2022 AVLS Board Vote

2022 AVLS Board of Directors


Mark H. Meissner, MD, FAVLS, DABVLM President- 2021-2022
Kathleen D. Gibson, MD, FACS, FAVLS, DABVLM President-Elect - 2021-2022
Satish Vayuvegula, MD, MS, FAVLS, DABVLM Treasurer - 2022
Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS, DABVLM Secretary - 2022
Marlin W. Schul, MD, MBA, RVT, FAVLS, DABVLM Past President - 2021-2022
Linda Antonucci, RPhS, RVT, RDCS 2022-2023
John Blebea, MD, MBA, FACS 2022-2023
Steven Dean, DO, FSVM, RPVI 2022-2023
Zoe Deol, MD, FACS, FAVLS, DABVLM 2021-2022
Steve Elias, MD, FACS, FAVLS, DABVLM 2021-2022
Sergio Gianesini, MD, PhD 2022-2023
Kenneth Harper, MD, FACS, RPhS, RPVI, DABVLM 2021-2022
Raghu Kolluri, MD, MS, RVT, FSVM 2021-2022
Margaret Mann, MD, FAAD, FAVLS, DABVLM 2021-2022
Vineet Mishra, MD, FAAD, FAVLS, DABVLM 2020-2022
C. Christopher Pittman, MD, FAVLS, FACR, DABVLM 2020-2022
Ronald S. Winokur, MD, FSIR, FAVLS, RPVI 2022-2023



2023 AVLS Board Nominees

2023-2024 AVLS President-Elect

Satish Vayuvegula, MD, MS, FAVLS, DABVLM Treasurer, 2022

Board Member since 2018, AVLS Secretary 2021, AVLS Member since 2005

Dr. Satish Vayuvegula has extensive training in phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and related disorders. At Vein Clinics of America, he specializes in ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and endovenous thermal ablation. He is certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine.

Dr. Vayuvegula’s interest in vein disease began during his residency when he learned that he was one of millions of Americans suffering from varicose vein disease.‚Äč

He earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School in 1999 and completed his residency at Emory University School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an active Member of the American Vein & Lymphatic Society and the American Medical Association.


2023-2024 AVLS Treasurer

John Blebea, MD, MBA, FACS Treasurer, 2023-2024

Board Member since 2020, AVLS RUC Advisor, AVLS Research Advisory Committee Chair, HPC Standing Committee, Member since 2016

John Blebea MD MBA FACS is Professor of Surgery, Chair of Surgical Disciplines and founding Program Director of the general surgery residency program at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine. An internationally-recognized vascular surgeon, educator, and researcher, he received his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Rochester. In 2019, he was inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators in the Academy's 2019 class. Dr. Blebea had previously served as chairman of the department of surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa and chief of the division of vascular surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He has also served as faculty and in leadership positions at Penn State University's Hershey Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He had started the vascular surgery fellowship program at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa and previously had been the program director of the vascular fellowships at Case Western Reserve University, Temple University, and the University of Cincinnati. He is active with leadership positions in many national professional societies, including recently being the president of the American Venous Forum. Dr. Blebea has authored more than 180 scientific publications and has given more than 600 presentations at numerous medical conferences. He has won multiple academic awards and has been selected as "Best Doctor” at the local, state, and national levels for many years. He continues to teach, do research, and treat patients with vascular disease.


2023-2024 AVLS Secretary

Zoe Deol, MD, FACS, FAVLS, DABVLM Secretary, 2022

Board Member since 2021, Chair of Membership Standing Committee, Co-Chair of VLM Workgroup,  AVLS Member since 2012

Dr. Deol is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained, accomplished, bariatric surgeon who transitioned to full-time venous & lymphatic disease treatment in 2012. She is currently certified in venous and lymphatic medicine through the ABVLM and serves as the Regional Medical Director for the Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) in SE Michigan and Ohio. Within CVR she serves on the Research committee and is also an Assistant Program Director for CVR’s AVBLM-certified Fellowship program. She also serves on the board of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society (AVLS) and chairs their Membership Committee. She has developed several new membership programs including the Mentor Match Program, as well as led the way for APP, VT, and LT Laureate status recognition within AVLS. She has a passion for knowledge and loves to teach. She has published her venous research in JVS-VLD and has presented and lectured at AVLS congresses. She loves her patients and strives to make a difference in their lives both through the practice of medicine and patient education. Her latest mission is the pursuit of an ABMS-recognized VLM specialty recognition, and she is co-chair of that effort which includes a multispecialty/multi-society collaboration.


