Vascular Web Logo

SVS  SVS Foundation

 Women Vascular Surgeons Appointed to Top Leadership Positions in Professional Societies

November 3, 2011   Contact: Jill Goodwin    312-334-2308
CHICAGO—Women vascular surgeons have made strides in advancing to leadership roles within the specialty. During the last two years, five prominent surgeons have held or are holding presidential appointments in vascular health professional societies and one serves as the Society for Vascular Surgery’s® (SVS) first female vice president.
“Extremely talented women surgeons are moving our specialty forward,” said Richard Cambria, MD, SVS president. “They are skilled surgeons as well as being bright visionaries who have the leadership skills to ensure the specialty advances the treatment of vascular patients.”
The following women are currently filling top leadership positions in the country’s professional vascular societies:  
  • Ruth L. Bush, MD, Temple, TX, is president-elect for the 2011-2012 Peripheral Vascular Society.
  • Julie Freischlag, MD, Baltimore, MD, is the 2011-2012 SVS vice president.
  • Vivian Gahtan, MD, Syracuse, NY, serves as the Eastern Vascular Society president in 2011-2012.
  • Theresa Impeduglia, MD, Englewood, NJ, was president of the Vascular Society of New Jersey in 2010-2011.
  • JoAnn Lohr, MD, Cincinnati, OH, was president of the Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery in 2010-2011, and the American Venous Forum in 2009.
  • Linda Reilly, MD, San Francisco, CA, served as the Western Vascular Society’s president in 2010-2011.  
More women are entering the field of vascular surgery. In the 2011 National Resident Matching Program’s vascular surgery integrated match, 59 percent of the positions were offered to female medical students. Women now account for 40 percent of all vascular surgery integrated residents.
Eva Rzucidlo, MD, Chair, SVS Women’s Leadership Committee explains, “The vascular surgery specialty is very attractive to female students. We saw this first-hand with the results of the 2011 residency match with the majority of vascular surgery integrated positions offered to female students. The specialty truly reflects the current trends of medical schools, with greater than 50 percent of graduating medical students are women.”
SVS has 175 women members. These women serve on 54 committees and councils; three of them are the chairs of committees and councils; two serve on the SVS Board of Directors.
# # #
About the Society for Vascular Surgery 
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,500 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at® and follow SVS on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Us

Society for Vascular Surgery
633 North Saint Clair Street, 22nd Floor | Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-334-2300 | 800-258-7188
Fax: 312-334-2320

Follow Us


VascularWeb® is the prime source for all vascular health and disease information, and is presented by the Society for Vascular Surgery®. Its members are vascular surgeons, specialists, and vascular health professionals who are specialty-trained in all treatments for vascular disease including medical management, non-invasive procedures, and surgery.