Leadership Development Program

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The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a year-long interactive learning experience for U.S./Canadian vascular surgeons who are five-10 years out of training. A series of webinars, mentoring and a 1.5-day in-person workshop will serve as the curriculum to guide participants as they identify and tackle real-life challenges faced by leaders in vascular surgery.   

The aim is for the participants to reach their full potential as leaders and make a positive impact in the specialty, in their workplace and community, and in other areas of importance in their life. 

Program content is drawn from the highest quality research on leadership with an intense focus on applying this knowledge to the real-life challenges. 

The 2021-2022 application window has closed. Stay tuned for 2022-2023 application information.

Program Information

Content highlights include expert guest faculty sessions such as:

  • The business and economics of health care
  • Decisions in the C-Suite
  • The science and physics of leadership
  • Personality styles, leadership styles and emotional intelligence
  • Conflict and negotiation

A core faculty of vascular surgeons will develop and deliver customized content such as:

  • Leading Self: Modeling the way, building credibility and trust in leadership
  • Leading Others: Building and sustaining high-performance teams; encouraging the heart and optimizing motivation
  • Leading Change: Inspiring shared vision, challenging the process, leading change
  • Leading Results: Strategy development and execution


A cohort of 25-30 surgeons will be selected.

The $700 fee includes all materials and events related to the program. Participants will be responsible for flights and hotels to attend in-person meetings and the Vascular Annual Meeting.   


A series of leadership-oriented webinars take place throughout the duration of the program.

Live In-Person Meeting

1-1.5 days in Rosemont, IL 

The meeting agenda will be added once available.

Travel and Housing

SVS is delighted to welcome invited speakers, faculty, Mastery Grant recipients, and cohort members to the Leadership Development Program (LDP) in-person session being held:

Friday, April 22 starting at 12PM Central through April 23, 2022 ending at 5PM Central

Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel

5300 N. River Rd.

Rosemont, IL 60018

The SVS will make hotel reservations and send Faculty, Cohort members and Mastery Grant recipients the hotel confirmation.

Cohort members and Mastery Grant recipients:

  • Please book your flights. It recommended to fly into Chicago O’Hare International Airport, as it is close to the hotel. A complimentary shuttle between the hotel and O’Hare International Airport will be available every 15 minutes.
  • You will be responsible for paying for your flight, hotel, and other LDP-related expenses.

Health and Safety Protocols

SVS is delighted to welcome Leadership Development Program invited speakers, faculty, Mastery Grant recipients, and cohort members to Rosemont, Illinois for the in-person LDP session. The health and safety of our members and guests are of primary importance.  We have been monitoring the current situation with COVID-19, and are taking measures to support compliance with Center for Disease Control and county guidelines.

At a minimum, you can expect the following health and safety protocols to be in place:

Proof of Vaccination/Negative COVID test (within 72 hours of travel).  All attendees and staff will be required to provide proof of vaccination OR negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival date in Seattle.  All individuals will need to present documentation just outside the lunch or session room, prior to being issued an official session badge. Please click here to agree to this. You must agree in order to attend. 

Masks: All unvaccinated individuals MUST be masked at all times. Vaccinated individuals may mask on an optional basis based on their assessment of current risk. Vaccinated members and guests are strongly encouraged to mask indoors in high-traffic areas for the overall health and safety of all attendees and guests.

Hotel: Click here for information on hotel health and safety protocols. 

More Information:

SVS will communicate any changes to this information as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing everyone in-person!


  • Completed application
  • Submitted Curriculum Vitae
  • Commitment for participation in all events  
  • Letter of support from your department, division or practice confirming support for time and financial assistance for travel, housing, the $700 registration fee, and VAM travel and registration fees.

Supported in part through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Boston Scientific and Gore.


Please contact education@vascularsociety.org.

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