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For Immediate Release — June 7, 2007

Jay D. Coffman, MD Receives Prestigious Jacobson Award

Dr. Jay Coffman, former professor of medicine at Boston Medical Center has been posthumously awarded the 2006 Julius H. Jacobson II Award for Physician Excellence by the Vascular Disease Foundation.

Dr. Coffman established the Section on Peripheral Vascular Disease within the Department of Medicine at University Hospital in Boston. He also conducted research on the pathophysiology of intermittent claudication and on the mechanisms and treatment of Raynaud’s phenomenon. It was his research that led to an extensive series of investigations that provided the foundation for many of today’s medical therapies for these vascular disorders.

His scholarly writings are used in major medical textbooks by medical students to acquire he knowledge needed in caring for vascular patients. Dr. Coffman was also one of the founders and second president of the Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology, chairman of the Council on Circulation of the American Heart Association, and a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

“Dr. Coffman was truly a leader in the field of vascular medicine,” said Dr. Mark Creager, president, Vascular Disease Foundation board of directors. “He was a man of great personal and professional integrity that maintained the highest level of standards in his research and patient care.”

The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology in June in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Creager accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Coffman.

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.

The Vascular Disease Foundation is currently seeking nominations for the 2008 award through Friday, November 30, 2007. For more information about nomination criteria and an application, please contact VDF at 888.VDF.4INFO

The Vascular Disease Foundation is the only national organization with the sole purpose of educating the public about vascular diseases. It is the most trusted source of credible, scientific and non-biased information on vascular diseases. For more information, call 888.VDF.4INFO (888.833.4463) or visit our Web site,