Nominations due March 15!           

Do you know a medical professional who deserves recognition for making an early vasculitis diagnosis? The deadline for the VF’s 2020 Recognizing Excellence in Diagnostics (V-RED) awards program is almost here. We’re accepting applications until March 15, from patients worldwide who want to nominate a medical professional for making a critical, early diagnosis of vasculitis.

Now in its seventh year, the V-RED program recognizes medical professionals in a broad range of clinical specialties. It 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, 270 health care professionals have been nominated by their patients.

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 winners will be announced in May during Vasculitis Awareness Month.

Every person who nominates will receive an awareness T-shirt and every nominee will receive a certificate of appreciation.

Click here to nominate your health care professional.