Faculty Bios

21st Annual Meeting of the European Venous Forum – VIRTUAL

24-26 June 2021


Faculty Speaker Biographies




Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is Professor of Surgery and has been a faculty of the University of Pittsburgh since 2011. He has recently been appointed visiting Professor of Surgery in Athens, Greece. He is certified by the European Board of Vascular Surgery (FEBVS). He completed his residency in the Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Athens, Greece, as well as a clinical fellowship at King’s Hospital, London, UK and at Stadtische Kliniken, Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Avgerinos has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer reviewed publications and chapters on vascular surgery and his work has been widely cited and recognized with international awards. He has extensive outcomes’ research and grants in the fields of peripheral arterial and venous thromboembolic diseases serving as principal or sub- investigator in several international trials. Particularly for venous disease he has been focusing on acute DVT interventions, chronic vein lesion management as well as acute pulmonary embolism. He has received awards and grants for his research on better understanding the techniques and outcomes of these interventions.



  • Associate Professor emeritus
  • Vascular Dept., University of Copenhagen
  • President EVF 2009
  • > 100 publications, major interest: venous thrombolysis



IMRE BIHARI (Budapest)

Dr. Imre Bihari was born in 1950, graduated in 1974 in Budapest, Hungary. He board certified in General (1978) and Vascular Surgery (1987). Completed his PhD (1989) and his professional book on the treatment of varicose veins (2004). Edited a book on the development of phlebology (2019). Organiser of the Another Phlebology meetings (2014, 2017, 2019).  Founding editor of the only Hungarian angiological and vascular surgical journal (1994). Founder of two scientific awards in the field of angiology and related disciplines (2001, 2005).



  • Professor of Venous Surgery
  • Consultant Vascular Surgeon, St George’s Hospital and Medical School, London, UK
  • Clinical Lead for Vascular Surgery, the R&D Lead for Cardiovascular and a Professor of Venous Surgery at Kings College, London.

Mr Stephen Black qualified from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in 1998 and moved to the UK in 2001. He obtained an MD in simulation based training from Imperial College London and completed his higher surgical training with placements at St Thomas’, St George’s and St Mary’s Hospitals, London. In 2010 he was appointed as a consultant vascular surgeon and honorary senior lecturer at St George’s Hospital and Medical School. At St George’s Mr Black led the establishment of a programme for deep venous intervention which grew to be one of the largest in Europe. In 2012 he was awarded the Fellowship of the European Board of Vascular Surgery and in 2014 he moved to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Black is a programme director for the Charing Cross Venous Meeting and is on the organising committee of the European Venous Forum Hand on Workshops. He is also on the organising committee and is an examiner for the Fellowship of the European Board of Surgery.

  • Excellence in T Year Teaching St George’s Hospital 2012/13/14
  • Level 1 CEA award 2012
  • ASIT Prize RSM Surgery Section Registrar Presentation Day, December 2007
  • First Prize for patient safety research ASE Conference Tuscon, US, March 2006 
    (Presentation by C Wetzel)
  • Runner up Finlandia Prize: Association of International Vascular Surgeons 
    meeting, Davos, Switzerland, March 2006
  • Sol Cohen Founders Prize, Vascular Society of Great Britain & Ireland: November 
    2005 (Presentation by R Aggarwal)
  • Richard Wood Memorial Prize: Vascular Society of Great Britain & Ireland: 
    November 2005 (Presentation by E Horrocks)
  • Best Video Presentation, European Society for Vascular Surgery, Innsbruck 
    Austria, September 2004
  • John Godlonton Award, Edendale Hospital, 1999



  • Vascular surgeon, phlebologist
  • Chief Researcher of the Department of Vascular Surgery of the National Institute of Surgery and Transplantology named after A.A. Shalimov of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev. 
  • Vice-president of the Association of Vascular Surgeons, Phlebologists, Angiologists of Ukraine. Author of over 350 publications in the field of phlebolymphology



  • Academical title: Academic Doctor of Sciences, Professor of  Dermatology
  • Qualifications: 1971- Dermatologist, 1981- Pathologist,
  • International relationships: Dermatology and Ultrastructure Research:1977-78 Humboldt Scolarship in University of Heidelberg, and 1981-83 McGill University Montreal
  • Appointments:1988-2014-Head of the Dermatological Department,  St. Stephan Hospital, Budapest,
  • Publications: 268 articles, 9 books, 16 chapters of books
  • Professional awards: 1997 – Kaposi Mór Medal, 2001 – Semmelweis Memorial Award, 2003- Batthyány Strattmann Medal



