BAS Vein Treatment Masterclass speakers – 12th November

PD Dr. Med. TorstenWillenberg (Senior Consultant, Vascular Center Bern (VASC Angiology and Intervention) at Lindenhofspital).
After specialist training in internal medicine, angiology and vascular surgery, Dr Willenberg gained a prestigious Habitation in Vascular Medicine qualification at the University of Bern.  He treats arterial and venous patients using a mix of conservative measures and invasive procedures including PTA, laser and radio frequency. He has tutored at the prestigious EVF HOW Plus course and authored numerous national and international original and review articles in renowned specialist journals and PubMed listed publications.

Miss Catharine McGuinness (Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital, Prime Health Weybridge and The Melbury Clinic, Dorset).
Miss McGuinness qualified at St George’s Hospital in London in 1987, completed her surgical training in London and was appointed Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1999. She wrote her MS Thesis on the resolution of venous thrombosis, has conducted clinical and academic research into a variety of vascular diseases and has published many articles. She has written chapters in ‘Essential Vascular Surgery’, ‘Corson and Williamson: Surgery’, ‘Oxford Textbook of Surgery’, ‘Comprehensive Vascular and Endovascular Surgery’ and ‘The New Aird’s Companion in Surgical Studies’. Her particular clinical interests are in EVL, thrombosis and post-thrombotic syndrome, lymphoedema, leg ulceration and thread vein treatment. She runs local anaesthetic venous surgical training courses in Surrey.

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Mr Philip Coleridge Smith (Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Medical Director, British Vein Institute).Mr Coleridge Smith pioneered the introduction of duplex ultrasonography in the clinical investigation of venous disease in the UK and is an expert in the treatment of venous disease using minimally invasive methods. He led the introduction of UGFS into the UK, and is well known for his many publications on venous disease, particularly those related to the pathogenesis of venous ulceration. Past Editor-in-Chief of Phlebology Journal and past editor of the European Journal for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, he is a sought after Forensic Expert Witness and President of the British Association of Sclerotherapists.


Dr Stephen Tristram, Consultant Vascular Physician at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and the Hampshire Clinic, he has managed the varicose vein and leg ulcer service since 1976. He was involved in the development of ultrasound guided techniques for the treatment of varicose veins and led a large European study in 2001. He lectures widely on his interests and sits on the BUPA Consensus Panel for vascular treatments. Steve has held the office of Chair of the British Association of Sclerotherapists since 2012.

Dr Haroun Gajraj, a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in the NHS for 13 years Dr Gajraj left the NHS in 2008 to specialise exclusively in venous disease. In addition to his clinical work he is Medical Director of the Melbury Clinic & VeinCare Centre in Dorset. He was a founding member and past president of the British Association of Sclerotherapists, resigned from the board in 2012 but is now a member of the BAS board once more.

Mr Isaac Nyamekye, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular surgeon, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and Chairman of Herefordshire and Worcester Division of British Medical Association. He is an acknowledged expert in the management of varicose veins and associated disorders and offers a range of endovenous treatments including laser, radiofrequency, foam sclerotherapy and microinjection sclerotherapy. He is a past member of the Council of the VSGBI and is immediate past president of the Venous Forum. He serves on the editorial board of Phlebology and is an honorary life member of the scientific committee of the Societe Francais de Phlebologie. 

Mr Colin Weir, Consultant in General and Vascular Surgery at Craigavon Area Hospital and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Surgery at Queens University, Belfast. He is Clinical Director in Surgery for the Southern Health & Social Care Trust and is a regional surgical advisor to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has a large practice in endovenous surgery in NHS and other settings

Moderator: Hilary Furber, Operations Manager, British Association of Sclerotherapists


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