Welcome to the 35th AVLS Annual Congress

In-Person or At-Home, Attend Wherever You Choose

In light of COVID-19, the AVLS 2021 Annual Congress will have virtual and in-person attendance options. The state of Colorado has moved to Level Clear, under which the state may return to the "new normal." Under Level Clear, capacity restrictions and mask mandates are lifeted with all businesses operating without limitation. While capacity restrictions have been lifted, the AVLS is proceeding with caution in order to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for in-person attendees. As such, we are raising our in-person attendance limit to 700 registrants. Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated attendees; however, attendees who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask. We will continue to monitor the status of Colorado, as Annual Congress approaches and hope to be able to lift attendee capacity limits totally. At-home Congress regrestrations are available for those who are unable or prefer not to travel.

In-Person Annual Congress in Denver, CO + On-Demand

The AVLS 2021 Annual Congress will be gathering at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver, CO. The meeting will comply with Local, State and Federal COVID-19 policies including social distancing and masking. Registration limits have been increased to 700 in-person attendees. There will be up to four sessions running concurrently as well as a general session and the Innovation Pavilion. Additionally, in-person attendees will receive access to all online content, including the on-demand recordings made available to at-home attendees through December 31, 2021.

If the AVLS has to cancel the in-person portion of the meeting, all in-person attendees will be automatically transferred to virtual attendees and refunded the difference in registration.

In-Person Registration Info

At-Home Annual Congress Livestream + On-Demand

The option to attend online only will be available for all registrants. The At-Home Annual Congress includes access to an all-day livestream of all sessions occurring in the General Session room in Denver, CO. After the in-person event, video recordings of all sessions will be made available online for on-demand viewing. Additionally, attendees will be able to connect each with other and with exhibitors through messaging and information requests on the Congress Event website and mobile app.

At-Home Registration Info

Conference Schedule



Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Conference Schedule

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM MDT

FVLD Golf Outing*

Green Valley Ranch Golf Club

Sponsored by medi USA

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM MDT

FVLD Congress Expedition*

Hike through the Colorado Rockies

Sponsored by Center for Vein Restoration

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM MDT On-Site Registration Opens*
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MDT

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Conference Schedule

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM MDT Satellite Symposium*
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM MDT

Opening Session

  • Welcome, Robert Worthington-Kirsch, MD, FSIR, FCIRSE, FAVLS, RVT, RPVI, RPhS
  • Opening Address, Mark Meissner, MD, FAVLS, President-AVLS
  • Patient Testimony
  • Keynote Address, David Lechner, MD
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM MDT Break*
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

General Session

  • MyAVLS - Advocacy, Research, Education
  • Year in Review

Allied Health

  • Agents and Supplies - What you need to get started, Terri Morrison, RN, BS, Voc ED
  • Pretreatment, post-treatment instructions, and red flags, Terri Harper, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
  • Complications, Molly Taylor, RN
  • Sclerotherapy Marketing, Terri Harper, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
  • Sclerotherapy for the hands, feet, chest, and face

Lymphedema Therapy

  • Updates in Lipedema Therapy, Paula Donahue, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA
  • Clinical Practices to Empower Patients and Optimize Adherence, Paula Donahue, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA
  • Mindfulness of our Patients, Diane Winston, MS

Ultrasonography: Back to the Basics

  • Lower Extremity Venous Anatomy, Linda Antonucci, RPhS, RVT, RDCS 
  • Knobology and a Little Bit of Physics, Marresa Houle, BS, RVT, RPhS, RDMS
  • Venous Hemodynamics -How Does it Translate to Venous Duplex, Sara Skjonsberg, RVT, RPhS
  • Lower Extremity DVT Study - What to Document and How to Document It, Mariah Elliott, RVT, RPhS
  • Live Scan, Diana Neuhardt, RVT, RPhS, FSVU
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM MDT

Innovation Pavilion Open*

Lunch & Exhibits

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM MDT Boston Scientific Satellite Symposium*
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM MDT New Member Luncheon*
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM MDT
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM MDT

Superficial Venous - Retrospective Analysis of Venous and Lymphatic Data - What We Know Looking Back

