What is a Phlebologist?
A phlebologist is a medical specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the veins. Phlebologists become experts in the field through experience and training and their primary specialties may be in a variety of disciplines such as surgery, vascular surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, family medicine, dermatology or interventional radiology.
Most commonly encountered conditions are related to venous disorder of the legs such as varicose and spider veins. However, the field of phlebology also incorporates venous thrombosis, inherited and acquired thrombophilia (clotting disorders), congenital venous anomalies, vascular malformations, anticoagulant drug usage, care of venous ulcers, use of imaging modalities, and lymphatic disorders to name a few.
This broader description of the field is reflected in the name change of the American Board of Phlebology to the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM).
A task force of experts have developed the Core Content for Training in Venous and Lymphatic Medicine which has been endorsed by the American Venous Forum and the American College of Phlebology.
Physicians who are certified as Diplomates of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine have passed rigorous eligibility criteria and a comprehensive knowledge examination. There only are an estimated 700 designated physicians worldwide.