Returning Directors for 2023-2024

Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, FAVLS, RVT, RPhS 2023-2024

Board Member since 2013, AVLS Treasurer 2019-2021, AVLS Secretary 2022, Chair of HealthCare Policy & Advocacy Standing Committee, Chair of 2018 AVLS Annual Congress, Education Development Committee, Phlebectomy Task Force, HealthCare Advocacy Advisory Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, Member since 2001

Dr. Daugherty is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and received his MD, Cum Laude, from Emory University in 1979. He served his residency in Surgery at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas, and established a practice of Vascular Surgery and General Surgery in 1984. Daugherty began transitioning his arterial and venous surgical practice to minimally-invasive venous procedures in 1997 and founded VeinCare Centers of Tennessee in Clarksville, Tennessee in 2004. Since 2008, his practice has been limited to venous and lymphatic disorders including care of complex deep venous problems. Daugherty’s report (with co-author Dr. David Gillespie), “Venous Angioplasty and Stenting Improve Pelvic Congestion Syndrome” was published in 2015 in the JVS: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders. He has served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology (ACP), now the American Vein and Lymphatic Society (AVLS). Dr. Daugherty is a regular speaker and session moderator at annual meetings of the AVLS, and he served as the Chairman of the Program Committee for the 2018 Annual Congress of the ACP. He currently serves as Treasurer of the AVLS and he chairs the Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee of the AVLS. Dr. Daugherty served from 2012-2018 on the Board of Directors of the IAC--Vein Center Division as a representative of the ACP. He served from 2008 through 2019 as a subject matter expert to Cardiovascular Credentialing International as the Registered Phlebology Sonographer certification was established.

Steve Elias, MD, FACS, FAVLS, DABVLM 2023-2024

Board Member since 2017, HealthCare Policy & Advocacy Standing Committee, Education Standing Committee, Communications Standing Committee, Phlebectomy Task Force, Chair of 2019 AVLS Annual Congress, Member since 2000

Steve Elias MD FACS FAVLS is Director of the Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. He is the Founder of the American Venous Forum Fellows/Residents Course in Vein Disease which educates graduating physicians about the management of 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 for the last 20 years. Dr. Elias has lectured, written, and taught about vein disease both nationally and internationally. He is also the Founder and Course Director of the annual Expert Venous Management Summit, a meeting that highlights advanced vein care. He is the Medical Director of VEIN Magazine and the Medical Editor of the American Venous Forum’s Newsletter, Vein Specialist. He has been the Principal Investigator in multiple clinical trials and performed the first of many ClariVein procedures. His societal memberships include the American Venous Forum, the Society for Vascular Surgery, the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, and the American College of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Venous Forum, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been the Director of Mount Sinai Vein Center and the Columbia University Vascular Vein Programs. Undergraduate training was at The Johns Hopkins University. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York Buffalo. Dr. Elias is a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon, board certified in venous and lymphatic medicine and general surgery.

Kenneth Harper, MD, FACS, RPhS, RPVI, DABVLM 2023-2024

Board Member since 2021, Co-Chair of Phlebectomy Task Force, Education Standing Committee, Member Engagement Standing Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, Member since 1999

Dr. Kenneth Harper is the founder of Vein Specialists of the South, LLC. (VSS). Since 1997 Dr. Harper has focused on the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, venous ulcers, and leg swelling. Board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a diplomat of the American Board of Vein and Lymphatic Medicine Dr. Harper has over 20 years’ experience, in the diagnosis and treatment of venous and lymphatic disease. Dr. Harper and his VSS team are committed to patient education and to personal and staff continuing medical education. He has been a member of the AVLS since 1999 and has attended 24 consecutive AVLS Annual Congress meetings, served on task force projects, section chair, and multiple congress planning committees. He and his wife Terri Harper, APRN have been regular educators at AVLS regional and national meetings. Vein Specialists of the South clinical research has been recognized by the AVLS Platinum Research award among other awards. On a personal level, Dr. Harper is committed to faith, family, community, those in need, historic preservation, and the arts. He looks forward to serving the AVLS community for the advancement of vein and lymphatic care.

