Fellows Course in Venous Disease

On behalf of the American Venous Forum, we invite you to join us at the spring and fall Fellows Course in Venous Disease. This year the courses are:

Spring Course - May 11-13, 2014 at Englewood Hospital in Englewood, NJ

Fall Course - December 5-7, 2014 at University of Texas Medical School at Houston in Houston, TX


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Fellows - to download a registration form, please click here.  Send completed form to Mia Beans or fax to 414-276-3349.  Each course is limited to 40 attendees. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Fellows Course in Venous Disease is presented for the benefit of fellows within the specialty of vascular surgery, interventional radiology, vascular medicine and associated programs. The course program will cover:

  • Anatomy and pathophysiology of venous disorders and non-invasive diagnostics
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (superficial & deep)
  • Pregnancy, upper extremity venous issues, acute DVT and wound care
  • Future of venous disease
  • The business of venous disease

The goal of the course is to educate and update the fellows regarding the latest theories and developments in the clinical practice of vein disease management. Fellows will gain an overall understanding of vein disease to allow them to successfully incorporate venous knowledge, skills and techniques into their overall practice as they make the transition from training to the clinical practice.


Kathleen Gibson, MD

Dr. Gibson received her medical education at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. During her Vascular Surgery Fellowship, she worked in the laboratory of the late Dr. Eugene Strandness, and she considers him one of the strongest influences on her career. Dr. Gibson practices vascular surgery, treating both venous and arterial disorders in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Issaquah, Washington. She is in private practice in a group of five Vascular Surgeons. She is a co-medical director of a busy Diagnostic Vascular Laboratories. Her practice includes both in hospital practice and an outpatient vein center. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Gibson takes great interest in Vascular Disease research and clinical trials. She has been a Principal Investigator on 19 different clinical trials (varicose veins, surgical hemostasis, wound healing, and novel anticoagulants for thromboembolism). She has been author or co-author on multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.


Faculty interaction is crucial to the fellows fully benefitting from this course. The faculty consists of AVF leaders in the field of venous disease and local experts from each host site. Committee members & faculty include:

Carl Black, MD
Sheila Coogan, MD
Ellen Dillavou, MD
Steven Elias, MD
Mark Garcia, MD
Jennifer Heller, MD

Manju Kalra , MD
Nicos Labropoulos, PhD
Peter Lawrence, MD
William Marston, MD
Mark Meissner, MD
Peter Pappas, MD


Dress for the Fellows Course in Venous Disease is casual, including dinners. Industry partners are encouraged to participate in every aspect of this meeting.


The Fellows Course is funded through a Grant Program that covers registration and travel expenses. To be eligible for the grant, all participants are required to attend the entire course. Each Fellow will receive two nights of lodging at the designated hotel, transportation to and from the airport, and food and beverage supplied during the course. AVF will reimburse travel expenses up to a total of $550. This includes travel to and from the course (i.e., coach airfare, gas mileage, train ticket, etc.), parking and nominal food and beverage purchases on days of travel. Note: Alcoholic beverages will not be reimbursed. A travel reimbursement form will be provided. Each Fellow must complete their own reimbursement form and forward it to the AVF office along with itemized receipts in order to receive reimbursement. NOTE: Failure to attend the entire course will result in forfeiture of any travel reimbursement.


Sheila M. Coogan, MD, FACS

Dr. Coogan, a specialist in vascular and endovascular surgery, is a graduate of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Coogan is board certified in both general surgery and vascular surgery, with a specialty in minimally invasive procedures. She is the Medical Director of the Vascular Lab in The Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute – Texas Medical Center.