2017 - Marcia Ryder
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Congratulations to marcia ryder, phd, ms

Winner of the 2017 Suzanne LaVere Herbst award for excellence in vascular access

The Association for Vascular Access congratulates Marcia Ryder, PhD, MS, RN, on her selection as the 2017 recipient of the Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access. The Herbst Award is the highest honor bestowed by AVA, and is given annually to a member who exemplifies the AVA mission, is a recognized expert in vascular access, and who has made a significant contribution to the art and science of vascular access and/or affected outcomes for persons requiring vascular access. Marcia Ryder represents the spirit of the Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access. Marcia has over 35 years of vascular access experience, having served as a nutrition support nurse and vascular access specialist, infusion director of nursing, educator, and research scientist, specializing in the study of biofilm. Dr. Ryder has spoken at conferences internationally, including WoCoVA. Her work in biofilm research and infection prevention, particularly in the area of vascular access, is world renown.

Marcia has also served AVA in many capacities, including President in 2003 – 2004, during which time she initiated and helped bring to fruition AVA’s first Strategic Plan. From 2011 to 2013 Dr. Ryder represented AVA as a technical advisory panel member on the Joint Commission CLABSI Project. Colleagues in her nomination praised her “outside the box thinking for AVA,” and pointed out her “greatest scientific contribution to medical device patient safety,” which is educating others on the physiological phenomenon of biofilm. One colleague stated,

“Many people do not see the “soft” side of Marcia, who has demonstrated over-and-over her willingness to share, mentor and promote others in the specialty of vascular access.”

Marcia’s contributions to vascular access excellence and scientific research will be creating ripples worldwide for decades to come.