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Mr Philip Coleridge Smith (Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Medical Director, British Vein Institute) 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, Associate Specialist Vascular Physician at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and the Hampshire Clinic, has managed the varicose vein and leg ulcer service in North Hampshire 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 regularly lectures to community groups, district nurses and GP practices on his interests, particularly leg ulcer management. Steve has held the office of Chair of the British Association of Sclerotherapists since 2012.’

Dr Haroun Garaj, Phlebologist, The Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre, Dorset has over 30 years’ experience of treating people with varicose veins, thread veins and other vein complications such as phlebitis, varicose eczema and varicose ulcers. He spent 13 years as a vascular consultant surgeon in the NHS and is fully accredited as a vascular specialist with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. He left the NHS in 2008 to specialise exclusively in venous disease – the specialty of Phlebology. He was a founder member of the British Association of Sclerotherapists


Mr Stephen Blair, Consultant Specialist Varicose Veins Surgeon at the Liverpool Varicose Vein Clinic has been at the forefront of research and development into better ways of treating varicose veins and their complications for over 30 years. He is an international expert on the management of leg ulcers having pioneered the 4 layer bandage at Charing Cross, and has continued to develop new treatments for varicose vein surgery. He is one of the leading proponents in the UK of mechanico-chemical ablation of varicose veins using a Clarivein catheter and is very experienced in sclerotherapy.

Emma Davies RGN, NIP, Clinical Director Save Face and the Horrington Clinic, Somerset. Specialising in cosmedic medicine and microsclerotherapy since 1998, Emma has made a valued contribution to standards and education in this specialist field, having actively participated on a number of committees including the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Aesthetic Nurses Forum Committee, The British Association of Sclerotherapists (BAS) and the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) which she co-founded and Chaired until April 2014.

Prof Rhoda Mackenzie, Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen, trained to consultant level in general and vascular surgery and completed her higher doctorate in the treatment of venous disease in 2004. She opened her private medical aesthetic clinic near Aberdeen in 2005, and has many publications in surgical and medical education topics.


Hilary Furber, Operations Manager, British Association of Sclerotherapists

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