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The UIP World Congress of Phlebology will be Feb. 4-8 in Melbourne, hosted by the Australarian College of Phlebology.



On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the first session will be Endovenous Interventions. The session will provide a hands-on experience of the latest endovenous methods to ablate the saphenous veins: laser, radiofrequency, glue and MOCA.

The second session on Feb. 6 will be Sclerotherapy. In this session the latest techniques of foam sclerotherapy, glue sclerotherapy and vascular laser therapy will be demonstrated.

Session 3 on Feb. 6 will be Interventional Radiology, designed to expose attenders to a range of interventional techniques and the latest in interventional radiology.

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the first session will be Endovenous Interventions 2. This session will continue from Day one by providing a hands-on experience of venous ablative methods including endovenous glue, MOCA and foam sclerotherapy.

Session two on Feb. 7 will be Cross-specialty, during which a range of new treatments in related specialties will be presented, including endovascular laser treatment of hemorrhoids, sclerotherapy treatment of vulvar veins, vaginal rejuvenation system and vaginal sensation improvement system.

Session three on Feb. 7 will be Venous Assessment and Pharmacotherapy, dedicated to vascular assessment, venoactive drugs and new oral anticoagulants.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, the first session will be compression, providing hands-on training in the latest compression technology. The second session that day will be Lymphoedema, designed to teach attenders all about lymphoedema.



There will be hands-on training sessions each day, providing a structured comprehensive practical experience for physicians interested in venmous diseases.

The UIP 2018 Hands-on Sessions will include 32 stations spanning eight sessions. Each session is 120 minutes. Each station is manned by at least one faculty member and a product specialist.

This allows access to a non-biased presentation of the technology and direct access to highly experienced clinicians. The number of participants is limited to allow direct interaction with the instructors. Sessions are informal allowing a relaxed learning experience.

Each station may include presentations, live demonstrations, models and tools. The focus will be on hands-on training on procedures and devices. Given the limited available spots and to ensure we maintain small numbers in each group, workshop allocations will be made on a first-in first-served basis.




Mark Whiteley

Conference Director

The College of Phlebology

Mark is an internationally renowned Consultant Venous Surgeon specialising in the treatment of varicose veins and other venous conditions.
He trained at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and was a surgical lecturer at Oxford University from 1995 to 1998. Mark was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon in 1998 and performed the UK’s first endovenous ‘keyhole’ surgery for varicose veins in March 1999.

Ellie Lindsay OBE


The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation

Ellie Lindsay OBE is a former district nurse and founder of the award-winning Leg Club model of care.
She has published more than 70 papers, predominantly concerning the Leg Club Model and patient empowerment and is regularly invited to speak at UK and international healthcare conferences.
Ellie is a Visiting Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, the Patron of the Leg Ulcer Charity and Lifetime President of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation, a registered charity, which she set up in 2005 to facilitate and manage the co-ordinated growth of the Leg Club network.
She has received The British Journal of Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to nursing.

David Beckett

Consultant Interventional Radiologist

Royal Bournemouth Hospital & The Whiteley Clinic

David Beckett is an interventional radiologist with a special interest in minimally invasive vascular procedures. Having trained at St Georges Medical School and qualifying in 2000, David went on to gain his radiology experience in hospitals in Birmingham and Sheffield. He spent 2 years as an Endovascular Fellow at the Sheffield Vascular Institute before being appointed Consultant Interventional Radiologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 2008.
David joined The Whiteley Clinic in early 2010, adopting the Whiteley Protocol® to treat his varicose vein patients. He conducts regular local anaesthetic operating lists at the clinic, whilst also continuing his work within the NHS.
A lover of many dangerous activities, David lists paragliding, speed-boating and cycling amongst his pastimes!

Guido Ciprandi

Professor of Wound Care

Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù

Guido Ciprandi graduated from University of Rome La Sapienza (UR1) in 1982, 1987 and University of Rome Tor Vergata (UR2) in 1992. His training in general and thoracic surgery was done at the Clinics for General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery of UR1 and UR2, and in Pediatric Surgery at the Bambino Gesu’ Children’s Hospital, in Rome. He spent the next years between the Microvascular Clinics of Saint Joseph Hospital in Paris, Children’s Hospital in Boston and La Timone Hospital “des Enfants Malades” in Marseille.
In 2001, he became responsible for the Experimental Laboratory Research Center in Palidoro, at Bambino Gesu’ Children’s Hospital. In 2012 he was appointed Managing Director for Pressure Ulcer and Complex Lesions Project in the Unit of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery, Bambino Gesu’ Children’s Hospital, IRCCS, Rome, Italy.
Dr. Ciprandi is a member of numerous national and international organizations, including the European Pediatric Surgical Association, Italian Association for Pediatric Surgery, European Wound Management Association. He is also Trustee in European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and President of the International Society of Pediatric Wound Care.
Dr. Ciprandi has contributed extensively in the various fields of Pediatric Surgery, including Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Thoracic and Tracheal Surgery, Oncological Surgery, Microvascular surgery, Fetal Surgery, Wound Care, Complex Wounds and Noma, NPWT, Skin Bioengineering. Among his clinical research efforts are studies concerning Hirschsprung Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Wilms’ Tumor, Neuroblastoma, Pressure Ulcers, Neonatal Ulcers, Propeller flaps. Additionally, Dr. Ciprandi has influenced his field through educational activities. He is Professor of Wound Care at the Universities of Rome, Florence and Trieste. He is also a frequent Invited Lecturer and Visiting Professor throughout the world and Author of more than 200 scientific publications.

