Seed Grant Recipients


Cassius Iyad Ochoa Chaar, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
Project title: Genetic variants associated with premature peripheral arterial disease

Katharine L. McGinigle, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina
Project title: Using Precision Medicine to Define Adaptive Treatment Strategies for Patients with Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia


Mohammad Qadura BSc, MD, PhD
University of Toronto
Project title: Combating Anti-platelet Resistance Through Personalized Medicine


Efthymios Avgerinos, MD (VAM 2019 Clinical Research Seed Grant Challenge Winner)
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Project title: The Value of Screening for "High on Treatment Platelet Reactivity" in Patients undergoing Lower Extremity Arterial Endovascular Interventions

Sikandar Khan, MD
SUNY Buffalo
Project title: Validation of Plateletcrit as a Marker of Platelet Reactivity by Comparing It with Verify Now Reactivity Assays

Shirling Tsai, MD
University of Texas Southwestern
Project title: Role of provider feedback in home-based walking programs utilizing smart devices


Samantha D. Minc, MD
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Project title: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding Diabetes and PAD-Related Amputations in a Rural Population

Bjoern D. Suckow, MD, MS
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Project title: Development of a Critical Limb Ischemia Quality of Life Outcome Measure


Dawn Coleman, MD
University of Michigan
Project title: The Natural History and Genetics of Renal Artery Aneurysm Through a Prospective Multiinstitutional Registry

Ulka Sachdev, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Project title:  Dynamic Inflammatory Networks in Chronic Venous Insufficiency


Lorena Gonzalez, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
Project Title: Identifying a practical office based frailty assessment for preoperative evaluation of patients with peripheral arterial disease

Misty D. Humphries, MD
University of California Davis Medical Center
Project Title: Developing Comprehensive Care for Patients with Lower Extremity Ulcers Through Telemedicine

Salvatore T. Scali, MD
University of Florida
Project Title: Biologic determinants of frailty influencing outcomes of elective suprarenal and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair


Mark F. Conrad, MD, MMSc
Massachusetts General Hospital Project
Project Title: Noninvasive Assessment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Wall Structural Integrity and Inflammation as Predictors of Rupture

Rishi Kundi, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Project Title: Functional benefit of exercise therapy after endovascular intervention in older patients with peripheral arterial disease

Mohamed Zayed, MD, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
Project Title: The Lipid Micro-Environment in Atherosclerotic Carotid Artery Plaques in Diabetic Patients


Dr. Hernan A. Bazan
Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Project Title:  Biomarkers in Carotid Plaque Rupture

Dr. Christopher L. Skelly
University of Chicago
Project Title:  The Human Microbiome and Risk to Cardiovascular Health Study-Stroke (The MARCH Study-Stroke)

Dr. Dai Yamanouchi
University of Wisconsin
Project Title:  Validation of a Checklist for Postoperative Wounds in Vascular Surgery


Dr. Guillermo Escobar
University of Arkansas for Medical Studies
Project Title:  Urine mRNAs as a novel, early marker of acute kidney injury after contrast dye or surgery

​​Dr. Benjamin Jackson​
University of Pennsylvania
Project Title:  Biomechanical modeling and biomarkers to predict thoracic aneurysm growth

Dr. Mahmoud Malas
Johns Hopkins University
Project Title:  Correlation of vasa-vasorum volume to carotid plaque instability using contrast enhanced 3-dimensional carotid duplex ultrasound​


Dr. Jean Bismuth
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, Texas
Project Title: Quantitative Analysis of Leg Muscle Perfusion in Peripheral Arterial Disease Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Dr. Mark Iafrati
Tufts Medical Center
Project Title: Defining Effectiveness of Current Radiation Protection Devices and Investigating Novel Methods and Devices in Minimizing Risks of Radiation Scatter

Dr. Firas Mussa
New York University
Project Title: Patient-Centered Outcomes for Endovascular Interventions in Critical Limb Ischemia 


Dr. Marlene Grenon
University of California San Francisco

Dr. Erica Mitchell
Oregon Health and Science University

Dr. David Stone
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center


Dr. Rajeev Dayal
Columbia University

Dr. Eugene Lee
University of California-Davis

Dr. Brian Nolan
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center


Dr. Fritz Bech
Palo Alto Institute of Research & Education

Dr. Oscar Grandas & Dr. David Cassada
University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine

Dr. Rabih Chaer
University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Greg Landry
Oregon Health and Science University

Dr. Maureen Sheehan
University of Texas San Antonio

Dr. Mark Wyers and Dr. Philip Goodney​
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center