  • Superficial Venous Anatomy, Barry Oswalt, MD, FACS, FAVLS, DABVLM
  • Venous Malformations, Zoe Deol, MD, FACS, DABLVM
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Abhi Kasinadhuni, MD
  • Diagnosis, Michael Di Iorio, MD, RPVI, RVT, RPhS, DABR, DABVLM
  • Analyze the DATA! What to do with the Results of your Exams, Dean Bender

Deep/‌Pelvic: Diagnosis/‌Imaging/‌Case Selection and Appropriateness

  • Diagnostic Overview for Deep and Pelvic Disease: Clinical Signs/Symptoms and Basic Stratification
  • Duplex Evaluation for Iliocaval Venous occlusive Disease - Beyond Unilateral Flat-lines
  • Duplex Evaluation for Pelvic Reflux
  • IVUS in a Nutshell - Tips & Tricks
  • Cross Sectional Anatomy - What to do when you DON'T Find What you are Expecting
  • Case Selection and Appropriateness - When to Intervene and When Not to
  • Case Presentations

Lymphedema Medicine

  • Age Related Lymphedema or Lymphedema Tarda? Steven Dean, DO, FSVM, RPVI
  • mTOR Inhibitors: Friend or Foe of Lymphedema? Stanley Rockson, MD
  • Near-infrared Flourescence Lymphatic Imaging
  • Lymphoscintrigraphy Changed my Diagnosis, Emily Iker, MD
  • My Most Memorable Lymphedema Case(s), Stanley Rockson, MD, Emily Iker, MD, Steven Dean, DO, FSVM, RPVI

Ultrasonography: The Not So Basics

  • Ergonomics, Carolyn Coffin
  • Clinical Picture and How It Correlates to Ultrasound, Diana Neuhardt, RVT, RPhS, FSVU
  • Lymphatics, Jessy Farris, MHS, RVT, RPhS
  • Sonographers Role in the Procedure Room, Linda Antonucci, RVT, RPhS, RDCS
  • Venous Procedures - What are the Options? Sherry Scovell, MD
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM MDT Break*
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM MDT Abstract Presentations (12)

Allied Health

  • Varithena for Mid-level Practitioners, Heidi Atkins, PA, RPhS
  • Ultrasound guided injections for the Mid-Level Practitioner, Jessica Ochs, PA-C
  • Venaseal
  • Ultrasound Guided Injections vs. Phlebectomy Round Table, Jessica Ochs, PA-C, Heidi Atkins, PA, RPhS, James Albert, MD, RPVI, FAVLS, Ken Harper, MD, FACS, RPhS, Chris Pittman, MD, FAVLS, FACR

Lymphedema Therapy

  • Outcome Measures in Lymphedema/Lipedema, Molly Sleigh, OTD, CLT-LANA
  • Tissue Dielectric Constant (TDC) Measurements in the Assessment of Lymphedema, Harvey Mayrovitz, PhD
  • Bioimpedance for Detection of Leg Lymphedema, Sandi Hayes, PhD

Ultrasonography: Case Based Learning

  • Calf Muscle Pump Malfunction, Mariah Elliott, RVT, RPhS
  • Pelvic and Lower Extremity Nerves - Why are They Important, Marresa Houle, BS, RVT, RPhS, RDMS
  • Iliac Vein Obstruction, Sara Brisson, RVT
  • Post Procedure Complications, Lisa Escarzaga, RVT, RPhS
  • Venous Malformations, Diana Neuhardt, RVT, RPhS, FSVU
  • Left Renal Compression, Sara Skjonsberg, RVT, RPhS
  • Ovarian Vein Insufficiency, Sara Skjonsberg, RVT, RPhS
  • Perforator Vein, Sherry Scovall, MD
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Happy Hour & Innovation Theatre*
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM MDT Satellite Symposium* AVLS Fellows Dinner*

Friday, October 8, 2021
Conference Schedule

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM MDT medi USA Satellite Symposium* LymphaPress Satellite Symposium*
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM MDT
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM MDT

Wound Care

  • VLU State of the Art Management, Phlebolymphedema, CN Management, Marketing to Clinics, Wes Harden, MD, FACS
  • Update Microcirculation, Zoe Deol, MD, FACS, DABVLM
  • Glycocalyx, Revision Starling Curve, Eno Ebong, PhD
  • Flavonoids, Nutrition for Endothelial Function, Joseph Raffetto, MD, FACS, FSVM
  • Lymphatic Contractility, Permeability, Mike Davis, PhD

