Newswise — The Vasculitis Foundation (VF) announced the honorable mention winners of its 2018 Recognizing Excellence in Diagnostics (V-RED) Award.  The V-RED Award is presented annually to medical professionals who made a quick diagnosis of vasculitis, thus enabling their patients to receive timely and appropriate treatment, and potentially sparing the patients permanent and ongoing health complications.

This year, more than 40 patients nominated their doctors for the V-RED Award.  One overall winner was chosen, and three other medical professionals were awarded honorable mention.

“The V-RED Award honors these healthcare professionals because their stories demonstrate the importance of the need for earlier diagnosis of vasculitis,” says Joyce Kullman, Executive Director of the Vasculitis Foundation. “So often our patients fail to get an early diagnosis because vasculitis symptoms can mimic so many other conditions.  We created the V-RED Award to celebrate those medical professionals who did catch the disease in its early stages, thus improving the outcome for the patient.”

V-RED 2018 Honorable Mention Winners are:

Samir Parikh, MD

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio Dr. Parikh was nominated by Sandy Nye, who was diagnosed with Microscopic polyangiitis vasculitis in 2014 after being sick for more than five years with no definitive diagnosis.  Dr. Parikh, a nephrologist, made the diagnosis within four weeks after performing a kidney biopsy and recognizing the symptoms of vasculitis.

Daniel Watson, MD Park Nicollet St. Louis Park Clinic, St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Dr. Watson was nominated by Nicole Shankey in recognition of his diagnosis of Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA/formerly Wegener’s) after an emergency room visit.  Dr. Watson, an otolaryngologist, suspected the rare autoimmune disease after seeing Nicole during the ER visit.  He recommended a course of high-dose steroids instead of an emergency tracheotomy.

Reed Kratka, MD Springfield Nephrologist Associates, Eugene, Oregon

Dr. Kratka, a nephrologist, was nominated by Cindy Solari for suspecting ANCA vasculitis after analyzing her labs which showed dramatically high potassium levels.  Dr. Kratka quickly ordered both a kidney biopsy and  an x-ray on a nodule in her lung which confirmed the diagnosis of vasculitis.   Solari credits Dr. Kratka for also prescribing an aggressive treatment plan of Cytoxan, and carefully monitoring and managing the illness.  Dr. Linda Brady, a pediatrician with   Old Harding Pediatric Associates, Vanderbilt University Medical Center/Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, was the overall winner of the 2018 V-RED Campaign.


Learn more about the V-RED Award on the VF’s website at

About the Vasculitis Foundation

The Vasculitis Foundation is the international advocacy organization for people with vasculitis. The VF empowers patients through disease education, raises awareness of vasculitis in the general public and medical community, and funds research to determine the cause, develop more effective treatments and discover a cure. 


The VF is committed to improving the lives of current and future patients and is positioned as the definitive resource for patients, family members, medical professionals and researchers seeking information about vasculitis. For information about vasculitis and the Vasculitis Foundation, please visit



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