One of the goals the ABVLM established at its outset in 2007 was to establish educational standards for teaching and training programs in VLM. With this in mind, in 2014 ABVLM embarked upon a collaborative, multi-specialty consensus process to establish educational standards for venous and lymphatic medicine.
After development and publication of the Core content for training in venous & lymphatic medicine and Program requirements for fellowship education in venous and lymphatic medicine, the ABVLM began to focus on promoting fellowship program development.
The ABVLM recognized that important educational and health care system benefits would occur if one-year fellowship programs in venous and lymphatic medicine were developed. Such fellowships would:
- Standardized training
- Graduate better educated physicians
- Foster academic development
- Young physicians can be a stimulus for scientific inquiry
- Development of future faculty
- Development of future leaders
- Improve the healthcare system
- Improve patient care
In 2016, the ABVLM Board of Directors embarked on a process to support, promote, and provide oversite for one-year fellowship program in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (VLM). At the time, there was an existing, similar fellowship program overseen through the American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS). Oversight of the then-existing "Phlebology Fellowship" program was transferred from the AVLS to the ABVLM.
Since that time, the ABVLM's Board, with the recommendation of its Fellowship Accreditation & Oversight Committee, has approved several new fellowships. These fellowships are not ACGME-accredited, however, they are based upon the ACGME Common Program Requirements for One-year Fellowships.
ABVLM-accredited Fellowship Programs are supported in part by grants from the Foundation for Venous and Lymphatic Disease.
Currently, physicians seeking ABVLM certification need not have completed a one-year VLM fellowship. Potential candidates may apply via any of the three pathways described in the ABVLM Certification Exam Requirements & Policies.
Below are the ABVLM-accredited one-year Fellowship Programs in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine.
|Program Name||Address / Phone / Email||Program Director||Accreditation Status*||Prgm Effective Date|
|Center For Vein Restoration VLM Fellowship||Center For Vein Restoration
7474 Greenway Center Dr., Ste 1000
Greenbelt, MD 20770
|Peter J. Pappas, MD||Continued Accreditation||08/01/2016|
|ProMedica / Jobst Vascular Institute VLM Fellowship||ProMedica
2109 Hughes Dr., Ste 430
Toledo, OH 43606
|John H. Fish, III, MD||Continued Accreditation||07/01/2017|
|Prisma Health System VLM Fellowship||Center for Vein and Lymphatic Medicine
Prisma Health System-Upstate
Kelli DaSilva, C-TAGME
VLM Fellowship Coordinator
200 Patewood Drive, Suite B260
Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 454-VEIN (8346)
|Marcus Stanbro, DO||Continued Accreditation||07/01/2018|
|Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School VLM Fellowship||MGH Vascular Center - Waltham &
MGH Vein Care Center - Stoneham
Education Program Coordinator
21 Montvale Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180
|Julianne Stoughton, MD||Initial Accreditation||09/01/2020|
The ABVLM adheres to the ACGME's definitions for program accreditation. Those definitions can be found in the appendix of the ACGME Glossary of Terms.