Marianne De Maeseneer MD PhD retired from clinical work in June 2017, but remains connected to the section of Phlebology, at the Department of Dermatology at Eras­mus MC in Rotterdam, Netherlands. As to clinical research she initially studied the problem of re­current varicose veins after surgical treatment and this resulted in her PhD thesis, which she defended in 2005. Her academic interests have further focused on treatment strategies for varicose veins, prevention of recurrence, the use of duplex ultrasound before and after interven­tion, management of post-thrombotic syndrome and anomalies of the in­ferior vena cava.

She has authored and co-authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several chapters in different textbooks, in English, Dutch and Spanish. She coordinated publication of the UIP (International Union of Phlebology) consensus document on duplex ultrasound reporting after varicose vein treatment (2011). She acts as Associate Editor for the European Journal for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, handling manuscripts about venous topics, and as reviewer for British Journal of Surgery, Phlebolo­gy, International Angiology a.o. She is actually chairing the update of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of chronic venous disease.

She is past president of the European Venous Forum (EVF) and organized the 11th Annu­al Meeting of the EVF in Antwerp in June 2010. Actually she is Director of the yearly organised EVF hands-on workshop (EVF HOW). She has also been active as a board mem­ber of the Benelux Society of Phlebology for 15 years and was one of the vice-presidents of UIP until February 2018.

At present, she remains active in education and research, being committed in different international projects and (virtual) meetings in the field of phlebology.




Lund university.

  • 1968-1969 research fellow, department of surgery, University of Rochester, NY, USA.
  • 1973-1978 chief vascular surgery, university hospital, Lund.
  • 1978-1981 chief surgery, Helsingborg hospital.
  • 1981-1990 prof/chair department of surgery, Kuwait university.
  • 1991-2003 vascular surgeon, Straub clinic and hospital; medical director Straub Foundation; and clinical professor of surgery at University of Hawaii.
  • 2003-2009 president and other functions American Venous Forum.
  • 2010-2017 founder and co-organizer European Venous Forum Hands-on Workshop (EVF HOW).



Giannoukas Athanasios, MSc, MD, PhD, FEBVS is Professor of Vascular Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Greece. He is Founder & Chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery, University Hospital of Larissa, Greece. He is also Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly in Larissa, Greece (2018-2020, 2020-2022). He has over 265 publications (citations: 4389 & H-index: 35) in scientific journals and has written and edited 6 books and 37 book chapters. He has received 27 prizes, awards and scholarships. 




Peter Gloviczki, MD, FACS, is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) Publications, including the JVS-Venous and Lymphatic Disorders. He is the Roberts Emeritus Professor of Surgery, served as  Division Chair and Director of  Gonda Vascular Center at  Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Dr Gloviczki  He is Past President of the American Venous Forum (AVF), the Society for Vascular Surgery and the  International Union of Angiology, among others. He is Distinguished Fellow and Founders Award recipient of the AVF, received Honorary Membership in 19 societies including the European Venous Forum. Authored 452 peer-reviewed publications, over 200 book-chapters and editorials, edited eight textbooks, including 4 Editions of the Handbook of Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, Guidelines of the American Venous Forum. The University of Washington, Seattle, established the Peter Gloviczki Professorship in Venous and Lymphatic Disorders. His Alma Mater, the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary awarded him the “Doctor Honoris Causa” degree. He was also awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.



