The Vascular Disease Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2010 Julius H. Jacobson II Award for Physician Excellence. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010.

The Julius H. Jacobson II MD Award for Physician Excellent is awarded annually by the Vascular Disease Foundation. This prestigious annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to physician education, leadership, or patient care in vascular disease. Dr. Jacobson is a pioneer in microsurgery and was the first physician to bring a microscope into the operating room. His work led to such advances as coronary artery surgery and limb reimplantation. Dr. Jacobson also developed the first microscope that allowed the surgeon and the first assistant to view the operative field simultaneously. This award is endowed through a donation from Dr. Jacobson.

Candidates for the Jacobson Award will be screened by a committee of peers independent of Dr. Jacobson. Nomination criteria are:

- Must be a licensed physician in good standing
- Has made significant contributions that have advanced the science or clinical
practice for the prevention and treatment of vascular disease or who has made exceptional contributions to vascular education programs, either to health professionals or patients.
- Must be a person of recognized personal and professional integrity.
- Must not be a current member of the Board of Directors of the Vascular Disease Foundation.

This year's recipient was Dr. Jess R. Young. Dr. Young is one of the pioneers of vascular medicine and a premier educator in the field, training an entire generation of vascular medicine fellows. Dr. Young was pivotal in establishing the vascular diagnostic laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic. Perhaps one of the greatest visions by Dr. Young was the establishment of the first multi-specialty vascular intervention programs in the United States in the early 1990s. He also served as primary editor for the first edition of "A Textbook of Peripheral Vascular Disease," which remains one of the finest clinical textbooks of its kind. He has over 100 publications showing his depth of contribution to the field.

The Vascular Disease Foundation

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