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Nominations for the UIP Executive 2022-2025

Nomination Process

 

Nominations are now open for UIP Executive Positions for the term 2022-2025. 


Elections


Nominations

The UIP has received the following nominations (listed by position and alphabetically):

President Elect
A/Prof. Sergio Gianesini (Italy)
Dr Malay Patel (India)

General Secretary
Prof. Pier Luigi Antignani (Italy)

Treasurer
Dr Paul Thibault (Australia)

Chair of Science
Dr Fedor Lurie (United States of America)

Chair of Education 
Dr Luis René Arias Villarroel (Bolivia)

Vice-Presidents
Prof. Pier Luigi Antignani (Italy)
Prof. Mohamed Ayman Fakhry (Egypt)
Dr Tobias Hirsch (Germany)
Dr Ravul Jindal (India)
Prof. Zaza Lazarashvili (Georgia)
Dr Fedor Lurie (United States of America)
Prof. Alvaro Orrego (Chile)
Dr Carlos Simkin (Argentina)
Dr Wassila Taha (Egypt)
Prof. Shenming Wang (China)
Em. Prof. Dr Cees H.A. Wittens (The Netherlands)

Chair of Congresses and Events / Assistant Secretary 
Dr Oscar Hugo Bottini (Argentina)
Dr Lowell Stuart Kabnick (United States of America)


Biographies of Nominees

President-Elect

A/Prof. Sergio Gianesini (Italy)
Nomination from the Italian Society of Phlebolymphology

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.

Dear General Council, I wish to convey to you the reasons that led me to accept the kind proposal of different Societies to run for the presidential office, apart the obvious honor of such prestigious charge. The difficulties all the world has been facing clearly reminded us the need of constant adaptation and innovation. These difficulties have also represented the opportunity to showcase the huge value of prompt reaction, of joint global projects and of proper synergy. The International Union of Phlebology (UIP) was created long ago, yet funded on these same actual concepts. Along time, UIP has demonstrated great potentials as well as significant flaws. A proper, moral, transparent, democratic, engaging, global governance is greatly needed, particularly in the current days. In this context, I hope the actions developed by myself and by the colleagues who have been coworking with me from all around the world along the years can speak far more than abstract electoral promises. I stand for a UIP as “Society of Societies”, whose main task must be supporting its members local activities, while bringing them to the global scale, in a productive synergy among parts. I support a UIP promoting transparent use of all the available means, aimed to elevate Vein & Lymphatic positioning around the world. With these values, I’d like to run for a UIP in which the General Council can find a constantly available communication channel dedicated to assessing the different Regions needs and to finding proper solutions. Exactly in this sense, I remain at your full disposal, hoping you will like the idea of reaching out to me (gnssrg@unife.it , sergiogianesini@gmail.com ; t. +393498012304) to provide YOUR feedback on what the UIP should be and do for your Society, for your Region and for our Discipline advancement. I truly hope this exchange between you (“U”) and “I“ will represent an opportunity of “P”rogress for the UIP and of a candidacy in line with the real needs of its members.


Dr Malay Patel (India)
Nomination from the Venous Association of India

Dr. Malay Patel is the founding president of the Venous Association of India and has been a former vice-president of the International Union of Phlebology (UIP) and its current Assistant General Secretary.
He is well known among phlebology circles for promoting the cause of management of venous diseases around the globe. He is currently spearheading the global campaign of the 'No More Venous Ulcers' of the European Independent Foundation in Angiology /Vascular Medicine more popularly known as VAS.
In the past he has been responsible for bringing newer countries under the membership the UIP.
As a part of the UIP since 2013 I have the ability to maintain continuity of the goals that the UIP is trying to achieve in spreading awareness about management of venous disease as well as bringing more national phlebology societies into the UIP.

