West Coast Vein Forum

Advancing the Treatment of Venous Disease- Addressing Challenges and Controversies in Vein Treatment

September 8 – 10, 2016
Monterey, California

The West Coast Vein Forum Program is intended to be an annual review of challenges and controversies encountered by any practitioner treating venous disease.  Topics will range through the gamut of venous conditions that present to the venous treatment office.  However, the meeting is not meant as a comprehensive review.  Basic knowledge in vein disease and treatment is assumed.  Rather the discussions will provide understanding of the complexities and depth of science needed by anyone treating varicose veins and other venous problems.  In addition, there will be opportunity to discuss details of techniques of vein treatment with our expert faculty.  The meeting will be appreciated by practitioners at varying levels of expertise.

Our faculty is composed of many of the most prominent names in vein disease and treatment.  Many have served as presidents of the AVF, and all are active in vein research and education.  As our program is designed to include long discussion sessions, all of our faculty will have opportunity to lend their perspectives to each topic.  The conversations promise to be illuminating, and even entertaining.  This format also gives the audience and faculty opportunity to interact on the level of group discussion.

Since our meeting venue provides some of the best sightseeing and recreational activities in the world, we have scheduled the program to enable our attendees and their partners to enjoy the Monterey/Carmel area.  We would encourage attendees to plan to spend extra days in this very special area.


To view a downloadable pdf of the registration form, please click here.


The West Coast Vein Forum Exhibitor Application is available online for download.

Exhibitors at the Vein Forum will be provided the following opportunities:

  • Exhibit for the duration of the course; meals will be held in the Exhibit Hall to provide maximum exposure
  • Attend the lectures and participate in the social aspects of this meeting
  • Network with leading clinicians in the fields of vascular surgery, interventional radiology, phlebology, interventional cardiology and hematology
  • Engage with clinicians on the latest developments in venous disease
  • Acquire first-hand feedback from clinicians about the latest technologies in venous disease


The target audience is practitioners from diverse disciplines that include treatment of venous disease in their practice.


Daniel L. Monahan, MD opened Monahan Vein Clinic in 2001. He is a physician in the Sacramento region that focuses his entire practice on the treatment of vein disease. He is board-certified in surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Monahan has the greatest experience with radiofrequency ablation in the Sacramento area, and routinely utilizes advanced endovenous techniques.

Committee Members
and Faculty will include:

John Blebea, MD, MBA University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
Joseph Caprini, MD University of Chicago Pritzker School of Surgery, Chicago, IL
Bo Eklof, MD, PhD University of Lund, Helsingborg, Sweden
Steve Elias, MD Englewood Hosptial, Engelwood, NJ
Kathleen Gibson, MD Lake Washington Vascular Surgeons, Bellevue, WA
Robert Kistner, MD Kistner Vein Clinic, Honolulu, HI
Fedor Lurie, MD, PhD Jobst Vascular Institute, Toledo, OH
William Marston, MD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Mark Meissner, MD University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Melvin Rosenblatt, MD Connecticut Image Guided Surgery, Fairfield, CT
Julianne Stoughton, MD Mass General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Harold Welch, MD Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA

Course Location:
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
400 Cannery Row,
Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 920-6710 When booking ask for AVF rate


Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is dramatically located over the Monterey Bay on Cannery Row on the great Monterey Peninsula. From the resort, you'll be able to enjoy the best of Northern California such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, historic downtown Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf, world-class golfing at Pebble Beach, shopping in Carmel, wine tasting in Carmel Valley and the memorable Big Sur coastline.

West Coast Vein Forum in the News:

American Venous Forum Announces its Newest Educational Program - Article

AVF Announces West Coast Vein Forum Course in 2015 – Press Release