2020 AVLS Board Vote


2020 Board of Directors


Marlin W. Schul, MD, MBA, RVT, FAVLS, DABVLM President - 2019-2020
Mark H. Meissner, MD, FAVLS, DABVLM President-Elect - 2019-2020
Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS, DABVLM Treasurer - 2019-2020
Kathleen D. Gibson, MD, FACS, FAVLS Secretary - 2019-2020
Neil M. Khilnani, MD, FAVLS, DABVLM Past President - 2019-2020
Lisa Amantangelo, MD, RVT, FAVLS 2019-2020
Linda Antonucci, RPhS, RVT, RDCS 2020-2021
John Blebea, MD, MDA, FACS 2020-2021
Yung-Wei Chi, DO, FAHA, FSVM, FAVLS 2019-2020
Steven Dean, DO, FSVM, RPVI 2020-2021
Steve Elias, MD, FACS, FAVLS 2019-2020
Sergio Gianesini, MD, PhD 2020-2021
Margaret Mann, MD, FAAD, FAVLS 2019-2020
Vineet Mishra, MD, FAAD, FAVLS 2020-2022
Chris Pittman, MD, FAVLS, FACR 2020-2022
Satish Vayuvegula, MD, MS, FAVLS 2020-2021
Ronald S. Winokur, MD, FSIR, RPVI 2020-2021



Rotating Off in 2020

Thank you for your years of service and dedication to the advancement of the American Vein & Lymphatic Society. We appreciate all the hard work and time you have dedicated to our Society, while serving as a director. 

Lisa Amantangelo, MD, RVT, FAVLS 2009-2020
Yung-Wei Chi, DO, FAHA, FSVM, FAVLS 2019-2020
Neil M. Khilnani, MD, FAVLS, DABVLM 2006-2020



2021 Nominees for Board of Director

AVLS President 2023-2024

Kathleen D. Gibson, MD, FACS, FAVLS President Elect - 2021-2022

Dr. Kathleen Gibson is a board-certified vascular surgeon at Lake Washington Vascular Surgeons in Bellevue, Washington. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Her fellowship, residency, and undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering were all completed at the University of Washington. She is Secretary of the American Vein & Lymphatic Society Board. She also serves on the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and is a distinguished member of the American Venous Forum and of the Society for Vascular Surgery. She has authored or co-authored multiple book chapters and articles and has been an investigator for more than 40 clinical trials. She has been a speaker at multiple conferences in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.


Executive Committee

Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS, DABVLM Treasurer - 2021-2022

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 the 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.

Dr. Daugherty is certified by the American Board of Surgery and he was among the first group of Diplomates of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine in 2008.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the AVLS.  He is a member of the American Venous Forum and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound.
Satish Vayuvegula, MD, MS, FAVLS Secretary - 2021-2022

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.

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.

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.

He is an active Member of the American Vein & Lymphatic Society and the American Medical Association.


Returning Directors

Steve Elias, MD, FACS, FAVLS 2021-2022

Steve Elias MD FACS FAVLS is Director, Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center NJ. 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 Principal Investigator in multiple clinical trials and performed the first in man ClariVein procedure. Societal memberships include: American Venous Forum, Society for Vascular Surgery, American Vein and Lymphatic Society, and the American College of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, Distinguished Fellow of the American Venous Forum and 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.

Margaret Mann, MD, FAAD, FAVLS 2021-2022

Margaret Mann is the Co-Founder of Innova Dermatology in Hendersonville, TN, and an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Prior to private practice, she spent time in academic medicine serving as the Director of Aesthetic Dermatology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center from 2012-2019 and was former Chief of Clinical Service in the Department of Dermatology at University of California Irvine. She also serves on the American Vein & Lymphatic Society Board of Directors as well.


New Directors

Zoe Deol, MD, FACS 2021-2022

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 ABVLM certified, and serves as the Regional Medical Director for Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) and Center for Vascular Medicine  (CVM) in SE Michigan and Ohio.  Within CVR/CVM she serves on the Research committee, and is also an Assistant Program Director for CVR’s AVBLM certified Fellowship program. She has served on the AVLS International committee and Membership Committee, as well as the AVF’s Website Committee, Membership Committee, and International Committee. Dr. Deol is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at both Michigan State University, and the Medical College of Ohio. She has a passion for knowledge, and loves to teach.  She also loves her patients, and strives to make a difference in their lives both through the practice of medicine and patient education.

Ken Harper, MD, FACS, RPhS 2021-2022

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 the 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 22 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 2021-2022

Member Since: 2005

Raghu Kolluri, MD, is the system medical director of Vascular Medicine at OhioHealth, where he is responsible for the noninvasive vascular medicine service line across 10 hospitals. He is also the medical director of 12 vascular labs across the OhioHealth system. Dr. Kolluri is currently the treasurer of the Society of Vascular Medicine.

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 Cleveland Clinic. He went on to develop and regionalize a noninvasive vascular medicine service line and vascular labs at Hospital Sisters Health System and Prairie Cardiovascular in Illinois. He also developed and served as the director of SynvaCor, a core wound lab for several multinational critical limb ischemia trials, before moving back to Columbus.

Dr. Kolluri is the associate director of the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference. As the topic coordinator for vascular, prevention and hypertension sessions at the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Kolluri transitioned vascular topics to disease-based sessions from 2008 through 2011. In 2011, he also co-founded the VEINS meeting (Venous Endovascular INterventional Stragegics), which has developed into a premier venous meeting. In 2015, he developed the Society for Vascular Medicine Fellows review course. He serves as reviewer for several cardiovascular journals and is on the editorial board of Vascular Medicine

Dr. Kolluri has been an invited speaker at several vascular and wound conferences. His clinical and research interests include noninvasive testing, critical limb ischemia and chronic venous disease. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of vascular medicine.


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