In Memoriam

SVU extends our deepest condolences to the colleagues and families of each of these distinguished professionals. Their achievements impacted our profession, improved the care of vascular patients and made the world a better place.



Alan Hirsch, MD MSVM
Dr. Hirsch was a pioneer in the field of vascular medicine. After studying at Harvard and UCSF, he went on to serve as a Professor of Medicine and director of the Vascular Medicine Program of the Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota. He was deeply dedicated to improving public health. Among numerous leadership roles, he was a founding member and past-President of the Society for Vascular Medicine.


Richard Kempczinski, MD FACS

Worked in one of the His interest in the vascular diagnostic laboratory began during his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he worked in one of the first clinically active laboratories of its kind in the United States. Over the span of his career, he made numerous contributions to the vascular literature including his popular monograph, Practical Noninvasive Vascular Diagnosis. He helped establish the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Diagnostic Laboratories and served as its second President. In 2002, he received the Pioneer Award from the Society for Vascular Technology for his contributions to this field of study.

Professor Peter Wells CBE
Peter was one of the most well-known and highly regarded figures in the world of medical ultrasound. He pioneered the development of ultrasonics as a diagnostic and surgical tool, which revolutionized clinical practice around the world. He also received the SVU Pioneer Award in 1994.