I would like to continue the work that the UIP has undertaken so far and further the cause of leading the world towards better management of venous disease. I also have the ongoing task of bringing more and more countries into the UIP and see its outreach increase into areas that still are not represented within the UIP


General Secretary

Prof. Pier Luigi Antignani (Italy)
Nomination from the Italian Society of Phlebolymphology

Prof. Pier Luigi Antignani is a vascular physician with specialization in Medical Angiology. He is Director of a vascular Centre in Rome (Italy). He is professor of the Angiology, Phlebology and non invasive vascular investigation. He is teacher in the Master of Angiology in the Universities of Padova, Rome and Catania. He is President of the Internatiomal Union of Angiology (2020-2022). He is Honorary President of the Italian Society for Vascular Investigation and has published, as lead author, the “diagnosis of vascular diseases ultrasound investigations – international guidelines”. He has been Assistant Secretary and General Secretary of the International Union of Phlebology. As part of the activities in the UIP, he followed the publication of some guidelines and consensus documents (Superficial vein thrombosis, Corona phlebectasica, Diagnosis and treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome, Chronic lymphedema of the limbs, Venous hemodynamic changes in lower limb venous disease, vascular anomalies: vascular malformations and hemangiomas). He is Editor in Chief of Acta Phlebologica journal.He is member of Editorial Board of Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, Vascular Investigation and Therapy, International Angiology. He is honorary member of Panamerican Society of Phlebology and Lymphology of the Argentinian Society of Phlebology and Lymphology. He is distinguished fellow of American Venous Forum and emeritus fellow member of Australasian College of Phlebology. He is author of several books regarding the vascular diseases and he has published several papers on the various aspects of vascular diseases (more than 400 papers); he has organized a lot of national and international congresses concerning the vascular diseases and, expecially, phlebological aspects (the last was the international congress of the UIP - Rome 2016). Recently he has organized the world congress of the IUA in 2020.

Dear collegues of the General Council, it will be a honour to resume my activity in the International Union of Phlebology continuing along the path traced by the previous executive Committees: the increase of regional presence proposing educational and scientific projects, the involvement of new phlebolological societies around the world, the cooperation with other specialties with common interest, the definition of the better management of the phlebological and lymphatic diseases by means of guidelines, consensus documents and a proper training and education of the operators in order to guarantee the high quality of the care. I put my experience at the service of the International Union of Phlebology with the aim to work all together in a friendly and effective way in the interest of a bigger and stronger Union.


Treasurer

Dr Paul Thibault (Australia)
Nomination from the Australasian College of Phlebology

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.

I believe that I can continue to contribute to the financial administration of the UIP due to my broad range of knowledge and abilities regarding financial administration of medical societies. In time I would endeavour to achieve greater financial security of the UIP. 


Chair of Science


Dr Fedor Lurie (United States of America)
Nomination from the American Vein and Lymphatic Society and the American Venous Forum

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.

My experience in clinical and basic research including organizing and leading multicenter clinical trials will be helpful in helping UIP to further advance its research activities. I will be focusing on facilitating the collaboration among the UIP member societies in conducting new clinical trials, and developing UIP research training program.


Chair of Education

Dr Luis René Arias Villarroel (Bolivia)
Nomination from the Bolivian Scientific Community of Phlebology and Lymphology

Dr. Luis René Arias Villarroel is a surgeon graduated from the Royal and Pontificial University of San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca, Bolivia and the Veracruz University, Mexico. Currently Rector of the Scientific Institute of Higher Education and Director of the Advisory Council of the Association of Rectors of the Caribbean and the Americas. Director of Arias Medical Clinic based in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba, Bolivia, as well as in the city of Xalapa, Boca del Rio and Puebla, Mexico, where attention is specialized in Phlebology and Lymphology with more than 20 years of experience. Doctorate in science and collaborated as co-author of several international consensus of Phlebology and Lymphology.
He has been part of the training of doctors around the world for over two decades, especially was recognized by the chancellery of the Plurinational State of Bolivia with the Condor of the Andes award for excellence, as well as by the Chamber of Deputies of the Plurinational State of Bolivia as a pioneer in this important area of medicine.
Participated as a speaker at conferences in India, Japan, Russia, Germany, Spain, United States, Ecuador, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, El Salvador, Italy, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic and others. He is currently president and founder of the Bolivian Scientific Community of Phlebology and Lymphology. Within the areas of innovation, he has done multiple research works in order to obtain improvements in venous ulcer management treatments such as Microcurrent Management in venous ulcer patients, Ph control in a venous ulcer and in-situ tissue culture, achieving important results and publications of his research in Russian, German, Japanese, English and Spanish.
As rector of the Scientific Institute of Higher Education, he is seeking to obtain through his university the specialization in phlebology and lymphology in Mexico.

