Sushrutha Award

Sushrutha Award

LVF takes a great pride to present the annual Sushrutha Award, which recognizes those who have helped improve the care of patients with venous disorders and includes an $10,000 donation from LVF to the charity or cause of the recipient’s choice

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Above & Beyond

Service to patients suffering from venous disorders. In grateful appreciation for a life spent dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. Thank you for your unwavering dedication to furthering the science and techniques for the effective treatment of deep venous disease. Your leadership and courage have lit the way for us all

Our honoreEs

For ‘Above & Beyond’ service to patients suffering from venous disorders

Sushrutha Award

2024 Recipient: Dr. Antonios Gasparis, MD

  • He is an internationally recognized vascular surgeon and vein specialist.
  • He also serves as System Chief for Venous Diseases at Northwell Health.
  • He has completed his residency in General Surgery at SUNY Syracuse, followed by a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at SUNY Stony Brook.
  • He was on the faculty at Stony Brook from 2003-2023 and Professor of Surgery.
  • During his tenure, he held multiple administrative positions and developed an internationally recognized venous program.
  • He has been on the Board of several national organizations and is the Past-President of the American Venous Forum, the premier national society on venous disease.
  • He is a true educator, running multiple educational programs in venous disease.
  • He is a researcher and innovative surgeon who cares deeply for his patients and their families.
Sushrutha Award

2023 Recipient: Dr. Mark Meissner, MD

  • He is a Vascular Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA.
  • He has over 38 years of experience in the medical field.
  • He graduated from UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT DENVER in 1985.
  • He is affiliated with UW Medical Center - Montlake.
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2022 Recipient: Dr. Anthony J. Comerota, MD

  • He is the Medical Director of the Eastern Region, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at the Inova Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • As a Professor of Surgery (Vascular), he has treated many patients with the Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS).
  • He is a nationally recognized expert in the use of aggressive therapies to treat proximal DVT.
  • In addition to his role as a member of the C-TRACT Steering Committee, he serves as a member of the Interventions Committee and as the Co-Chair of the Venous Ulcer Care Committee.
Sushrutha Award

2021 Recipient: Nicos Labropoulos, PhD

  • Currently a professor of Surgery and Radiology at Stony Brook University Hospital, Long Island, NY.
  • Director of the Vascular Laboratory and has a major interest in pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases.
  • Has been awarded multiple grants for clinical and basic science studies, many prizes in medical and surgical meetings around the world.
  • Has more than 200 publications, has been cited over 7000 times and has given over 1000 presentations around the world.
  • He has been working on vascular imaging, aortic wall remodeling, cerebrovascular disease, the development and natural history of chronic venous disorders and venous thromboembolism including the inflammatory pathways in both.
  • He is a co-founder of the International Vascular Foundation, of the Institute of Vascular Diseases and Venous Health Foundation.
Sushrutha Award

2020 Recipient: Mr. Dean Bender

  • Became Executive Director for the AVLS and FVLD on July 1, 2017.
  • Over 30 years’ in global business management.
  • Experience in the field of venous and lymphatic medicine.
  • Served as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for medi USA, President of CircAid, Vice President of Global Research & Development at BSN medical, and business director for Bayer Chemicals.
  • In addition, Bender has been a member of the venous community for 13 years, serving as a board member and treasurer for FVLD and member of AVLS since 2008.
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2019 Recipient: Dr. Seshadri Raju

  • Specializes in venous and lymphatic diseases at The Rane Center in Jackson Mississippi.
  • Widely recognized for his landmark contributions to the hemodynamics, diagnosis and treatment of venous disease.
  • A pioneer of venous stenting which has revolutionized care of venous disease.
  • Founding member of the American Venous Forum, the premier organization for venous disease, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery.
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous other national and international specialty societies in Transplantation, Vascular Surgery and Phlebology.
  • He has over 250 wide ranging publications including peer reviewed articles, a book on Venous Surgery (Williams & Wilkins).

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