ACP: Annual Congress Recap

Drawing nearly 900 attendees, The American College of Phlebology hosted their 25th Annual Scientific Congress, held November 3-6, 2011 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The annual conference featured more than 40 educational sessions from nationally and internationally recognized vein care professionals, showcasing the most current information and latest techniques in the treatment of venous and lymphatic diseases.

“As the field of phlebology develops each year, so too does the ACP Annual Congress, both as an educational forum as well as a standard for the specialty,” noted ACP President, John Mauriello.

In addition to the educational opportunities presented, nearly 80 exhibitors were on hand to demonstrate the latest technology and products to attendees.

“This is always our biggest vein-related show of the year,” stated Judith Brannan, Educational Manager for Sigvaris. “I’m always impressed each year with the level of engagement by the attendees and just how eager they are to learn how they can improve their practice.”

Second Keynote Address Added

In an effort to provide more diverse and topical content, The ACP included two keynote addresses this year – the first on Friday and second Saturday.

On Friday morning, Dr. William A. Marston and Dr. Thomas F. O’Donnell, Jr. squared off at The Great Venous Ulcer Debate. Both speakers provided their perspectives on the premise that venous ulcers occur at epidemic proportions; yet, despite the ESCHAR trial, significant controversy exists regarding the timing of treatment for superficial reflux. An engaging and compelling case was made by both sides as attendees were treated to a lively debate.

During the Saturday morning session, Dr. David Flum outlined the details of current health care reform and the role of phlebology. Dr. Flum detailed the need for outcomesbased research and clinician registries to assist in the treatment of patients going forward. He noted, no matter the health care regime, patient outcomes are paramount in the equation. Steps need to be taken now to ensure that continues to be the case.

Graduated Seminar Tracks

Another innovation this year was the introduction of basic, intermediate and advanced seminar tracks with content designed for each. As the Annual Congress and the field continue to grow, the organizing committee determined that content needed to speak to all levels of knowledge. Whether it would be an attendee’s first exposure to phlebology or their 25th year at the conference, the committee ensured compelling seminars for all.

Courses ranged from Basic Phlebology and Ultrasonography, New and Emerging Technologies to Updates on Chronic Cerbrospinal Venous Insufficiency.

Congress After Hours

From the Golf Outing and Silent Auction to the Dinner Social, the Annual Congress provided numerous opportunities for attendees to relax and network with colleagues.

The 6th Annual Golf Outing was held at Industry Hills Golf Club, named “2010 Best Golf Course in the U.S.” by the National Golf Course Owners Association. The Southern California weather was sunny and warm as players swung their way through the visually stunning course.

“We have had the opportunity to play some spectacular courses over the last six years and Industry Hills did not disappoint,” noted John Mauriello.

Spectacular views were not limited to the golf course though. The ACP hosted the Dinner & Social Saturday night at the City Club at Bunker Hill. From the 54th floor, guests were treated to panoramic views of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean at sunset. Once the sun went down, it was time for fine dining and dancing as the Leonard Neil Dance Band got things hopping.

“By all accounts, the 2011 ACP Annual Congress was a tremendous success,” stated Dana Deponzi-Haas, ACP Director of Meetings. “We’re already working on next year’s Annual Congress in Hollywood, Florida, which promises to be even bigger and better!”