After having dedicated more than half of my life to education and teaching as well as research, I want to dedicate these years to phlebology and lymphology.
Phlebology and lymphology is a very important part of current medicine It is necessary to work to get education to be recognized as specialists in lymphology and phlebology.


Vice Presidents

Prof. Pier Luigi Antignani (Italy)
Nomination from the Italian Society of Phlebolymphology

Prof. Pier Luigi Antignani is a vascular physician with specialization in Medical Angiology. He is Director of a vascular Centre in Rome (Italy). He is professor of the Angiology, Phlebology and non invasive vascular investigation. He is teacher in the Master of Angiology in the Universities of Padova, Rome and Catania. He is President of the Internatiomal Union of Angiology (2020-2022). He is Honorary President of the Italian Society for Vascular Investigation and has published, as lead author, the “diagnosis of vascular diseases ultrasound investigations – international guidelines”. He has been Assistant Secretary and General Secretary of the International Union of Phlebology. As part of the activities in the UIP, he followed the publication of some guidelines and consensus documents (Superficial vein thrombosis, Corona phlebectasica, Diagnosis and treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome, Chronic lymphedema of the limbs, Venous hemodynamic changes in lower limb venous disease, vascular anomalies: vascular malformations and hemangiomas). He is Editor in Chief of Acta Phlebologica journal.He is member of Editorial Board of Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, Vascular Investigation and Therapy, International Angiology. He is honorary member of Panamerican Society of Phlebology and Lymphology of the Argentinian Society of Phlebology and Lymphology. He is distinguished fellow of American Venous Forum and emeritus fellow member of Australasian College of Phlebology. He is author of several books regarding the vascular diseases and he has published several papers on the various aspects of vascular diseases (more than 400 papers); he has organized a lot of national and international congresses concerning the vascular diseases and, expecially, phlebological aspects (the last was the international congress of the UIP - Rome 2016). Recently he has organized the world congress of the IUA in 2020.

Dear collegues of the General Council, it will be a honour to resume my activity in the International Union of Phlebology continuing along the path traced by the previous executive Committees: the increase of regional presence proposing educational and scientific projects, the involvement of new phlebolological societies around the world, the cooperation with other specialties with common interest, the definition of the better management of the phlebological and lymphatic diseases by means of guidelines, consensus documents and a proper training and education of the operators in order to guarantee the high quality of the care. I put my experience at the service of the International Union of Phlebology with the aim to work all together in a friendly and effective way in the interest of a bigger and stronger Union.


