Ronald M. Fairman, MD, Elected President-Elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery

CHICAGO, Ill.—Ronald M. Fairman, MD, was elected president-elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) at the organization’s 2015 annual meeting in June.

Long active as an SVS leader, Dr. Fairman has served on the executive committee, the board of directors, and various councils and committees. During his three years as program chair for the Vascular Annual Meeting, abstract submissions and meeting attendance by both academic and community-based vascular surgeons, increased substantially.

As he assumed his responsibilities as president-elect, Dr. Fairman pointed to the opportunity to expand the society’s historic commitment to education.

“SVS needs to be at the forefront in defining and advocating highest-quality care through public education and by promoting our practice guidelines. It is a priority to update and expand our practice guidelines emphasizing our total care of patients with vascular disease,” Dr. Fairman said.

Dr. Fairman has a multidimensional practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Medicine. He is chief of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, one of the largest U.S. clinical providers using endovascular techniques to treat thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms and offering carotid interventional programs using both endarterectomy as well as stenting. He also has a dual faculty appointment, as Clyde F. Barker–William Maul Measey professor in surgery and professor in radiology. In addition, Dr. Fairman’s research has been pivotal to key clinical trials and life-saving improvements in stent technology. In 2015, he was inducted as a member of the Academy of Master Clinicians, Penn Medicine’s highest clinical honor.

After graduating Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., Dr. Fairman earned his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Society for Vascular Surgery advances the care and knowledge of vascular disease, which affects the veins and arteries of the body, to improve lives everywhere. It counts more than 5,300 medical professionals as members worldwide, including surgeons, non-surgeon physicians, nurses and physician assistants. For more information about vascular health and the society, please visit