Practical Strategies in Vein Disease and its Impact on Venous Pathology

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Professor Stephen Black and the faculty will be discussing practical strategies for GPs with regard to vein disease and its impact on venous pathology. Prof. Black will moderate a live discussion on venous issues currently faced by GPs. Topics will include:

  • Superficial venous system (Including varicose veins & leg ulcers)
  • Deep venous disease and its impact on venous pathology
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Special situations (pregnancy, obesity and other lifestyle factors)

Performed By:

Vanessa Livingstone

Vanessa Livingstone

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel

Moderated By:

Stephen Black

Stephen Black

This webinar is supported by Medtronic.:

Learning Objectives

  • Identify individuals with a probable chronic vein insufficiency according to presenting signs and symptoms and clinical history
  • Recall the relative benefits and disadvantages of a range of current interventions for varicose veins, particularly ablative strategies
  • Explain current unmet needs for providing optimal care to patients with superficial venous pathologies
  • Stratify and refer eligible patients to a specialist vascular service via the appropriate pathway
  • Provide appropriate advice and information to individuals considering self-funding for the treatment of varicose veins

Target Audience

  • The venous review is specifically designed for General Practitioners and their patients dealing with the implications of vein disease

Faculty Biographies

Vanessa Livingstone

Vanessa Livingstone

Vanessa was born and raised in California, where she initially attended UC Berkeley for a BA in History before she went on to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of Glasgow. With a background in cardiovascular theatre nursing, Vanessa works at St Thomas’ Hospital as the Venous Clinical Nurse Specialist

She has an interest in the management of venous disease. This includes contributing to research and running a nurse-led leg ulcer clinic. She has extensive experience in developing and managing varicose vein treatment lists. Vanessa looks forward to each opportunity to help treat varicose veins because she knows fixing what is wrongly considered nonessential can dramatically improve someone’s quality of life.

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Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel graduated from the University of Manchester Medical School in 2001, and trained in Manchester and Nottingham before undertaking a period of research for which he was awarded an MD(Res) by King’s College London.

Sanjay went onto complete higher surgical training specialising in Vascular and Endovascular (minimally invasive) surgery. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 2014. He then undertook a specialist Lower Limb Fellowship at the prestigious Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital where he acquired specific skills in the treatment of blood vessels using minimally invasive techniques.

He was appointed as Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2014. He is currently the Lower Limb Lead.

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Stephen Black

Stephen Black

Dr Stephen Black is the clinical lead for vascular surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. Dr Black is also co-R&D lead for the Cardiovascular Directorate (Cardiology, Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery).               


Dr 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.


Dr 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. 

He has lectured and published extensively on the subjects of treatment of acute and chronic DVT as well as the treatment of superficial venous disease in addition to other areas of vascular surgery and education. He is currently the Editor in Chief for Vascular and Endovascular Review and on the Editorial Board for International Angiology.

He is the Global and UK principal investigator for a number of ongoing trials and actively involved in research to improve the treatment of patients with DVT which have involved a number of first in man procedures.


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