American Venous Forum
I am deeply honored as I begin my service as the President of the American Venous Forum (AVF). I follow in the wake of many outstanding leaders who have successfully upheld the mission of the AVF for over three decades. I would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Elna Masuda, who has provided exceptional leadership as AVF President this past year. Elna will continue to serve the AVF as the President of the American Venous Forum Foundation (AVFF) and it will be my privilege to partner with her.
As President, I pledge to uphold the mission of the AVF which is to promote venous and lymphatic health. To do this I will need the help of many – our members, the patients they serve, and the public who needs to have greater awareness of venous disease. The needs of these stakeholders will inform the actions I take as a leader.
Members of the AVF have a special calling. That calling is to provide the highest quality of care to patients who are afflicted by the many challenges associated with venous and lymphatic disease. While we may come from various professional backgrounds, we are all bound by one common desire: to provide the best venous and lymphatic care to our patients. The AVF supports this calling by advancing new knowledge, by educating our members, their patients and the public, and by developing clinical guidelines and policies that guide treatment options that accelerate healing and improve quality of life. This calling will be a driving force for me, for the Board of Directors, and for the many volunteers who serve on our Committees. Together, we will lead with conviction and commitment to the betterment of our great Society.
During April, we will be convening a strategic planning retreat and I would like to thank Dr. Harold Welch, MD for chairing the AVF Strategic Planning Committee for 2019. Harold and I look forward to sharing the findings of our retreat in the coming months.
In closing, I would like to invite you to reach out to me directly with any questions or suggestions. It is my privilege to serve in this leadership capacity and your voice will be heard and acknowledged.
Brajesh Lal, MD