  • Consultant Vascular Surgery  University Medical Center Alexandrovska, Sofia,
  • Consultant private Medical Center Hubcha
  •  Doctoral thesis “Biomechanical Prediction for the Abdominal Aorta Aneurysms Risk of Rupture”
  • President of Balkan Venous Forum 2019 – until now



  • Certified Specialist in Vascular Medicine
  • President of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee on Phlebology of the European Union of Medical Specialists (EUMS)
  • Trésorier et Ancien président de la Société Française de Phlébologie (SFP).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology.
  • Private practice of Phlebology and vascular Laboratory
  • Author of 120 publications, including 30 medline indexed


DOMINIC HEIM (Switzerland)

Dominik Heim was born in Zürich (CH) in 1949. As a surgeon, his interest is especially in ulcer care. He is board member of the Swiss society for phlebology as its “minister for foreign affairs”, has organised the EVF- Congress 2019 at the university of Zürich and thus is now EVF-president 2019/2021 (extended because of Corona-circumstances). Dominik Heim is associate professor (Privatdozent) at the university of Basel, has published around 100 papers and book articles on various topics. He is honorary member of the Swiss Society for Surgery, Swiss Society for general surgery and traumatology, European Society for trauma and emergency surgery and the Serbian Society for traumatology. Since his retirement he engages in insurance medicine, works as surgeon at the Vein Centre in Thoune and acts as a GP in the community medical centre in the winter- and summer resort of Arosa. He lives with his family in the mountains of the Bernese Oberland.



Dr Stavros Kakkos MD, MSc, PhD, RVT, is a graduate of the Medical School of the University of Patras. In 1997 he completed his training in General Surgery at the University Hospital of Patras, Greece. Subsequently he joined the Department of Vascular Surgery, Imperial College London, in London, UK, and obtained a PhD awarded by the University of London in 2004. Dr Kakkos is also a graduate of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship program of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA. In 2008 he joined the University of Patras Medical School, Patras, Greece, where he is an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery. His research interests include, amongst others, venous disease and thrombosis. Dr Kakkos is a member of the guidelines committee of the European Society of Vascular Surgery, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Editor of Cochrane Vascular, and Specialty Chief Editor, Vascular Surgery section, Frontiers in Surgery.



Membership of Societies

National Turkish Medicine Chamber, Turkish Vascular Surgery Society (Council member), Turkish Surgical Society, Turkish Trauma Society,  Turkish Phelebology Society (President), Turkish Thrombosis Society (Council member).

International Union of Phelebology, (Vice-President 2013),  European Venous Forum, (Council Member) President 2007,  European Vascular Surgery (ESVS) (Chairman and Orginaser of Istanbul meeting 2002, council member in 2000-2003), International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (IATSIC, ISS), Association of International Vascular Surgeon, (AIVS) Council Member



  • Professor, Department of Vascular Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Director, Endovascular Surgery, UMMC
  • Chief of Vascular Surgery, Baltimore VA Medical Center
  • Director, Center for Vascular Diagnostics, UMMC
  • Director, NIH Vascular Imaging Core Facility, UMSOM
  • Director, Center for Vascular Research
  • Principal Investigator for 2 NIH-funded and 2 VA-funded national multi-center clinical trials
  • Authored more than 125 publications, 20 book chapters, and 2 books
  • Co-authored the Society for Vascular Surgery guidelines for carotid occlusive disease management.
  • Member, Advisory Board of JCAHO for Stroke Center policy development
  • President-elect, American Venous Forum



  • Associated professor of the Department of General Surgery of the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow, Russian Federation.
  • In 2007 graduated from the Russian State Medical University with honors.  In 2007-09 undertook post-graduate clinical residency training in General Surgery. In 2011 undertook professional training in Ultrasound diagnostic.
  • In the 2013 defended Ph.D. thesis on the topic of “Electrical calf muscle stimulation in combined prevention of venous thromboembolism in surgical patients”.
  • Have more than 100 publications in the field of Phlebology (90 papers in the Russian peer-reviewed journals, 11 – in the International peer-reviewed journals, 2 – Books in Russian). 
  • H-index – 9 (Russian), 4 (Scopus)
  • Member of the EVF, UIA, AVLS, AVF, SPSP, AFR, NCP.



Vascular Surgeon

  • Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Cardiovascular Department – Hesperia Hospital Modena (Italy).
  • Head of the Italian National Reference Training Center in Phlebology (UEMS).
  • Vice-President of European Board of Phlebology (UEMS).
  • Professor of Venous Surgery in postgraduate School in Vascular Surgery at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan.
  • Professor of Deep Venous Surgery at the “Diplome Universitarie of Phlebologie” at Pierre et Marie Curie – Sorbonne University. Paris.
  • President of Scientific Committee of Garofalo Healthcare Group (GHC).
  • Treasurer of Executive Board of European Venous Forum.
  • Past President of Italian College of Phlebology.
  • Author of 238 published papers, 18 edited texts and 55 medical films.
  • Invited speaker, chairman or moderator in 320 International and National Congresses and Course.