Previn Diwakar

Consultant Interventional Radiologist

Dr Previn Diwakar is a Consultant Interventional Radiologist with a special interest in endovenous interventions and embolotherapy. He qualified in medicine from Imperial College, London and completed his surgical training in Southampton. Whilst specialising in Plastic Surgery, he became interested in how technology could be used to transform patient care by using minimally invasive modern image-guided techniques. He subsequently undertook specialist training in Interventional Radiology at Barts & The Royal London Hospitals and has been a consultant for the last 10 years. Whilst working at the world renowned Whiteley Clinic, he helped develop the clinic’s pelvic vein embolisation service. He has written about and delivered award-winning presentations on pelvic venous anatomy, pelvic congestion syndrome and venous embolization techniques.

Helen Edwards

Assistant Dean (International and Engagement)

Queensland University of Technology

Alan Elstone

Lead Vascular Nurse Specialist

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon

Mr Alan Elstone RGN, Dip HE, BSc (Hons), NMP He is currently the lead vascular nurse specialist at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon. He has undertaken this role for ten years and has continually strived to improve the service delivered, his practice and mostly importantly the service delivered to our patients. He has a specialist interest in venous disease and lower limb ulceration and independently delivers outpatient based clinics to manage patients referred from primary care. He is also an independent non-medical prescriber. As part of his role, he has been closely involved with the introduction and delivery of endovenous intervention with secondary care, especially with reference to the provision of Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. He is actively involved in local and national research and lead locally with the EVRA study.

He is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in advanced clinical practice and also participates with local community and postgraduate education. He is a member of the editorial board for the Wounds UK journal and the society of vascular nurses.

Rebecca Elwell

Macmillan Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist

University Hospital of North Midlands

Rebecca is the Macmillan Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist at the University Hospital of North Midlands. She is a member of the Children with Lymphoedema Special Interest group and a member of the Scientific Committee of the British Lymphology Society of which she was chair for 5 years.
She is a regular presenter in both national and international conferences and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Lymphoedema and the British Journal of Community Nursing’s Chronic Oedema supplement.
Rebecca completed her Msc Lymphoedema in 2012 and in 2013 achieved a Pioneer of Nursing award for her development of a Red Leg service.

Kathleen Finlayson

Research Fellow

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Kathleen Finlayson (RN, PhD) has a Masters in Primary Health Care and undertook her PhD in the area of chronic wound management. In 2013 she was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellowship and works in the Wound Healing Research Programme in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology. Over the past 20 years Kathleen’s research interests have been in wound management and prevention, primary health care, health service delivery, chronic disease management, aged care, and implementation science.

Jacqui Fletcher

Independent Wound Care Consultant

Jacqui Fletcher is currently an Independent Wound Care Consultant, Senior Nurse Advisor – Stop the Pressure Programme (NHS Improvement), Editor of Wounds UK journal and a trustee of the Pressure Ulcer UK charity.

Prior to this Jacqui was the Clinical Strategy Director at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre and had an honorary clinical contract at Cardiff and Vale UHB. Jacqui was an Honorary Fellow of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) from 2011 – 2014. She has worked for Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority Harm Free Care Lead, focussing on the ambition to eliminate all avoidable category 2,3 and 4 pressure ulcers. She has also worked as a Principal Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire.

She is a Patron of the Lindsey Leg Club, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for International Wound Journal, the Journal of Wound Care and Wounds UK journal. She served as an Executive of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel from its inception in 1996 until 2010 and was instrumental in developing the 2009 guidelines serving as a lead for a working group.
She has published widely and speaks at both national and international conferences.

Sergio Gianesini

Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Surgery

University of Ferrara, (ITALY)

Adj Assistant Professor, Bethesda-USUHS-University
• Invited Professor UCES University (ARGENTINA)
• Board member of the American College of Phlebology
• General director, Non invasive diagnostic course, UCES
University – Argentina
• President of the Venous Lymphatics World International Network (vWIN) foundation
• International Union of Phlebology 2018 Vice-president candidate
• International Union of Phlebology 2018 Ambassador
• Associate Fellow Member of the American College of Surgeons
• Abstract committee chair of the 2017 American College of Phlebology annual meeting
• International committee chair – American College of Phlebology
• International committee member – American Venous Forum
• Scientific committee of the University Course in Lymphatics Diagnostic and Treatment
• Member of three operative committees of the American Venous Forum
• Member of the coordination committee on Lymphology – Italian Society of Phlebology
• Editorial Board of the Vein Specialist journal
• Editorial Board of the Vein & Lymphatics journal
• Instructor in Venous Hemodyannics – Claudiana University – Italy
• Instructor in Venous Hemodyannics – Pharmacology Master – University of Ferrara – Italy
• Visiting surgeon, Houston NASA base (june 2015)
• Visiting surgeon in 19 international healthcare centers
• Author of 53 scientific papers on the venous and lymphatic topic
• Speaker at 105 international meetings on phlebology an lymphology
• Co-author of 3 textbooks on venous hemodynamics
• Co-editor of 1 textbook on venous hemodynamics
• Reviewer of 5 international scientific journals on venos and lymphatics topics
• Winner of 6 international scientific awards in phlebo-lymphology
• Co-author of the 2013 venous hemodynamics guidelines of the International Union of Phlebology
• Honorary member of the Brazilian society of phlebology
• President of the VI International Inter-university meeting in Phlebology, Lymphology and Aesthetic Medicine
• Ideator of the HydroFE veno-lymphatic protocol
• Ideator of the Game Over to Leg Failure public venous awareness project
• HOBBIES: Golf (Hcp 14); Piano; Rotary

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1 Comment

  1. December 29, 2017 at 11:10 pm — Reply

    This is a topic which is near to my heart…
    Best wishes! Exactly where are your contact details though?

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