2019 VF Recognizing Early Diagnosis (V-RED) Competition

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.


  • Each person who submits a nomination will receive a 2019 Vasculitis Awareness t-shirt!
  • Nominee's Information (The person you wish to recognize.)

  • Limit 300 words.