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American Venous Forum - Fellows Course in Venous Disease Registration Open

The American Venous Forum will host the Fall Fellows Course in Venous Disease on December 5-7, 2014 at University of Texas Medical School at Houston in Houston, TX. Please visit for more information and to register. Travel reimbursement is available for Fellows through an educational grant provided by the American Venous Forum Foundation.

Houston, TX, June 13, 2014 --( On behalf of the American Venous Forum, vascular and interventional radiology/cardiology Fellows are invited to attend the Fall Fellows Course in Venous Disease on December 5-7, 2014 at University of Texas Medical School at Houston in Houston, TX. Please visit for more information and to register.

The goal of the course is to educate and update fellows regarding the latest theories and developments in the clinical practice of vein disease management. Fellows will gain an overall understanding of vein disease to allow them to successfully incorporate venous knowledge, skills and techniques into their overall practice as they make the transition from training to the clinical practice.

The Fellows Course in Venous Disease is presented for the benefit of fellows within the specialty of vascular surgery, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, vascular medicine and associated programs. The course program will cover:

-Varicose Veins/Spider Veins-Phlebectomy, Sclero, Performators (foam, liquid)
-Anatomy and pathophysiology of venous disorders and noninvasive diagnostics
-Chronic venous insufficiency (superficial & deep)
-Pregnancy, upper extremity venous issues, acute DVT and wound care
-Future of venous disease
-The business of venous disease

Course Director - Kathleen Gibson, MD
Dr. Gibson received her medical education at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. During her Vascular Surgery Fellowship, she worked in the laboratory of the late Dr. Eugene Strandness, and she considers him one of the strongest influences on her career. Dr. Gibson practices vascular surgery, treating both venous and arterial disorders in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Issaquah, Washington. She is in private practice in a group of five Vascular Surgeons. She is a co-medical director of a busy Diagnostic Vascular Laboratories. Her practice includes both in hospital practice and an outpatient vein center. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Gibson takes great interest in Vascular Disease research and clinical trials. She has been a Principal Investigator on 19 different clinical trials (varicose veins, surgical hemostasis, wound healing, and novel anticoagulants for thromboembolism). She has been author or co-author on multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Faculty interaction is crucial to the fellows fully benefitting from this course. The faculty consists of AVF leaders in the field of venous disease and local experts from each host site. Committee members and faculty include: Carl Black, MD, Sheila Coogan, MD, Ellen Dillavou, MD, Steven Elias, MD, Mark Garcia, MD, Jennifer Heller, MD, Manju Kalra, MD, Peter Lawrence, MD, William Marston, MD, and Peter Pappas, MD.

The Fellows Course is funded through a Grant Program that covers registration and travel expenses. To be eligible for the grant, all participants are required to attend the entire course. Each Fellow will receive two nights of lodging at the designated hotel, transportation to and from the airport, and food and beverage supplied during the course. AVF will reimburse travel expenses up to a total of $550. Specific reimbursement guidelines will be provided once registration is accepted.

Fall Course Host - Sheila M. Coogan, MD, FACS
Dr. Coogan, a specialist in vascular and endovascular surgery, is a graduate of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Coogan is board certified in both general surgery and vascular surgery, with a specialty in minimally invasive procedures. She is the Medical Director of the Vascular Lab in The Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute - Texas Medical Center.

For registration, please visit

The American Venous Forum (AVF) is dedicated to improving the care of patients with venous and lymphatic disease through education, research and technology. Membership is open to vascular surgeons, physicians and allied health professionals engaged in the care of patients with venous and lymphatic diseases.
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