IVC 2010: A Preview of the 8th Annual International Vein Congress

Our move to the beautiful and newly refurbished Fontainebleau last year was an instant hit with the participants; the vibe that this venue has added to the meeting cannot be understated. Whether you are a newbie or an IVC veteran, this classic hotel is a prime venue on Miami Beach that offers something for everyone. All of one’s needs can be met on-site, with a nice array of restaurants, shops and amenities- and the energy at night is palpable! With this in mind, guests should bring their whole family, and combine a wonderful learning experience with some relaxation.

I want to emphasize what has not changed at IVC. Now in its eighth year, IVC continues to stand as the most important meeting serving professionals involved with the treatment of venous disease in the office setting. My commitment, along with that of our co-directors and faculty, remains to the practitioners and allied health staff whom have dedicated themselves to staying at the top of the field. Through an annually strong program, IVC offers an important opportunity to learn about new techniques and technology. Our faculty provide the kind of insight that only comes from years of experience. Our live case demonstrations provide an unparalleled chance to observe office-based procedures - selected for their high educational value - and then dissected by a panel of experts. Our Exhibit Hall provides information about products and services that perfectly complements the meeting’s clinical and practical content.

Dr. Bo Eklof will be flying in from Sweden to deliver the keynote address “Reducing Venous Ulcers by 50% in Ten Years.” This topic is most timely. As the IVC meeting has matured over the years, it has come to appreciate the multisystem involvement of advanced disease. Therefore, talks discussing the role of the deep system, perforator system, and the importance of iliofemoral outflow will complement Dr. Eklof’s talk on C6 disease.

IVC does not subscribe to political correctness. “Do We Really Need a Phlebology Specialty Board?” is one of the questions of the day, and the issue-will be debated in the star-studded V2 symposium moderated annually by Dr. Steve Elias. Our closing session on Saturday, “The Battle With 3rd Party Payers,” likewise will have provocative talks addressing the future of insurance reimbursement and how we as doctors need to get involved to make changes. Registration has hit a new trajectory this year and we are expecting 1000 participants from 30 different countries, and over 50 exhibitors. We hope to see to see you in Miami Beach in May - be there or be square!

For more information please visit us at www.IVCmiami.com