President's Message

Now entering its 30th year, the American Venous Forum continues with its mission of saving and improving lives by reducing venous and lymphatic disease through education, innovative research, and advocacy.  Representing many of the thought leaders in venous and lymphatic disease, we are well poised to advance our values of professionalism and integrity, promote quality evidenced based venous care, improve venous disease awareness, pursue scientific knowledge and advocate for our patients with venous and lymphatic disease.

Building off our strategic plan initiated several years ago, during my tenure as President of the American Venous Forum we will expand on the following key initiatives in the upcoming year:

  • Increase awareness of AVF and venous disease among health care professionals and patients
  • Improve the quality of venous care in America through patient education
  • Increase the professional diversity of the AVF membership. 
  • Expand opportunity for early career venous providers
  • Increase research in venous disease
  • Promote scientific integrity, pursuit of knowledge, and exchange of ideas through our Annual Meeting
  • Promote publication of quality venous and lymphatic disease scientific studies in the Journal of Vascular Surgery – Venous and Lymphatics.
  • Continued creation and updating of clinical practice guidelines and evidence summaries
  • Promotion of quality benchmarking and care initiatives through venous disease registry participation (Vascular Quality Initiative – Venous modules)
  • Promote ethical standards of practice and appropriate clinical care
  • Promote collaborative relationships with like-minded professional associations
  • Strengthen our visibility as the expert referral society for venous and lymphatic disease and advocate for proper policy decision making with health policy makers.
  • Increase financial reserves through strong partnering with the American Venous Forum Foundation

On behalf of the American Venous Forum Board of Directors, we thank you for your support in pursuing our strategic initiatives and achieving our mission.

Marc A. Passman, M.D.
President, American Venous Forum