For Professionals

VESSEL, the Annual Meeting of the Vascular Disease Foundation,
was held September 21-23, 2012 in Tysons Corners, VA

We want to thank our meeting sponsors and exhibitors for making the meeting such a success!

Congratulations to the 2012 award winners:

Dr. Alan Hirsch:  Julius H. Jacobson II, MD Award)
Dr. Timothy Murphy:  PAD Coalition Research Award
Dr. Thomas Wakefield:  Venous Disease Coalition Research Award

Be sure to visit our sponsors and exhibitors on their websites to see what’s new and relevant to you!

Executive Platinum Sponsors
Covidien –

Platinum Sponsors
Cook Medical –

Gold Sponsors
Juzo –

Silver Sponsors
Abbott –
BioMedix –
Medtronic, Inc. –
Merit Medical Systems –

Circaid –
Flochec –
Osborne Medical (Rooke Boot) –
Tactile Systems –
W.L. Gore –


Following is the list of presentations from VESSEL, the Annual Meeting of the Vascular Disease Foundation.  Those that are available for download are indicated as a link!

Friday, September 21st, 2012 – Special Nurses Forum

Ever-Changing Role of Diagnostic Testing

Innovative Ideas in Patient Care

Diabetic Care & Patient Education

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Welcome to the VDF – Rob McLafferty, MD, VDF President of the Board

Epidemiology of Critical Limb Ischemia and Moving the Needle on Public and Physician Awareness – Alan Hirsch, MD

Improving Venous Thromboembolism Prevention and Treatment Across the Board: Expansion of the This Is Serious Campaign – Suman Rathbun, MD and Tom Ortel, MD

A Sneak Peak at the New CLI Campaign – Joe Caporusso, DPM

Health Reform, Physician Accountability, and the Future of Medicine – Jack Lewin, MD

Identifying Gaps in Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment of Vascular Disease in Minorities – Olakunle Akinboboye, MD, President, Association of Black Cardiologists

Understanding the Need for Awareness and Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms – Joe Theismann, National Football Legend

Prevention of Hospital-Associated Venous Thromboembolism: The Triple Aim – Scott Grosse, PhD, Research Economist and Associate Director for Health Services Research and Evaluation for the CDC

Remember to V-Aware: Empowering Individuals About Vascular Disease – Yaron Sternbach, MD

Understanding the Burden of Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Opportunities for the Vascular Disease Foundation – Anton Sidawy, MD, MPH Professor and Chairman Department of Surgery, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Creating Synergy Between Vascular Research and Public Awareness – Reena Pande, MD

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

VDF and the Burden of Vascular Disease – David Faxon, MD

Events, Meetings and Conferences

For information about VDF’s Annual Meeting and other vascular-related happenings, go to the Events/Meetings/Conferences section. If you have an event you would like us to list on our website, please contact us at

Professional Resources

VDF creates educational materials for consumers that are also available to you for use with your patients and their families. Go to Patient Education Materials for more information and to see what’s available.

Our Coalitions

The Vascular Disease Foundation currently has two Coalition initiatives. For information on their work and membership, go to:

PAD Coalition

Venous Disease Coalition