Professor Nicos Labropoulos
Superficial Venous Intervention & Research, USA

Professor Nicos Labropoulos is a Professor of both Surgery and Radiology at Stony Brook University, New York. He is also the director of the Vascular Laboratory.

Professor Labropoulos is internationally known and a good friend of South African Vascular Surgeons. He has won numerous international awards, presented internationally, published extensively, is a member of many international societies and committees, on multiple editorial boards, extensively involved in research and involved in humanitarian work in many countries.

Dr Redman went to Professor Labropoulos’s unit in 2012 and from his expertise and guidance established one of the first Vein Centres in South Africa. She visited again in 2017 and attended the Venous Symposium in New York. Professor Labroupolos has been instrumental in helping Dr Redman develop a world class Centre and also plays a key role in the South African Lymphatic and Venous Society (SALVS – of which Dr Redman is president.

Professor Antonios Gasparis
Venous Surgeon Expert, President of American Venous Forum, USA

Professor Gasparis is a Professor of Surgery in Stony Brook, New York. He is director for the Centre for Vein Care, Medical Director for the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory and Director of the Phlebology Fellowship. Dr. Gasparis has not only published numerous papers and book chapters on a broad range of venous pathology, he has also won multiple prizes for scientific presentations. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Venous Symposium and holds various positions in international societies. Professor Gasparis has been elected as the 2021 President for the American Venous Forum; a remarkable achievement.

Dr Redman has interacted with Professor Gasparis from the inception of her clinic - having visited his clinic in New York, attended the Venous Symposium in New York and had him visit her clinic in South Africa when he came to present at the World Federation of Vascular Societies in 2014.

Professor Stephen Black
Deep Venous Intervention & Research, UK

Professor Stephen Black is a Professor of Venous Surgery at King's College London, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and the Co-Founder & Medical Director at UK Vein Clinic. He is the Clinical Lead for Vascular Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and the Co-R&D Lead for the Cardiovascular Directorate Professor Black has published extensively, is 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 is actively involved in research to improve the treatment of patients with Venous Disease and he has been involved a number of first in man procedures.

Dr Redman trained in venous stenting in Professor Black’s unit in 2016 in London and he has helped her establish a deep venous practice in South Africa. Being South African himself, he has dedicated much time to venous surgery in South Africa and has generously contributed a great deal to teaching of South African trainees. Professor Black has been integral in helping Dr Redman have the first dedicated unit of superficial and deep Venous Surgery in South Africa, thus following international trends.

Professor Nils Kucher
University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  • Professor of Angiology
  • Director University Clinic of Angiology
  • Cardiovascular Division
Professor Toby Richards
Iron Clinic Harley Street, London, Vascular Surgery & Research Australia

Professor Toby Richards, a world leading expert in the treatment of iron therapy, is the founder of the Iron Clinic in Harley Street, London. It is one of the first private clinics to offer iron infusions on an outpatient basis.
Professor Richards is from the University College of London and has taken up a post as Lawrence-Brown Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Western Australia. He is also Honorary Professor at the Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology, University College London (UCL) and Honorary Professor of Anaesthesia at Monash University.

He is academic, having led multiple large international clinical trials and has published extensively. Professor Richards sits on many boards, committees and international working groups. Professor Richards has an interest in iron and Patient Blood Management. A lot of his work related to this is on athletes.

Dr Redman visited Professor Richard’s Iron Clinic due to her interest in nutrition and preventative health. She set up the same protocols for patients who are iron deficient and has extended this to other nutrition and holistic management of patients.

Professor Oscar Maleti
Deep venous Surgery - Valve Repair & ResearchItaly

Professor Maleti is Chief of Vascular Surgery at the International Centre of Deep Venous Surgery in Modena, Italy. He is also the Director of Research on new biomedical products in Phlebology at "Mathematics for Technology, Medicine and Biosciences".

Professor Maleti is both a Professor in Deep Venous Work in Ferrara University and Sorbonne University, Pairs. He is Head of the National Reference Training Centre in Phlebology, the President of Italian College of Phlebology and a Member of the Executive Board of the European Venous Forum.

Dr Redman attended a European Venous Forum course on deep venous surgery and intricate valve repair at Professor Maleti’s unit. Professor Maleti and his team have an experienced unit with remarkable results for this difficult surgery. Professor Maleti has become a respected colleague of Dr Redman and South African surgeons who are hoping to introduce some of these techniques in South Africa.

