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 10-12, 2015 at Englewood Hospital in Englewood, NJ

Fall Course - December 4-6, 2015, Seattle, WA


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Send completed form to Mia Beans or fax to 414-276-3349.  Each course is limited to 40 attendees. Applications are accepted as they are received.


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 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
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


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.


Steve Elias, MD, FACS is Director, Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center NJ as well as the Director of The Wound Care Center at Englewood Hospital. He is the founder of the AVF Fellows Course in Vein Disease. His clinical interests include all aspects of minimally invasive vein care, both procedure development and teaching. Venous education of new and current practitioners has been the cornerstone of his commitment to modern vein care and its impact on patient outcomes.




May 10-12, 2015
Englewood Hospital / Clinton Inn (hotel)
Englewood, New Jersey


The Clinton Inn Hotel
145 Dean Drive
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Telephone: 201-871-3200

Experience the charm and flair of the Clinton Inn Hotel, an ideally situated Tenafly, New Jersey hotel within walking distance to shops, theatres, restaurants and local businesses. This unique suburban boutique hotel is approximately 2-miles from the Englewood Hospital & Medical Center.


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 Thursday, April 9 to guarantee a reservation. Check-in time at the Clinton Inn Hotel is 3:00 pm; check-out is 12:00 noon.


Fellows flying into New Jersey should use either Newark Liberty International Airport or LaGuardia International Airport. The Clinton Inn Hotel is centrally located in prestigious Bergen County with easy access to Routes 9W, 4, 17, 46, Interstate 80, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and the Palisades Interstate Parkway.

For driving directions to the hotel, please use the link: http://www.clinton-inn.com/pdf/doc-driving-directions-1309270208.pdf