Allied Health

  • Live Action Phlebectomy, AVI Team
  • Phlebectomy complications and pearls, Heidi Atkins, PA, RPhS
  • Tools of the Trade and Techniques for Phlebectomy
American Venous Forum Session

Research in Venous and Lymphatic Medicine

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Research and Understanding the Research Framework, Ronald Winokur, MD, FSIR, RPVI
  • Asking the Right Question; How to Choose an Appropriate Study Topic, Marlin Schul, MD, MBA, RVT, FAVLS, DABVLM
  • Research Protocol Design and Development, Kathleen Gibson, MD, FACS, FAVLS
  • Where to Publish Your Research - Choosing the Right Journal, John Blebea, MD, MBA, FACS
  • How to Critically Evaluate Published Literature, Neil Khilnani, MD, FSIR, FAVLS
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM MDT Break*
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

Wound Care

  • Lymphatics and Wounds, Frank Aviles, PT, FACCWS
  • Emerging Technologies in Wounds, Popliteal Vein Replacement Options, Jed Johnson, PhD
  • DFU, Lymphedema and Mixed Ulcers,  Mark Melin, MD, FACS, RPVI, FACCWS
  • MTHFR, SANS, Wounds and Microgravity, Scott Smith, PhD (NASA)

Allied Health

  • Treatment of Hand, Feet, Chest, Facial and Vaginal Varicosities, Jessica Ochs, PA-C
  • Treatment of Upper Extremity DVT, Sarah Whitehead, ARNP
  • Pelvic Congrestions - What to Do and What to Order, Catherine Burdge, APRN
  • Interesting Presentation of Venous Disease, Keely Small, PA-C
Poster Abstracts (18)

Ultrasonography: Ultrasound for Pelvic Venous Disorders

  • Pelvic Venous Disorders - What are They?, Karen Garby, MD
  • Pelvic Leak Points, Sara Skjonsberg, RVT, RPhS
  • Ultrasound for Pelvic Venous Disorders, Mariah Elliott, RVT, RPhS
  • Treatment for Pelvic Venous Disorders, Karen Garby, MD
  • Live Scanning Session, Aleata Rigsby, RVT, RPhS, Sara Skjonsberg, RVT, RPhS, Mariah Elliott, RVT, RPhS
  • Pelvic Round Table Conversation with the Experts, Sara Skjonsberg, RVT, RPhS, Mariah Elliott, RVT, RPhS, Mark Meissner, MD, FAVLS, Neil Khilnani, MD, FSIR, FAVLS
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM MDT

Innovation Pavilion Open*

Lunch & Exhibits

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM MDT

Resident/Fellow/Student*
Sponsored by SIGVARIS

  • What Does a Vein Practice Entail? Marlin Schul, MD, MBA, RVT, FAVLS, DABVLM
  • Case Presentation: Superficial Venous Disease, Kathleen Gibson, MD, FACS, FAVLS
  • What is it Like to be a Vein Specialist in IR, Mona Gupta, MD
  • Case Presentation: Pelvic Venous Disease, Ronald Winokur, MD, FSIR, RPVI
  • What is it Like to be a Vein Specialist in Vascular Medicine/Cardiology, Eri Fukaya, MD, PhD
  • ABVLM Fellowship and Certification, Neil Khilnani, MD, FSIR, FAVLS
Medtronic Satellite Symposium*
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM MDT
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM MDT

Ultrasonography Specialty Section*

Sponsored by Cardiovascular Credentialing International

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM MDT
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM MDT
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM MDT Abstract Presentations (10)

Allied Health

  • How to Protect You and Your Practice Legally, Rianna Fronapfel
  • OSHA and HIPPA Updates, Michelle McEvoy, MSN/Ed, RN, NPD-BC
  • Billing and Coding Updates
  • IAC Accreditation/RPhS, Heidi Atkins, PA, RPhS

