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Upper Midwest vascular network

The Upper Midwest Vascular Network (UMVN) members are hospitals and specialists in vascular disciplines including interventional radiology, neuroradiology, cardiology, vascular and endovascular surgery, practicing in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota.

The UMVN participates in the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Quality Initiative® via the Fivos PATHWAYS® database.  Each participant submits procedure-related data to the VQI on varying registries and the UMVN reviews regional outcomes to identify areas for best practices, quality improvement and further study, with the goal of ever-improving health outcomes for patients and improving the efficacy and cost of treatment.

The group meets twice-annually in the Spring and Fall to share recent quality improvement activities, vascular-related research and informatics improvements.

Upper Midwest Leaders

Upper Midwest Interim Medical Director
Dr. Joseph Hart
Froedtert & MCW Health

Upper Midwest Associate Medical Director

Upper Midwest Lead Data Manager
Ashley Verhyen
Froedtert Health

Upper Midwest Lead Data Manager
Jennifer Farrell
Froedtert Health


Fall 2023 Regional Group Meeting Slides and Minutes

Spring 2023 Regional Group Meeting Slides and Minutes

  • Fall 2023 Slides
  • Fall 2023 Minutes

Fall 2022 Regional Group Meeting Slides and Minutes

Spring 2022 Regional Group Meeting Slides and Minutes

Fall 2021 Regional Group Meeting Slides and Minutes

Spring 2021 Regional Group Meeting Slides and Minutes


Participating SVS VQI centers include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, community hospitals, vein centers, office-based labs and individual physician’s practices.

Click below for a complete list of VQI Participating Centers and their Regional Group Affiliation. Please note that this list is in excel format for ease of use.


The Upper Midwest Vascular Network (UMVN) is a voluntary, cooperative group of clinicians, hospital administrators, and research personnel organized to improve the care of patients with vascular disease. By collecting and exchanging information, the UMVN strives to continuously improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and cost of vascular healthcare.


Call for VQI Poster Quality Improvement Poster Abstracts and Rapid Fire Research Abstracts for the 2023 Annual VQI Meeting (VQI@VAM)

Key Dates for both Quality Abstracts and Rapid Fire Abstracts

Abstract submissions begin – October 1, 2022
Abstract submission deadline
 – January 16, 2023  
Quality Improvement Poster Session – Evening of June 13, 2023
Quality Improvement Podium Presentations – 
Morning of June 14, 2023
Rapid Fire Research Presentation – 
Afternoon of June 14, 2023