Invitation to the 2017 29th American Venous Forum Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

Over the last 29 years, the American Venous Forum has led the field of venous and lymphatic disease by providing the highest quality evidence-based knowledge and guidelines, raising awareness of the spectrum of venous and lymphatic disorders, improving the treatment options and care of patients with these diseases and preparing the future of venous health care specialists. The AVF is continually improving the delivery of venous and lymphatic healthcare through research and educational programs, the premier of which is the AVF Annual Meeting. The AVF Annual Meeting brings together the world’s leading authorities on venous and lymphatic disease. The highest quality innovative, unpublished research is presented and discussed. Attendees of the AVF Annual Meeting are introduced to current thinking in effective clinical management of venous disease as well as insight into the future directions from critical analysis of investigative findings.

I am excited to announce that the 2017 AVF Annual Meeting will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the beautiful Hilton Riverside Hotel, from February 14 to 17. The 2017 AVF Annual Meeting will bring together over 600 attendees and associates from the United States and numerous countries from around the world. From our Specialty Symposia and Day of Innovation and Science to our various summits and Interactive Symposia, including fundraising activities such as the Venous Open Golf outing, the AVF Annual Meeting is certain to be the crown jewel of the venous scientific meetings of the year.

The Program Committee has recently completed the arduous task of selecting the papers to be presented from the many outstanding submissions this year. Since the AVF requires that the submissions be new research and be presented first at the Forum, it is quite an honor to be selected. We have extended the Day of Innovation and Science, and the Specialty Symposia have been designed to be more interactive with more opportunities for audience participation. Two named sessions this year will be quite remarkable: The David S. Sumner Venous Summit and the Villavicencio Session. The David S. Sumner Venous Summit will explore the scientific evidence underpinning the benefit and risk of existing lower extremity chronic venous disease treatments and to identify evidence gaps that exist with the aim of improving health outcomes in the Medicare population. The Villavicencio Session seeks to answer the pressing question: Is the unethical treatment of venous disease out of control?

Concurrently, the city of New Orleans, acclaimed for its exceptional cuisine and being the birthplace of jazz music, will be rife with celebrations, parades, and special activities that will reach a zenith on February 28 with The Big Easy’s most notorious party of all--Mardi Gras.

We encourage you to check back frequently for the latest information on attendee registration, selected abstracts, scientific sessions, awards, family outings, exhibitor details, and more. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in February!


Lowell S. Kabnick, MD, RPhS, FACS, FACPh