• VESS Mission & Objectives

VESS Mission

To improve the quality and safety of vascular & endovascular surgical procedures and general vascular care through education, scholarship, advocacy and leadership.

VESS Objectives

The objectives of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society shall be:

  • To provide a diverse and inclusive forum for the early career vascular surgeon.
  • To promote basic and clinical research exploring vascular surgery.
  • To educate vascular surgeons on effective procedures, therapies and approaches to care.

VESS Position Statements

Diversity & Inclusion

The Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) affirms its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the field of Vascular Surgery. We recognize the impact of inequality and bias on health care and value a diverse, culturally competent Vascular Surgeon workforce. We are committed to the fundamental principle that all people should be treated with decency, respect, and civility, and that all patients deserve equitable health care regardless of background, beliefs, race, sexual or gender identity, or geography. We are confident that we can realize this vision. As we move forward, the VESS intends to be a powerful voice for compassion, equity, and justice. As a Society that represents the young Vascular Surgeon community, we pledge to seek and promote equity and diversity in our general and committee membership and Society leadership. We will commit to providing mentorship to a diverse group of medical students and Vascular Surgery trainees. We will prioritize setting an example of assuring equity and diversity for others to follow.

Anti-Racism

On behalf of the VESS executive council and Women and Diversity Committee we would like to express our thoughts during these troubling and tumultuous times. Not only has our Society, profession and community been struggling from a biologic insult, but we are deeply troubled and shaken by the recent tragic examples of blatant racism. We want to actively acknowledge and reject such acts of inequality and institutional racism. We stand by the black community, our black colleagues, patients, and trainees in solidarity. We fundamentally believe that all people, regardless of race are entitled to dignity, justice and equal treatment. Yet we know and must not accept that this is not the current reality.

The number one objective of the current VESS bylaws is the following: To provide a diverse and inclusive forum for the young vascular surgeon. In this moment of grief, VESS stands together with our colleagues committed to the fair, and universal care of our patients and ourselves. We can and will do more, however, and would appreciate your input, as members, on actionable ways to improve our practices.