The Vascular Society of New Jersey
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March 8, 2023
New Jersey’s Premier Vascular Society celebrates International Women’s Day as well as transition of its leadership.
Encouraging women into the field of vascular surgery.
Trenton – The Vascular Society of New Jersey will host its Annual Scientific Meeting tomorrow, March 9thwhere the members will elect its new leadership. After a 2 year term the society’s President Alissa Brotman-O’Neill, DO was only the society’s 2nd female leader. “We have tried to encourage women to continue their education toward vascular surgery here in New Jersey, and I have worked to bring more women into the fold over these last two years,“ said Dr. Alissa Brotman O’Neil. Nationally, females only make up 15% of vascular surgeons and here in NJ, our society membership is at 14%. However, those who are younger are at a higher percentage. 38% of those vascular surgeons younger than 39 years old are female and 24% of those who are 40-49 as opposed to 11% of those 50-59 and 3.5% of those 60 or older.
“There is an opportunity, especially on International Women’s Day to shine a light on women in STEM and encourage them to pursue vascular surgery as a discipline.” said Brotman-O’Neill. “There is no greater honor than influencing the future of surgical education and those that enter medicine. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be joining Rowan – Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine as Chair of Surgery in order to accomplish this.” Brotman-O’Neil is a former valedictorian and graduate of Steinert High School in Hamilton, NJ, graduate of Harvard University and a dedicated alumnus of UMDNJ-SOM (now Rowan-Virtua). She did her general residency at UMDNJ where she served as chief resident. Dr. Brotman-O’Neill performed her vascular fellowship at Mt. Sinai -Englewood division and is also Board certified as well as RPVI credentialed. She is honored to have been chosen as incoming Chair of Surgery at Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine where she will provide oversight for all of the academic programs administered within the Department of Surgery. Additionally, she will develop an outpatient vascular program, expanding the clinical services of Rowan Medicine. Dr. Brotman O’Neill sits on the women’s steering committee and video committee for the Society of Vascular Surgery and has been honored to serve as President of the Vascular Society of NJ. “It has been a true honor to serve as President of this society and especially to have kept the educational programs going during the pandemic.”
She is passing the gavel and the baton to Dr. Elliot Sambol also valedictorian of his high school class, is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and UMDNJ NJMS, served as a resident at NYU Medical Center, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center and Fellowship at NY Presbyterian Hospital. He is double board certified in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery and also has RPVI credentials. He is a partner at Princeton Surgical Associates. “This society has a rich history and supports those in the specialty here in NJ to succeed and learn best practices,” said Dr. Sambol “as the father of 2 amazing young women and one amazing son I am always present to encourage them and others to reach for the top in anything they do. It is our job as supporters to keep it in the forefront of all places where decisions are being made.” “I am honored to have been nominated and excited about the next 2 years with VSNJ.” said Sambol.
Dr. Sambol will serve for two years as President and will help to promote the objectives of the society namely:
to establish standards of proficiency in the recognition and care of vascular disease;
to promote adherence by the membership to these standards;
to enhance and disseminate education in vascular disease at the resident, post graduate and lay levels; and
to encourage research in the etiology and modalities of treatment of vascular disease.
VSNJ is front and center on significant legislative and regulatory issues, including licensure of vascular techs, licensure of ambulatory surgery centers, PIP and out of network reimbursement, and health insurance policy. VSNJ provides outstanding education, with nationally-recognized speakers at the Annual Spring Scientific Meeting, and the Fall Membership and Residents and Fellow’s dinner meeting.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Herbert Dardik, MD, one of the pioneers of vascular surgery and a past president of the Vascular Society of New Jersey from 1984 to 1985.
Dr. Dardik, Chief Emeritus of Vascular Surgery at Englewood Medical Center, was a passionate educator, researcher, inventor and mentor to many current and future vascular surgeons. He was the driving force behind the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, reorganizing the society and elevating it to a national level. He also was the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Vascular Surgery in 2017 and in 2019 he was inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
Despite being a clinical and academic luminary in vascular surgery, Dr. Dardik will mostly be remembered for his engaging demeanor, warm spirit and the many personal relationships he developed over many years in practice. His presence and his knowledge will be sorely missed at our meetings. He was a kind, supportive, and patient mentor who held a lifelong passion for fostering the growth of not only the medical field, but of the lives of generations of colleagues, students, patients, and the community. His presence immeasurably enriched the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him and working with him. Our deepest condolences to his wife, Janet; his children, Alan, Michael, and Sharon, and his entire family.
Michael Ombrellino MD,
Past President of Vascular Society of New Jersey
Bruce Brener MD,
Past President of the Vascular Society of New Jersey
Combiz Rezayat MD,
President of the Vascular Society of New Jersey
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
The Vascular Society of New Jersey wishes to thank the following companies for their sponsorship of the
45th Annual Scientific Meeting held on March 9, 2023 at the APA Hotel in Woodbridge: