Upcoming Events

The Vein Forum: Comprehensive Venous Management for the Practicing Clinician
September 5-6, 2014
Boston, MA

Fall 2014 Fellows Course
December 5-7, 2014
Houston, TX

AVF Annual Meeting 2015
February 25-24, 2015
Palm Springs, CA

Now Accepting Case Reports

AVF wants to share your interesting venous case reports in the Newsletter! 

Case reports should describe a case with a newly recognized or rarely reported clinical scenario or just an interesting case related to venous disease.

Submit your case reports to info@veinforum.org by September 15 and they can be included in the next issue of Blue News Now.

Submission Guidelines

Message from the President

By: Fedor Lurie, MD - AVF President
An update on the progress of various AVF programs, initiatives, committees and other projects. Read more...

Letter from the Editor

By: Steve Elias, MD - AVF Newsletter Editor

This edition of Blue News Now continues to explore what younger trainees and practitioners need in terms of venous education; an industry perspective on how companies evaluate and introduce new technologies; an insider view of Endovascular Today; a feature on the restructured AVF Vein Forum Course, and other important updates from AVF. Read More...

Venous Disease and the Vascular Medicine Specialist

Geoffrey Barnes, MD - University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center

The unique vascular medicine skill set can be of great value to patients and providers, alike.  Like training in both vascular surgery and interventional radiology, vascular medicine specialists receive training for a variety of clinical scenarios.  Read More...

Market Challenges Transform Traditional Paths of Innovation

By: Brian Verrier, President, Peripheral Vascular, Covidien

Increasingly rigorous regulatory and reimbursement environments have a significant impact on the innovation cycle for both small and large medical device firms. Over the past decade the time and cost to bring a device to market has increased dramatically as further clinical data requirements and regulations have been put in place. Additionally, as reimbursement continues to move from a fee-for-service to an outcomes-based model, the “innovation paradigm” continues to shift.  Read More...

AVF Vein Forum Course Restructured to Emphasize Clinical Relevancy

By: Joseph Raffetto, MD, FACS, FSVM - AVF Vein Forum Committee Chair

The American Venous Forum 5th annual Vein Forum: Comprehensive Venous Management for the Practicing Clinician course is taking place in Boston, Massachusetts on September 5-6, 2014 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor. The meeting is structured for the practicing venous specialist, whereby key topics including: superficial disease, deep venous disease, venous obstruction, venous thromboembolism, pelvic venous and vascular malformation disease, use of anticoagulants, pharmacologic therapy for chronic venous disease, and wound care will be discussed by experts in venous disease.  Read More...

AVF Pledges Support of World Thrombosis Day

The American Venous Forum (AVF) has pledged support of World Thrombosis Day, in partnership with more than 100 thrombosis and cardiovascular societies and spearheaded by the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH).  The central goal of this initiative is bringing together thrombosis-related organizations from every continent to foster public and professional educational activities to heighten awareness, spark action and ultimately save lives.  Help spread awareness of VTE by partnering with AVF supporting World Thrombosis Day.    Read More...

2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Information

The American Venous Forum (AVF) will hold its 27th Annual Meeting on February 25-27, 2015 in Palm Springs, CA.  Program Highlights, Abstract Submission and applying for Foundation Awards! Read more...

Insight into Endovascular Today

Question & Answer with the producers of Endovascular Today.  This Q&A provides an inside look as how this monthly print and online publication keeps up with the modern venous world.  Read more...