About Us

Our Mission: To promote vascular health education and awareness in our communities.


Our Story

How We Got Started

Center for Vascular Awareness (CVA) was established in 2004 because vascular disease affects tens of millions of Americans, is under-recognized, has risk factors that influence us in our younger years, and results in crippling conditions later in our lives well beyond when it could be prevented. The faces of vascular are diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, smoking, and heart disease. You see these faces every day, far too often amongst your neighbors, friends, and family. So, come join us in shaping vascular health, there is much to be done and we need your help!

Board of Directors

Sharon Cillis, RN

David Ford, MD

Larry Scher, MD

Our Team

President/ CEO: Manish Mehta, MD MPH

Program Manager: Christine Sawh

Associate Program Manager: Caitlin Reilly



Volunteers are essential to our organization. They share their talent, time, and skills to make our programs successful. To show our appreciation, we have created a bi-weekly volunteer spotlight to feature one of our amazing volunteers.

Meet Kevin Barry RT (R)(VI)!

Center for Vascular Awareness would like to thank Kevin Barry, RT (R)(VI) for his hard work and commitment as a V-Healthy volunteer.  Kevin works for Shockwave Medical. When he is not working, Kevin enjoys golfing and his newfound passion for cooking.

What inspired you to start a career in medicine?

My Aunt Claudette who lives in Maine was a radiologic technologist for years, but I had no idea, as she was a stay-at-home mom for a long period of time. When choosing which field to go into, she gave me some great advice, which set me on my 30-year path.

Why do you think it is important to promote vascular awareness?

I have seen the impact of vascular disease both professionally and with some of my family members. I believe it cannot be promoted enough. It might not be as well-known as heart disease or breast cancer, but it affects hundreds of thousands of people every year.

What is your favorite memory from volunteering with CVA?

Trying to get 4 students to deploy a stent; they could not believe they failed! The energy and interaction of the students was amazing. I will volunteer every year if possible.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to our organization! Join our team of volunteers who share their talent, time, and skills which make our programs successful.

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