Center for Vein Restoration Hosts World-Class Clinical Convention, VISION2020, in the Washington, DC Metro Area

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Center for Vein Restoration (CVR), the nation’s largest physician-lead vein center and a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of venous insufficiency, hosted their annual Clinical Convention at the Fairview Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia. The Convention, entitled VISION2020, was held from January 10 through 12 and drew a crowd of over 280 physicians, CVR employees, and partners from across the field of venous and lymphatic medicine. The event more than tripled its attendance over the 2019 convention.

The convention kicked off with a clinical dinner session provided by Dr. Mark Melin and sponsored by Tactile Medical. It was followed by a Recognition Ceremony for outstanding CVR physicians and employees across the company. Receiving this year’s President’s Award was CVR Chief Medical Officer, Khanh Nguyen, for his unparalleled service to CVR.

VISION2020 had two main sessions on the Saturday program. Physicians attended a clinical program, which began with a breakfast session, sponsored by Varithena and provided by Dr. Kathleen Gibson. The day-long agenda that followed covered topics ranging from management of pelvic venous congestion to the use most effective of compression stockings, from providing wound care in venous disease to findings involving superficial venous disease. All doctors in attendance will receive 15-CME credits for participating in the program.

There was also a business session on Saturday focused on the professional development of CVR employees and rolling out additional process efficiencies. As one of the sessions focused on, from the front desk staff to the sales team and beyond, everyone in the business has “something to bring to the table.”

The theme of entire meeting was centered around “vision.” Sanjiv Lakhanpal, MD, FACS, 2019 Glassdoor Top CEO award winner and well-known former Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, was a visionary in 2007 when he chose to start Center for Vein Restoration with a single clinic in southern Maryland.

“This is where your CVR is today,” Dr. Lakhanpal explained during his Saturday keynote address. “We have 84 locations… We have more than 500 full-time staff members, 64 physicians and, in the last year, the Center for Vein Restoration saw 40,000 new patients and completed more than 200,000 patient interactions. That is more than the population of some small countries in the world.”

Dr. Lakhanpal then went on to explain his vision proceeding into 2025. The humble leader assured the crowd these lofty goals were possible because the dedication of each and every person in the room, and because CVR has its sights sets on the big picture.

"It is the why that changes your finite game to an infinite game. A finite game is when someone says, 'I'm going to score the goal,' and an infinite game is when someone says, 'I'm going to play the game really well.' The goals will come," said Lakhanpal. "As long as we all continue to play our game with our ‘why’ in mind that we are going to continue to do the best for our patients everything else will follow."

On Saturday evening, Dr. Lakhanpal honored another visionary with the Lakhanpal Vein Foundation’s Sushruta Award: Dean Bender, the executive director of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society (AVLS). Because of the work of AVLS and the Foundation for Venous and Lymphatic Disease, and the research of organizations like CVR, the field of venous and lymphatic medicine can continue to advance and serve patients more effectively.

Medi USA, a partner of CVR which will be engaging in some exciting new initiatives in 2020, sponsored the Saturday night dinner, where Dr. Bryan Groleau spoke on advancements in compression technology. The evening ended with a CVR Lip Sync Battle, where regional teams joined forces to put on the strongest performances possible. The energy during the contest was intense, and the camaraderie in the room was evident.

As Dr. Lakhanpal stated during his keynote, “our brand is our legacy, and our legacy is family.”

Additional Information:

Venous insufficiency, the cause of significant suffering due to the sequelae of venous hypertension, most commonly arises as achy, tired and heavy legs. It may or may not be associated with varicose veins, spider veins or skin changes including venous ulcerations and indiscriminately affects between 30–40 million Americans. Numerous factors including age, weight, prolonged sitting or standing, genetics or a history of DVT (blood clots) can increase the risk of developing this common and often underdiagnosed disorder. Treatment options have evolved to an array of minimally invasive procedures in an office setting.

Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) is the largest physician-led practice treating vein disease in the country. Having performed its first procedure in 2007 under President and CEO Dr. Sanjiv Lakhanpal, Center for Vein Restoration has since become nationally recognized as the clinical leader in treating chronic venous insufficiency. With 80 centers and growing, CVR has over 500 employees and conducts over 150,000 patient interactions annually. To learn more about CVR and its mission, visit or by phone at 240-965-3915.

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