ACP CHANGES ITS NAME TO AMERICAN VEIN & LYMPHATIC SOCIETY
By Vanessa Salvia
The American College of Phlebology (ACP) has changed its name to the American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS). The organization is still working on its new logo. The American College of Phlebology Foundation will be known as the Foundation for Venous and Lymphatic Disease, or FVLD.
During the closing presentations of the 2018 ACP Congress in Nashville on Nov. 10, Neal Khilnani, MD, president of the ACP Board of Directors, unveiled the organization’s new name. After the announcement, the room erupted with a standing ovation.
“It is a name that describes what we do and where we are along the timeline of our progress more so than the name we had before,” Dr. Khilnani said in his speech. “It clearly defines our area of specialty and it shows we’ve grown beyond our role as the college. Our moniker will become AVLS.”
Over the years, the American College of Phlebology has moved away from being a “college” and is now a well-rounded research, education and advocacy organization. Dr. Khilnani said the word phlebology in the name had also begun to feel limiting. As a result, the organization polled its leadership, industry partners and membership to find the core identities that a new name and logo should convey.
“We took all of that information in and identified core elements that were very important to us,” Dr. Khilnani explained. “Displaying an American heritage was important to us in the context of where we’re from and the system we work in. We wanted as much as possible to link ourselves to the organization that was formerly known as the ACP and at the same time it was important to say who we are today very clearly.”
The new name needed to include the concept of phlebology but minimize the hurdles that the words phlebology, vein and venous emphasized. It was also important to bring in the lymphatic community.
“We wanted to move away from the limitations of phlebology and introduce the importance that we place on the affiliation and association of lymphatic care for our particular organization and also for the patients, who at this point do not have a place where they can go to get doctors who can give them advice and care in the lymphatic area,” he said. “It’s going to become clear where to go for resources and expertise.”
Dr. Khilnani enjoyed the rare moment of being both the last president of the American College of Phlebology, as well as the first president of the American Vein & Lymphatic Society.
More than 1,200 guests and exhibitors were at the 2018 Annual Congress, of which 896 were registered attendees. The 2019 Annual Congress will be Nov. 7-9 at the J.W. Marriott in Phoenix. VTN