On behalf of the American Venous Forum, we invite you to join us at:

The Vein Forum:  Comprehensive Venous Management for the Practicing Clinician



High quality education is the leading principle of the American Venous Forum. This course will provide clinicians a unique educational opportunity beyond a basic introduction to venous disease. State-of-the-art lectures by leaders in venous disease are complemented by case-based workshops, live case demonstrations with audience participation and video presentations. The workshops will focus on:


  • Endovenous Ablation Methods
  • Ultrasound
  • Wound Care / Compression
  • Sclerotherapy
  • IVC Filters
  • Pharmaco Mechanical Thrombolysis / Angioplasty and Stenting / IVUS
  • Pelvic Venous Embolization and Sclerotherapy



The Vein Forum is for clinicians in the fields of vascular surgery, interventional radiology, phlebology, interventional cardiology, hematology, vascular medicine, surgery, family practice, and cardiology.



Patrick Muck  MD. of TriHealth Heart Institute in Ohio, attended University of Notre Dame and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is Board Certified in both General and Vascular Surgery. Dr Muck has been speaker, moderator, or course director for many national and international meetings, including, the American Venous Forum. He participates in the training of residents, fellows and attending physicians across the country.  He specializes in minimally invasive treatment of all types of problems of the circulatory system.


EXPERT COURSE FACULTY and Program Committee 

Faculty interaction is crucial to the clinicians fully benefiting from this course. The faculty consists of AVF leaders in the field of venous disease and local experts from each host site. Committee members & faculty include:

Patrick Muck, MD - Chair

Mark Iafrati, MD – Chair -Elect

Julianne Stoughton MD – Past Chair

Joseph D. Raffetto, MD

Dawn M. Coleman, MD

Steven Elias, MD

M. Ashraf Mansour, MD

Robert McLafferty MD

Ruth Bush MD

Yan Katsnelson, M.D

J. Gordon Wright MD


Dress for The Vein Forum is casual, including dinners. Industry representatives are encouraged to attend the lectures and participate in the social aspects of this meeting.


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Amedco and American Venous Forum (AVF). Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation Statement

Amedco designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 



The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel,  1 West Wacker Avenue,  Chicago, IL 60601

A special rate has been secured over the dates of the meeting of $239.00 plus tax (which is currently 17.4%). Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-303-0104. Request the American Venous Forum Group Rate.

Reservations must be made by September 8, 2016 to guarantee the group rate. After this deadline, or if the block of rooms sells out prior to the deadline, availability and rates cannot be guaranteed. 

Final Program

Friday, September 30 Event Faculty Room
6:30 am - 8:00am Check-In and Registrations   Cloud Gate Foyer
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall   Cloud Gate 5
8:00 am - 8:05 am Welcome and Introduction Muck Cloud Gate 3-4
8:05 am - 8:20 am Anatomy/ Physiology Raffetto Cloud Gate 3-4
8:20 am - 8:35 am Clinical presentation/ Indications for treatment (cover CEAP, VCSS, PRO’s) McLafferty Cloud Gate 3-4
8:35 am - 8:50 am Ablation methods (thermal) Bush Cloud Gate 3-4
8:50 am - 9:05 am Non tumescent ablation methods (PEM, MOCA, Glue, V-block, etc) Elias Cloud Gate 3-4
9:05 am - 9:15 am More NTNT, the LAFOS Procedure Wright Cloud Gate 3-4
9:15 am - 9:25 am Q&A Raffetto (moderator) and All faculty Cloud Gate 3-4
9:25 am - 9:50 am Break   Cloud Gate 5
9:50 am - 10:10 am Management of tributaries (Ambulatory phlebectomy, Trivex (Dr. Coleman's video), and sclerotherapy (foam and liquid)) Coleman Cloud Gate 3-4
10:10 am - 10:20 am Management of perforators  Iafrati Cloud Gate 3-4
10:20 am - 10:35 am Cosmetic sclerotherapy and other cosmetic treatments (laser, etc) Mansour Cloud Gate 3-4
10:35 am - 10:50 am Management of the swollen limb/ lymphedema Stoughton  Cloud Gate 3-4
10:50 am - 11:05 am Management of multilevel venous disease (i.e. axial vs. segmental reflux in patients with coexisting deep and superficial veinous reflux disease) Katsnelson Cloud Gate 3-4
11:05 am - 11:15am Pelvic venous congestion syndrome Stoughton  
11:15 am - 11:30am Panel Discussion and Q+A Moderator-Raffeto Cloud Gaate 3-4
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Live Imaging Cases and Discussion Wright/Elias Cloud Garte 3-4
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Networking Lunch with Exhibitors    Cloud Gate 5
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Rotating Workshops      
Group 1 Thermal Endovenous ablation methods Coleman and Iafrati Cloud Gate 1-2
Group 2 Sclerotherapy Mansour and Stoughton Cloud Gate 1-2
  Break   Cloud Gate 5
Group 3 Non Thermal Non Tumescent Ablation Methods Elias and Bush Cloud Gate 1-2
Group 4 Wound Care/Compression (cover some of the pharmacologic treatments for CVI) Raffetto and McLafferty Cloud Gate 1-2
4:30pm to 5:30pm  Welcome Reception   Cloud Gate 5
Saturday, October 1st Event Proposed Faculty Room
7:00 am - 8:00 am Check-In and Registrations   Cloud Gate Foyer
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall   Cloud Gate 5
8:05 am - 8:25 am IVC filters (indications and outcomes, and retrieval) Bush Cloud Gate 3-4
8:25 am - 8:45 am Compression syndromes (May-Thurner, Nutcracker, Upper extremity venous thoracic outlet) Coleman Cloud Gate 3-4
8:45 am - 9:05 am Thrombophilias and new anticoagulants Muck Cloud Gate 3-4
9:05 am - 9:25 am DVT, Post Thrombotic Syndrome and Venous Interventions Muck Cloud Gate 3-4
9:25 am - 9:55 am Break   Cloud Gate 5
9:55 am - 10:10 am Difficult Venous Cases - management of complications  McLafferty & Muck Cloud Gate 3-4
10:15 am - 11:15 am Live Ultrasound cases---2 live patients Wright (patient coordinator) and techs Cloud Gate 3-4
11:15 am - 11:30 am Panel Discussion and Q+A All Faculty Cloud Gate 3-4
11:30 am - 12:45 pm Working Lunch  / Topic: Practice Management   Adler Room 
  12:00 pm -12:15 pm / Practice Staffing Mansour and his practice manager Chelsea Schrot Adler Room 
  12:15 pm - 12:30 pm / IAC accreditation Stoughton  Adler Room 
  12:30 pm - 12:45 pm / Marketing/social media Stoughton Adler Room 
1:00pm - 3:30pm Rotating Workshops   Cloud Gate 1-2
Group 1 IVC Filters Coleman and McLafferty Cloud Gate 1-2
Group 2 Pharmaco mechanical thrombolysis/ angioplasty and stenting / IVUS Muck and Raffetto Cloud Gate 1-2
  Break    Cloud Gate 1-2
Group 3 Pelvic venous embolization and sclerotherapy Iafrati and Stoughton Cloud Gate 1-2
Group 4 Hands-on Ultrasound & Prerecorded cases Bush Cloud Gate 1-2
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm WRAP UP and Q+A Muck (Moderator) All faculty and all attendees Cloud Gate 3-4

AVF Member Physician:  $500

Non-Member Physician:  $600

Allied Health Professional (same rate for member/non member)  $300

The Vein Forum - Chicago

  • September 30 - October 1, 2016
  • 1 West Wacker Drive
    United States