Lymphedema Therapy

  • Genital Lymphedema, Shelley DiCecco-Smith, PhD, PT, CLT
  • Pelvic Floor in Lipedema, Shelley DiCecco-Smith, PhD, PT, CLT
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing, Shelley DiCecco-Smith, PhD, PT, CLT

Ultrasonography: Ultrasound Scanning Stations

  • GSV with Cuff Inflator Demonstration, Lisa Escarzaga, RVT, RPhS
  • Small Saphenous Vein Demonstration, Diana Neuhardt, RVT, RPhS, FSVU
  • Renal Vein Demonstration, Mariah Elliott, RVT, RPhS
  • Ovarian Vein Demonstration, Sara Brisson, RVT
  • Common Iliac, External, Internal Vein Demonstration, Aleata Rigsby, RVT, RPhS
  • Common Femoral Veins Waveforms Demonstration, Linda Antonucci, RVT, RPhS, RDCS
  • Deep Calf Veins Demonstration, Elizabeth Woodruff, RVT, RPhS, RDMS, BA, BHS
  • Miscellaneous Scanning Station Demonstration, Sara Skjonsberg, RVT, RPhS
  • Infection Control Demonstration, Ashley Wilson, RVT, RPhS
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM MDT Break*
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM MDT

Lymphedema Medicine

  • Lipedema - Standard of Care Guidelines, Karen Herbst, MD
  • Lipedema Surgery and Lymphatic Injury, Thomas Wright, MD, FAVLS, FACP, RVT
  • Interstitial Edema and Lipedema, Karen Herbst, MD
  • Case Studies - Lipedema and Dercum's Disease, Emily Iker, MD
  • Lipedema and Body Mass Index (BMI), Thomas Wright, MD, FAVLS, FACP, RVT

Deep/Pelvic: Desicion Making - Controversies & Cases

  • Decision Making and Technical Approach to Non-thrombotic Iliocaval Confluence Lesions: Routine Unilateral vs Routine Bilateral/Kissing Stents
  • Lysis vs. Thrombectomy - Is it a Binary or. Inclusive Decision and What are Optimal Access Strategies?
  • Optimal Access Strategy for Acute
  • PE: What Criteria and When Should We Use in a Decision to Intervene?
  • Infrainguinal Venous Patency - How Should it Effect Decision Making for Iliocaval Disease
  • Case Presentations

Superficial Venous - Prospective Analysis fo Venous and Lympathic Data - Where the Future Lies

  • The Why/How/When of Data Mining, Zoe Deol, MD, FACS, DABVLM
  • Axial Veins: Why/How, Clint Hayes, MD, RVT, RPVI, FACS, FAVLS
  • Axial Veins: When, Christopher Bulger, MD, RVT, FACS
  • Perforators: Why/How, Lucy Sun, MD, FM, DABVLM
  • Perforators: When, Mark Macumber, MD, FM, DABVLM
  • Tributaries: Why/How, Tom Cunningham, MD
  • Tributaries: When, Tom Cunningham, MD, Sherry Scovell-Fitch, MD, Vineet Mishra, MD, FAVLS, FAAD

Vascular Medicine

  • Why are We Using Compression After DVT? Fedor Lurie, MD, PhD, RVT, RPVI, RSVS
  • Oral agents for CVI, Where Does the Data Lie? Terry Carman, MD
  • What Evidence Do We Have for Using Compression in Lipedema? Steven Dean, DO, FSVM, RPVI
  • Thrombosis Prophylaxis in COVID-19 Positive Patients, John Fish, MD
  • Will this Procedure Heal My Ulcer? Marcus Stanbro, DO
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Happy Hour & Innovation Theatre*
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM MDT Tactile Medical Satellite Symposium*

Saturday, October 9, 2021
Conference Schedule

6:00 AM - 7:15 AM MDT

FVLD Fun Run & Walk*

At the Gaylord Rockies

Sponsored by Boston Scientific

7:15 AM - 8:00 AM MDT Center for Vein Restoration Satellite Symposium*
8:00 - 8:15 AM MDT
8:30 AM - 10:15 PM MDT Abstract Presentations (12)

Allied Health

  • Evaluating the Swollen Limb
  • Venotonic Drugs, Kristan Probeck, ANP-C
  • Dermatology for Phlebology, Daniel Friedmann, MD, FAAD

