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Leadership Development Program

The 2021 Leadership Development Program (LDP)


Applications due December 4, 2020

Select one of the options below to complete your application. If you choose to submit your application through a PDF, please send your complete application to, along with your CV and letter of support.



In 2019-2020, the Society for Vascular Surgery and its Leadership Develop Committee launched the inaugural Leadership Development Program (LDP), in collaboration with SCVS and VESS.

A diverse cohort of 25 vascular surgeons was selected to participate, and despite COVID-19 delaying the program and forcing a move to a fully virtual environment, early evaluations indicate that it’s been an impactful learning experience. We are now seeking applicants for the 2021 cohort. 

The SVS LDP is a highly interactive program implemented over a six-month period, January-May with self-study and monthly online education, and will culminate in a recognition event in June at the 2021 VAM. 

Congratulations to the 2020 LDP participants!

Trissa Babrowski
Charles Bailey
Dawn Coleman
Young Erben
Uwe Fischer
Kristina Giles
Roan Glocker
Justin Hurie
Misty Humphries
Nii-Kaby Kabutey
Michael Lieb
Shang Loh
Fatemeh Malekpour
Michael McNally
Nicolas Mouwad
Mark Patterson
Benjamin Pearce
Danielle Pineda
Ash Raju
Jean Marie Ruddy
Evan Ryer
Jonathan Schor
Marcus Semel
Megan Tracci
Mohamed Zayed
Jill Zink

Participant Feedback

“The SVS Leadership Development Program has helped me to re-focus my goals as I enter the second stage of my career. The opportunity to hear from leaders within our small specialty who have had success at an institutional level gives me hope for the changes I would like to make in my current work environment. More than anything, though, it is the camaraderie and relationships renewed and developed that have re-invigorated my outlook for the future.” - Benjamin J. Pearce, MD, FACS

The goal of the program is to provide a meaningful, longitudinal leadership development experience for an annual cohort, selected through a competitive process. The content is drawn from the highest quality research on leadership, and then pivots to an intense focus on applying this knowledge to the real-life leadership and management challenges vascular surgeons face each day. Each member of the selected cohort will be asked to identify leadership challenges they are experiencing and wish to advance during the course, and after, through follow-up peer mentoring group calls. The aim is to accelerate our community of vascular surgeons to reach their full potential as leaders and make the most positive impact possible in our specialty, their place of work, their community, and other areas of importance in their life. 


Content highlights include expert guest faculty sessions such as:

  • The business and economics of health care
  • Decisions in the C-Suite
  • The science and physics of leadership
  • Personality styles, leadership styles and emotional intelligence
  • Conflict and negotiation

A core faculty of vascular surgeons will develop and deliver customized content such as:

  • Leading Self: Modeling the way, building credibility and trust in leadership
  • Leading Others: Building and sustaining high-performance teams; encouraging the heart and optimizing motivation
  • Leading Change: Inspiring shared vision, challenging the process, leading change
  • Leading Results: Strategy development and execution

January – May 2021

Live Meeting:
June 2-5, 2021 - VAM 2021
Location: San Diego Convention Center located in San Diego, CA

Applications are due December 4, 2020 and a cohort of 25-30 surgeons will be selected.


  • Academic, VA, or community practice vascular surgeon
  • Practices in the US or Canada
  • 5-10 years out from training


  • Completed application
  • Submitted Curriculum Vitae
  • Commitment for participation in all events  
  • Letter of support from your department, division or practice confirming support for time and financial assistance for travel, housing, the $300 registration fee, and VAM travel and registration fees.

The Leadership Development Committee and the LDP are proud supporters of the SVS’ DEI efforts. New this year, the SVS is offering scholarships of $1,000 for up to five applicants in underrepresented groups within vascular surgery. The funds will assist in offsetting participation costs, and applicants must make a commitment to future service to the Society. Vascular surgeons in underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The scholarship recipients will be awarded by the Leadership Development Committee from amongst the cohort selected for the annual program.

We continue to plan full speed ahead for an in-person, high-impact, meeting where colleagues can once again connect and learn from each other. We’re hoping it won’t be necessary, but if it is, we will be ready to convert the meeting to an innovative and engaging virtual format. The protection and safety of our attendees remains our top priority.


Reach out to or 312-334-2300.