American Venous Forum 2015 Annual Meeting

The American Venous Forum (AVF) will hold its 27th Annual Meeting on February 25-27, 2015 in Palm Springs, CA at the Westin Mission Hills.  The AVF Annual Meeting offers high-quality scientific analysis to physicians, allied health professionals, residents, fellows and medical students interested in research, education and clinical investigation in the field of venous disease.  After record attendance at the 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, AVF looks forward to a fantastic program in 2015 that caters to a variety of vascular practitioners.

The AVF is comprised of over 750 members who are primarily physicians and surgeons in the treatment of venous and lymphatic disease. The AVF Annual Meeting continues to grow each year and this year AVF expect over 700 attendees and associates from the United States and around the world.  This year, AVF gathers in Palm Springs, rich in history and blessed with gorgeous weather. Nestled at the base of the Mount San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs is known for its crystal blue skies, year-round sunshine, stunning landscape, palm tree lined streets and starry nights.

The Call for Abstracts opened in June and closed in September 2014.  Top-scoring abstracts will be organized into six Scientific Sessions featuring oral and quick-shot presentations.  Scientific Sessions will be arranged by topic including Anti-Coagulation, Basic Science, Chronic Vein Obstruction, Compression/Wound Care, Diagnostic Testing and Imaging, Lymphedema, Superficial Vein Disease, and Venous Thromboembolism/IVC Filters.

The Annual Meeting will begin on Wednesday morning (February 25) with the David S. Sumner Venous Summit, chaired by President Elect, John Blebea, MD, MBA.  This course is by separate subscription, so don’t forget to add the Venous Summit to your Annual Meeting registration! 

If you aren’t able to attend the David S. Sumner Summit, you’ll still want to arrive in time for the opening day of the Annual Meeting, which includes two Scientific Sessions and will close with a Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall.  This social event provides time for attendees to visit exhibit booths of leading companies in the vascular healthcare industry, peruse the nearly 70 poster displays, and catch up with colleagues to enjoy some leisure time after a busy first day.

Thursday opens with a special breakfast event for new AVF members to meet and greet with the Board of Directors. New members who joined in 2014 and early 2015 will be invited to network and speak one-on-one with the leaders of AVF.  Attendees who are not yet members of the AVF will have an opportunity to speak with the Membership Committee at the AVF booth to learn more about the benefits of membership and to begin a fast-tracked application process.   

Next, AVF will hold Scientific Session 3 concurrent with the Best Paper Session. The Best Paper Session features top scoring abstracts from the Society for Vascular Surgery, American College of Phlebology and Royal Society Venous Forum. Attendees are able to experience the best of our sister society Annual Meetings all in one session!

Also on Thursday is the Villavicencio Symposium: Present and Future of Venous Health Care, co-chaired by Lowell Kabnick, MD and Peter Lawrence, MD, and the D. Eugene Strandness, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture. Each year, the Strandness Memorial Lecture recognizes the significant contributions of an individual in research, education or clinical investigation in the field of venous diseases.  Chosen by the President of the AVF, the 2015 recipient of this distinctive honor is Andrei L. Kindzelski, MD, PhD. Dr. Kindzelski is a Medical Office and Program Director in the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). 

After a morning of rigorous education, the AVF will open the afternoon with lunch in the exhibit hall followed by free time to enjoy Palm Springs independently or at one of the AVF outings.  AVF is coordinating a series of social events, including a golf outing benefiting the AVF Foundation, tennis matches and other activities. Join your colleagues on the golf course, tennis court, or wherever else Palm Springs draws you. 

Friday begins with Scientific Session 4 and flows into the 2015 President’s Session.  The President’s Session will feature presentations from the 2014 Servier Traveling Fellowship award winners, Rafael Malgor, MD and Adam Ring, MD who presented their abstracts in Paris, France at the European Venous Forum Annual Meeting. The 2014 BSN-Jobst Grant recipient, Harry Ma, MD, whose research project focuses on the reliability, durability, and quality of commercial compression stockings, will report on his research. The Session will also feature updates on various AVF programs and initiatives with an introduction by AVF President Elect John Blebea, MD and the 2015 Presidential Address by President Fedor Lurie, MD.  Following the Presidential Address, AVF members are invited to attend the AVF Member Business Luncheon. 

Friday afternoon finishes with two final Scientific Sessions and the popular Specialty Symposia Sessions.  The Specialty Symposia have been extended in 2015 to provide attendees with in-depth information from leading experts in each specialty topic.  Topics in 2015 include Superficial Venous Disease; Vascular Medicine & Thrombosis; Animal Models in Venous Research; Biomechanics & Bioengineering; Deep Venous Disease; Wound Care, Lymphedema & Compression; and a session on Allied Health topics.

The 2015 Annual Meeting will come to a festive close at the Forum Finale, an outdoor dinner event featuring live music, dancing and an awards presentation.  Awards include the Servier Traveling Fellowship, which is open to residents and fellows and provides a travel grant to present at the 2015 European Venous Forum Annual Meeting, Best Paper award, and Best Poster award.  The winner of the 2015 BSN-Jobst Research Grant will also be introduced.  The BSN-Jobst Research Grant has doubled in value this year to provide a $100,000 grant for original, basic or clinical research in venous or lymphatic disease. The competition is open to residents, fellows in a vascular training program, as well as physicians who have completed their training within the past five years.  AVF is truly excited to provide the BSN-Jobst Research Grant again in 2015. 

Click here for more information about the American Venous Forum 2015 Annual Meeting. Online registration will be opening in October!

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