MARK MALOUF (Australia)

Dr  Mark  Malouf is a surgeon in phlebology practice in Sydney, Australia.   He is a medical graduate of the University Sydney in 1976, and was awarded the Australian  surgical fellowship  FRACS  in 1983 and the English surgical fellowship in London FRCS (Eng) 1984.      He is a past vascular fellow of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, in London  1984-5.   Dr Malouf  was on the organising committee of the 1998 International Union of Phlebology world congress that was held in Sydney and also the UIP world congress in Melbourne in 2018.

Dr Malouf is the president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Phlebology. He is a past vice-president of the International Union of Phlebology. He has close links with the European Venous Forum, the French Society of Phlebology, the Venous Association of India and the American Vein and Lymphatic Society.  His expertise is in varicose veins assessment, venous duplex ultrasound, varicose veins surgery, sclerotherapy,  thermal ablation, chronic venous insufficiency management including wound care and leg ulcer management, and lymphedema . He has public hospital appointments at Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals in Sydney and at numerous private hospitals.



  • President, Portuguese Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery (SPACV)
  • President, Portuguese Society of Phlebology (SPF)
  • Secretary General, UEMS Section and Board of Vascular Surgery
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Angiology Journal
  • President Elect, International Union of Angiology (IUA)
  • Past President, European Venous Forum (EVF)
  • Director, Department of Angiology and Vascular Surgery, University of Porto – Faculty of Medicine
  • Director, Department of Angiology and Vascular Surgery, Hospital CUF Porto
  • Chairman, Porto Vascular Conference



  • Dr. Elna Masuda is a vascular surgeon practicing in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She has had extensive experience in treating both venous and arterial disease using a variety of techniques open, endovascular and hybrid methods.  She serves as Reviewer for the Journal of Vascular Surgery Venous and Lymphatic Disorders.
  • Dr. Masuda was President of the American Venous Forum and currently serves as President of the American Venous Forum Foundation.
  • Her interests outside of work include raising small mammals, snorkeling and jogging.



Dr Gabor Menyhei is professor of Vascular Surgery at the University Medical School of Pécs, Hungary. He is the Past President of the Hungarian Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery. He has been a member of the European Venous Forum since its foundation. He served as Councillor for Hungary in the ESVS Council between 2006 and 2010. Professor Menyhei was honoured te be a member of the writing committe of  two recent ESVS Guidelines. He has been representing Hungary in the Vascunet Group of the ESVS conducting international studies and projects analysing the results of large vascular registries. Apart from the previous activities his main research interest is the endovenous treatment of venous diseases.



  • Emeritus Professor of Vascular Surgery, Imperial College, London, UK
  • Honorary Professor of Surgery, University of Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus

Andrew Nicolaides is now Honorary Professor of Surgery at St George’s University of London / University of Nicosia Medical School, Nicosia, Cyprus and Emeritus Professor of Vascular Surgery at Imperial College, London, UK. He is a graduate of Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London. He was the Professor of Vascular Surgery at Imperial College School of Medicine (1983–2000) and Medical Director of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (2001-2004). He is Editor of International Angiology and chairman of the Board of the European Venous Forum. He is Past-President of the International Union of Angiology and Past-President of the Section of Measurement in Medicine of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK His research group is known internationally in several areas which include noninvasive vascular screening and diagnostic investigation, early detection and prevention of cardiovascular and venous disease.  He is co-author of over 700 original papers and editor of 14 books.



Dr Michel Perrin got his medical degree at the university of Lyon, France in 1957. After completing his internship, he continued with residency in General Surgery at the University of Lyon where he got his degree in Surgery in 1966.  His subspecialty training focused on vascular surgery and he was qualified in vascular surgery in 1985. He was appointed associated professor in Grenoble in 1996.

He worked in public hospital (Hospices Civils de Lyon) from 1962 to 1969, and then in private practice from 1969 to 1999. Dr Perrin confined in practice on venous disease from 1980 to 1999 and particularly on deep venous reconstructive surgery for reflux in chronic venous insufficiency. He was in charge to write and update for thirty years the “French Encyclopedie medico chirurgicale“ fascicules on venous disease. His work has resulted in 350 original articles, 81 book chapters and 15 books and more than 1000 presentations. He was president of the French societies of Vascular Surgery and Phlebology, founding president of the European venous Forum in 2000 and member of various phlebological journals.



