Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)

Welcome to the PVD Council

The PVD Council actively participates in the publication of scientific statements or guidelines that are important to our members. We've included those along with articles or research that cover topics of interest to our members below.

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PVD Chair's Message

Naomi Hamburg, MD, MS, FAHAThe Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) seeks to integrate the academic and clinical missions of all interdisciplinary vascular health professionals in order to expand professional and public vascular education; to advance the basic science and clinical research and evidence based practice; and to thereby improve clinical outcomes of individuals with PVD. Read Dr. Hamburg's full message

Naomi Hamburg, MD, MS, FAHA
Chair, Peripheral Vascular Disease Council

Council Activities

Vascular Discovery 2018 attendees with red socksThe PAD Awareness Task Force’s mission is “working to improve the detection of symptomatic PAD by patients and providers to facilitate guideline-based treatment which will improve cardiovascular outcomes, walking fitness, and quality of life.” To learn how you can become involved contact

PVD Council Chair, Aruna D. Pradhan, MD, MPH, speaking during Vascular Discovery 2018 The PVD Council is currently collaborating with ISTH and the American Venous Forum on a white paper on research priorities in VTE. For more information on how to participate in more council science efforts contact

PVD Award from Vascular Discovery 2018The PVD Council funds several awards that support student, early career, and mid-career members recognized at Scientific Sessions and Vascular Discovery conferences. More details on each of the awards can be found on the council’s awards page.

Attendees during the PVD Workshop at the AHA's 2018 Scientific Sessions, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018The PVD Early Career (EC) Committee is a vibrant and dynamic group within the PVD Council. The EC works closely with PVD Leadership and Membership committees to recruit and promote early career vascular specialists from clinical, research, and education backgrounds. In addition, the EC helps organize PVD Council's fellows in training curriculum which occurs on Saturday of Scientific Sessions annually. This curriculum serves as a platform for year-in-review presentations on critical issues in the care of vascular patients as well as a forum for young AHA members entering into the care of vascular patients.

Featured Member

Geoffrey Barnes, MD, MSc, FAHAGeoffrey Barnes, MD, MSc, FAHA

Dr. Barnes is a cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist at the University of Michigan. His clinical practice and research interest is in the management of patients with venous thromboembolism, peripheral artery disease, or taking anticoagulants. He has funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute to improve the safe delivery of peri-procedural anticoagulants as well as serving as co-director of the Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative (MAQI2).

Learn more about Dr. Barnes

Become a Featured PVD Member

Mary M. McDermott, MD, FAHAPVD Fellow, McDermott Named Distinguished Scientist

Dr. McDermott is a leading clinician investigator studying lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD). Traditionally, the natural history of lower extremity outcomes in people with PAD and intermittent claudication was considered ‘benign’, because most people with PAD do not develop critical limb ischemia or worsening leg symptoms. Using a prospective study design with systematic assessment of objectively measured walking performance over time, Dr. McDermott’s investigative team demonstrated that people with PAD have greater functional impairment and faster functional decline than people without PAD.

Learn more about Dr. McDermott and other awardees.

CME Education

Peripheral Artery Disease Simulation - Register Here

Peripheral Artery Disease Simulation Series

Test your clinical assessment and critical thinking skills as you evaluate and manage patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). In this set of 2 simulations, you will be immersed in a 3-D environment where you will interact with a life-like virtual patient, complete with dynamic monitoring, dialoguing, diagnostic testing, drugs, intervention options and performance debriefing.

Register for PAD Simulation Series Now

Additional Resources

Funding Opportunities

The method for applying for funding is Web-based, using our electronic system, Grants@Heart.

PVD Council Awards

The PVD Council proudly sponsors award programs that honor the efforts of its members and their outstanding research. View the PVD Council Awards to see if you qualify.