Prof. Mohamed Ayman Fakhry (Egypt)
Nomination from the Egyptian Venous Forum

I was Graduated at School of medicine of Alexandria University – Egypt, 1984. After internship 1985-1986 , I became a resident of general & vascular surgery in vascular surgery department – Alexandria University, 1986-1990. I got the master’s degree of general & vascular surgery. 1991 Got a scholarship in Fitzsimons army medical center and Colorado University-USA, with Dr. Hammond and supervised by Professor Robert Rutherford. Coming back to Egypt and joined Alexandria Armed Forces Hospital as vascular surgery specialist, 1992-2000. By 2001 I got MD degree of vascular surgery, Monofeia-University, and Become lecturer of vascular surgery. I Joined Emory University, Atlanta GA.-USA. With professor Elliot Chicof and professor Atef Salam and received the fellowship, 2005. Returned back to Egypt as professor and chairman of vascular surgery department of military academy, 2006-2016. I got the job as consultant of vascular surgery for Egyptian ministry of heath 2016 till now. I founded the Egyptian venous forum and became the 1st president 200-2008 and reelected as the president 2017-2023.I was elected as the general secretary of vascular society of Egypt, 2019-2023. I became Harvard university, USA.( for medical education). I joined the board of the Egyptian fellowship of vascular surgery, was responsible for fellow’s training in venous surgery, 2019-2022.I published more than 30 papers in phlebology an wrote a new chapter in year boob of vascular & endovascular surgery 2021, selected as Editor- In- Chief of the Egyptian Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, 2021-2024 and Coauthor of Acta phlebojica journal 2020. Now I’m the Co of the Royal Center of vascular surgery, Alexandria – Egypt, 2016-2023.

1-Although there are more than 50 countries in Africa, there are 2 or 3 registered societies in the UIP, and I have very good connections with vascular surgeons and phlrbogists in these countries and I'll encourage them to join the union and receive education programs and training
2- I want to increase the training grants for fellows in the poor African countries.
3- I like to increase and encourage the young female doctors to join the field of venous surgery
4- I 'll try hardly to make strong ties and remove conflicts between different specialties ) vascular surgery, cardiology, intervention radiology, dermatology, hematology, ...) in African countries
5- I would like to increase the joint projects between societies
6- I would like to encourage the publication of the official journal of the Union


Dr Tobias Hirsch
Nomination from the German Society of Phlebology

Dr. Tobias Hirsch received his medical degree from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. He completed his training as a specialist in internal medicine by working as a junior doctor in the department of Internal Medicine at BG Kliniken Bergmannstrost Halle. After completing his angiology fellowship at the University Hospital Halle in the Department for Angiology, he returned to Bergmannstrost, where he worked as a senior physician until 2008.
In 2008 Dr. Hirsch founded his clinic for internal medicine and vascular diseases where he treats patients with both venous and arterial diseases. The practice was certified as a Vein Competency Center® in 2013.
Dr. Hirsch specializes in ultrasound diagnostics (level III course director) and minimally invasive venous procedures including laser and radiofrequency ablation, non-thermal techniques, and sclerotherapy. Patients with arterial diseases and vascular malformations are treated in cooperation with the vascular centers at the universities in Halle and Leipzig. Dr. Hirsch is also the co-founder and organizer of the Lymph Network Saxony-Anhalt.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Hirsch takes great interest in vascular disease research. He has been a principal and coordinating investigator on different clinical trials (endovenous varicose and compression treatment,lipedema, and novel anticoagulants for thromboembolism).
He is a member of the editorial board of the journals Phlebologie (Thieme) and Vasomed (WPV publishing) and has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed articles that have been published in German and international journals as well as text book chapters.
Dr. Hirsch has been an invited speaker at many international conferences in Germany, Europe, the UK and the US. In 2020 he chaired the 62nd international Annual Conference of the German Society of Phlebology. He is a board member of the German Society of Phlebology and Secretary General of the Professional Association of German Phlebologists.

In Germany training in phlebology follows an interdisciplinary approach. As a result, the German Society for Phlebology (DGP) unites doctors and healthcare professionals with very different professional backgrounds. In addition to vascular surgeons and dermatologists, angiologists and internists as well as GPs also acquire the qualification to become phlebologists. I myself am an angiologist and internist and devote myself to these interfaces between phlebology and internal medicine / cardiology in both my clinic and scientific work. I would very much like to put my expertise in internal medicine, angiology and cardiology at the service of the UIP.
As a board member of the DGP Advisory Board, I am fascinated by how differently the same diseases are treated in different parts of the world. I am firmly convinced that closer networking of the international societies under the umbrella of the UIP will be of great benefit to scientists, doctors and our patients.
As a member of the editorial board of the journals Phlebology (Thieme, Germany) and Vasomed (WPV publishing, Germany), I would like to contribute to bringing the activities of the UIP closer to my country's colleagues and to promote active contributions to international phlebology.


