About SVU

SVU has been dedicated to the advancement of noninvasive vascular technology used in the diagnosis of vascular disease. The Society has a diverse membership of over 5,000 vascular technologists, surgeons, cardiologists, lab directors and many more. SVU membership includes approximately 30 percent physicians. SVU offers over 24 CME credits a year as well as AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

History of SVU

Established in 1977 in Columbus, Ohio, SVU is the only professional organization completely dedicated to the advancement of non-invasive vascular technology used in the diagnosis of vascular disease. The Society’s success for over 35 years is based on the involvement of a diverse membership of vascular ultrasound professionals. Located in the Washington, DC, suburb of Lanham, MD, SVU provides its members with regional continuing medical education programs on both introductory and advanced vascular interpretation, clinical and scientific topics, all through a series of webinars, in-person conferences and products. SVU also has a strong presence on Capitol Hill through legislative advocacy representation. SVU publishes a well regarded quarterly medical publication on vascular technology,  the Journal for Vascular Ultrasound (JVU).

Key Dates in SVU History

  1. Formed in 1977 in Columbus, OH, as SNIVT.
  2. Moved in 1986 from Columbus, OH, to Washington, DC.
  3. Name changed from SNIVT to SVT in 1988.
  4. SVT moved to Lanham, MD, in Dec. 1994 as an independently managed 501 (c) (3) non-profit professional medical society.
  5. Name changed from SVT to SVU in Sept. 2002.
  6. Celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2007.
  7. Celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2012.

Founding Members

Mr. Barton A Bean, RVT, FSVU
Supervisor & Technical Dir
23236 Via Bahia
Mission Viejo, CA  92691
Ms. Donna R Blackburn, RN, MS, RVT, FSVU
Northwestern Mem Hosp
251 E Huron St
Feinburg Pavilion 8-305
Chicago, IL  60611
Ms. Valerie J Crain, RN, BSN, RVT, FSVU
Tucson Med Ctr
5301 E Grant Rd
Tucson, AZ  85712
Ms. Mitzi Ekers, MS
Vascular Excellence
3210 Wessex Way
Clearwater, FL  33761
Mr. Andrew C Hayes, BS, RVT
1220 Charleston Rd
PO Box 7393
Mountain View, CA  94039
Ms. Nancy R Macdonald, RN, BSN, RVT
Technical Director
Mass Gen Hosp
15 Parkman Dr
Boston, MA  02114
Ms. Cynthia Ramirez-Matyi, RVT
Mr. Victor J Wedel, RDMS, RT
CIVCO Medical Instruments Co
102 Hwy 1 S
Kalona, IA  52247-9589