Raghu Kolluri, MD, MS, RVT, FSVM 2023-2024

Board Member since 2020, Member Engagement Standing Committee, Audit Advisory Committee, Member since 2005

Raghu Kolluri, MD, is the system medical director of Vascular Medicine at OhioHealth, responsible for the noninvasive vascular laboratories and vascular medicine program. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the Past President of the Society for Vascular Medicine. His clinical practice is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease. He believes in compassionate care and patient empowerment to gain greater control over decisions and actions affecting their health. After graduating from Armed Forces Medical College, India, Dr. Kolluri completed his internal medicine residency at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, followed by vascular medicine fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic. Considered a thought leader, Dr. Kolluri lectures worldwide on various subjects in the field of Vascular Medicine, including medical management of venous disease, venous ulcers, thrombosis, lymphedema, peripheral artery disease, and non-invasive imaging. He is a regular faculty member at numerous national and international educational conferences, including Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA), International Society of Endovascular Therapy, Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC), Charing Cross Symposium, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, The Society for Vascular Medicine, and Japanese Endovascular Treatment, VEITH Symposium and Société Française de Phlébologie. He is also the founder of educational programs, including The VEINS, The Society for Vascular Medicine Fellows, and the Advanced Practitioner course. Dr. Kolluri is involved in numerous research studies on vascular disease and devices. He authored numerous scientific abstracts, guidelines, book chapters, and peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is a Fellow of the Society for Vascular Medicine, American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and the American Heart Association. He serves on numerous committees and boards both at OhioHealth and nationally. He is a Board of Trustee of The VIVA Foundation, Society for Vascular Medicine, and American Venous and Lymphatic Society. He lives in Columbus with his wife, three sons, and their labradoodle. He also enjoys rock 'n roll music and photography.

Margaret Mann, MD, FAAD, FAVLS, DABVLM 2023-2024

Board Member since 2017, Chair of Education Standing Committee, Chair of Audit Advisory Committee, Chair of 2020 AVLS Annual Congress, Education Development Committee, Internet & Enduring Materials Peer Review Committee, HealthCare Advocacy Advisory Committee, Member since 2011

Dr. Margaret Mann is the Owner and Co-Founder of Innova Dermatology in Hendersonville TN. She maintains her clinical affiliation as an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Case Western. Prior to starting her own private practice, she was the Director of Aesthetic Dermatology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the Co-Director of the Vascular Anomalies Clinic at Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital in Ohio. Dr. Mann is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in Mohs surgery, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic surgery and vein surgery. She completed her medical education and dermatology specialty training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She then completed a fellowship in Mohs Surgery and Dermatologic Surgery at the Center of Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery at Washington University-- one of the few dermatologic surgery fellowship programs in the country with extensive training in the treatment of venous disease. She is a primary investigator on several research projects on skin cancer, cosmetic procedures, and venous disease, and has lectured nationally and internationally to physicians on these topics. She is committed to educating dermatologists about venous disease and phlebologists about dermatology.

Vineet Mishra, MD, FAAD, FAVLS, DABVLM 2023-2024

Board Member since 2020, Chair of Medical, Resident & Fellow Education Committee, Chair of Communications Standing Committee, Co-Chair of HealthCare Advocacy Advisory Committee, Health Policy & Advocacy Standing Committee, Education Development Committee, Internet & Enduring Materials Peer Review, Topical Course and Workshop Peer Review, Member since 2012

Dr. Vineet Mishra is a Mohs surgeon and board-certified dermatologist specializing in Mohs surgery, cosmetic dermatology, laser medicine, and venous disease. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of California – San Diego. Prior to joining Scripps Clinic, he was an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Director of Mohs and Procedural Dermatology at the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio from October 2013 to June 2018. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science. He completed his medical education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, internship at Emory University, dermatology residency at the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and procedural dermatology fellowship at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California under Dr. Hugh Greenway. His interest and expertise include Mohs surgery, laser medicine, cosmetic dermatology, and venous disease. He also co-chairs the annual Chief Academy. He is a previous board member for the American College of Phlebology Foundation and a current board member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society as well as the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He has published numerous articles in dermatology and co-authored several book chapters. Dr. Mishra lectures nationally on cutaneous oncology, laser medicine, phlebology, and cosmetic dermatology. He also is deeply involved in public policy at the state and federal level as well as through his work in the Tennessee Dermatology Society and American Medical Association House of Delegates.

