Afsaneh Alavi (Canada)

Phlebologist and Dermatologist

Dr. Alavi is currently the director of the wound healing fellowship at University of Toronto-Women’s College Hospital. She serves on the editorial boards for a number of journals in wound healing and dermatology. She is a board member and president elect of the Canadian Association of Wound Care.




Pier Luigi Antignani (Italy)

Phlebologist and Vascular Physician

General Secretary, UIP

Professor of Angiology, as well as Director of Vascular Centre in Nuova Villa Claudia, Rome, Italy. He is President of Italian Society for Vascular Investigation, Vice-President of IUA and General Secretary of UIP.



Louis Grondin (Canada)


Echosclerotherapy and Ultrasound Cartography was performed for the first time in Canada at his clinic. He went on to pioneer the ultrasound guided catheter injection for difficult to reach varicose veins. Today, his technique is practiced worldwide.




Mark Meissner (USA)

Phlebologist and Vascular Surgeon

Vice President, UIP

Dr. Meissner is a UW professor of surgery specializing in vascular surgery, with particular clinical and research interests in deep venous thrombosis, chronic venous disease, vascular trauma and abdominal aortic aneurysms.




Angelo Scuderi (Brazil)

Phlebologist and Vascular Surgeon

President, UIP

Dr Scuderi trained in general surgery and specialised in Vascular Surgery. He is the author of many publications in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and English about Phlebology. He is the president of the International Union of Phlebologie (UIP).




Prof. Andre van Rij (NZ)

Phlebologist and Vascular Surgeon, New Zealand

Chancellor, Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP)

Prof. Andre van Rij is Professor of Surgery at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago where he directs the Vascular Research Unit. His research has focused on venous disease and the biology of varicose vein recurrence and venous thrombosis. His translational research bridges new basic research into the venous clinic. Professor van Rij is a vascular surgeon and President of the NZ Association of General Surgeons. Professor van Rij is the Chancellor of the Australasian College of Phlebology.




Prof. Steven Krilis (NSW)

Director, Department of Infectious Disease, Immunology and Sexual Health at St. George Hospital, University of New South Wales, Australia

Prof. Krilis graduated MBBS (Hons) UNSW and received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1984. He did postdoctoral work at the Harvard Medical School 1981 to 1984 funded by an Applied Science Fellowship from NH&MRC and a National Institute of Health Fogarty International postdoctoral research fellowship to study with Professor K. Frank Austen. He has received a number of international awards including a UICC Senior Fellowship, a Bob Pitney Award, AAAAI Training Program Directors Retreat award, Distinguished Alumni Award in Science and Engineering University of New South Wales, Honoris Causa Doctorate University of Athens, Greece and Distinguished Scientist Fellowship Award from the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science. He has had numerous visiting professorships in major universities including the University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, University of Athens, Athens, Greece, University of Tianjin, Tianjin, China, University of Istanbul, Turkey, Stanford University, California, USA and was a recipient of the Israel Academy of Science’s Batsheva de Rothschild Fellowship.




Dr. John Vrazas (VIC)

Interventional Radiologist

President, Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia (IRSA)

Dr. Vrazas became head of the Department of Radiology and Director of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology at Western Hospital in 1999. In 2000 he moved to St Vincents Hospital. In 2002, he started the first vascular neuro-interventional procedures at St vincents Hospital, and following this, completed a sabbatical/mini fellowship ininterventional neuroradiology in Canada, and Switzerland. In 2006, he founded the first dedicated private interventional radiology practice in Australia, Melbourne Institute of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, and in 2014, he was instrumental in forming the first group IR practice, servicing one of the largest private hospital networks in Australia. In 2007, he founded the Paediatric Interventional Radiology section at the Royal Childrens Hospital, Melbourne and is the Senior IR, and holds co-appointments with the Departments of Transplantation and Hepatology, and the Department of Vascular Biology.



Prof. Harshal Nandurkar (VIC)

President, Australasian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ASTH)

Vice President, International Union of Angiology (Australian Chapter) Head, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash University, Director, Clinical Haematology, Alfred Health

Prof. Harshal Nandurkar graduated in medicine from the University of Bombay, India and specialized in clinical and laboratory haematology at Westmead Hospital (Sydney). His research training included a PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in the area of haemopoietic growth factors and postdoctoral research at Monash University, Department of Biochemistry was in the area of phosphoinositide signalling. His research interests include the development of new anticoagulants targeted to platelets or endothelium, identification of pathways that regulate haemostasis and understanding molecular mechanisms in antiphospholipid syndrome. Harshal’s clinical service cover all areas of haematology, including blood malignancies, haemostasis-thrombosis and haemophilia.



Prof. Neil Piller (SA)


Director, Lymphoedema Clinical Research Unit in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine at Flinders University, South Australia, Coordinator, Advanced Studies in the MD program

Prof. Neil is Co-Director of the International Lymphoedema Framework based in the UK a member of the International Society for Lymphology, Clinical Sciences Editor for the “Journal of Lymphoedema” (UK), Australasian Editor of “Lymphatic Research and Biology” (USA). and a member of the Editorial Boards of “Phlebology” (USA) and “Lymphology” (USA)

Neil is a member International Advisory Board Union Internationale Phlebologie and a member of its consensus groups on Lymphoedema and phlebo-lymphoedema, a member of the steering committees for the Australian and American Lymphoedema Frameworks and the International Compression Club.