V-RED Campaign Begins Its Fifth Year Recognizing Early Diagnosis by Medical Professionals

Once again, the VF is accepting a new round of applications for its 2019 Recognizing Excellence in Diagnosis (V-RED) awards program. Since its inception in 2014, patients worldwide can nominate a medical professional they want to recognize for making a critical, early diagnosis of vasculitis.

The idea for the V-RED Award originated with VF Board Member, Karen Hirsch, whose son, Michael, was diagnosed with GPA/Wegener’s in 2011 by Juanita Mora, MD, an allergist/immunologist at the Chicago Allergy Center.

“I followed my gut and ordered further testing,” says Dr. Mora. “The labs and CT of his chest confirmed the diagnosis of GPA/Wegener’s. Michael received prompt treatment. The early diagnosis was critical and lifesaving in the preservation of his healthy organs and getting him in to remission.”

Last year, a record number of patients nominated their medical professionals. One winning doctor was chosen, and three others were awarded Honorable Mention status.

Nominations will be accepted until March 15, 2019.  Nominations are now closed. The awardees will be announced in May during Vasculitis Awareness Month.