International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
Newsletter Vol 6 - No 2 | June 2022

President's Message

It is very exciting to write this message for this Newsletter after the amazing Scientific Congress a few weeks ago in Vancouver, Canada. The Congress was wonderful, giving us a chance to finally see colleagues in-person after so many virtual meetings and conversations. It was also uplifting to see new attendees and members – students, residents, fellows, junior attendings and patient advocacy representatives participating in the meeting, mingling during the breaks and the congress dinner at the Aquarium. I hope those of you who participated remotely had a fruitful experience (and hope we can see you in person at future meetings).

These past few years have been a challenge to us all. As you know, the 2020 meeting was slated to be held in Vancouver, Canada, however, we needed to postpone that meeting 2022. I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to:

Thank you also to Tony Penington, who has been a steadfast President over the past two years. As I told Tony, I have big shoes to fill (literally and figuratively!). I am thankful for his mentorship and I am also grateful to the many Past Presidents of ISSVA, with whom I have worked.

I am also grateful for the ISSVA Board, who works together as a cohesive group with a common objective to uphold the mission of the society “to promote the highest standards of care for patients with vascular anomalies by advancing clinical and scientific knowledge concerning causes, diagnosis and treatment, and by education of physicians, health care providers, patients and the community.”

Despite the pandemic, ISSVA has grown in breadth, depth and membership the past few years. We are now professionally managed, financially sound, and have our own journal, the Journal of Vascular Anomalies (JoVA). As ISSVA grows, I encourage you to get involved with our committees and ongoing initiatives, such as the Education Committee, Classification update, Newsletter and more; to volunteer, please email the ISSVA Secretariat at:

I look forward to working with you all, and thank you for entrusting me in this role.

Francine Blei
President, ISSVA

Journal of Vascular Anomalies (JoVA)

We invite you to read some of JoVA's most recent publications:

We are currently accepting submissions of original scientific research (molecular, genetic, histologic); original clinical studies (prospective, retrospective, case series); contemporary reviews; evidence based reviews; how I do it?; case reports; and letters to the editor. New--We now have a category for “expert opinions” submissions. Submit today to ISSVA’s journal dedicated to Vascular Anomalies. Expedited review and publication! ISSVA members get discounted open access publication fee of only $250.

Submit a Manuscript

ISSVA World Congress 2022 (Vancouver)

Thank you to everyone who attended the ISSVA World Congress 2022! If you attended, please be sure to provide us with your feedback and claim CME credits online by visiting the Congress Website for details.

Membership Corner

Message Boards: Read new messages or start a conversation online with other members. Our latest thread is looking for a physician in Africa, "Who in South Africa..." Read more or participate in the conversation on the ISSVA Message Boards.

Bylaws Change Approved: The General Assembly voted to change the Bylaws so up to five (5) at-large members can serve on the Board of Directors moving forward. For details, please review the General Assembly Agenda and Documents.

New Active Members: The General Assembly also voted to promote over 50 ISSVA members to move from "Associate" to "Active" membership status. The full list of these members can be found in the General Assembly Agenda and Documents. Also, if you are an Associate member and have published in the field of vascular anomalies since you joined ISSVA, let us know at so we can consider upgrading your status to "Active" membership.

2022-2024 ISSVA Board of Directors: The General Assembly elected the 2022-2024 ISSVA Board of Directors, congratulations to the new board members!

World of Vascular Anomalies

ISSVA believes it's important to unite the vascular anomalies community so we share with you, our members, the below events and changes in the field that are not organized or associated with ISSVA, but may be of interest to you. Please note that the events and news items listed below do not indicate an endorsement or sponsorship of these events by ISSVA.

Educational Opportunities

5th Annual Aspen Conference on Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke
Snowmass Village, CO, United States
11-15 July 2022
Learn More

SISAV 2022 International Congress
Modena, Italy
15-17 September 2022

Items of Interest

Call For Papers - International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Special issue dedicated to vascular anomalies
Manuscripts due by 01 August 2022
Learn More

Survey: About particular patients with Opportunistic Infections (pneumocystis)
This survey will take approximatively 3 minutes and is anonymous
Take the Survey

Survey: For parents and adult patients with vascular anomalies
This survey will take approximatively 20 minutes and is anonymous
Take the Survey

Are we missing any meetings or items of interest?

If you are aware of an upcoming educational opportunity, meeting or other item of interest that should be included, please let us know at so we can review the item and, if appropriate, share it with our membership in our next newsletter.