Dr Ravul Jindal (India)
Nomination from the Venous Association of India

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.

Dear colleagues of the General Council, I would be glad that with my vast experience and knowledge, I am able to share my good deeds with all of you and with the help of the Society of International Union of Phlebology, we can achieve worthful and fruitful things. As we all know, “ Together we can do great things”. If I am given the chance of seeing as a Vice President of UIP, then I would like to take the venous awareness programme to a greater level involving a lot of Asian countries where venous awareness is at a very low level. We have taught more than 10,000 local general physicians across North India through Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme under Vascular Society for Limb Salvage (VSLS) where aim of society is to make North India free of venous ulcer disease. We have also conducted more than 400 press conferences to create venous awareness among the public all across India. Our society also conducts various venous workshops in Government Medical Colleges to teach general surgeon, physicians about venous disease.With my experience in creating an awareness among the public and also training of various different specialties. I feel I will be a good choice for Vice President. I am already part of UIP and friends with most of you, so will be happy to work along with Committee member to take UIP to greater heights will be my soul goal.


Prof. Zaza Lazarashvili (Georgia)
Nomination from the Georgian Association of Angiologists and Vascular Surgeons

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).

Dear Colleagues, in my opinion, the most important direction for the development of UIP should be the maximum involvement of local organizations in global educational and scientific activities, implementation of targeted projects based on the specifics of the regions, deepening ties among national phlebology societies and, of course, increase geography by recruiting of new members. It is in fact one of the main tasks of UIP to raise awareness about venous diseases among physicians of different specialties, as well as in the general population, which is a cornerstone for the proper strategic development of the field. UIP is a large family, the strength and greatness of which each member must take care of, and the actions of the family must ensure the advancement and development of each member. I would be honored in serving the UIP and its mission, convinced that what I have developed along the years in my region in terms of educational, scientific and venous awareness activities can represent an optimal synergy with colleagues from all the world. 


Dr Fedor Lurie (United States of America)
Nomination from the American Vein and Lymphatic Society and the American Venous Forum

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.

I would be able to facilitate collaboration between venous and lymphatic societies in North America and the UIP, Increase participation of the North American societies in all UIP activities. I also will be able to increase participation of individual physicians who are members of the NA venous societies in the UIP activities, I also feel important to educate venous and lymphatic society members in North America on UIP history, traditions, and mission.


Prof. Alvaro Orrego (Chile)
Nomination from the Chilean Phlebology and Lymphology Foundation

My beginnings were as a surgeon dedicated to arterial pathology, from which I have beautiful memories. I promoted the implementation of endovascular surgery by performing the first hemodynamics suit and the start of modern endovascular surgery in the institution where I worked. I also introduced the use of low molecular weight heparins in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis.
Because of 2 fatal complications in varicose vein operated patients: Pulmonary Embolism I begun studying deeply the cause of the fatal outcome of those young people and quickly learned that the understanding of the most prevalent pathology in vascular surgery was scarce in my environment.
I became the youngest president of the Vascular Surgeons Department. Later I was president of the Chilean Phlebology and Lymphology Society and after a talk with Professor Eberhard Rabe, I entered this society to UIP.
Subsequently I presided the Chilean Phlebology and Lymphology Foundation, which is the oldest institution in Chile dedicated to venous and lymphatic disease and which had entered to UIP in 1997.
For a long time, I have worked intensively at American Venous Forum, an institution with which I widely identify, and which has recognized me as a distinguished member, the first Latin American professional to get this distinction. At present I’m serving the International Committee and have served in the Guidelines Committee. For 2 years, I have served as revisor for the JVS VL, being nominated as distinguished reviewer. I have been the president of the Scientific Committee in Pan American Phlebology and Lymphology Society.
Regarding publications and presentations, I have tried to comply with a large agenda, in terms of conferences and presentation of works. This has allowed me to visit many podiums on 5 continents.
Regarding teaching, I am a professor at San Sebastian University. I am a visiting professor at several universities.

