provided to be used for travel, hotel accommodations, and registration expenses to attend relevant courses and/or other leadership training opportunities and activities, such as shadowing, coaching, etc.

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

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 Active or Candidate Member.

Application Requirements

  1. Demographic Information

    • Applicants must submit a complete online application providing demographic information such SVS member status, years out of training, professional appointment title, etc. 

  2. Describe/list your previous or current involvement in the following areas:

    • Committee Appointments in Professional Societies (maximum 250 words)

    • Leadership Accomplishments (maximum 250 words)

    • Mentorship Involvement (maximum 250 words)

    • Community Service (maximum 250 words)

  3. Statement of Intent

    • Provide a statement of intent (maximum 900 words) that indicates how you would use the award to advance personal leadership training and specific career goals. The statement should describe what you want to accomplish, not just how the grant will be used, as well as the overall benefit you wish to gain from the proposed activities. 

  4. Submit a curriculum vitae.

  5. Letters of Recommendation

    • Submit two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the chief of division, chief of the department, or chief of staff. One letter from a SVS member (excluding those in training).

  6. Provide institution representative information for where award funds will be sent (if applicable). Please note if grant funds are sent directly to the grant recipient it is considered taxable income and will result in the issue of a 1099.

Submit an application


Application Deadline

  • Applications and related materials must be submitted online - deadline March 1
  • In order to be considered for the grant all applications must be complete
  • All applicants will be notified in April regarding their application status

For questions, call 800-258-7188 or email education@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 and Diversity Committee. The report should be one to two double-spaced typewritten 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 the SVS Leadership Development and Diversity Committee.

Past Award Winners


Rachel Danczyk, MD
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Lori Pounds, MD
University of Texas
San Antonio, TX

Jessica Simons, MD, MPH
University of Massachusetts
Worcester, MA

Read a report [PDF] of Dr. Simons' experiences as the 2019 SVS Women's Leadership Training Award recipient.


Margaret C Tracci, MD, JD
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

Bao-Ngoc Nguyen, MD
George Washington University
Washington, DC

Dawn Coleman, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI


April Boyd, MD, SM
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Grace Wang, MD, MSCE
Hospital of the Universtiy of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Misty Humphries, MD, MAS, FACS
University of California, Davis
Sacremento, CA


Shipra Arya, MD, SM
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Nasim Hedayati, MD, MAS, FACS, RPVI
UC Davis Medical Center
Sacremento, CA

Karen Woo, MD, MS, FACS
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, CA


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