Vascular Career Advancement Award

VIVA and LINC have collaborated to develop the Vascular Career Advancement Award to recognize young physicians who show promise as potential leaders in the vascular field and who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Winners are selected for their dedication to a philosophy of multidisciplinary vascular care and improving the care and outcomes of patients with vascular disease.


Daniela Branzan, MD

  Dr. Daniela Branzan is a vascular surgeon currently co-responsible for the vascular program at the University Hospital Leipzig since 2014. She completed her training in vascular surgery at the University of Freiburg in Bad Krozingen, Germany, before joining the Vascular Team in Leipzig. During her clinical activity, she developed a particular expertise in the treatment of complex endovascular repair of arch, thoracic, thoraco-abdominal and abdominal aortic aneurysmal disease.

She participated in many Live Case teaching transmissions during national and international meetings and has conducted extensive research in the prevention of spinal cord ischemia during the endovascular treatment of thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm. She reported the first clinical experience with segmental intercostal/lumbar artery coiling to prevent spinal cord ischemia during the endovascular treatment of thoraco-abdominal pathologies.  Dr. Branzan is a reviewer for several vascular disease journals and she has presented in multiple national and international congresses. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator for multiple clinical research studies. Dr. Branzan is active in national and international organizations. Her early career points to great promise as a contributor to the development of the vascular field going forward.

Ehrin Armstrong, MD

  Ehrin J. Armstrong is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Director of Interventional Cardiology at the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System in Denver, Colorado. He is also Director of the Vascular Laboratory and Director of the Vascular Medicine fellowship at the Denver VA Hospital.

His clinical practice includes the endovascular treatment of advanced peripheral artery disease, including carotid artery stenting, endovascular aortic repair, and complex techniques for limb salvage in patients with critical limb ischemia. His research interests include optimal medical therapy of patients with critical limb ischemia, comparative outcomes of endovascular interventions, and the development of novel coronary and endovascular techniques. He runs a large clinical trials group that conducts multiple trials of novel endovascular devices, and also heads a translational laboratory focused on monocyte adhesion and activation in acute coronary syndromes. With over 150 published peer-reviewed articles in major cardiovascular journals he is also the editor of the Vascular Medicine collection of and a member of the NCDR Peripheral Vascular Interventions Steering Committee.

Past Recipients

  • 2016 - 2017 - Saher Sabri, MD & Antonio Micari, MD
  • 2015 - 2016 - Raghu Kolluri, MD & Theodosios Bisdas, MD, PhD
  • 2014 - 2015 - Felix Mahfoud, MD & Gustavo Oderich, MD
  • 2013 – 2014 - Mehdi Shishebor, DO & Martin Werner, MD

Award Package

The two winning recipients will be provided airfare, hotel and tuition to VIVA 16 (Wynn Las Vegas September 11-14, 2017) and LINC 18 (Leipzig, Germany January 30-February 2, 2017). The recipients will be presented with the award at both conferences and recognized as special guest faculty participating as panelists and moderators. They will be presented with their awards at VIVA 17 on Thursday, September 14 at Wynn Las Vegas 8:20 - 8:25 AM.