The Florida Vascular Foundation

The Florida Vascular Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, the making of distributions to organizations under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations issued pursuant thereto as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.

Mission

The Florida Vascular Foundation will pursue the expansion of the knowledge of vascular disease of all individuals

Goals

Lifesaving partners. Best Technology delivers Best Therapy

The Florida Vascular Foundation is a not-for-profit entity created to promote education and awareness of vascular diseases among medical professionals and the public in the state of Florida. Whereas heart disease and cancer have received a great deal of attention in terms of media coverage and promotion of public awareness, vascular disease has been relatively ignored. This family of diseases is by no means obscure, and millions of Americans are affected by disorders such as aneurysms of the aorta, peripheral arterial disease, and cardiovascular disease. Identification and treatment of individuals with these illnesses is critical in preventing catastrophic outcomes including death, limb-loss, and stroke.

The Foundation seeks to promote excellence in the treatment of vascular diseases through educational programs directed at physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and vascular technologists involved in the care of patients with these disorders. In addition, the Foundation will promote awareness of vascular diseases among primary care providers through live presentations and publication of continuing medical education materials. Thirdly, the Foundation will provide scholarship support to medical students and residents who desire to pursue careers as vascular specialists. This is essential to ensure that future patients will have access to care by highly qualified professionals. Public awareness will be elevated through Web-based educational pieces and hands-on screenings for vascular diseases. These screenings involve risk-factor identification, non-invasive vascular testing, and actual physician contact, and they are provided at no charge.

While ambitious, the goals of the Florida Vascular Foundation are attainable, and they are critical to the health and well-being of our fellow Floridians. Please join us in our efforts by contributing to this most worthy cause.

With heartfelt gratitude,
Robert P. Winter, MD, RVT, RPVI, FACS

 

Apply for Florida Vascular Foundation Scholarship

Applications will be accepted for the 2018 Florida Vascular Foundation Conference Scholarship in the fall of 2017. The scholarship is available to General/Vascular Residents who demonstrate a commitment to the study, research and promotion of public awareness of vascular diseases. One $1,500 scholarship will be presented to three successful candidates from a Florida Accredited General/Vascular Surgical Training Program, at the Florida Vascular Society's 31st Annual Scientific Sessions.

Board of Directors

Peter Nelson, MD, FACS
President
University of Florida Dept. of Surgery
P.O. Box 100286
Gainesville, FL 32610

L. Daniel Kaelin, MD
Secretary-Treasurer
Vascular Surgery Associates, P.A.
2631 Centennial Blvd. Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Jose I. Almeida, MD, FACS, RVT
Miami Vein Center
1501 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

Richard A. Lynn, MD, FACS, RPVI
FIU College of Medicine
Department of Surgery
165 Brazilian Ave.
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Charles S. Thompson, MD, FACS
Vascular Specialists
of Central Florida, Inc.
80 W. Michigan Street
Orlando, FL 32806

Elizabeth Sullivan
Executive Director
400 Capital Circle, SE
Suite 18307
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Facts About Vascular Disease

There are expected to be considerably more cases. Vascular Disease primarily effects seniors, and as the U.S. Population rates for seniors increase with aging baby boomers, the potential for vascular disease increases. In 2005, the U.S. Census reported there were more than 7 million people aged 55 and older. It anticipates that the number will rise to more than 87 million in 2015. with this increase in potential vascular disease cases knowledge of all treatments will become even more critical to your senior readership and their families.

Peripheral arterial disease affects more than 8 million people in the U.S., especially those over 50, African Americans, and Hispanics. In advanced cases, when the diagnosis is made late, amputation may be necessary, particularly among diabetics.

Nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) annually, and approximately 10,000 die each year from a ruptured AAA.

Vascular disease can block the carotid arteries to the brain and cause paralyzing strokes. Stroke remains the third leading cause of death in the U.S. with nearly 157,000 people dying annually. A large proportion of strokes are caused by plaque in the carotid arteries. In 2006 it was estimated that Americans would pay about $57.9 billion for stroke related medical costs and disability.