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. 

COVID-19 In-Person Guidance

  • All attendees must wear a mask while in the AVLS Meeting Space regardless of vaccination status
  • Seats will be spaced three feet apart, and attendees are encouraged to maintain three feet of social distancing in the meeting spaces and Innovation Pavilion
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the meeting in addtion to cleanliness measures from the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

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

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Conference Schedule

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT

FVLD Golf Outing*

Green Valley Ranch Golf Club

Sponsored by medi USA

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM MDT

FVLD Congress Expedition*

Hike and explore Golden, CO

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 Boston Scientific Symposium* VitasupportMD 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

Oral Abstracts

  • Abstract Presentations - Deep & Pelvic Vein
  • European Venous Forum Abstract Winner Presentation

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*
Innovation Pavilion
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

  • Poster Presentations
  • Late Breaking Clinical Trial Presentations

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

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

Oral Abstract Presentations

  • Abstract Presentations - Superficial Venous
  • Late Breaking Clinical Trial Presentations

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*
Innovation Pavilion
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

Oral Abstract Presentations

  • Abstract Presentations
  • Venous Classification Systems
  • SVP & New Educational Workbook, Kathleen Gibson, MD, FAVLS
  • CEAP & New Educational Workbook, Marc Passman, MD

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

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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