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By Larry Storer

The International Vein Congress (IVC) will host its 16th annual meeting April 19-21 in Miami Beach, Fla., at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in collaboration with the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS).

Jose I. Almeida, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT, who founded the conference and has directed it through since its inception, will return alongside course co-directors, Edward G. Mackay, MD, FACS, RPVI,RVT, and Lowell S. Kabnick, MD, RPhS, FACS, FACPh.

“The vein care field is evolving – mostly for the better – but we have some issues that need cleaning up,” Dr. Almeida said. “Each year, it is our goal to bring the most relevant topics to attendees so they walk away with the tools to take better care of their patients and improve their practice immediately.”

IVC 2018 will offer a three-day powerhouse program brimming with clinical updates, controversy, innovation and consensus. The conference agenda focuses on a variety of deep and superficial venous disease management topics, while also covering the practical, business, and governance aspects of healthcare from insurance coverage to practice management.


IVC 2018 provides physicians the opportunity to earn up to 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. The conference will also provide continuing education credits for nurses, physician assistants and ultrasound techs. IVC 2018 also qualifies for Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery MOC program.

The course content will be of immense value to vascular surgeons, general surgeons, interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, phlebologists and other physicians, nurses, and technologists. Both veterans and beginners alike will come away from the meeting with tips to apply to their practices right away.

For the first year in IVC history, the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders (JVSVL)  will be accepting abstracts presented at IVC for publication. The six abstracts chosen for formal oral presentation will be critiqued live by IVC faculty who are members of the  JVSVL   editorial board.  JVSVL   is the official journal of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum. Poster abstract submissions will also be accepted for display. Submission guidelines are available on

The IVC stage is not only home to consensus, but also dynamic debates on pressing issues in vein care. Some of the questions up for debate at IVC 2018 include: Should C2 disease be a covered insurance benefit? Also, does the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine serve patients well? Personalities will clash as presenters try to sway the audience in their direction.

In addition to lectures, live cases will be broadcast from the Miami Vein Center’s AngioSuite and O.R. to the conference’s educational ballroom. As the physicians in the operating room show how a technique is done, the panel in IVC’s educational ballroom will explain to the audience why it’s done.

This year’s agenda features more than five hours of exciting live cases involving: deep and superficial venous ultrasound mapping, thermal ablation with radiofrequency and laser, non-thermal ablation with Varithena, VenaSeal, and ClariVein, venography and IVUS-guided balloon angioplasty – iliocaval stent and phlebectomy.

“Live cases give attendees the opportunity to see the procedures in real-time,” course co-director Dr. Mackay said. “Watching experienced surgeons work through procedures is invaluable, especially at IVC, where attendees can step up and ask questions of the surgeons at any point during the procedure.”

IVC 2018’s keynote address, titled “Data is King: To Measure Clinical Outcomes, To Shape Policy, For Payer Negotiations, For Peer Oversight and Governance,” will be given by Jack L. Cronenwett, MD, vascular surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. IVC will also offer a multitude of other venous governance-related sessions to keep health policy in the minds of attendees throughout the conference.

On Saturday, attendees can look forward to the crowd-favorite, ask-the-experts session, the V2 Symposium. This 90-minute session led by Steve Elias, MD, gives IVC attendees the chance to ask conference faculty challenging questions regarding emerging techniques, new technology, reimbursement, professionalism and more. Anything is fair game, and faculty welcome challenging questions. This year’s panel includes course director Dr. Almeida; course co-director Dr. Kabnick; Alan Dietzek, MD, FACS; Peter Gloviczki, MD, FACS; Neil M. Khilnani, MD; Peter F. Lawrence, MD; Nick Morrison, MD; and Paul McNeill, MD.

“We do our best to cover all aspects of vein care and the business of vein care in the conference agenda,” Dr. Kabnick said. “The V2 Symposium gives attendees the chance to seek clarification IVC content as well as answers to issues that might be unique to them and their practice.”