Lymphedema Therapy

  • Surgical Reconstruction of Lymphedema - How I Do It, Wei Chen, MD
  • Therapy Pre and Post Lymphatic Surgeries

Ultrasonography: In the Mind of the Sonographers

  • Discussion, Linda Antonucci, RVT, RPhS, RDCS, Sara Skjonsberg, RVT, RPhS, Diana Neuhardt, RVT, RPhS, FSVU, Mariah Elliott, RVT, RPhS, Sara Brisson, RVT, Ashley Wilson, RVT, RPhS
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM MDT Break*
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

Deep/Pelvic: Device Selection, Novel Technologies & Out of the Box Concepts

  • Wallstent™ vs. Venous Specific Nitinol - Delivery, Flares, & Cell Structure
  • The Cases For and Against Wallstent™
  • The Cases For and Against Venovo™
  • The Cases For and Against Vici Venous Stent™
  • The Cases For and Against Abre™
  • The Cases For and Against Vena
  • Update on Thrombectomy Devices: Is Bigger Better?
  • May Thurner - Beyond Pelvic Pain, Evaluation of Alternative Presentations
  • Case Presentations

Superficial Venous - Multivariate Regression Analysis of Venous and Lymphatic Data - Is this Significant?

  • What Do We Do With All This Data... PUBLISH! Barry Oswalt, MD, FACS, DABVLM
  • Impact of Obesity on Outcomes of CVI Treatment, Zoe Deol, MD, FACS, DABVLM
  • The Clinical Relevance of Anterior Accessory Great Saphenous Vien Reflux, Marlin Schul, MD, MBA, RVT, FAVLS, DABVLM
  • EVRA Trial Update, Manjit Gohel, MD

International Session - Technologies from Around the World

Vascular Medicine

  • Anticoagulation Options for Recurrent VTE Prevention, Ana Casanegra, MD
  • Update on COVID-19 Related Venous Thrombosis, Yogendra Kanthi, MD
  • How Do We Decide Who Deserves Thromboprophylaxis for Ablations? Lucy LaPerna, DO, RVT, RPVI, FSVM
  • Anticoagulation for Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Drew Oostra, MD
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM MDT

Innovation Pavilion Open*

Lunch & Exhibits

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM MDT

Resident/Fellow/Student*
Sponsored by SIGVARIS 

  • What is it Like to be a Vein Specialist in Vascular Surgery, Steve Elias, MD, FACS, FAVLS, DABVLM
  • Case Presentation: Management of Acute DVT, Kush Desai, MD, FSIR
  • What is it Like to be a Vein Specialist in Dermatology, Margaret Mann, MD, FAAD, FAVLS
  • Case Presentation, Venous and Arterial Ulceration, Yung-Wei Chi, DO, FAHA, FSVM, FAVLS
  • How to Setup a Vein Practice, Dan Monahan, MD, FACS
  • What Does a Group Practice Look for in a Candidate, Sanjiv Lakhanpal, MD
Medtronic Satellite Symposium*
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM MDT
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM MDT

Lymphedema Specialty Section*

Sponsored by Tactile Medical

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM MDT
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM MDT
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM MDT

Closing Session

  • Abstract Award Presentation
  • Four Debates
  • Presidential Address & Award Presentation, Mark Meissner, MD, FAVLS
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM MDT

President's Reception*

Sponsored by Center for Vein Restoration

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM MDT AVLS Taste of Colorado*

Sunday, October 10, 2021
Conference Schedule

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

Practice Management

  • Value - How to Determine your Practice Value and How to Increase Value, Lisa Curry
  • Managing the Anxious Patient, Keith Moore, MD
  • Data: You've Got It, How Do You Use It and Work with It, Kari Schoonover
  • Insurance Cases - Approve or not Approve
  • Bringing Fee-for-Service Lymphedema Therapy into your Practice, Kathleen Lisson, CLT
  • Lymphedema Therapy in you Practice with Insurance Patients - Challenges and Successes, Jeffery Schoonover, MD
  • Coding for Lymphedema

Ultrasound Hands-on Workshop

  • Ticketed Event
  • Limited to 25 individuals
  • Interactive and hands-on ultrasound training

* Non-CME Event

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