My motivations are focused on the desire to improve the standards of care for patients with venous or lymphatic diseases. The UIP is a great opportunity to do it globally.
The project I would respectfully like to show you is the following:
1. Assist the Chair and the Executive Committee in the implementation of their work program.
2. To guide my constituents to work towards the objectives set by the President and the Executive Committee.
3. To represent energetically, faithfully, and gently the member societies under my responsibility before the UIP, ensuring that the two-way communication of the institutions is committed.
4. Above all, my desire is to facilitate the growth initiatives of the societies I represent, by promoting the diffusion of these societies throughout the world, by making its achievements known and allowing the global recognition of the professionals of excellence that attend the Latin American group. This will certainly facilitate the best integration at the global level.
5. To cooperate actively with other vice-presidencies, to achieve a synergistic and coordinated work for the growth of the UIP, which would lead to a concatenation of positive effects.
6. To emphasize the central objective of our activity, which consists in the progress of professionals dedicated to the treatment of venous and lymphatic diseases, which must be at the service of the central axis of our work and that is the well-being of our patients.
These are the goals I would like to achieve in this role.


Dr Carlos Simkin (Argentina)
Nomination from the Argentinian Society of Phlebology and Lymphology

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.

Dear members and representatives of UIP
My deepest desire is to unify the Latin American countries, minimizing the differences between them and trying to connect and unify criteria between Latin America and the whole world.
It would be an honor for me to represent UIP in Latin America trying to bring phlebological scientific knowledge to places where these specialties have not yet been developed and recognized.
Having the experience of being the current president of a Latin American scientific society, it would be very gratifying and enriching for me to serve as UIP Vice President for Latin America, to be able to disseminate phlebological knowledge all around the continents, continuing the line of work that we have been carrying out for many years.


Dr Wassila Taha (Egypt)
Nomination from the Vascular Society of Egypt

Dr Wassila TAHA is a MD from Cairo University with a specialization in Vascular Medicine. Her area of top expertise is vascular ultrasound. Trained in Liège - Belgium at CHU du Sartilman for Vascular Ultrasound (1994-1995), and certified by the American Registry Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2009). Her most important professional achievement was to set up a high standard of quality for the vascular ultrasound nation-wide in Egypt. To achieve this, she was the key person in numerous workshops, conferences, and webinars, in addition to regular teaching of young fellows .She is among the founders of the Vein Clinics of Egypt (2011). She is also external consultant for several Egypt centers, including the prestigious Diabetic Foot Center of Egypt (2011). She is part of the teaching body of Egyptian Vascular Fellowship, a prolific scientific writer and presenter, both at the national and international level. In Egypt, she is recognized among the innovators in the Phlebology and Lymphology educational field. This is testified also by her recent involvement in the creation of the Cairo Lymphatic Center (2019). She is the current General Secretary of the Egyptian African Venous Lymphatic Association (2019).  Dr TAHA has designed and developed multiple national and international venous and lymphatic educational courses, including courses in India; the Emirates; and North Africa. She was selected member of the Educational Committee of the UIP (2019). She has been in the first line for the intercontinental project “LAT-AF”, bringing together Latin America and Africa (2020-2021). Dr TAHA is the perfect asset for a global organization for both her professional and humane qualities, combined with her linguistic skills: she speaks fluently Arabic, English and French. She would be the perfect candidate for promoting a growing interest toward Phlebology from all African countries and for enhancing relationships between Africa and the rest of the world.

