BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ENDOVASCULAR SURGERY CHAPTER OF THE SPANISH SOCIETY OF ANGIOLOGY AND VASCULAR SURGERY.
The Chapter of Endovascular Surgery of the Spanish Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery (hereinafter CCEV), was founded in Madrid on July 16, 2004. It was registered in the National Registry of Associations in Group 1, Section 1, with the number 585291, since May 26, 2005, with CIF (1-4-05): G 63805675.
It was created as a non-profit scientific association, linked and endorsed by the Spanish Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery (SEACV). The territorial scope foreseen from the beginning for the development of the CCEV’s activities included all of Spain, although without prejudice to acting or being part of other international organizations. In addition, the CCEV has been, since its inception, an independent entity in terms of economics and assets and responsible for its obligations to third parties.
Two other Chapters already existed in the Spanish Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery, since that is how these scientific associations were called within the parent company itself. Many national scientific societies have different sections or subdivisions, such as Cardiology, which currently has more than 10 divisions. We at SEACV had the Spanish Chapter of Phlebology and Lymphology (CEFYL) since 1992; dedicated especially to this part of the specialty. Years later, in 1997, a second Chapter was created with the idea of further strengthening the vascular diagnosis part. Initially it was called the Non-Invasive Vascular Diagnosis Chapter, later becoming more widely known as the Vascular Diagnosis Chapter (CDV).
That interesting and complex project of the new CCEV was led by Dr. Manel Matas Docampo (Head of the Angiology and Vascular Surgery Service at Hospital Val d’Hebrón, Barcelona) and had the support of Dr. Eduardo Ros Die (Head of the Service of Angiology and Vascular Surgery of the San Cecilio Clinical Hospital of Granada), Dr. Carlos Vaquero Puerta (Head of the Angiology and Vascular Surgery Service of the Clinical Hospital of Valladolid), Dr. Javier Serrano Hernando (Head of the Angiology and Vascular Surgery Service of the San Carlos Clinical Hospital of Madrid) and Dr. Francisco Gómez Palonés of the Dr. Peset Hospital of Valencia (who is currently the Head of the Angiology and Vascular Surgery Service of the Dr. Peset Hospital, Valencia).
It must be said that, within the field of Angiology and Vascular Surgery professionals, by some, the proposal had not been considered adequate, which caused a debate and sometimes opposition, for the development of the Chapter. However, the firm conviction and solidity of the promoters of the project had already achieved majority support from other colleagues in the specialty, and said project was approved in the General Assembly at the SEACV National Congress, held in Sitges, in June 2004. The first Board of Directors was formed, chaired by Dr. Manel Matas Docampo, accompanied by professors Eduardo Ros Die and Carlos Vaquero Puerta as Vice Presidents, Secretary Dr. Francisco Gómez and Treasurer Dr. Javier Serrano Hernando.
The cardinal objectives of the CCEV were reflected in its first statutes (June 5, 2004) and remain unchanged over time, as reflected in the statutes update (November 14, 2019) and are:
- Establish and maintain an information base as a reference and assistance in all matters that concern the field of Endovascular Surgery, understanding as such the invasive procedures of remote therapy through guides and catheters with percutaneous or surgical access to treat vascular pathology .
- Consolidation of endovascular procedures within the field of the specialty of Angiology and Vascular Surgery.
- Promote and provide continuing education for specialists in Angiology and Vascular Surgery who practice endovascular surgery.
- Promote research in the field of endovascular surgery.
- Respond to current and future institutional and legal problems that arise with the development of these techniques
The current situation of endovascular therapy has changed in a very significant way from those years to the present day and in something of course the CCEV has played an important role. Endovascular Surgery is currently an essential part of our Specialty and, in fact, the name of the specialty will probably soon be officially called: Angiology, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
And this is to the credit of both the previous boards of directors and all the colleagues who have participated in each of the Congresses, training activities, publications, etc. The effort of the entire scientific community of Spanish angiologists and vascular surgeons has consolidated a strong specialty in our country that we will maintain with all our energy from the CCEV, as a fundamental part of the SEACV.