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Executive Committee

UIP Executive Committee

The UIP Executive Committee is comprised of:


Sergio Gianesini

Sergio Gianesini is a surgeon of the University of Ferrara (ITALY) where he holds an associate professorship Italian habilitation in cardiovascular surgery and where he is dedicated to Vein & Lymphatic basic science, clinical research and practice. He is part of the permanent teaching body of the School of Medicine, as well as of the Vascular Surgery Residency program, of the courses of Physiotherapy and of the School of Dentistry. He is an adjunct associate professor in Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, USA. He has a PhD in Vascular System Molecular Patho-physiology and he is part of the teaching body of the Advanced Therapies & Experimental Pharmacology PhD course at the University of Ferrara. Inside the University of Ferrara PhD programs he is involved in the internationalization process, facilitating interaction among different countries universities. He is invited professor of the Angiology II level Master of the University of Padova (ITALY). He is invited professor of the Albania University as well. He serves as editor in chief of Vascular Insights journal and as associate Editor of Phlebology Journal and of International Angiology Journal. He is in the editorial boards of Journal of Vascular Surgery venous & lymphatic disorders, of the Chinese Medical Journal, of the Surgical Sciences Journal and of the Turkish Journal of Vascular Surgery. He has published more than 80 scientific papers on vein-lymphatics topics, 3 textbooks and he has delivered more than 380 lectures around the world. He is a founding member of the venous-lymphatic World International Network (v-WIN) foundation, with which he developed projects leading to an official recognition of the United Nations Communications Coordination Committee and to an institutional representation during the 2021-2022 Universal Expo World Fair. From 2018 to 2022 he has served as UIP vice-president, President-Elect from 2022 to 2023 and will serve as the UIP President from 2023 to 2027

Immediate Past-President

Kurosh Parsi

Professor Kurosh Parsi MBBS, MSc (Med), PhD, LLM, FACD, FACP, FACLM is a dermatologist, phlebologist and vascular anomalies specialist.
Prof. Parsi is the Head of Department of Dermatology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia and Program Head, Dermatology, Phlebology and Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory, St. Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research. Professor Parsi sub-specializes in vascular anomalies and vascular dermatology and worked as a paediatric vascular anomalies staff specialist at Sydney Children’s Hospital for ten years.
Prof. Parsi is a conjoint Professor of Medicine at University of New South Wales (UNSW) and served as an Adjunct Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Sydney, School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. He is a medical graduate of the University of Sydney, obtained his Master of Science in Medicine followed by a PhD in thrombosis, haemostasis and fibrinolysis from the UNSW and a Master of International Law (LLM) from the University of Salford (Manchester, UK).
Prof. Parsi is the Immediate Past President of the International Union of Phlebology (UIP), having served as the UIP President (2019-2023). He previously served the UIP as the Vice President (2009-2013), Treasurer (2013-2017) and President-elect (2018-2019).
Professor Parsi served the Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP) as President (2007-2017) and was the convener of the ACP annual Scientific Meetings (2007-2017) and the World Congress of Phlebology (Melbourne, Australia; 4-8 February 2018).
Professor Parsi’s basic science research has focused on physiochemical and fluid mechanics of sclerosant foams and the interaction of detergent sclerosants with coagulation, antithrombotic and fibrinolytic mechanisms. His clinical research in phlebology has focused on deep vein sclerosis and sclerothrombus. His research in dermatology has been on pigmented purpuric dermatoses (PPD), vascular malformations and reticulate eruptions.

General Secretary

Ahmet Kürsat Bozkurt

Born in 1962 in Izmir. He graduated from the Aegean University Medical Faculty in 1985. He completed his residency program in 1993 at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty. He became Associate Professor in 1997 and Professor in 2003 in the same Department. He worked for five months at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland; and for 2 years at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Castle Hill Hospital, England.
He was accepted as a “Fellow of the International College of Angiology (FICA)” in 1993. He passed the necessary examinations and was entitled a “Fellow European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons (FEBCS)” in October 2003.
He is a member of the American Venous Forum, Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery, National Society of Vascular Surgery, European Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, International Union of Angiology, and Vascular Access Society. He has several book chapters, papers in international scientific journals, and over 1300 citations. He was the President of the Turkish Society for Vascular Surgery between 2008 and 2012, the President of the Asian Society of Vascular Surgery between 2012 and 2013, and Vice President of the Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery between 2015 and 2017. Currently, he is the President of the Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery. He was the Chairman of the Union International Phlebology 2022 Istanbul World Meeting.


