Leadership Development Program (Cohort 5)


The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a seven-month-long interactive learning experience best suited for U.S./Canadian vascular surgeons who are 5-10 years out of training.

The curriculum is drawn from the highest quality evidenced-based model on leadership stemming from Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s, The Leadership Challenge, with an intense focus on applying this knowledge to real-life challenges. 

The program consists of webinars, on-demand didactic presentations, live online faculty-led discussions, mentoring, and a 1.5-day in-person workshop that will serve 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. Build life-long relationships, have some fun, and invest in your future and the future of the profession all while earning CME credit!

Learning Objectives

By participating in this CME activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Recognize the functional day-to-day behaviors that drive success in leadership.
  2. Understand the larger context of where physicians lead and can lead most effectively in complex health delivery systems.
  3. Apply selected leadership behavior in interactive learning scenarios to strengthen individualized learning, i.e., conflict resolution, team, and trust building.
  4. Apply a renewed passion for working in the profession of medicine, and specialty of vascular surgery.


Registration for the fifth Leadership Development Program cohort is now closed as we have reached capacity. If you want to be added to the waitlist and contacted if a current registrant drops out of Cohort 5, or you would like to receive information about next year's LDP (Cohort 6), please click here

Leadership Mastery Grant

The SVS and the Leadership Development Committee are pleased to offer up to four $3000 Leadership Mastery Grants to past Leadership Development Program (LDP) graduates. Past graduates of any LDP cohort are eligible to apply for one of these grants by filling out an application that outlines their plan to continue leadership education and apply it to serve the Society and the Specialty.

Submissions are closed for 2024. Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

Xzabia Caliste, MD - Albany Medical Healthcare System
Maria Castello Ramirez, MD - Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Fernando Joglar, MD - University of Puerto Rico
Payam Salehi, MD, PhD - Tufts Medicine

Program Details

Core Faculty

Manuel Garcia-Toca, MD, MS
Faisal Aziz, MD
Dawn M Coleman, MD
Randall R DeMartino, MD
Kristina Giles, MD
Kenneth M Slaw, PhD

Date of Release: April 11, 2024
Program End Date: November 2, 2024
Last Day to Claim CE credits or earn a Certificate: Dec. 2, 2024

This CE Activity is supported through an educational grant provided by Boston Scientific and Gore

Accreditation Statement

The Society for Vascular Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society for Vascular Surgery designates this other/blended learning for a maximum of 18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

The ACCME requires that the SVS, as an accredited provider of CME, disclose the relevant financial relationships of the planners, faculty, and any other individuals in a position to control content of this activity. However, Accredited providers do not need to identify, mitigate, or disclose relevant financial relationships for accredited education that is non-clinical, such as leadership or communication skills training. Therefore, there are no disclosures for this accredited activity.


Date Time Session Format CME Offered
Thursday, April 11, 2024
7-8:15 p.m. CT Session 1: Kick-off/Orientation Webinar 0
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 7-8:15 p.m. CT Session 2: LPI Assessment Webinar 1.25
TBD June 19-22, 2024 TBD 1-1.5 hrs LDP 1-1.5 hr Meet up (optional) In-person @ VAM24
Chicago, IL 
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 7-8:00 p.m. CT Session 3: Model the Way Faculty-led online discussion
On-demand recording viewed prior
July-Aug., 2024 TBD - per availability  Case study 1-on-1 mentor calls Call or virtual call 0
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2024 7-8:00 p.m. CT Session 4: Inspire a Shared Vision Faculty-led online discussion
On-demand recording viewed prior
Wednesday, Sept.18, 2024 7-8:00 p.m. CT Session 5: Enable Others to Act Faculty-led online discussion
On-demand recording viewed prior
Monday, Oct. 7, 2024 7-8:00 p.m. CT Session 6: Challenge the Process  Faculty-led online discussion
On-demand recording viewed prior
Friday, Saturday, Nov. 1-2 (1.5 days)
Hotel - Nov. 1 check-in, Nov. 3 check-out
Friday – 12-8:30 p.m. CT
- includes lunch, dinner
Saturday – 8-5:00 p.m. CT
Session 7: Workshop and Graduation

In-person @ SVS Headquarters Rosemont, IL



Please contact education@vascularsociety.org

Important Information about your CME credits for LDP Cohort 4

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) recently made changes to its CME processes, which impact the way that Diplomates interact with the Board, upload CME credits, and meet Certification requirements. SVS is committed to complying with the new rules and making your ability to claim credit as seamless as possible, however, we are still in the process of aligning our systems to meet these new requirements.   

To ensure all your CME credits earned with SVS are transferred to the ABS, please visit this website to review the process.

Review the Process

More Information:

SVS will communicate any changes to this information as it becomes available.

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