The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) was founded in 1998 by Dennis Newman, a pioneer in ultrasound technology. Dennis built a successful company producing Doppler devices for detecting, among other medical issues, vascular disease. Dennis knew that the public and most medical professionals were unaware of many diagnostic and treatment options for vascular disease. This lack of knowledge really hit home when his cousin lost a leg to vascular disease. Dennis did what anyone would do to help a family member; he began to contact his network of medical professionals in search of information about vascular disease. It didn’t take long for him realize that few resources were available for people suffering from this often silent and most certainly debilitating disease. So, Dennis did what few are able to do – he formed the Vascular Disease Foundation.
In our short history, we have connected with many prominent vascular medicine societies and we regularly attend their annual meetings as well as include their representatives in our initiatives. Here’s a brief timeline of some of our major milestones:
- VDF launched its website in 1999. That same year, the IRS granted VDF preliminary 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Donations to the Foundation became tax deductible at that time.
- In 2000 we published our first newsletter, Keeping in Circulation. Today, that newsletter is published as a full color magazine with a circulation of nearly 20,000 in the United States.
- In 2001, we initiated a meeting with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to discuss ways of increasing PAD awareness. We launched a PAD Awareness Campaign and over 2.5 million people heard our message. In 2004, VDF established the PAD Coalition, a collaborative network of organizations, government agencies, and corporations committed to increasing prevention and awareness of peripheral artery disease.
- In 2008 VDF established the Venous Disease Coalition (VDC) and worked with the Office of the Surgeon General to announce a ”Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.”
- In the fall of 2009, VDF was awarded a 1 million dollar cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help educate women and their families about DVT through the This Is Serious campaign.
- In the winter of 2011, VDF’s headquarters moved to the Washington, D.C. area.
Since its inception in 1998, the Vascular Disease Foundation has shown steady growth in its ability to reach out to the general public and medical professionals alike, and continues to provide educational information about vascular disease.