By Larry Storer

Online registration for the American Vein and Lymphatic Society’s 33rd Annual Congress, Nov. 7-10 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, opened May 6 at

“Early in 2018, Elsevier reported that medical knowledge was doubling every few months, posing serious challenges to practicing clinicians and the organizations that support them,” a release form AVLS noted. By and large, the problems that healthcare providers learned to address during their formative training years have become virtually obsolete as newer medical discoveries and technologies related to diseases and their treatments continue to develop.

“Luckily, for those involved in the treatment of venous and lymphatic disease, the 33rd Annual Congress of the American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS) is focused on addressing emerging techniques, technologies and challenges.”

For 2019, the AVLS Annual Congress will take on an even more practical approach to the clinical dilemmas that providers face in everyday practice. Emphasis has been placed on clinically relevant content delivered in a manner that is all at once focused on the live, interactive, and practical (F:LIP).

“Attendees should be prepared to engage. This will not be just another opportunity for passive education.”

The explanation of “Focus: Live, Interactive, Practical” is that the 2019 programming focuses on three key styles of medical education:

  • Live: View patient ultrasound scanning and demonstrations of various methods and techniques in real time.
  • Interactive: Exchange ideas and discuss the latest advancements in treatments with various experts.
  • Practical: Learn the key clinical aspects of various types of venous and lymphatic medicine and how to best implement these treatments in your practice.



For 2019, simultaneous sessions have been reduced because attendees had to choose between valuable content being presented concurrently. In addition, the program committee is touting an even more practical approach to clinical dilemmas physicians face every day.

The scientific and organizing committees have gathered what AVLS spokesmen say is the most comprehensive program and international faculty of any AVLS Annual Congress ever convened, addressing the full spectrum of deep and superficial vein care in didactic, interactive, debate and hands-on simulation sessions.

Also in 2019, new focus sessions will cover foundational, intermediate and advanced topics for both physicians and non-physicians in deep veins, superficial veins, vascular medicine, ultrasound, lymphatics and wound care. The program team for 2019 include:

  • Program Chairman: Steve Elias, MD
  • Wound care: William Marston, MD
  • Lymphedema: Steven Dean, MD, and Heather Hettrick
  • Deep venous issues: Carl Black, MD, and Antonios Gasparis, MD
  • Pelvic vein issues: Kathleen Gibson, MD, and Mark Meissner, MD
  • Superficial venous content: Neil Khilnani, MD, and Nicos Labropoulos, MD
  • Scientific abstract program: Joseph Raffetto, MD
  • Vascular ultrasound: Sara Skjonsberg
  • Allied health educational content: Sarah Whitehead
  • Vascular medicine: John Bartholomew, MD and Yung-Wei Chi, MD
  • Daily live cases and daily Q&A: Ellen Dillavou, MD; Peter Pappas, MD; and Dr. Elias

The program is available at



Abstract submission opened in mid-April and will close at the end of business on July 15. Abstracts should be submitted online at .

The AVLS 2019 Annual Congress Emerging Science program, led by Joseph Raffetto, MD, FACS, FSVM, provides an opportunity for leading research in venous and lymphatic medicine to be presented to an audience of the top medical practitioners in this field.

The categories of research accepted include basic science; superficial venous insufficiency; deep venous insufficiency; perforator venous insufficiency; venous ulceration; pelvic vein insufficiency and disorders; lymphatic disease; venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism; venous/lymphatic malformations; venous/lymphatic diagnostics and laboratory; venous governance, ethics, law, reimbursement accreditation and coding; venous training and education; superficial venous intervention – surgical, endovenous ablation, sclerotherapy, venotonic drugs, miscellaneous; deep venous intervention; compression; innovations; scientific reporting – AVLS PRO Venous Registry reports, quality of life assessments, outcomes reporting and technological advances; and other venous and lymphatic related topics.

Presenters will be eligible for cash prizes in four categories, which are best in show for oral presentations, Win International awards for non-US based oral presentations, best in-training awards for fellows, residents and medical students and best in show for poster presentations. All presenters will have their abstracts published in the Phlebology Journal.

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts at through July 15. Research must be original work not previously published or presented and can be either clinical or basic scientific work. Abstracts will be judged in a blinded fashion according to the following criteria: statistical scoring and analysis, study design, originality and innovation, adherence to abstract formatting instructions, and relevance to the field of venous and lymphatic medicine.  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.