November 2017

International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
Newsletter Vol 1 - No 2 | November 2017

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President's Message

Dear ISSVA members and friends,

We are pleased to launch the second ISSVA newsletter, to keep you informed about all the newest developments regarding our Society. The first newsletter was very welcomed by many of you as an important new avenue for ISSVA communication, and thus we will try to make this a regular newsletter.

First of all, I would like to welcome all new ISSVA members. I was thrilled to see that our Society has been joined by 44 new members that show enthusiasm and passion for our field.  Additionally, we had 5 Junior ISSVA Members upgrade their status to Active Status! We need your input and we need to keep extending our knowledge in our field for the benefit of patient management in many new big and small centers all around the world. 

Online Member Directory

Please Complete Your Online Information for the Public Membership Directory. Please take a few minutes to modify this (Directions Here). 

I would like to Remind All ISSVA Members to Complete Your Online Information for the Membership Directory. Do not forget that if you want to be visible towards patients, you need to go to the public directory, opt in and fill in your information. If not, you will only be visible to ISSVA members. I was sadden to see that this is the case for many of you.  When I opened our website without connecting as an ISSVA member, our Society has only 54 members that are visible, although 284 members have filled in the user profile. If you wish to have some of your contact info visible (such as name of your center, address, website, secretary phone number, etc.) please take a few minutes to modify this.

We are approaching our 22nd ISSVA Workshop, which will be held in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Scientific Committee, in conjunction with the Board and the Local Hosts, are working hard to offer you a great meeting. Several modifications have been made to this workshop in response to the remarks we received from our membership.

First, the primer course will be organized by the ISSVA Board and Scientific Committee so it will be kept truly basic. This course is dedicated to beginners in the field of vascular anomalies with the aim that after this one-day course, they will be able to diagnosis and manage the most common vascular anomalies. Moreover, they will be able to follow more easily and effectively our meeting the following days.

Are you a Published Junior Member?

If you’re an ISSVA Junior member and have recently been published in the field of Vascular Anomalies, you might be eligible to upgrade your status to Active membership with ISSVA. Simply e-mail your updated CV, with your publication(s) on Vascular Anomalies included, to the ISSVA Secretariat at:

Second, we have started advanced specialty workshops dedicated to specific specialties or areas of expertise. These will be run concurrently with the basic course in the afternoon of Tuesday, 29 May 2018. These advanced courses will enable discussion of very specific questions in selected specialties.

However, to maximize interdisciplinarity of our meeting, each advanced specialty workshop will be summarized during the ISSVA meeting by one of the chairpersons; this will replace the parallel sessions. We will start with four advanced specialty workshops: 1) pathology, 2) interventional radiology, 3) surgery, and 4) genetic and medical management.

The meeting itself will also be slightly modified, as a full day will no longer be dedicated to infantile hemangioma. The program will be completely determined by the submitted abstracts.

We hope, and foresee, that even more people will be attending our 22nd ISSVA meeting, and thus the latest record of 550 attendees will be surpassed!

I am looking forward to meeting all of you in Amsterdam.

Laurence M Boon
ISSVA President

Call for ISSVA Applications

ISSVA is accepting applications for membership. Please encourage your colleagues to apply to become a Junior, Active, or Associate member. New Junior Members don’t need experience in Vascular Anomalies, just an interest to learn more. Encourage your young physician colleagues to apply today!

Start Your ISSVA Application Today! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the ISSVA Secretariat at:


22nd International Workshop of the
International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies

29 May - 1 June 2018

Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, 31 May 2018:          Primer Course, Advanced Specialty Workshops & Welcome Reception
Wednesday, 1 June 2018:       Workshop (day 1), ISSVA General Assembly & Amsterdam City Tour
Thursday, 2 June 2018:          Workshop (day 2) & Gala Dinner
Friday, 3 June 2018:               Workshop (day 3)

Receive Workshop Updates & Other Important Information through ISSVA’s Social Media


Primer & Advanced Specialty Workshops

The agenda for the Primer Course is now online; please look at the program and sign up or encourage your colleagues to register.

If you are looking for an Advanced Specialty Workshop, ISSVA will be offering four (4) Advanced Specialty Workshops with details available online.

Visit the ISSVA 2018 Website for updates:

Keynote Speaker

ISSVA is excited and proud to announce that the Keynote Speaker at ISSVA 2018 will be Dr. Steven Fishman, who will speak on the topic of “Lessons learned from our patients”.

Important Dates & Deadlines

05 December 2017:    Online registration opens
05 December 2017:    Abstracts open
05 January 2018:        Abstracts close
16 March 2018:          Early registration closes
01 May 2018:             Regular registration closes

Explore Amsterdam

Learn more about the incredible city of Amsterdam.

Official Website of Amsterdam

Is your city interested in hosting ISSVA 2022?

If so, ISSVA will be accepting proposals for a host city at the ISSVA 2018 meeting in Amsterdam. For details, contact the ISSVA Secretariat:


Review of the Vascular Anomaly Literature
(Published January-August 2017)

Volunteers needed for literature review

We are seeking senior ISSVA members to assist with the literature review in their fields. The literature review will be published in the newsletter bi-annually. We suggest working with a junior member.

  For details, reach out to the ISSVA Secretariat ( or Dr. Francine Blei (, ISSVA Scientific Committee Chair.

Editor: Francine Blei, MD

Junior ISSVA Member*/Scientific Committee Member

Our contributors have scanned the literature by discipline and provided a short synopsis. Click on the topics below to access their review.


  How to Subscribe to NCBI Alerts
  Did you know that you can create alerts in PubMed - NCBI? The procedure is quite simple:

  1. Go to:
  2. Select MeSH* (Medical Subject Headings) in the drop - down menu located in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Enter search terms in the dialog box (Ex. Vascular Malformations).
  4. Click “Create Alert” to create an email alert for this search.
  5. Sign in to NCBI (with NCBI Username and password) or Register for an NCBI account if you do not have an account.
  6. Specify your search parameters and click “Save”.

  *MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the NLM controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed.


  23nd International Workshop
  of the International Society for
  the Study of Vascular Anomalies
  13-15 May 2020

Special thanks:
Nathalie Samson for her assistance with the design and development of the newsletter!