Dates To Remember

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

2016 West Coast Vein Forum
September 8 – 10, 2016
Monterey, CA

Spring 2016 Fellows Course
May 15-17, 2016
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, NJ

Expert Venous Management (EVM) Course
June 3-4 2016
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, NJ

Message from the President

By: John Blebea, MD, MBA - AVF President

The past six months have been wonderfully productive for our society and members. We have begun implementation of our strategic goals and it has been inspiring the degree to which everyone has come forth with additional ideas and suggestions. Allow me to review some of the things that we have done and our on-going efforts. Read More...

Letter from the Editor: Surrealistic Pillow

By: Steve Elias, MD - AVF Newsletter Editor

Airports give you a sense of suspended animation. Time passes slowly or time is a jet plane, it moves too fast. Either way there is a sense of reality, airports offer an oasis in our lives. They are a homogenistic soup of people and plans. No matter what reality you live in, airports and air travel can warp time and space. You are at the mercy of the wind, rain, snow, and mechanical failure etc. For these of us who work hard to control the most minute variable in our lives, air travel is the equalizer. Like God and religion we have no real say; you either believe, accept and acquiesce or you fight futiley for command and control. The latter is worthless. Sun Tzu in the “Art of War” suggests never to start a battle you cannot win. Air travel is that metaphorical battle. If your flight is delayed, suck it up, acquiesce, and enjoy. Read More...

Inventing is in the Eye of the Physician

By: Rod Raabe, MD, Michael Tal, MD, and an Introduction by Frank Veith, MD

Noted physician inventors describe their successes and challenges while developing their product, as well as, provide insight to future physician inventors in the venous field. Read More...

The Advanced Venous Career

By: Peter Pappas, MD - Past AVF President

Dr. Peter Pappas provides insight to the differences between AVF in the past, present, and future. Read More...

Where there is Medical Research, there is Viable Healthcare

The Importance of Clinical Investigation and Discovery

By: BSN Medical, Inc.

Clinical research is enormously important in that it has the ability to change individual patient’s lives for the better. It is with this research, and through discovery, that we create the future of healthcare. Twenty years ago BSN, in association with the American Venous Forum (AVF), initiated the BSN-JOBST Research Grant. In January 2015, BSN medical announced it was increasing the amount of its BSN-JOBST Research Grant in Venous and Lymphatic Diseases from a $50,000 annual grant to $100,000. Read More...

What Would You Do?

Dr. Windsor Ting, MD - AVF Newsletter Assistant Editor

Dr. Windsor Ting invites you to share your opinion on how you would treat this 39-year-old woman with spider veins. Your answer could be published in the next Blue News Now. Read More...

AVF Upcoming Events

Each year the American Venous Forum hosts educational programs for medical professionals across the United States in hopes of improving the overall care of patients with venous and lymphatic disease. The Vein Forum in October 2015, the Fellows Course in December 2015, and even the West Coast Vein Forum coming in 2016 are all AVF Programs worth looking into. Read more...