Dates to Remember

26th Annual Meeting
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 27, 2014
Pre-Registration Deadline: February 11, 2014

Spring 2014 Fellows Course
Registration Deadline:

Spring Newsletter
Editorial Content Due:
February 15, 2014
Submission Guidelines

New Members Corner

AVF Welcomed 90 New Members in 2013.

Click here to see the list of new members.

Upcoming AVF Events

26th Annual Meeting
February 19-22, 2014
The Roosevelt - New Orleans, LA

Spring 2014 Fellows Course in Venous Disease
May 11-13, 2014
Englewood Hospital - Englewood, NJ

Message from the President

By: Peter K. Henke, AVF President

Dear Colleagues,

Serving as the AVF President in 2013 has been a rewarding experience.  This has been a year of growth and expansion for the AVF. 

The quarterly AVF Newsletter, Blue News Now, is the newest member benefit providing members with updates and news regarding the AVF, the Foundation and the field.  This communication provides an opportunity for further involvement with AVF and all members are encouraged to submit feature articles, ask the expert columns, news briefs, letters, and topics of interest.  Read More...

Second Act: Blue News Now

Letter From the Editor - By: Steven Elias, MD

We all have a second act lurking within us. Most of us spend our lives in the first act, our chosen path. Even if we have a second act, it usually doesn’t coexist with the first act like William Carlos Williams. You don’t consciously look for a second act, it emerges from within you as you go through life. A second act is not a comeback, it is something completely different and fresh.   Read More...

American Venous Forum Making a Difference through Collaboration

By: Fedor Lurie, MD

As published in the winter 2014 issue of VEIN Magazine

The dynamic changes occurring in the United States healthcare environment are reflected in the constant modifications being made to payers’ reimbursement policies. Tracking these changes, identifying issues that potentially affect patients with venous and lymphatic diseases, and ensuring that our patients continue to have the option of high-quality evidence-based care are a daily challenge.  Read More...

Venous Disease – Not So Black and White

By: Windsor Ting, MD. 
Division of Vascular Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The impact of race on disease prevalence, presentation, and treatment has been investigated in many different health conditions but almost none pertains to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)3,4.  Sam et al reported that Asian men in England were significantly less likely to undergo vein surgery than Caucasians and that this difference was not due to a low disease prevalence5.   This physician who has treated a large number of Asian Americans with vascular disease in New York City over many years observed that while the true prevalence of CVI in Asian Americans is unknown, venous disease appears common in this population and the introduction of endovascular approaches to venous disease has removed many barriers to treatment.   Read More...

The Importance of Venous Case Requirements for the Vascular Trainee

By: Steven D. Abramowitz, MD and Angela A. Kokkosis, MD
The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

In 2005, integrated vascular surgery residency (0+5) programs became the fourth approved training pathway granting a primary certificate in vascular surgery from the American Board of Surgeons. This novel paradigm represents a modern approach to vascular surgery training. Aside from shortening total training time, the model allows for a greater amount of time dedicated to comprehensive vascular education. However, despite this progressive paradigm, training requirements remain antiquated.  Read More...

AVF Committee Updates

Thank you to Committees and Announcement of new Committee Volunteers

New AVF Committees