Professor of Dermatology, Dept. of Dermatology, Mainz University Medical Center and Private Clinic Proebstle, Mannheim, GERMANY



Prof. (em) Dr. med. Eberhard Rabe is Professor of Dermatology and was responsible for the Phlebological Section at the University of Bonn, Germany until his emeritation in 2019. He is the current President of the European College of Phlebology, Emeritus President of the Union Internationale de Phlébologie (UIP) and former President of the German Society of Phlebology. Prof Rabe is also an active member in a number of other societies including the American Venous Forum, the American College of Phlebology, the European Venous Forum, the Czech Society of Phlebology, the Mexican Society of Phlebology and the International Forum for Minisurgery of Varicose Veins. His main interests in Phlebology include epidemiology, diagnostics, venous leg ulcers, compression and sclerotherapy.



Carla Rognoni holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering and PhD in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics (cum Laude). Since 2013, as researcher at CERGAS SDA Bocconi School of Management, supports national and international companies and institutes focusing on a variety of topics related to decision analysis, cost-effectiveness, budget impact analysis and decision modeling, in both public health and clinical medicine. She published on these topics more than 130 papers/abstracts in national and international journals (H-Index 20).



  • Venous specialist, laser surgeon
  • Working place: VP-Med Health and Education Centre Budapest, Hungary.
  • Founder of the biggest private vein center in Hungary – 8 vascular surgeons, over 7500 endovenous procedures.
  • Our clinic performs: laser, RF, MW, glue procedures and foam sclerotherapies. We introduced MOCA and glue ablation in Hungary.



  • Dermatologist, Phlebo-lymphologist and Wound-care Specialist
  • Department of Dermatology and Allergology, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
  • Two-time winner of the International Phlebology Union (UIP) Scientific Award  (2011. Servier-UIP and 2015. Bauerfeind-UIP) and the recipient of the Kaposi-medal bestowed by the Hungarian Society of Dermatology (2020)
  • Co-author of the 1st and 2nd Editions of the „Lymphedema – A Concise Compendium of Theory and Practice” and the „Vascular Malformations: Advances and Controversies in Contemporary Management” books.



After I qualified as a vascular surgeon I concentrated only on the treatment of varicose veins.
I trained in France to carry out sclerotherapy and in Switzerland for minimal invasive surgery (I trained in the Muller technique with Mr Muller himself). For the last 18 years ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy has been one of our main ways of treating venous problems, avoiding the need for surgery in many cases.

  • For the last 30 years I have run a venous practice in Belgium and in London. In London I shared the practice with my late husband John Hobbs.I worked annually in Egypt for many years on a voluntary basis and enormously enjoyed the challenge.
  • Since the creation of the European Venous Forum I have been actively involved as a member of the board (treasurer).
  • I spend my summer on a remote island it is the perfect way to recalibrate with nature and to see what is truly important.



Last publications: 

  • Are there medical indications for non thermal, non-tumescent and non-sclerosant treatment for truncal vein reflux ?
  • Žernovicky .Aortic and peripheral vascular magazine (January 2017 str.54 – 61)
  • University text book 4 th part :  Principles of surgery 2015: chapter – the venous surgery

Last cooperation  (co-author):

  • Flush closure of the sapheno-femoral junction with laser. I. Bihari, F.Zernovicky, P.Dragic
  • Journal of Theoretical and Applied Vascular Research JTAVR 2018;3(2): EPub 

Career History

  • 2018 – Dr. Žernovicky clinic (owner and CEO Private venous center)
  • 1999 – ANGIO Ltd. (owner  Private vascular surgery Ambulance)
  • 2009 – till today.  Clinic of Vascular Surgery (professor Sefranek), The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • 2000 – 2009 General and Thoracic Surgery Clinic (professor Harustiak),National center for respiratory disease University Hospital, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • 1999 – 2000 Clinic for  Vascular Surgery (profesor Dzinich), National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1994 – 1999 General Surgery Department, Hospital Dunajská Streda, Slovak Republic

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