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The American Heart Association estimates that Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) affects 8 million people aged >40 years in the United States, and affects 12-20% Americans above the age of 65. In addition, it is a significant problem globally, affecting 200 million worldwide, and a rapidly growing health burden, with a projected increase of 23.5% between 2000 and 2010. Indeed, trends in endovascular therapy for PAD have reflected a precipitously steep rise in interventions from 2004 onward. PAD, which is defined as atherosclerotic occlusion of the iliac, femoral-popliteal and infrapopliteal arteries, causes impaired circulation to the lower extremities. In addition to being a major public health burden, PAD is a source of morbidity and mortality resulting in functional impairment, limb loss, as well as death. Timely diagnosis of PAD has allowed for primary and secondary prevention strategies aimed at reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Epidemiologic studies, however, have repeatedly shown that PAD is underdiagnosed. While ankle brachial index (ABI) is considered the gold standard with regard to screening tests for PAD, certain populations of patients with calcified vessels such as those with diabetes or chronic renal insufficiency may have falsely elevated ABIs. Further, walking questionnaires, while good at detecting PAD in patients who present with classic claudication, may not have optimal sensitivity in patients who present with atypical symptoms. A high index of suspicion is thus needed in order to diagnose patients with peripheral artery disease.

The purpose of this PAD Awareness Walk is to raise public awareness for this condition by enlisting the efforts of our Regional Society, the Delaware Valley Vascular Society. Better awareness will enable us vascular surgeons, to diagnose PAD at earlier stages of disease where primary prevention strategies can be used to optimize patient outcomes.

Join us on Saturday, September 29, 2019 in Atlantic City, NJ. Walk with us to raise public awareness of PAD. Click here to register for the walk.

Can't make the walk? You can donate to raise awareness by supporting the SVS Foundation for Awareness and Prevention. Your gift will support the expanded mission in disease prevention, patient education and public awareness.

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2018 Annual Meeting - Best Trainee Awards

1st Place Basic Science Award/Case Report

Owen Glotzer
Open Carotid Thromboemolectomy in the Acute Setting: Case Report and Review
From: Ierardi Vascular Clinic, LLC, Wilmington, DE

2nd Place Basic Science/Case Report 

Julia Glaser

Endovascular Repair of a Pseudoaneurysm at the Distal Anastomosis of a Remote Aorto-Aortic Bypass with Preservation of Nearby Aorto-Renal Bypasses
From: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

3rd Place Basic Science Award/Case Report

Anthony Feghali
Recurent Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia in Patient with Severe Paravisceral Aortic Disease
From:  Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

1st Place Clnical Award

Nicholas Madden
Results of Lateral Femoral Bypass for Prosthetic Arterial Graft Infections in the Groin
From: Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
2nd Place Clinical Award

Katherine McMackin

Trends in the 10-Year History of the Vascular Integrated Residency Match: More Work, Higher ost, Same Result
From: Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

3rd Place Clinical Award 

Lili Sadri
A Survey of Patients Lost to Follow Up after Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement
From: Abington-Jefferson Health, Abington, PA




Dr. Grace J. Wang & Dr. Rashad Choudry

2018 Annual Meeting Business Meeting














Dr. Joseph V. Lombardi & Dr. Benjamin M. Jackson

2015 Annual Meeting Business Meeting









Dr. James R. Elmore & Dr. Ralph P. Ierardi

2014 Annual Business Meeting