Dear esteemed General Council of the UIP ; I wish to convey here my reason ( apart from such prestigious honor ) ; why I run for VP position : I do belong to continent" Africa" ; and I am truly aiming in the near Future that Africa will be hopefully well and properly represented in our distinguished UIP ; the “ Society of all societies “ . Lot of serious labor would be & should be exerted particularly in need of developing patient care for so many venous-lymphatic diseases still underdiagnosed and unfortunate undertreated patients ; mainly in sub-Saharan African countries ; taking in consideration that the "sleeping giant" consists of more than 50 countries ; and ( just only one country “Egypt “ is represented in UIP ). A long road is still to go supporting those countries; in form of awareness; training of young fellows about the different diagnostic tools; and so many modern modalities in the field of Phlebology & Lymphology & I am deeply thankful to UIP board offering me such important opportunity to shade lights on status of our dear Continent AFRICA. I do believe that my linguistic skills: as I master & speak fluently Arabic, English and French ; I would be a good candidate for promoting a growing interest toward Phlebology from all African countries and for enhancing relationships between Africa and the rest of the world. hopefully ; such perspective will lined with UIP objectives and future plans


Prof. Shenming Wang (China)
Nomination from the Asian Venous Forum and the Chinese Association of Phlebology

Shenming Wang, M.D. Ph.D, FACS. Academic leader and chief expert of vascular surgery of the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, honorary leader of vascular surgery group of the Chinese Medical Association, honorary president of vascular surgeons of the Chinese Medical Association, He is the President of Chinese Association for Phlebology (CAP) of International Union of Phlebology (UIP). President of Asia Venous Forum (AVF), honorary member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. He is the director of the Engineering Research Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of vascular Diseases in Guangdong, director of the National Local Joint Engineering Laboratory of the Diagnosis and Treatment of vascular Diseases (Guangdong). He is the editor of Annals of Vascular Surgery. He is the chief Editor of Chinese Journal of Vascular Surgery, Chinese Journal of Vascular Surgery (Electronic Edition) and Chinese Archives of General Surgery (Electronic Edition). He is the deputy Editor of Chinese Medical Journal and many other core journals.

I want to try my best efforts for the development of UIP. I hope UIP will make great progress in the future.


Em. Prof. Dr Cees H.A. Wittens (The Netherlands)
Nomination from the Benelux Society of Phlebology

Em. prof. dr. Cees H.A. Wittens is a vascular surgeon who dedicated, the last two decades, his practice and research to venous pathology. He is specialized in rheology and hemodynamics and has invented several surgical techniques and implants. The last decade he dedicated himself to improve deep venous pathology diagnostics and treatment in acute and chronic venous occlusive disease. For instance he developed the SEPS scoop to treat incompetent perforating veins in the 90s and did a large prospective randomized trail in patients with venous ulcers and proved that patients with primary medially located venous ulcers are best treated with obliteration of incompetent perforating veins. He also patented products to treat patients with deep venous pathology like a new venous valve, a thrombectomy device and a dedicated venous stent. He became the first professor of venous surgery in 2010. In the European Venous Centre in Aachen, Maastricht and Amsterdam he performed around 350 to 400 deep venous reconstructions annually, from which he retired the 1srt of September 2019. A team of around 10 researchers are conducting several trials and analyze new innovative treatment options in vitro, vivo and clinically. He is the Founder of the European College of Phlebology and runs for president of the Benelux Society of Phlebology. He supports and develops new training and education programs (e-Learning Courses, Hands on Courses and Annual meetings with workshops) for all coworkers in the field of venous pathology. It is his goal that in the near future every specialist should have a Certificate to prove his knowledge and skills to treat patients with venous diseases. He wrote more than 200 papers, more than 25 books and gave more than 1000 presentations all over the world.

The ideal would be that a recognized Phlebology Certificate is mandatory to treat patients with venous diseases in order to guarantee quality of care. Quality controle, using improved clinical and patient recorded outcome measures, should be mandatory to monitor the quality and cost-effectiveness of care. Training and education must be available and affordable for everybody interested in Venous disease. And finally to expel inappropriate, money driven care.

Other nominations 

An additional nomination has been received, but yet to be accepted by the nominee.


