Bernadette Aulivola, MD, MS, RVT, RPVI, FACS, DABS, DFSVS
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
- General Surgery: Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center/Cook County Hospital program
- Vascular Surgery: Beth Israel Deaconess – Harvard Hospitals Program
Loyola University Health System, Stritch School of Medicine
PAD, Mentorship, DEI
Family, Peloton, gardening, travel
The number one reason I became a vascular surgeon was the incredible mentorship I received as a surgery resident. I trained with vascular surgeons who seemed to love what they did! I was drawn to the complex patient population, the technical demands and the significant potential impact on the patient as a result of my care.
The VESS is THE society that prioritizes support of vascular surgery research alongside opportunities to get involved and serve in leadership roles for young vascular surgeons. I remember presenting at the podium at the first VESS meeting (at the time, PVSS) I attended after completing fellowship in 2005, in Steamboat Springs. I was so thrilled to have won an award for the best meeting abstract and had the honor of presenting it at the podium at the Vascular annual meeting later that year. Attending the VESS annual winter meeting is one of the highlights of my year to this day, as I’ve developed many close friendships on the slopes and truly appreciate the opportunity to connect over vascular surgery in such a friendly, collegial , casual and fun setting.