Professor Marzia Lugli
Deep venous Surgery - Valve Repair & Research, Italy

Professor Lugli is a Professor at the International Centre of Deep Venous Surgery in Modena, Italy. She has contributed significantly to venous academics and is also Professor of Endovascular Surgery at DUTEV, PMCurie, Sorbonne University in Paris, the Medical Director of Fleboxan Vein Clinic, Modena and the Program Director of the National Reference Centre for Training Phlebology. Professor Lugli is President of About Vein Society, a Board Member of the Italian College of Phlebology and Chair of Research, Education and Publications Committee of the European Venous Forum.

Professor Lugli is an international expert in deep Venous reconstruction and Dr Redman attended a European Venous Forum course on deep venous surgery and valve repair. Professor Lugli has become a friend of South Africa, having presented at the Vascular Association of South African Society’s webinar on deep venous work.

Professor Håkan Brorson
Lymphoedema Specialist & Research , Sweden

Professor Brorson is an associate Professor of Lund University, a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, EGAMA, Buenos Aires and a Senior Consultant Plastic Surgeon. He is also the Director, Lymphedema Centre in Lund University Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden.

Professor Brorson dedicated the last few decades of his surgical career to understanding and treating lymphoedema. He proved that lymphoedema consists of adipose (fat) tissue as well as we fluid and he pioneered the debulking liposuction technique of surgically treating lymphoedema patients. He also trains teams worldwide in debulking surgery.

Dr Redman has attended his training course along with lymphoedema therapist, Suzi Davey in Sweden and has started performing the first debulking surgery in South Africa in 2020. Dr Redman and Professor Brorson are still in close communication discussing cases and Professor Brorson has been a guest speaker on the Podcast that Dr Redman hosts.

Professor Iris Baumgartner
Vascular Malformations, Angiology & Research, Switzerland

Professor Iris Baumgartner is Director of the Division Angiology, Swiss Cardiovascular Center, at the Inselspital, University Hospital Bern and Professor of both Internal Medicine and Vascular Medicine. She is also the Vice-Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University Bern. She is internationally renowned for her work and interest in both vascular malformations as well as endovascular therapy.

Professor Baumgartner is one of the leading names in vascular malformations internationally. She is academically accredited, being a member of various Editorial Boards and having published 297 articles. Dr Redman has visited her unit in Bern twice. Once in 2012 for general angiology work, and again in 2021 when Professor Baumgartner invited her to join three other Professors in treating difficult malformation cases.

Dr Franz-Josef Schingale
Lymphoedema, Lipoedema and Obesity Expert, Germany

Dr Schingale is the Director of the Lymph-Opt Clinic in Germany with a holistic focus on lymphatic disorders, lipoedema and obesity. Dr Schingale is a specialist in general medicine, phlebology, lymphology and manual lymph drainage therapy. He is also the medical director of the German Lymph Centre in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr Schingale is well known internationally for his work on lipoedema, lymphoedema and compression and presents on these topics globally. Dr Redman visited Dr Schingale’s clinic in Germany to understand the holistic management of lymphoedema and adipose disorders. He has shared some of his protocols with her and she aims to build this aspect of the clinic up in South Africa for more holistic management.

Professor Wayne F Yakes
International Vascular Malformation Expert, USA

Professor Yakes underwent a subspecialty training in Interventional Radiology and Interventional Neuroradiology and has Certificates of Added Qualifications in Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology. He developed an interest in the management of congenital vascular malformations. After researching the literature, he discovered there was a lack of beneficial treatment options for the management of congenital vascular malformations. He then proceeded to develop a new definitive approach for treating vascular malformations by endovascular transcatheter approaches. He was the first to pioneer and publish this ethanol AVM embolisation technique in the world’s literature in 1986. Since that time, Dr. Yakes has authored numerous medical articles and textbook chapters further advancing the subject as well as lecturing and treating patients with vascular malformations on every continent.

Dr. Yakes has now created and authored the “Yakes AVM Classification System” that directs specific endovascular techniques to cure AVMs with specific angioarchitectures and that also lowers the complication rates of treatment in these complex, challenging vascular pathologies. Dr. Yakes is Past President of ISSVA (2006-2008) and is the first Interventional/Neurointerventional Radiologist to serve as President because of his pioneering curative endovascular techniques. Dr. Yakes was also conferred the highest award that Creighton University School of Medicine can bestow upon a prior graduate, The Alumni Merit Award in 2001. Dr. Yakes established the Yakes Vascular Malformation Centre at the Swedish Medical Centre in Englewood, Colorado in 1991 to be solely dedicated to the diagnosis and management of vascular anomalies in all anatomic locations.

Dr Redman met Professor Wayne Yakes in Bern, Switzerland where he joined other experts in treating difficult malformation cases. They have remained in contact and Professor Yakes advises Dr Redman on her difficult cases and plans to visit South Africa to help grow vascular malformation management.

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