Beginning in 1997, and continuing for more than a decade, the American Venous Forum and SIGVARIS offered a Traveling Fellowship in Venous Disease for early career members of the AVF. This enabled future venous practitioners to learn from pioneers in the field and to begin their personal leadership journeys. To say that this Fellowship was a success would be an understatement. Three of the first nine awardees have served as Presidents of the AVF, one is the President-Elect and another serves on the Board of Directors. Their contributions to the field are indisputable.
Past Recipients of the AVF Traveling Fellowship
1997 – Mark H. Meissner, MD
1998 – Paul R. Cordts, MD
1999 – E. John Harris, Jr., MD
2000 – Harold J. Welch, MD
2001 – David L. Gillespie, MD
2002 – Joseph D. Raffetto, MD
2003 – Audra Noel, MD
2004 – Robert McLafferty, MD
2005 – Antonios P. Gasparis, MD
“My experience with the Traveling Fellowship was one of the most significant highlights of my career. I was able to meet and learn from my hosts in a way that otherwise would not have been possible. They were giants in the field of venous disease and they willingly took the time to teach me about how they cared for venous patients, but also showed me how to be a gracious host and that will never be forgotten. They helped fuel my interest in venous disease as well as my participation in the American Venous Forum.” Harold Welch, MD, AVF President
Under the leadership of Dr. Welch and with the generous support of Juzo, the American Venous Forum has re-established the AVF-Juzo Traveling Fellowship in Venous Disease in support of the AVF’s mission to advance science, education and advocacy in venous and lymphatic disease.
“Juzo is excited to collaborate with the American Venous Forum to help advance and broaden the spectrum of venous disease training and education.” Annerose Zorn-West, Juzo Managing Director
A single Fellowship will be awarded annually, beginning at the 2021 AVF Annual Meeting. The selected candidate will have up to 2 years to complete his or her fellowship and will be required to present a summary of his or her experiences at a future AVF Annual Meeting. The selection and administration process will be guided by the AVF-Juzo Traveling Fellowship Committee which will include prior Travellng Fellowship awardees. Additional details will be released next month when the call for submissions opens.
Recipients of this special award will benefit significantly from meeting with, and learning from, some of the brightest researchers, educators, and practitioners in the field of venous and lymphatic disease. They will enjoy access to AVF mentorship opportunities and will receive consideration for future committee and leadership roles within the AVF upon completion of their learning experience. The AVF-Juzo Traveling Fellowship will restore a pipeline of future venous KOL’s and AVF leaders.