Paul Thibault

Dr Paul Thibault is a Phlebologist working in private practice in Newcastle, Australia. He graduated in medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney and worked in General Practice for 11 years before specialising in Phlebology in 1988. He was the founding President of the Sclerotherapy Society of Australia in 1993 and the inaugural President of the Australasian College of Phlebology from 1999 to 2002. He was Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Phlebology from 2002 to 2007 and is currently Associate Editor of the journal “Phlebology” He has written many peer-reviewed articles in medical journals in the field of phlebology and has contributed to major textbooks on venous diseases.
Dr Thibault is known for his pioneering work in duplex ultrasound evaluation of superficial varicose veins, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, post-sclerotherapy pigmentation, cutaneous vascular laser therapy, perivenous tumescent compression in sclerotherapy and more recently, duplex ultrasound assessment and medical management of cerebrospinal venous obstruction.
In phlebology administration Dr Thibault has held the position of Treasurer of the Australasian College of Phlebology since 2002 and has served as Treasurer of the Union Internationale de Phlebology since 2018.

Chair of Congress & Events

Oscar Bottini

Founder member of the Argentinian College of Venous and Lymphatic Surgery - CACVyL - President in 2012 to 2014.
President of Latin American Venous Forum from 2014 to 2016.
Honorary President of Venous & Lymphatic International Network -vWin- and Chair of UIP Education Committee until today.
Head of Phlebology and Lymphology Service at German University Hospital, Buenos Aires.
Head of Phlebology and Lymphology Section of Universitary Clínicas Hospital of Buenos Aires from 2003 to 2022.
Graduated in 1984 as Physician and later followed 4 specialties: General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Phlebology and Lymphology.
Medical Director of Dr. Bottini Center for Phlebology and Aesthetics
Creator and Director of the Postgraduate Specialization in Phlebology and Lymphology Career. Faculty of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires since 2010.
Member of the first class of Specialists in Phlebology and Lymphology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, accompanying Prof. Enrici since then as a teacher, in the growth of the mentioned Career.
Director of University Diplomas in Non-invasive Vascular Diagnosis, Thrombosis, thrombolysis and stenting, Phleboaesthetics, Chronic Wounds and Lymphology, -UCES-
Director and Coordinator of 59 national courses and 12 international courses in the specialty since 1996.
Author of 20 scientific publications, 2 awarded.
Outstanding in projection, organization and execution of events and Congresses of his specialty, Guest Professor and Lecturer in 62 international and 159 national events.
Dr. Bottini counts on an enormous experience in the organization, direction and participation in scientific events and Congresses . He has been President of 10 International Meetings and of more than 15 National ones.

Chair of Science

Fedor Lurie

Dr. Lurie started his career as an academic vascular surgeon in 1980. He served as the faculty at the Urals Medical Academy, University of California Davis, and the University of Hawaii. He currently is the Associate Director of the Jobst Vascular Institute and Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Dr. Lurie’s main clinical and research interests are venous and lymphatic diseases, venous physiology, and clinical imaging. He serves as the Director of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, Director of the Vein Center Accreditation Board of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, and member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee.
Dr. Lurie is the Past President of the American venous forum, and the American venous forum Foundation, member of several committees of the Society for Vascular Surgery, an Honorary Member of the European venous Forum, and several vascular Surgery societies. He served as the principle investigator on eighteen multi-center clinical trials, published more than 200 original papers, multiple invited commentaries and review articles, and 19 book chapters. He is also an accomplished speaker with more than 300 presentations nationally and internationally.

