Stony Brook, NY, May 13, 2021 — Antonios Gasparis, MD, Director of the Center for Vein Care at Stony Brook Medicine and Professor of Surgery at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, has been named President of the American Venous Forum (AVF).
Founded in 1987, the American Venous Forum (AVF), is dedicated to improving the care of patients with venous and lymphatic disease. The organization is recognized as the premier medical society in venous and lymphatic disease worldwide. Dr. Gasparis was first introduced to the AVF while completing his fellowship training in Vascular Surgery at Stony Brook University, where he has since established his tenure as a physician, surgeon and Professor of Surgery. Over the years, he’s held various positions, served on the boards as Director for the
AVF and American Venous Forum Foundation (AVFF) and has been an active member in several committees along the way. As President, his priority is to re-focus AVF goals in their pursuit of “science” to ultimately lead to practical solutions for both providers and their patients.
“Over the years, AVF has diversified its ideals in order to grow and adapt in other areas,” says Dr. Gasparis. “My vision over the next year, however, is to reclaim the core values and the science-based vision of our society in order to continue to flourish and make strides in the venous and lymphatic fields.”
As Founder and Director of the Center for Vein Care at Stony Brook Medicine, Dr. Gasparis and a team of board-certified vascular surgeons aim to provide comprehensive treatment for all aspects of venous (vein) disease. This includes the use of innovative, minimally invasive therapies to treat varicose veins. The Center for Vein Care is only one of a few Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accredited vein centers in the country and was the first on Long Island.
Throughout his career, Dr. Gasparis has received numerous academic honors and awards and has published widely with more than 80 publications, 8 book chapters, over 30 abstract presentations, and 150+ invited lectureships. He is also a member of many professional and scientific societies, serves as a journal reviewer for Phlebology, and has been a reviewer for the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Each year he even provides voluntary community services by performing hundreds of venous screenings.
“The prevalence of vein disease is over 40% in the population and has a significant negative impact on patient lifestyle,” says Dr. Gasparis. “The treatments and solutions we offer our patients improve their quality of life.”