The 16th Annual International Vein Congress took place in Miami Beach, FL from April 19th- 21st 2018, and brought together over 700 vein care professionals representing 27 different countries. The agenda was led by 25 internationally renowned faculty.

The meeting began with opening remarks from course director, Jose I. Almeida, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT, and continued with in-depth sessions on venous basics, venous diagnostics, truncal ablation, venous quagmires, tributaries and spider veins, debates, and venous governance. Each session also included an interactive panel discussion where session moderators posed questions to the faculty of each session.

"This year was very special as the meeting was conducted in collaboration with the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum. These are the 2 premier societies representing venous disease - and many of our faculty (including myself) are members of both."
- Course Director Dr. Almeida

Attendees had the unique opportunity to learn from live cases, which were streamed from the Miami Vein Center to the educational ballroom. In the first set of live cases, Jose Almeida, MD, and Jan Sloves, RVT demonstrated deep venous ultrasound mapping, venography, IVUS, and iliac stenting. Course co-director, Edward G. Mackay, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT also led a radiofrequency ablation and phlebectomy demonstration during the morning session.

This experience was further enhanced by audience participation and communication with the demonstrators in the OR. A panel of faculty in the educational ballroom were there to explain why certain procedures were performed in each case. The rest of the day proceeded with lives cases covering mechanico-chemical ablation (MOCA), embolic adhesion with cyanoacrylate glue, and more.

The keynote address at this year's Congress titled "Data Is King: To Measure Clinical Outcomes, To Shape Policy, For Payer Negotiations, For Peer Oversight and Governance" was given by Jack L. Cronenwett, MD of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The talk discussed how each treating physician will soon likely be required to provide evidence of appropriate patient selection, adherence to society best practices, and good outcomes. Dr. Cronenwett made the point that this will be more accurately accomplished by a society-based registry than government/payer claims data and how the VQI Varicose Vein Registry is well positioned to meet these needs.

The final day of IVC hosted the highly anticipated annual V2 symposium, where audience members can pose any venous-related questions to a panel of experts. This year's panel included: Jose I. Almeida, MD; Lowell S. Kabnick, MD; Nick Morrison, MD; Neil M. Khilnani, MD; Anthony J. Comerota, MD; and Mark Garcia, MD.

The 2018 meeting debuted a session dedicated to Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatics (JVS-VL) invited abstracts. The abstract authors presented their findings on stage and were given feedback from JVS-VL editors. This session was moderated by Peter Gloviczki, MD and the panel consisted of: Jose I. Almeida, MD; William A. Marston, MD; Anthony J. Comerota, MD; Thomas M. Proebstle, MD, PhD; and Seshadri Raju, MD. The six abstracts accepted and presented orally at IVC will be published in the July issue of JVS-VL.

In an effort to keep venous education at the forefront and engage practitioners year-round, IVC works in conjunction with Vein Global. This online, educational portal provides up-to-date content on innovations and exploration in venous interventions through clinical cases and presentation videos on topic areas such as anatomy and physiology, imaging, deep venous disease, superficial venous disease, and venous governance. Stay connected with current and future trends by visiting veinglobal.com and subscribing to the monthly newsletter.

The IVC team is already hard at work planning next year's International Vein Congress, which will take place April 25-27, 2019 in Miami Beach, FL. Check IVCmiami.com for updates.

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