PHLEBOLOGY: AN UP-AND-COMING SPECIALTY

Dermatitis caused by venous insufficiencyPHLEBOLOGY IS A relatively new medical specialty that focuses on the study and treatment of venous diseases and disorders. As more than 80 million Americans currently suffer from venous disorders, phlebology now offers the opportunity for patients to see a dedicated specialist who is up to date on the latest diagnostic techniques and treatment methods. Phlebologists address a variety of venous concerns, including varicose veins, spider veins, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and venous insufficiency.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Spider & Varicose Veins on the calfThe American College of Phlebology was first founded in 1986 – then named the North American Society of Phlebology – and has grown during the last 20 years to begin to fulfill its mission of advancing vein care and supporting new clinical research in the field of venous disease. This research has resulted in new pharmacological advances and minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of venous disorders. After 20 years of dedicated work, the American College of Phlebology succeeded in its goal of offically establishing phlebology in the medical community – the American Medical Association recognized phlebology as its own self-designated medical specialty in 2005.

The first American College of Phlebology fellowship program began offering 12 months of phlebology postgraduate training in 2007, and physicians were first given the opportunity to take the American Board of Phlebology certification exam in May of 2008. The American College of Phlebology is now working to establish a registry-level phlebology ultrasound examination for ultrasound specialists. The American College of Phlebology publishes its own official journal, Phlebology.