The North American
Thrombosis Forum

The North American Thrombosis Forum (NATF) 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. Our mission, vision, and multidisciplinary approach to thrombosis education enhances awareness, advocacy, research, prevention, and diagnosis.

NATF was conceptualized to complement existing thrombosis-related organizations and provide a forum for those interested in venous thromboembolism and other thrombotic disorders. 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 website is a forum to enable 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” individuals to contribute to both of these conversations so that we can learn from each other with the hope of raising awareness and improving outcomes.

Mission & Vision


The North American Thrombosis Forum (NATF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by blood clots and related diseases. Through our comprehensive resources and innovative programming, we strive to educate patients and healthcare providers about thrombosis and its complications.


NATF’s vision is to be the leader in the fight against blood clots.


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, 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!

10 Years of NATF Infographic

NATF revealed this video at the Tenth Anniversary Celebration event on March 10, 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston. Enjoy!