VDF seeking new Board members 2013

Nominations/applications are currently being accepted for President-Elect and Treasurer of the Vascular Disease Foundation.  Deadline for applications is January 31st.  VDF seeks diversity within its Board to assist the organization in furthering its work to reduce death and disability from vascular disease.

The Vascular Disease Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, dedicated to reducing the widespread prevalence of vascular disease through increased public awareness, education and advocacy. VDF is governed by a fifteen person Board of Directors consisting of individuals and health-care professionals committed to VDF’s mission and who are responsible for governance of the organization. Directors serve annual terms, renewable for up to a total of four years. Directors are expected to attend four meetings per year, actively participate in the organization and work to help VDF fulfill its mission.

Current Board openings are for President-Elect and Treasurer.

For information on Board member responsibilities or to apply for one of these positions on the Board, please send an email to with the information below.

Applicants should submit a short letter via email addressing the following points:

  • Contact information
  • A brief statement of why you would like to be on the VDF Board
  • Experiences in the field, other not-for-profit organizations or professional societies, industry and/or other relevant experience or expertise that you feel would be useful to VDF
  • A statement of your willingness to commit approximately fifteen days per year to Board meetings and other VDF business.
  • Other information you feel would be helpful to the Nominating Committee.

Applicants should attach a curriculum vitae or resume if available.



What’s in Your Stocking? Make Sure it’s Not DVT.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in the deep veins in the legs. These clots can break loose and travel to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism (PE). Even when they don’t, they can cause permanent damage to the leg veins that results in long-term pain, swelling, and disability of the leg.

Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism affect as many as 600,000 people every year. Some people experience pain, swelling and varying levels of discomfort in the affected area, while others don’t feel anything at all. The symptoms of DVT can also be similar to those of other conditions, like a pulled muscle. Because some people with DVT don’t have any symptoms, and because the symptoms can masquerade as a more benign ailment, there’s often a delay in diagnosis. That’s when DVT can be fatal. DVT/PE is the fourth leading cause of death in western society, with more fatalities than breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents combined. Continue reading

Vascular Disease Foundation Launches Two New Public Service Announcements

For Immediate Release — November 17, 2011

To help educate patients with, or at risk for, peripheral artery disease or “PAD,” the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) has launched two new public service announcements (PSAs) on PAD symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.

These new PSAs feature Michael R. Jaff, D.O., medical director of the Vascular Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, alerting patients to the dangers of PAD, which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation or even death. Continue reading

The Vascular Disease Foundation Hires American Gastroenterological Association Veteran as New CEO

For Immediate Release — October 18, 2011

Robert Greenberg Brings Extensive Executive and Management Experience to the 13-year-old Non-profit
The Board of Directors of the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF), the leading non-profit promoting vascular disease education and awareness, announced Robert Greenberg as the new chief executive officer effective October 17. This position will be based in Washington D.C.

The former executive vice president of the American Gastroenterological Association, Greenberg brings a track record of strategic visioning, organizational effectiveness, and revenue generation to ensure VDF’s future well into the 21st century. Continue reading

Physicians and Leaders Supporting Vascular Health Deservedly Recognized

For Immediate Release — September 23, 2011

2011 Vascular Disease Foundation Award Winners Announced at Annual Meeting
The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) presented its annual awards at the organization’s eighth annual meeting in Washington. The awards honor the work of citizens, health care providers, organizations, researchers and companies that have enhanced the understanding and/or treatment of peripheral vascular diseases.

The most prestigious award, the Julius H. Jacobson II MD Award for Physician Excellence, recognizes outstanding contributions to physician education, leadership and patient care in vascular diseases. This year’s recipient is Barry T. Katzen, MD, medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami and professor of radiology at the University of Miami. Continue reading

September is PAD Awareness month: are you aware?

Free Online Resources Provide Peripheral Artery Disease Education and Support
Affecting approximately 9 million Americans, peripheral artery disease (PAD) can lead to heart attack, stroke, amputation and death. That’s why the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Coalition wants you to learn about PAD during September’s awareness month.

In support of PAD Awareness Month, the PAD Coalition is providing a free online interactive workbook that works like an online booklet, with turning pages, narrated text, videos, graphics, printable handouts and quizzes. It covers risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis and the key components of disease management. To access the workbook and many additional patient and provider resources, visit the interactive workbook Continue reading

CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden to Speak at Vascular Disease Foundation Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release — July 28, 2011

The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is pleased to announce that Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be the keynote speaker at its annual meeting, “Current Issues in Vascular Disease” September 14-15 in McLean, VA.

A group of nationally recognized experts from VDF will be engaging in discussions on the hottest topics in vascular disease with a particular focus in the areas of peripheral artery disease (PAD), both acute and chronic venous disease, and how to make a difference for patients in one’s community. Continue reading

Nominations Wanted for Vascular Disease Foundation President’s Awards

For Immediate Release — May 24, 2011

The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is seeking nominations for the 2011 President’s Awards. The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 27, 2011.

The President’s Awards are to recognize those individuals who have made a difference in the lives of those living with vascular disease or have assisted the Foundation in accomplishing its mission in various categories. These awards are to show our appreciation for the extraordinary measures individuals have taken to support the Foundation’s efforts to increase awareness of vascular disease and enhance the lives of those living with vascular disease. Continue reading

Peggy Fleming Educates Patients about Peripherial Arterial Disease or PAD

For Immediate Release — May 4, 2011

Get a Free “Guide to PAD” DVD

Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming and the PAD Coalition want to help educate women and their families about an often times silent cardiovascular disease, peripheral artery disease (PAD). Approximately nine million Americans over the age of 50 are living with PAD, a disease that affects their legs and raises their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, many with the disease do not even know they have it. Continue reading

Robert B. McLafferty, MD Named President, Vascular Disease Foundation

For Immediate Release — May 3, 2011

Robert B. McLafferty, MD Named President, Vascular Disease Foundation

Dr. Robert McLafferty was elected president of the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) board of directors at their meeting held on March 25th in Chicago, IL. Robert McLafferty, MD serves as a Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Dr. McLafferty has been a member of VDF’s board of directors since April 2005 and previously served on the Venous Disease Coalition’s steering committee as treasurer. In his new role as president, Dr. McLafferty will continue to lead efforts to increase awareness of vascular disease which affects over 40 million Americans. Continue reading