Chair of Education

Pauline Raymond-Martimbeau

Dre Pauline Raymond-Martimbeau is a Canadian and American citizen. She is in private practice in Texas, USA, and Montreal, QC, Canada. Dr. Raymond-Martimbeau is a graduate of the University of Montreal. She completed post-graduate training in phlebology and vascular surgery in Paris, France. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.
She served as president of the Canadian Society of Phlebology (1993-2016), vice-president of the International Union of Phlebology, and treasurer of the American College of Phlebology. She served as Chair of several committees, including the ACP international committee and education committee. She is a recipient of the University of Montreal Gold Medal (1992), a research award recipient of the Jobst award, and the NASP award. She is a Fellow of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, an Emeritus Fellow of the Australasian College of Phlebology, a Fellow member of the Canadian Society of Phlebology, and a Member of Honor of the UIP, the French Society of Phlebology, and the French College of Vascular Pathology.
She is an Associate Editor-in-Chief of several medical journals and a member of the distinguished Editorial Board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery Venous and Lymphatic Disorders. She is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and five textbooks, including Ambulatory Phlebectomy. She delivered hundreds of research, didactic and clinical presentations at national and international congresses.
She is currently very active in teaching phlebology, being an official teacher and tutor of the Quebec College of Physicians and Surgeons “Guide of Phlebology program,” and being a member of the UIP Education Committee. She has trained hundreds of physicians and is the pioneer of several phlebology techniques.
Last but not least: Education is and will always be her passion. Everyone is responsible for transmitting what they learned from others.

Vice Presidents

Lorena Grillo

Lorena Grillo born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America; earned her Doctorate’s degree in UCIMED, University of Medical Sciences, one the most prestigious Universities in Costa Rica and the region. Did her two postgraduate Residency Programs in the University of Costa Rica, graduating in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery, becoming the first female surgeon with both Specialties in the country. Vascular Ultrasound graduate from the Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute in Tampa, Florida.
She became Associate Professor for to major Universities in San Jose, Costa Rica, like the University of Costa Rica and UNIBE Iberoamerican University, teaching Peripheral Vascular Surgery for PreMed students. Professor at the Universidad Latina in San Jose, Costa Rica. Tutor for students of Medicine and Pharmacy for Clinical & Hospital Pharmacology Rotation and Actual Surgery Internship Tutor at the Hospital San Rafael de Alajuela.
Grillo's career experience includes working as General Surgery Resident for 3 top Hospitals in San Jose: San Juan de Dios, Calderon Guardia & Alajuela.
She is a member of the Panamerican Trauma Society, International Society of Vascular Surgery, Society of Advanced Wound Care, Association of Peripheral Vascular Surgeons of Costa Rica, Society Of vascular and Endovascular Surgeon of Central America and Caribbean. She is board member of the Association of Peripheral Vascular Surgeons of Costa Rica, founding and Board Member Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery of Central America and Caribbean. Costa Rica’s Society chose her as UIP Costa Rica DELEGATE in 2019, also AVLS international member. MIT graduate in Leadership in Innovation with skills that have been useful in all the Activities held in Pandemic Times. President of PHLEBOLATAM SINCE 2019, leading meetings in 2020, 2021 hybrid and holding the coordination of three international session in Buenos Aires 2021. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Buenos Aires 2021 meeting.

Ravul Jindal

Dr. Ravul Jindal Director of Vascular Surgery India. He has been working in surgery from 26 years in peripheral arterial and venous interventions. He was trained at PGIMER India and St. Mary Hospital London in Vascular Surgery. He is involved in National vascular bodies and is Life member of Vascular Society of India, Past President (2017-2019) & Past Chairman of Governing Council (2019-2021) of Venous Association of India, Member of International Compression Club, Education Committee Member of UIP, International Ambassador of American Venous Forum, Member of International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, Treasurer of Asian Venous Forum, Asia Continental Chair for American Vein & Lymphatic Society, Member of National College of Phlebology- NCPh (Russia) and Steering committee member on the Vein Inception Programme. He was involved in four International clinical trials on DVT. He has presented more than 500 talks at National and International meetings. He has written 15 book chapters and is credited with 40 publications in International journals. He has co-authored a book on Venous Disorders published by Springer in 2018. He is on editorial board for Indonesia Journal of Vascular Surgery, India Journal of Surgery, Indian Journal of Vascular Surgery. He was the lead in writing Indian guidelines on management of venous ulcers. He is also incharge for doing first registry study on venous ulcer from India. He was pioneer in introducing Glue, MOCA and steam ablation techniques first time in India. He runs a very successful, world renowned and first of its kind hands on workshop in treatment of varicose veins on patients (Endovascular & Ultrasound-guided Intervention Course - EUVIC) from last 8 years. He also conducts various courses in India and abroad to teach people about venous diseases. This centre also gets various International doctors to come for attachment to learn venous and arterial disorders.

