Upcoming Events

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

Masterclass of Venous Anatomy
March 21, 2015
Paris University Descartes, France

West Coast Vein Forum
April 30-May 2, 2015
Napa, CA

Expert Venous Management Course
June 12-13, 2015
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

New Members Corner

AVF Welcomed 98 New Members in 2014!

(with over 15 applicants pending from December)

Click here to see the list of new members!

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 March 19 and they can be included in the next issue of Blue News Now.

Submission Guidelines

Message from the President
AVF 27th Annual Meeting

By: Fedor Lurie, MD - AVF President

In February of 2015, the American Venous Forum takes its 27th Annual Meeting to Palm Springs, California. AVF will host an exciting three-day program for health professionals interested in improving venous and lymphatic health of their patients and the general population.  The Annual Meeting is accredited by the American College of Surgeons; AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and Self-Assessment Credits will be provided.  Registration for the 2015 Annual Meeting is open now!  Read more...

Letter from the Editor
Mission Impossible?

By Steven Elias, MD - Newsletter Editor

A five foot two inch man exists your car. He is barely as tall as the height of your chin. How is it possible that he has just driven your car on one of the most difficult routes in the world: The Parking Garage Gambit... Sometimes patients wonder how we do it. How do we take care of venous disease with minimal incisions and minimal discomfort? Mission Impossible? Maybe. Read more...

West Coast Vein Forum

By: Daniel Monahan, MD - Course Chair

The West Coast Vein Forum was created as a unique educational opportunity in the western states for those with experience in treating venous disease. The program will be ideal for those practitioners who include treatment of venous disease within a broader subspecialty practice. One of the goals of the conference is to help these practitioners see themselves as part of a larger community of vein experts in their region. Read more...

Device Training & Medical Education from Volcano Peripheral Vascular

By: Neil Hattangadi MD -Executive VP/General Manager, Peripheral Vascular & Global Clinical Affairs
David Goodman -Associate Director, Global PV Market Development
Paul Khait -Senior Director, Clinical Sales Training & Medical Education

The medical device industry plays an important role in the ongoing education of physicians, nurses, and clinical staff. At Volcano Corporation, we have invested significant resources into medical education, employing many of our best people to think about how to most efficiently deliver appropriate and actionable content to our customers. Read more...

AVF Members Abroad - Amigos de Salud

By: Nick Morrison, MD - Founder of Amigos de Salud

Amigos de Salud is a USA-based, non-profit, volunteer medical organization, founded in 1989 by Nick and Terri Morrison that annually brings together a group of nurses, physicians, technologists, and lay volunteers, collecting and/or purchasing medical equipment and supplies and then traveling to developing countries, everyone at their own expense, in order to examine and treat patients by performing diagnostic and interventional procedures. For over 20 years Amigos de Salud have annually led this group of medical volunteers to Central or South America to deliver medical care to the indigent people of Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, and most recently Nicaragua. Read more...

An Update on Three Venous Stent Trials

  • The VIRTUS Trial for the VENITI™ VICI™ Venous Stent System
  • Cook Medical Zilver Vena VIVO Study
  • GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis with Heparin Bioactive Surface


Q&A with Incoming AVF President John Blebea

Read the Q&A here...

Life doesn’t end when you leave the operating table

By: Bo Eklöf, MD - Helsingborg, Sweden

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter." -Mark Twain

Read Dr. Eklof's editorial here...

VQI Announcement

The Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI®) now includes over 300 participating centers dedicated to quality improvement across 45 states and Canada.  Read more...