Other IVC 2018 session highlights include:

Venous Diagnostics,  moderated by William A. Marston, MD and chief of vascular surgery at the University of North Carolina, will explore image optimization with venous duplex, structured imaging workup for deep venous obstruction, iliac vein measurement using IVUS planimetry for May-Thurner Syndrome, correlating venous duplex with clinical exams, and the value of air plethysmography.

Truncal Ablation, > moderated by course co-director Dr. Kabnick, will cover saphenous preservation, wavelength and fiber consideration when performing GSV ablation, a year in review of endothermal ablation, the status of reimbursement and current data on polidocanol endovenous microfoam, problematic treatment with below the knee saphenous incompetence, data-driven decision making for superficial venous interventions, and cyanoacrylate ablation.

Venous Quagmires,  moderated by course co-director, Dr. Mackay, will tackle the diagnosis and treatment of lipedema/lymphedema/venous edema and how to differentiate these from obesity, perforator treatment, and treatment of C6 disease.

Tributaries and Spider Veins will be moderated by Dr. Morrison, general surgeon/phlebologist at Morrison Vein Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. Topics include neurological complications of sclerotherapy, whether to use foam or liquid for telangiectasia and reticular veins, the effectiveness of lasers for spider veins, technical steps for phlebectomy and sclerotherapy, vulvar varicosities with pregnant patients, and C1 disease and concomitant truncal incompetence.

Femoro-Iliocaval Interventions,  moderated by Mark Meissner, MD and vascular surgeon at University of Washington, gives an update on the VQI venous stent registry, looks at the endovascular deep venous valve on the horizon, the challenges of the common femoral vein in deep vein thrombosis, the roles of compression hoses and non-elastic bandages in severe post-thrombotic syndrome, and all available outcome data for dedicated venous stent clinical trials.

Thromboembolic Issues,  moderated by Timothy K. Liem, MD, MBA, FACS and vascular surgeon at Oregon Health and Science University, will examine massive and submassive pulmonary embolism management, technical tips for retrieving inferior vena cava filters, vacuum-assisted venous thrombectomy, novel oral anticoagulants and direct-acting oral anticoagulants, and ATTRACT trial data for acute DVT and ACCESS trial data for chronic DVT.

Venous Practice Management/Insurance Issues will be moderated by course director Dr. Almeida. Topics include MIPS/MACRA as it relates to venous reimbursement, tactful marketing strategies, role of the office manager and doctor, the process of submitting proper documentation for insurance pre-authorization, and the dilemma of non-plastic surgeons offering aesthetic procedures.

In between sessions, attendees and faculty can browse the exhibit hall, which will feature companies in the vascular care field. Industry exhibitors will showcase their products and services, which include everything from medical devices to website and brand management for physicians.

Though IVC 2018 will pack a wealth of information into three days, venous education is a year-round need. In response to this, IVC created Vein Global, an educational website providing clinical case videos, panel discussions and other valuable content. The goal of Vein Global is to be an educational resource for vascular experts outside of the concentrated three-day agenda of IVC. Everyone who attends IVC receives one year of free access to

Additionally, vascular experts with interesting imaging, superficial and deep vein videos may also contribute to Vein Global. If accepted, contributors will see their work published on For more information on Vein Global and contributing to the website, see

IVC 2018 will carry on the 16-year tradition of quality education with expert teachers at a beautiful venue. Please join us April 19-21 in Miami Beach for another excellent meeting.

Save on meeting registration by signing up early at .

For any other inquiries, please contact the conference’s general manager, Lindsay Oppedisano, by email at or call 203-263-0006. VTN

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Larry Storer

Larry Storer

Larry Storer has been editor of Vein Therapy News for 10 years. He has edited computer, shelter and medical publications at Publications & Communications LP for 30 years. He was also a corporate vice president and editorial director before retiring. Larry graduated from Baylor University with a BA in journalism and an MA in communications; and from Lamar University with a MED in school administration. He taught beginning and advanced reporting, beginning and advanced editing and editorial writing at Baylor University. Larry was a reporter, and city and news editor of the Beaumont Journal, and opinion editor at the Beaumont Enterprise and Beaumont Enterprise-Journal. He was also the founding managing editor of the Yuba City (California) Daily Independent-Herald.