The North American Thrombosis Forum was incorporated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on May 11, 2006 and received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status on June 27, 2006. Since its inception, NATF's accomplishments demonstrate the important role the organization plays in the field of thrombosis. The organization's mission and areas of focus are reflected in the programmatic efforts. The multi-disciplinary approach to thrombotic disease enhances education, awareness, advocacy, research, prevention, and diagnosis.
The organization was conceptualized to complement existing thrombosis-related organizations and provide a forum for those interested in venous thromboembolism and other thrombotic disorders to focus their efforts. Similar to regional thrombosis organizations in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, NATF provides a structure to coordinate and address all aspects of the thrombosis challenge.
The NATFonline website is seen as a forum to enable the necessary conversation between groups that will enhance thrombosis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. As a means of promoting the important communication exchange between "lay" and "professional", we have created two conversation threads or online communication mechanisms. We encourage both "lay" and "professional" to contribute to both of these conversations so that we can learn from each other with the hope of raising awareness and improve outcomes.
NATF's vision is to improve patient care, outcomes, and public health by utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach to advance thrombosis research and education. NATF's legacy will be the improvement of patient care, outcomes, and public health by supporting thrombosis-related programs, such as novel research projects, innovative educational programs, public policy initiatives, regulatory issues, and advocacy. NATF also seeks to broaden training opportunities for physicians, scientists, and other health professionals.
The goal of the North American Thrombosis Forum (NATF) is to focus on unmet needs and issues related to thrombosis and cardiovascular diseases such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, and stroke. NATF's five areas of major focus are:
NATF’s DVT/PE Risk Assessment Tool won the Silver Award from the Web Health Awards
The goal of the Web Health Awards is to recognize high-quality digital health resources for consumers and health professionals. The National Health Information Awards program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), an 18 year old national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields.
On March 10, 2016, NATF celebrated its ten year anniversary! In the first ten years of existence, NATF accomplished many things. NATF created a unique live annual educational program to bring both healthcare providers and patients together to learn: The Thrombosis Summit. In 2008, NATF hosted the U.S. Surgeon General, Steven Galson, MD, MPH, as he issued the National Call to Action to increase awareness about DVT and PE. 2010 marked the beginning of the NATF Traveling Lectureship in Thrombosis, an opportunity awarded to an early healthcare provider to provide them with grants and enable them to do research in the area of thrombosis. NATF launched eThrombosis in 2011. Ethrombosis is an online collection of medical articles written by healthcare providers and patients in order to educate readers of all levels of understanding. An annual lectureship honoring Arthur A. Sasahara, MD, a founding director of NATF and pioneer in thrombosis medicine, was started by NATF in 2012. Every year this lectureship brings a world-renowned thrombosis expert to Boston to share ground-breaking research. In 2014, NATF brought 30 world experts in atrial fibrillation together to create the Atrial Fibrillation Action Initiative. The education and outreach work NATF does is more important now than ever before!
NATF revealed this video at the Tenth Anniversary Celebration event on March 10,2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston. Enjoy!