Our History

For more than 30 years, we have brought patients and the health care community together to find better cures and treatments for vascular diseases. Here are some of our highlights:

1982 Ronald J. Stoney, MD and William K. Ehrenfeld, MD, vascular surgeons at the University of California, San Francisco founded the Pacific Vascular Research Foundation (PVRF) to support vascular surgeons who conducted research to develop innovative treatment strategies.

1990 Vascular Cures expanded its mission to support basic vascular science, focusing on the causes and mechanisms of vascular disease.

1996 The Wylie Scholar Program launched, to provide financial research assistance to outstanding surgeon-scientists at the early stage of their careers. Wylie Scholars have become department chairs and leading surgeon-scientists at academic institutions across North America.

2000 The Laboratory for Accelerated Vascular Research (LAVR) was founded at UCSF, a unique collaboration of scientists and physicians to generate new knowledge in vascular biology and device technology. The LAVR was also supported by the Wayne & Gladys Valley Foundation.

2013 Vascular Cures Research Network (VCRN) launches. This collaborative research consortium brought world class investigators together to solve the most urgent problems of patients with vascular disease.

2014 Vascular Cures hosts the Vascular Innovation Summit bringing together leaders from healthcare systems, academic medical centers, industry, payers, investors and regulators to develop and pursue collaborative projects.

2015 Project Voice, a result of the collaborative Vascular Innovation Summit, introduces the first national patient-centered initiative targeting PAD by leveraging the power of digital health.

2016 Vascular Cures held the inaugural Research Summit to identify high priority areas of unmet scientific needs that are suitable for innovative pilot projects with the possibility to have a rapid impact on vascular medicine.

2017 Vascular Cures funds the first Collaborative Patient-Centered Research (CPCR) Grants to conduct projects that use shared research resources and  generate results within 1 – 2 years.

ehrenfeld-wylie-stoneyWilliam K. Ehrenfeld (left) and Ronald J. Stoney (right) with their mentor Edwin Jack Wylie (circa 1973)