August 31, 2009 A publication of the Society for Vascular Surgery®
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SVS and APMA Working Together to Benefit Patients
Recognizing the beneficial impact of a multidisciplinary team approach on the care of patients with critical limb ischemia, especially in the diabetic population, the leadership of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) held a meeting on Aug. 21 to discuss details of strategic collaboration between the two organizations.
Pictured below, SVS was represented by President Anton Sidawy, MD, MPH; President-Elect Robert Zwolak, MD, PhD; Vice President Richard Cambria, MD and Executive Director Rebecca Maron, CAE. APMA was represented by President Ronald Jensen, DPM, President-Elect Kathleen Stone, DPM; Treasurer Joseph Caporusso, DPM and Executive Director and CEO Glenn Gastwirth, DPM.
This meeting was undertaken as a first step to implement an agreement approved by the respective Boards of SVS and APMA to identify clinical issues and questions important to both memberships and to work together to find solutions that will benefit our patients. Specifically, it was agreed to:
Appoint a group representing both organizations to write a joint statement on the multidisciplinary team approach to the care of diabetic foot
Produce a supplement on the care of the diabetic foot that will be jointly published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery and the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Establish joint postgraduate courses to be held at the annual scientific meet ings of both organizations
Collaborate on practice guidelines and reporting standards dealing with the care of diabetic foot
Collaborate on advocacy and public awareness efforts in areas of common interest
Watch next month for new content on VascularWeb.org®, “Management of the Diabetic Foot,” which will feature vascular surgeon and podiatrist presenters from the 2009 Vascular Annual Meeting.