Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)

PVD Chair's Message

Esther S.H. Kim, MD, MPH, FAHAWhat an honor it is to serve as the Chair of the Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). I have been a member of the AHA for nearly twenty years and joined early during my career stage because I recognized the impact that the AHA has on public health, scientific advancement, cardiovascular education, and patient care.

Esther S.H. Kim, MD, MPH, FAHA
Chair, Peripheral Vascular Disease Council

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.


  • Self-nominate for a Council Committee Position: February 28, 2024
    • The PVD Council has open positions on the following committees. If you’re interested in being considered for one of these positions, please complete the Science Volunteer Form located on your dashboard in Professional Heart Daily ( Be sure to select all the committees for which you’d like to be considered and upload your CV.
      • PVD Leadership Committee
      • PVD Fellows In Training/Early Career Committee
      • PVD Membership Committee
      • PVD Communications Committee
      • PVD Nominating Committee
      • PVD Scientific & Clinical Education Lifelong Learning (SCILL) Committee
  • AHA Scientific Sessions 2024: November 12, 2024 (Early Career Day) and November 13–15, 2024
  • Self-Nominate for

Council Activities

The 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 Heather Simpson and Marla Hollander


PVD Award from Vascular Discovery 2023: The PVD Council funds several awards that support student, early career, and mid-career members recognized at Scientific Sessions and Vascular Discovery conferences.


The 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 Friday 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

Dr. Foluso Fakorede, MDDr. Foluso Fakorede, MD

Dr. Foluso Fakorede is the Chief Executive Officer at Cardiovascular Solutions of Central Mississippi and Fusion Vascular and was award the Louis B. Russell National Award on behalf of the American Heart Association to honor is work for providing access to quality health care for all.

PVD Fellow, Weitz Named Distinguished Scientist


Dr. Weitz is a Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, Executive Director of the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute, and Past President of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology, Dr. Weitz focuses his clinical practice on patients with thrombotic disorders. His research spans the spectrum from basic studies in the biochemistry of blood coagulation and fibrinolysis to animal models of thrombosis and on to clinical trials of antithrombotic therapy. The breadth of his work is highlighted by his over 650 publications in journals as diverse as the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Biochemistry, Circulation, Blood, Annals of Internal Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet, and 76 book chapters. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Weitz is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions

May 15–18, 2024
Hilton Chicago | Chicago, Illinois

Additional Resources


Current AHA Research Grant and Funding Opportunities

Grant and funding opportunities are posted throughout the year. Check out a complete listing of current RFPs and apply to fund your research today.

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PVD Council Awards

The PVD Council proudly sponsors award programs that honor the efforts of its members and their outstanding research.

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Lifelong Learning

  • Register for live CME/CE activities
  • Take on-demand CME/CE activities
  • Claim CME/CE for every AHA conference

Scientific Sessions 2024

Scientific Sessions: November 16–18, 2024
McCormick Place Convention Center | Chicago, Illinois