Upcoming Events

Vein Forum
October 16-17, 2015
Washington, DC

Fall Fellows Course
December 4-6, 2015
Seattle, WA

2016 Annual Meeting
February 24-26, 2016
Orlando, FL

Case Report

Case report of concomitant iliac vein intravascular ultrasound imaging using the great saphenous vein access site for planned endovenous ablation

Luis Suarez, MD
Noah Rosen, MD
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA

Read the case report here...

Member In The News

AVF Member Dr. Patrick Geraghty Received Hero with a Heart Award


Message from the President

By: John Blebea, MD, MBA - AVF President

Our 27th Annual Meeting, recently concluded in Palm Springs, California, was a wonderful experience for the more than 540 members, guests and exhibitors who attended. If you missed it, plan on joining us next year in Orlando, Florida! Although inevitably doing a disservice to the many aspects of the meeting for which there is not enough room to mention, I would like to comment on several personal highlights. Read More...

Letter from the Editor - Chock Full O'Nuts

By: Steve Elias, MD - AVF Newsletter Editor

Why? The words “chock full o’nuts” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It depends and as Dylan sings, “we just started from a different point of view, tangled up in blue”. Chock Full O’ Nuts: Planter’s peanuts?, a coffee brand?, a male porn star? Or an insane asylum? Read More...

2015 Annual Meeting Recap & Highlights

Read about the 2015 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, including program highlights, information about the keynote speaker and award winners, and special events.  Read more...

The Advanced Venous Career

By Thomas Wakefield, MD - AVF Past President

I have been asked to write about opportunities that present themselves to academic venous surgeons as they become more senior in their career.  Many of these opportunities, for me, relate to the fact that I have focused my clinical practice to a specific area, venous disease, and that practice has grown and matured.   I have also had the great opportunity to have had both a clinical and research focus in a specific area, venous thrombosis and venous thrombogensis and I have had important mentors in these areas.  This article will cover my top ten list of what it takes to be happy as a surgeon scientist.  Read more...

Looking Forward by Looking Back

By: Thomas O'Donnell, MD; Peter Pappas, MD; Robert Kistner, MD

A brief question & answer with some of AVF's Past Presidents about aspirations and accomplishments during their year as President of the American Venous Forum.  Read more...

Vascular Insights - Sponsorship or Partnership?

By: Chip Draper, Vascular Insights, VP of Marketing

There are two general approaches which are often used when looking towards industry financial support for congresses and societies. Sponsorship usually includes the opportunity to commercially sponsor a booth or another advertising opportunity. The other is a partnership where the society or congress engage and partner with industry in a meaningful way to help advance healthcare by fostering communication and collaboration. Longstanding synergy between industry and academia has helped to deliver better patient care in a meaningful way. These partnerships will garner larger contributions and become even more important in the future. Read More...

Update from the AVF Strategic Planning Retreat

The enduring vision of the American Venous Forum is to save and improve lives by reducing venous and lymphatic disease through education, innovative research and advocacy, and to empower venous specialists to be the best in the world in assessing and treating venous disease. We look forward to each of our members to empower that vision!  Read the summary here...

AVF Fellow/Resident Membership Benefits

by: Brian Santin, MD, RPVI - Membership Committee Chair Elect

The American Venous Forum Membership Committee has been hard at work developing initiatives to attract more residents and fellows-in-training to join the AVF.  We can all appreciate the numerous benefits the AVF brings to not only physicians and allied health professionals who treat venous and lymphatic disease, but the AVF Membership Committee wants to focus on those who are 'younger' in their careers to help with their learning and skill sets in treating this sometimes complex issues.  Read More...

Letter to the Editor of JAMA

A letter to the editor, signed by the presidents of SIR, ACP and AVF, has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The letter is a response to the JAMA article, “Comparative Outcomes of Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis Plus Anticoagulation vs Anticoagulation Alone to Treat Lower-extremity Proximal Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Read the full letter here...

Charting our future together: NHLBI’s Strategic Visioning Process

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is launching its Strategic Visioning Initiative. The success of this Initiative will greatly depend upon your participation.  Learn how to get involved...

Leadership & Committee Updates

Click here to see the 2015 Board of Directors and the 2015 Committee rosters.