Fellows Course in Venous Disease

On behalf of the American Venous Forum, we invite you to join us at the Fall Fellows Course in Venous Disease.


December 4-6, 2015
University of Washington Medical Center / Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Seattle, WA


Program Directors - for more information, please click here.

Fellows - to download a registration form, please click here

Send completed Registration Forms via email to Shanica Dowell or fax to 414-276-3349.  Each course is limited to 40 attendees. Applications are accepted as they are received.


Supporting the Fellows Course provides companies with the unique opportunity to interact with fellows and faculty intimately during the two-day course. Exhibiting allows industry representatives to showcase products and equipment during breaks and meals. Purchasing a Workshop allows industry representatives to lead 30-minute sessions with rotating groups of 4-5 fellows to teach them directly about their products and equipment.

For more information on exhibit and workshop opportunities, please click here.


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.


Ellen Dillavou, MD

Ellen Dillavou is the director of venous services for the University of Pittsburgh Medical center division of vascular surgery. In this capacity she oversees 4 vein centers and the UPMC telemedicine wound healing service. Dr. Dillavou earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona, completed a general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and finished a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been on staff there since that time. Her research interests include perforator closure and wound healing, outcomes research, and dialysis access.


Faculty interaction is crucial to the fellows fully benefiting 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
Ellen Dillavou, MD
Steven Elias, MD
Mark Garcia, MD
Jennifer Heller, MD

Manju Kalra , MD
Peter Lawrence, MD
William Marston, MD
Mark Meissner, MD
Peter Pappas, MD


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.


Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 583-0300

After registering for the course, course registrants will receive a travel form to provide their lodging needs. AVF will cover the cost of two nights and make Fellows’ hotel reservations. Travel forms must be received by Wednesday, November 4 to guarantee a reservation.


Fellows flying into Seattle should use either Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - SEA or King County International Airport/Boeing Field - BFI. AVF staff will arrange your transportation from the airport to the hotel.


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