Chair of Congresses and Events / Assistant Secretary*

Dr Oscar Hugo Bottini (Argentina)
Nomination from the Argentinian College of Venous and Lymphatic Surgery

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.

Dear UIP Societies representatives and members,
In my opinion UIP is a “union” among different regional needs and potentials, coworking in synergy for an appropriate global advancement of Vein practice and Science.
UIP must represents a great opportunity for its societies and members to grow stronger together, sharing projects, maximizing regional initiatives in a global scale.
After more than 30 years dedicated to promoting the advancement of Latin America Phlebology in synergy with all the national realities, I would be honored to serve in the UIP as connector between my continent and all the world organizations interested in developing joint initiatives, as well as in sharing phlebology-related experiences.
Having had direct experience in several intercontinental phlebology meetings organization, I’d be delighted in working for a UIP facilitating the interactions before, during and after the UIP Societies national events.
Having had direct experience of the UIP Executive Committee functioning, I would like to give my full commitment to serve as assistant-Secretary/chair of Congress & Events, promoting the most productive confrontation among the same Executive Committee members, maximizing the General Council engagement. 


Dr Lowell Stuart Kabnick (United States of America)
Nomination from the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the American Venous Forum and the Bolivian Scientific Community of Phlebology and Lymphology

Lowell S. Kabnick, MD, FACS, FAVLS, DABVLM, FAVF is a world-renowned, board certified surgeon-teacher. He is recognized as an international authority on the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. He was the first vascular surgeon in the United States to perform the VNUS Closure (radiofrequency ablation - Medtronic) and the VenaCure EVLT™ (endovenous laser - AngioDynamics) procedure. He has served as Director of the New York University Vein Center, where he and his team developed testing/treatment guidelines, efficiency standards, and established NYU as a leading academic global vein center. Also, he served as Director of Clinical Operations for United Vein Centers. He is the cofounder of Phlebobridge, Vascular Strategic Partners, and Vein and Lymphatic Teaching Network. Dr. Kabnick is a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery, American Venous Forum, and American Vein and Lymphatic Society. Previously, he served as President of the American Venous Forum and American Venous Forum Foundation, President of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Vascular Surgery, American College of Phlebology, and Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Presently, Dr. Kabnick serves as Vice President of the UIP, Chair of its Congresses and Events Committee, Chairperson of Vein and Lymphatic University, and associate Editor of the Journal of Phlebology. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Venous Forum, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Dr. Kabnick has authored numerous scientific papers, book chapters, and has written extensively on the topic of venous disease and treatment. Since the beginning of his career, Dr. Kabnick has been instrumental in program planning and event coordination for major phlebology and lymphology congresses and events.

Dear Colleagues,
It would be my honor and pleasure to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Congresses and Events Committee for the UIP. In serving on the Congresses and Events Committee of the UIP for the past several years, I have already been involved in the 2022 and 2023 selection process, and I have also had a hand in the contract preparation for the upcoming Congresses. I have interfaced collaboratively with the Committee Chairperson as well as the host societies of the UIP Congresses and have already begun preparations for 2025. In consideration of the knowledge and experience I bring to this role, I would like to be recognized as a strong candidate for the Assistant Secretary position. This position was created by Dr. Kurosh Parsi to fill a strong need within the UIP. Dr. Parsi asked me to serve in this capacity based on my prior experiences and I seized the opportunity, recognizing that it is a good fit for me and my interests. I believe I possess the cross-cultural communication skills needed for this role. My goal in serving in this position is to strengthen the UIP by advancing its mission and vision through global interactive events and facilitating the addition of new member societies. Thank you for your confidence.


*Please note that the roles of the Chair of Congresses and Events and Assistant Secretary is under review by the General Council and it is likely that only one position will exist in the next Executive.

Elections

Elections will be held during the General Council Meetings on the 12th and 15th of September, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey during the XIXth World Congress of Phlebology. 


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