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SVS, AVF Strengthen Collaboration Under New Agreement

The leading organizations dedicated to diagnosis, treatment and research of arterial and venous disease have strengthened their partnership in pursuit of quality across the spectrum of vascular disease.

The Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum signed an historic agreement that lays the groundwork for future collaboration. The Memorandum of Understanding was established in late 2017, signifying the two organizations’ united focus on quality, education advocacy, policy, education and research with a shared goal to ensure the highest quality care to patients.

"This new agreement benefits members of both AVF and SVS; together we will be more powerful in advocacy issues and in advancing education and research in arterial and venous disease," said SVS President R. Clement Darling III, MD. "We share many of the same goals and together we are greater than the sum of our parts. To ensure the vascular specialty’s effectiveness and might, we need to collaborate and form closer relationships with organizations across the vascular spectrum. The possibilities for collaboration are endless and movement in this direction will optimize the work we do on behalf of our patients. For example, when we have to testify at MEDCAC or before other governmental panels, we’re much stronger together."

"Our core values are very similar," said AVF President Marc Passman, MD. "This makes it very easy to partner with SVS to accomplish objectives, whether it’s guidelines or advocacy issues that arise, and see high-level, professional results with evidence and quality behind them.

"A relationship has always existed, but now it is more defined and the integration more seamless, particularly from an organizational standpoint," said Dr. Passman. "It provides the infrastructure for us to keep evolving the relationship."

"Over the past several decades arterial and venous entities have almost grown into separate branches under the vascular care umbrella," said Dr. Darling. "SVS is the world’s expert in vascular surgery and arterial procedures, while the AVF has become established as the world’s experts in venous care," he said. "Together we’ll create greater efficiencies and better outcomes for the same group of patients by aligning our efforts."

Various committees of each organization now include members of the other, and members of both organizations will meet periodically to actively look for potential collaborative opportunities.

The memorandum also facilitates expanded educational opportunities, such as co-branded programs at the AVF Annual Meeting and at the Vascular Annual Meeting.

Drs. Darling and Passman will celebrate the agreement during both annual sessions in February and June, respectively.