CMSS Awards SVS $100,000 Grant to Improve Diagnostic Excellence

Nov 01, 2023

Chicago, IL (November 1, 2023) – The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is among 11 recipients of a $100,000 grant from the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), aimed to promote diagnostic excellence across the field of medicine. The CMSS is a coalition comprised of 51 specialty societies representing over 800,000 physicians within the health care sector. 

SVS Director of Clinical Guidelines and Quality Practice Reva Bhushan, PhD, wrote the grant, “Advancing Diagnosis and Staging for Early Detection and Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease to Prevent Amputation” that was selected among the winners. 

“Vascular surgeons and their care teams play a key role in screening and managing peripheral arterial disease patients. This grant will allow the SVS to promote the use of diagnostic, staging and quality-of-life tools for patient assessment to prevent chronic limb-threatening ischemia and amputation,” said Bhushan. 

This second round of awards funds a diverse array of projects to support the development and dissemination of resources and programs to improve the timeliness, accuracy, safety efficiency, patient-centeredness, and equity of diagnostic outcomes for patients in the United States. The awards include several projects that focus on three categories of conditions that are known to cause a disproportionate share of preventable harm from suboptimal diagnosis, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and infection.  

These awards are the result of a competitive grant program administered by CMSS and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for medical specialty societies to support the development of resources and programs to promote diagnostic excellence for clinicians and patients. In addition, The John A. Hartford Foundation, which promotes age-friendly care, is providing additional support as the funder of the grant award to the American Urological Association.  

Proposals were reviewed by an external advisory committee comprised of a diverse group of national experts in diagnostic excellence and patient safety, clinician education, quality improvement and research. 

CMSS announced the following funded grants: 

  • American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) - Promoting Diagnostic Excellence: Diversity, Diagnostics, and Dermatology 

  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) - Promoting Diagnostic Excellence Across Medicine in the Older Adult – Ruptured AAA Missed Vascular Event 

  • American Epilepsy Society (AES) - Improving Clinician Competence in Use and Interpretation of EEG: A Matter of Safety, Quality, and Equity 

  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) - Narrowing Health Disparities in Diagnostic Evaluation of Iron Deficiency Anemia through Clinician-directed and Patient-focused Interventions 

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) - Promoting Diagnostic Excellence by Improving the Communication of New Cancer Diagnoses 

  • American Society of Nephrology (ASN) - Promoting the Use and Understanding of the new eGFR Clinical Algorithm 

  • American Urological Association* (AUA) - Promoting Diagnostic Excellence and Health Equity in Urology Care 

  • College of American Pathologists (CAP) - Promoting Effective Communication of Pathology Results While Meeting the Various Needs of Patients and Members of the Care Team 

  • American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) - “How We Do It”: CHEST Experts Weigh In 

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) - Developing a Feedback Mechanism for Receiving ICU Clinician of Patients with Sepsis 

  • Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) - Advancing Diagnosis and Staging for Early Detection and Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease to Prevent Amputation 

*Recipient of The John A. Hartford Foundation award 

Read CMSS Press Release Here 


About the Society for Vascular Surgery  

The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. The organization was founded in 1946 and currently has a membership of more than 6,300. SVS membership is recognized in the vascular community as a mark of professional achievement.  

About the Council of Medical Specialty Societies

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies is the national organization of specialty societies representing more than 800,000 physicians across the house of medicine. CMSS works to catalyze improvement across specialties through convening, collaborating, and collective action to address emerging issues that influence the future of healthcare and the patients we serve.  For more information, visit  

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Visit or follow @MooreFound. 

About the John A. Hartford Foundation

The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan, national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. The foundation has three priority areas: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregivers, and improving serious illness and end-of-life care. Visit

Media Contacts: 

CMSS: Julia Peterson, Chief Operating Officer,  

Moore Foundation: Caitlin Cobb, Communications Officer,  

The John A. Hartford Foundation: Marcus Escobedo, VP, Communications and Senior Program Officer,