Nominations for the 2020 V-RED Program are now closed!  Many thanks to everyone who nominated their health care provider!  We look forward to announcing the winner/s during Vasculitis Awareness Month!

Now in its seventh year, the VF Recognizing Excellence in Diagnosis (V-RED) Program recognizes medical professionals in a broad range of clinical specialties for making a critical, early diagnosis of vasculitis.  The program also helps spread awareness throughout the medical community, putting vasculitis on the radar of colleagues, patients, and specialty medical associations. Over the past seven years, patients have nominated 270 health care professionals for recognition.

Karen Hirsch, past-president of the VF Board of Directors, created the award after her son, Michael, received an early diagnosis of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, formerly Wegener’s) in 2011 by Juanita Mora, MD, an allergist/ immunologist at the Chicago Allergy Center. The early diagnosis was critical and lifesaving in the preservation of Michael’s healthy organs and getting him into remission.


The VF thanks our sponsors for supporting the 2020 V-RED Program.