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

Manish Mehta,  MD, MPH, FACS

Sharon Cillis, RN

David Ford, MD

Larry Scher, MD

Our Team 


Manish Mehta,  MD, MPH, FACS

Director of Operations:

Amit Bhusri




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 Nikki Cole, RVS!

Center for Vascular Awareness would like to thank Nikki Cole, RVS for her hard work and commitment as a volunteer. Nikki works at Vascular Health Partners, CCP as a Registered Vascular Specialist. When Nikki is not working, she enjoys playing sports, especially softball and basketball in local leagues around the Capital Region!

What inspired you to start a career in medicine?

My grandmother always told me I would be great in healthcare. Once I found my love for Vascular Ultrasound everything seemed to make sense!

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

If you start to take care of yourself at a young age, you are setting yourself up for a healthier and successful life later.

What is your favorite memory from volunteering with CVA?

My favorite memory from volunteering with CVA would have to be the student’s reactions. I love being able to show them the process of ultrasound imaging and how we find disease, which ultimately will result in how the providers will treat the patients.

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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