Swiss Society of Angiology
The Swiss Society of Angiology (SSA) was founded by specialists from various medical disciplines such as representatives from vascular surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, pharmacology and physiology. The aim was to optimize diagnostics, therapy and research in the field of vascular diseases.
In Switzerland, angiology was recognized as an independent specialty from the 1960s onwards. Thus, the SSA was founded on October 29th, 1961 in Basel with the aim of promoting research and development of diagnostic and therapeutic methods in the field of vascular diseases and to represent Swiss angiology at national and international levels. Since 2012, the SSA closly collaborates with the Vascular Section of the Swiss Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (SGUM) and training courses as well as the examination for a certificate of proficiency in ultrasound have since been conducted jointly. Today, SSA is a member of the FMH and has more than 220 active members. The SSA is also a founding member of the European Society of Vascular Medicine (ESVM), which is existing since 2013. SSA is represented on its board and participates in its joint ESVM congresses. There is a long-standing cooperation with the German and Austrian Societies of Angiology.
Goals and Mission
The Swiss Society of Angiology promotes the care of patients with vascular diseases and advance the specialty of vascular medicine:
- Establishing standards of postgraduate training
- Developing educational activities including postgraduate, continuous education programs symposium, and annual events
- Encouraging basic, clinical, and translational research in vascular medicine
- Promoting clinical excellence and interdisciplinary exchanges
- Serving as advisor/partners to stakeholders (educational institutions, government agencies, health care organizations, FMH, etc)
- Serving as member of national organizations (e.g. Swissprevent.ch, Cardiovasc) and international (European Society of Vascular Medicine, ESVM; Union of European Medical Specialties, UEMS) organization
- Statutes of the Swiss Society of Angiology (Ittingen, 09.11.1990/revised Lucerne, 28.10.2005/revised Lucerne 13.11.2019/revised Aarau, 06.11.2020)