Zaza Lazarashvili

Zaza Lazarashvili is a vascular surgeon, whose main activity is the treatment of venous diseases. He is the Medical Director of Chapidze Cardiovascular Center (Tbilisi, Georgia). He has introduced ambulatory phlebectomy (CHIVA) techniques in the region, as well as endovascular treatment methods for pelvic vein disorders. He has been carring out educational and scientific activities at Tbilisi State University for several years. From 2010 to 2012 he was member of National Council for Accreditation of Educational Programs. He is the past president of Georgian Association of Angiologists and Vascular Surgeons. Zaza Lazarashvili actively participates in international educational and scientific programs: he is member of international committee of America Vein and Lymphatic Society (AVLS), international ambassador of American Venous forum (AVF), member of International Pelvic Vein Working Group (IPVWG), member of scientific committee of venous-lymphatic World International Network (v-WIN) foundation. Under his leadership, important regional projects have been implemented: Black Sea Venous meeting, Near East – North Africa (NENA) Venous Society, together with a dedicated global project on Pelvic Venous Disorders in conjunction with the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. His last initiative, which is actively developing, is European Pelvic Vein Alliance (EPVA). He is the author of Consensus Document of International Union of Phlebology “Diagnosis and Treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.” Zaza Lazarashvili has published more than 30 scientific papers and 1 monography, he is member of editorial board of the Turkish Journal of Vascular Surgery, associated Editor of “Acta Phlebologica”. From 2018 till today he is member of educational committee of International Union of Phlebology (UIP).

Rodrigo Rial

I am the first doctor in my family. My vocation arose from my father's frustration at not being able to study medicine. In the third year of my career I became an intern in Cardiovascular Surgery Department of Air Force Hospital in Madrid, and since then I have not abandoned this orientation.
In Spain, an exam is carried out to be able to decide on the specialty, and I was able to choose the specialty of Angiology and Vascular Surgery, in one of the most prestigious Departments of Vascular Surgery in Spain, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, in Madrid. I completed the five years training in 1994
My professional life was developed with all the vascular diseases, arterial and venous pathology. In 2005 I was elected to form part of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Chapter of Phlebology and Lymphology. Since then I have had different responsibilities, several Board Member Chairs, Member of the Scientific Committee, Vice President and currently I’m occupying the Presidency.

Javier Serralde Gallegos 

Dr. Javier Serralde is a Mexican physician with university studies in Phlebology, Lymphology, Vascular Venous Ultrasound and Advanced Wound Management. He is currently the President of the Mexican Academy of Phlebology and Lymphology in addition to being a Founding Member Emeritus of the Mexican College of Phlebology and Lymphology, Member of the Pan American Society of Phlebology, Professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Teacher at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubiran, Professor and Academic Coordinator of Phlebology and Lymphology Course and Vascular Venous Ultrasound Course.
In addition to his academic and teaching activities, Dr. Serralde has been working in private medical practice performing diagnosis and treatment of venous and lymphatic diseases as well as being Chief of the "Clinica de Varices" in Mexico City, commenting that he is one of the first doctors to perform mechano-chemical ablation in Mexico and pioneers in the application of wraps in the treatment of venous ulcers.
Dr. Serralde has participated as author and co-author in multiple publications in national and international journals, including the Mexican Consensus on Sclerotherapy, the Mexican Consensus on Venous Ultrasound, Diagnosis Guides, Treatment and Compression Therapy; in addition to contributing to the preparation of chapters in some local and foreign books on venous and lymphatic diseases.
He has multiple participations as Professor, Speaker and Faculty in International Conferences in Mexico, USA, Canada, Australia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Vienna, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Japan, India, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Honorary Member of the Venous Forum of Mini Venous Surgery and Miniphlebectomy, Paraguayan Society of Phlebology and Lymphology, Panamanian Society of Phlebology and Lymphology and the Roman Academy of Phlebology.

Carlos Simkin

Medical Doctor, Vascular Surgeon, specialist in Phlebology and Lymphology with a diploma of honor by the Argentine Society of Phlebology and Lymphology (SAFyL).
President of the Latinamerican Venous Forum (FVL)
Secretary for Latin America of the International Union of Angiology (IUA)
Full member and member of the Board of Directors of the Argentine Society of Phlebology and Lymphology (SAFyL). Vice General Secretary
Full member of the Argentine College of Cardiovascular and Endovascular Surgeons (CACCV)
Full member Argentine College of Venous and Lymphatic Surgery (CACVyL)
Full Member American Venous Forum (AVF).
Published numerous scientific papers in national and international journals.
Author of the book ¨Laser in Phlebology¨
Author of multiple chapters in several books of recognized authors of national and international level.