SVS-APSA Pediatric Vascular Initiative


The SVS and the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) have joined together to create a collaborative, interdisciplinary task force to address gaps in pediatric vascular care and ultimately advance the understanding and care of pediatric patients.

This initiative is focused on identifying key areas of concentration for collaborative education, guideline development, and training needed across the vascular and pediatric surgery fields.

Recorded Sessions

Developmental Vascular Disease

Recorded on March 21, 2024
This session features a multidisciplinary and multi-center discussion of developmental vascular anomalies not limited to arteriovenous malformations and renovascular hypertension.


Extracorporeal Life Support: Cannulation Strategies, Decannulation Strategies & Long Term Follow Up

Recorded on October 18, 2023
The goals of this session are to:

  • Review options for veno-venous and veno-arterial extracorporeal life support (ECLS) cannulation in neonates, young children, and adolescents, with a discussion on reperfusion cannula placement.
  • Review options for decannulation after VV or VA ECLS, with a focus on the pros/cons of arterial and venous reconstruction.
  • Highlight the importance of long-term follow-up and the lack of longitudinal data on this topic.
  • Highlight the benefits and challenges of multidisciplinary partnerships between pediatric surgeons and adult vascular surgeons in the care of these patients.


Pediatric Vascular Trauma

Recorded on June 15, 2023
At the Society for Vascular Surgery 2023 Vascular Annual Meeting, the faculty led a case-based session on pediatric vascular trauma.


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Task Force Members

SVS Members
Dawn Coleman, MD, SVS Co-Chair
John White, MD, SVS Co-Chair
Sateesh Babu, MD
Mohammed Eslami, MD
Mohammed Moursi, MD
Michael Rohrer, MD
Claudie Sheahan, MD

APSA Members
David Rothstein, MD, APSA Co-Chair
Regan Williams, MD, APSA Co-Chair
Stephen Dunn, MD
David Notrica, MD
Tim Schaub, MD
Sandra Tomita, MD

PROs Toolkits


The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Quality Improvement Committee has created a series of toolkits for vascular surgeons for patient-reported outcomes, or PROs. A PRO is any report of the status of a patient’s (or person’s) health condition, health behavior, or experience with healthcare that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation of the patient’s response by a clinician or anyone else.

There are several types of PROs, satisfaction scores and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). HRQOL is most commonly used because it is less subjective. HRQOL assesses how a disease and its treatment affect the physical, psychological and/or social aspects of life. 

The domains of quality of life used to measure PROs are:

  • Symptoms 
  • Pain
  • Psychological symptoms (i.e. anxiety, depression)
  • Effect of social activities
  • Functional status


Reference Library 

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PROs Toolkit: Psychometric Properties

The PDFs linked below are resources for vascular surgeons regarding the psychometric properties of patient-reported outcomes (PROs). These resources have been assembled and provided by the members of the SVS Quality Improvement Committee. If you have questions, please email

PROs Toolkit: Basics of Survey Administration and Data Collection

The PDFs linked below are resources for vascular surgeons regarding survey administration and data collection when it comes to patient-reported outcomes (PROs). These resources have been assembled and provided by the members of the SVS Quality Improvement Committee. If you have questions, please email

PRO reported outcomes infographic

The image above is featured in the Implementing PRO Collection into Clinical Practice PDF. Click the link above to learn more.  

PROs definition of what they assess

The above image is a slide featured in the Pathways PROS 101 pdf/slideshow. Click the link above to learn more. 

National Quality Verification Program for Vascular Care

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Why is the Vascular Verification Program Important for Your Institution? 

With the confounding issues facing healthcare c-suites today, it can be difficult to impress how the Vascular Verification Program works strategically to improve outcomes for the patient and hospital by prioritizing efforts to increase effective and efficient delivery of care—reducing risk for post-operative negative consequences. 

Please download this PowerPoint to help facilitate the conversation or contact to schedule a consultation with one of our SVS Vascular Verification leaders to discuss working with your c-suite.


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Surgeons Working together in blue-light room

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) are pleased to present the Vascular Verification Program, a national quality verification program focused on the care and treatment of patients receiving vascular surgical and interventional care in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Recognizing the depth and breadth of scope in the areas of vascular care and treatment, this program provides an evidence-driven, standardized pathway for establishing and growing the quality improvement and clinical care infrastructure within your vascular program.

With two levels of participation to engage vascular programs across the spectrum of care, the Vascular Verification Program offers an opportunity to reflect on the progress your center's vascular care program has made thus far and focus on how to continuously improve quality within the program in the future.

Become a Vascular-VP Center

As a program uniquely focused on the care of vascular surgical and interventional patients in an inpatient or outpatient setting, the Vascular Verification Program offers an opportunity to chart the progress of your center's program while also setting benchmarks and goals to continue the quality improvement journey of vascular science. 

Apply Now

Review the May 2023 Webinar

Watch the May 2023 webinar to learn more about Vascular-VP from the leaders. 

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If you have questions about the Vascular Verification Program, please contact us at