C. Christopher Pittman, MD, FAVLS, FACR, DABVLM 2023-2024

Board Member since 2018, Chair of HealthCare Advocacy Advisory Committee, Chair of 2022 AVLS Annual Congress, Communications Standing Committee, HealthCare Policy & Advocacy Standing Committee, Phlebectomy Task Force, Member since 2006

Dr. Pittman is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He is a proud fellow of the AVLS and the American College of Radiology. As Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, he founded the Interventional Radiology Fellowship training program in 1996 and currently serves as Affiliate Assistant Professor. Dr. Pittman is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and contributing author of Healthy Veins . . . Healthy Legs, A Patient’s Guide to Phlebology, a 2012 AVLS publication. He established Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers in 2010 and is Managing Director of Health Performance Specialists, the largest independent network of vein care practices in the USA. An outspoken advocate of foam sclerotherapy, he is the Administrator of the LinkedIn Group “Foam Sclerotherapy Experts” consisting of 1200 worldwide physicians; and, President, TransAmerican Sclerotherapy Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) promoting the patient benefits of sclerotherapy and the education of sclerotherapists. He is the Executive Producer of the Vein911 reality show focused on education and outreach for the millions of unaware Americans who suffer the effects of venous disease. Dr. Pittman is Board Manager of TBIH, a clinically integrated network focused on value-based care which is partnered with Florida Blue, Aetna, Cigna, & Oscar. Dr. Pittman is deeply dedicated to physician and patient advocacy with over 30 years local, state, and national medical-political leadership experience including: -Board Member, AVLS, 2017-present -Chair, AVLS Healthcare Advocacy Committee, 2017-present -Member, AVLS Health Policy Committee, 2017-present -Board Member and Secretary, Foundation for Venous and Lymphatic Disease, 2014-2017 -AVLS Alternate Delegate and Delegate, American Medical Association, 2011-2022 -Past President and Board Member, Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee, 1998-present -Past Vice Chair and Member, FMA Council on Medical Economics and Practice Innovation, 2012-present -Member, Florida Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee A thought leader in HIT and health care policy, selected presentations include: -Pioneer ACO HIT lead, CMS Innovation Center -"State of the State on HIT", Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) -"Telehealth: State of the State", Florida Telehealth Summit -"Separating Fact from Fiction: What Every Journalist Needs to Know about Healthcare Policy", Poynter Institute for Media Studies -Chair, "Healthcare Policy & Advocacy Symposium"; "Future of Reimbursement"; "ABCs of MACRA", AVLS Annual Congresses -"Advocacy Role of Physician Societies in a Period of Significant Changes in Health Care Economics", American Venous Forum Annual Meeting -"Inside the Trenches: Firsthand Experiences From Successful Physician Entrepreneurs", Representing the Physician Entrepreneur and Innovator: How to Both Practice Medicine and Build an Innovative Business, Florida Bar Health Law Section A devoted husband, father of four, and 25-year cancer survivor, he enjoys weight training, outdoor roller-skating, traveling, and health information technology.


New Directors for 2023-2024

Jeffery P. Schoonover, MD, RPVI, DABVLM, FAVLS 2023-2024

FVLD Board Director 2020-2022, Co-Chair of VLM Workgroup, Member since 2001

Jeffery P. Schoonover, MD, RPVI, DABVLM, FAVLS is the Chief Medical Officer and owner of Indiana Vein Specialists. Dr. Schoonover was in the first cohort to be certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM). A Senior Member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, Dr. Schoonover joined the American College of Phlebology (now AVLS) in 2007. In 2019, he was selected to be on the Board of Directors with the Foundation of Venous and Lymphatic Disease. In 2021, Dr. Schoonover was recognized as a Fellow with the American Vein and Lymphatic Society (FAVLS). He serves on the ABVLM Board of Directors along with being an article reviewer for Phlebology. Since 2021, he has been co-chair of the Venous and Lymphatic Medicine Subspecialty Recognition Workgroup as well as a member of the AVLS Conflict of Interest Task Force. Specific interests include lymphatic physical therapy integration into office based venous and wound care practices, practice management, strategies to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) for sonographers and clinicians, and supporting the long term recognition and growth of venous and lymphatic medicine as a distinct specialty. Earlier in his career, Dr. Schoonover practiced family medicine in Yorktown, Indiana and continues to be a board certified Fellow in Family Medicine. Prior to that he served as a physician in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Major. A graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr, Schoonover is an avid Spartans fan.


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