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By Larry Storer

Venous Symposium International has issued a Call for Abstracts from researchers from around the globe to share their work with peers and industry at the 10th Venous Symposium April 11-13 in New York. Deadline for the online abstract submissions is March 1.

After a peer review, accepted abstracts will be displayed at the Venous Symposium in the form of a poster. The presenting author will receive a 15 percent tuition discount when registering for VS.

Notifications of abstract acceptance or rejection will be emailed to the author by March 9, 2019. The three top graded posters will provide a short oral presentation on the last day of the meeting. The audience will vote for the best oral presentation and the winner will receive $500.

More than 500 physicians, clinicians and industry professionals are expected for the 10th Venous Symposium. Course directors for the symposium are Antonios Gasparis, MD, and Nicos Labropoulos, MD, from Stony Brook, N.Y.

In addition to three days of discussion of issues and treatment related to vein pathology, practical education and updates on the current body of knowledge and management of venous disease, the conference will offer a welcome reception, the VS 5K run through Central Park, and breakfast and dinner symposia.


The keynote speech on Friday, April 12, will be The Close Physiological and Genetic Relationship Between Lymphatics and Veins. The keynote will be given by Professor Peter Mortimer, MD, a professor with the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute at St George’s, University in London.

In 2018, Dr. Mortimer was given the LE&RN-GRC Lifetime Achievement Award in lymphatic science. His groundbreaking book is Let’s Talk Lymphoedema: The Essential Guide to Everything You Need to Know.

His research focuses on lymphatic science, with emphasis on breast-cancer-related lymphedema/lymphoedema (LE), the genetic basis of LE (Professor Mortimer’s research group has been instrumental in locating the genes for five different forms of inheritable LE – more than any other group worldwide) and understanding the role of lymphatics in metastatic melanoma.



Following a welcome to the symposium by Dr. Labropoulos on Thursday, April 11, nine sessions will be conducted the first day:

  • Evaluation of Patients with Chronic Venous Disease: Examination and Live Imaging, moderated by Drs. Labropoulos and Gasparis.
  • Treatment Options in Patients with Refluxing Saphenous Vein of Large Diameter, of Short Legnth, Below the Knee, that is Tortuous and that is Recanalized, moderated by Dr. Gasparis and Nick Morrison, MD.
  • Clinical Cases and Facts, moderated by Peter Pappas, MD, and Thom Rooke.
  • AVF Session, moderated by Dr. Gasparis and Brajesh Lal, MD.
  • VTE Session, moderated by Alan Davies, MD, and Marc Passman, MD.
  • VTE Clinical Cases, moderated by Joseph Caprini, MD, and Igor Sincos, MD.
  • VS Debate: Thrombophlia Testing Necessary for Clinical Management (Alun Davies, MD) vs Thrombophlia Testing Not Needed (Anthony Comerota, MD), moderated by Victor Tapson, MD.
  • VS Question Time: Live Imaging, moderated by Steve Elias, MD.
  • CME Dinner: Understanding the Clinical Entity of Phlebolymphedma.

Thursday wraps up with a reception with vendors, and then the VS Night Club.

Friday, April 12, begins with a continental breakfast and a discussion on How to Optimize Thrombus Removal through Clinical Cases, moderated by Parag Patel, MD, and Akhilesh Sista, MD

Other sessions on Friday include:

ACP Session: Superficial Vein Treatment – What We Know and What We Need to Learn, moderated by Neil Khilnani, MD, and Dr. Morrison.

Wound Care in Venous Disease, moderated by Sergio Gianesini, MD, and Joseph Raffetto, MD.

Venous Stenting, moderated by Kush Desai, MD, and Dr. Khilnani.

The keynote speech on Friday by Professor Mortimer will be before lunch. He will be introduced by Dr. Labropoulos. After lunch and exhibit time, Drs. Morrison and Elias will moderate a video session on techniques to treat spider veins and varicose veins. Other Friday sessions include:

Compression in Clinical Practice – A Practical Approach, moderated by Drs. Gianesini and Rooke.

When Not to Perform … Ablation, Phlebectomy, Stenting, Embolization and Thrombolysis, moderated by Drs, Davies and Pappas.

VS Fun Time – Password, moderated by Dr. Elias.

PE – Bending the Curve of PE, moderated by Efthymios Avgerinos, MD, AND Dr. Meissner.

VS Question Time, moderated by Dr. Elias.

Saturday, April 13, begins early with a 6:45 a.m. continental breakfast and Session 21: The Common Pathway in Venous Disease, moderated by Drs. Labropoulos and Pappas.  Other Saturday sessions include:

Best Poster Presentation, moderated by Drs. Raffetto and Gianesini

From the Journal to Your Practice, moderated by Drs. Davies and Labropoulos.

SIR Session: Management of Pelvic Vein Disorders, moderated by Drs. Desai and Khilnani

VS Debate: Spotlight on Venous Treatment Abuse Will Make a Difference (Dr. Lal) vs Spotlight on Venous Treatment Abuse Will Result in Limited Access (Dr. Pappas).

VS Question Time, moderated by Dr. Elias.

Small Vein Session, moderated by Dr. Ellen  Dillavou and Dr. Elias.

VS Fun Time – Let Us Entertain You, moderated by Drs. Labropoulos and Gasparis.



Complete Conference Management designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 offers attendees a self-assessment test at the time of certificate retrieval. Achieving a score of 75 percent or more on unlimited attempts will allow the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits earned at Venous Symposium to count towards the self-assessment credits required by Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.



Full information is available at . You may register for the conference at .  The conference hotel is  the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Special rates are available by referencing Venous Symposium. Hotel rooms can be booked by March 22 at . 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.