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Before social distancing became part of our new vocabulary, the current and past Presidents of the American Venous Forum gathered on March 3rd in Amelia Island to kick off the AVF’s 32nd Annual Meeting. The President’s Dinner, traditionally held the night before the Annual Meeting, welcomed 18 AVF Presidents from Dr. Robert Kistner (1996) to Dr. Brajesh Lal (2019). Following a welcome from outgoing President Lal, each past leader of the American Venous Forum shared their heartfelt thoughts and recollections. It was truly a special evening with these pioneers of venous care.
It is my deep honor to serve you as the 33rd President of the American Venous Forum. I have been attending the AVF Annual Meeting since 1991, and truly believe the AVF is the exemplary vascular society in the world. Our mission is to promote venous and lymphatic health, and our past leaders have shown us the path to accomplish this. I am particularly grateful for our immediate Past President, Dr. Brajesh Lal, MD, whose insight and wisdom has moved us to even greater accomplishments, and to Elna Masuda, MD, Past President, and current American Venous Forum Foundation President who has re-invigorated the AVF with her thoughtful guidance, both of whom I will work closely with.
The American Venous Forum is as successful as its members can make it. The many volunteer committee members and Chairs are the driving force behind the AVF, and I thank all of them for contributing their time, ideas, and energies to the benefit of the AVF. I invite all members to get involved and further the goals of the AVF to improve venous and lymphatic health for all patients and to educate providers and the public to make life better for patients throughout the world.
In April, 2019, the AVF had a strategic planning retreat where we identified key objectives to move the AVF forward. I am pleased to say we have already made great progress with our Strategic Plan, but there remains more to be done. Implementing the plan that your AVF leadership has developed will be one of the primary goals of the coming year.
I would like to add we have an excellent Administrative staff that is willing and able to assist you with any matters you may have with the AVF.
Finally, I invite you to reach out to me directly if you have questions or concerns, utilizing the “Ask the President” link at the top of our Home Page. I will be happy to discuss with you any Forum issues. And, I hope to see you at VENOUS2021 in San Antonio, Texas, next February 24-27.
Harold J. Welch, MD
Dr. Hal Welch discusses the future of the American Venous Forum
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The 2020 appropriate use criteria for chronic lower extremity venous disease of the American Venous Forum, the Society for Vascular Surgery, the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, and the Society of Interventional Radiology
Presented at the Thirty-first Annual Meeting of the American Venous Forum, Rancho Mirage, Calif, February 19-22, 2019.
March 5th (Thursday) 7:00pm
This year’s Gala is taking on a new look. Drs. Elna Masuda and Joann Lohr invite you to join them for “AVF’s Got Talent” at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
DINNER – Your evening begins with a cold beverage followed by regionally inspired food stations.
AWARDS – Following dinner, Dr. Brajesh Lal will present the awards for:
- 2020 VENOUS2020 Best Abstract Presentation
- 2020 VENOUS2020 Best Poster
- 2020 AVF-JOBST Research Grant Awardee
ENTERTAINMENT – Lights will go down and your talented AVF friends & colleagues will take the stage.
- Be amazed by world-renowned master magician Peter Gloviczki
- Enjoy the serenading of songster Bo Ekloff
- Roar with laughter with comedian Ken Slaw
- Memorialize your evening with Jeff Mendola, bringing your favorite cartoon and Sesame Street characters to life
If you have a talent you would like to share, contact Jeff Mendola at Jeffrey@VeinForum.org
TICKETS – “AVF’s got Talent” Ticket includes (price $175 / person):
- Cocktails & non-alcoholic beverages
- Dessert & Coffee
Three Ways to Purchase Tickets:
- Purchase when registering for VENOUS2020 AVF Annual Meeting
- Contact AVF Office (847-752-5355 / email@example.com)
- AVF CENTRAL at VENOUS2020 in the Exhibit Hall
Any questions, please contact Jeff Mendola at Jeffrey@VeinForum.org.