Venous disease is ten times more prevalent than arterial disease with more than 45 million Americans suffering needlessly from venous disease. That encompasses 25% of all women and 15% of all men. Less than 4% of individuals with venous disease have been treated. With evolving clinical guidelines and technological advancements added to the industry, it is easier now than ever for patients to seek treatment. We can change the conversation. With current regulatory mandates and evolving healthcare legislation it is imperative healthcare providers are able to navigate this process to allow them to better care for patients.


The CoxHealth Venous Symposium delivers evolving, evidence-based principles for the management of your vascular patients. Explore best practice recommendations, emerging technologies and state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities. Take a peek inside venous stasis ulcers, wound care, out-patient treatment options, and more.


This day and a half conference is designed for primary care providers, mid-level providers, practice managers, nursing staff, ultrasound technologists and others who care for patients with venous disease in a hospital or clinical practice setting.



Friday, June 2, 2017

11:00– 11:50pm Registration/Lunch/Vendor Displays
11:50– 12:00pm Welcome, Jeff Hawkins, Vice President of Clinical Services
12:00– 1:00pm Overview of Venous Disease

Speaker:  Dr. Robert Vorhies, MD


  • Categorize the variety of venous diseases and compare their treatments
1:00- 2:00pm Anatomy and Physiology/Diagnostic Tools

Speaker: Dr. John Waites, MD


  • Describe the manipulate the venous pressures and fluid flow
2:00– 2:15pm Break
2:15– 3:15pm Venous Ultrasound Evaluation

Speaker: Brent Wilkinson, RDMS


  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal anatomy in regards to venous ultrasound
  • Describe the process of evaluating venous reflux disease using ultrasound
3:15-3:30pm Break
3:30-4:30pm Conservative Therapy Management

Speakers: Julie Highfill, PA-C and Laura Ross, PA-C


  • Identify appropriate conservative therapy treatment options for venous


4:30pm-5:30pm Is It Lymphedema?: Differentiating between lymphatic and other origins of edema & implications for treatment

Speaker: Jan Weiss, PT, DHS, CLT-LANA


  • Differentiate the 2 types of lymphatic imaging
  • Identify the primary differences between circular knit, flat knit, and Velcro style compression garments, and when they are to be used according to various etiologies and severities of edema
  • Enhance perspective on the role of pneumatic compression in the treatment of edema
5:30 pm Adjourn



Saturday, June 3, 2017


7:00– 7:25am Registration/Breakfast/Vendor Displays
7:30- 8:30am Deep Venous Interventions

Speaker:  Dr. J. Randolph Mullins, MD, FACS


  • Define the role of intervention in the management of deep veins
8:30- 9:30am Venous Stasis Ulcers

Speaker: Dr. John Waites, MD


  • Distinguish the leg venous ulcer from other types of vascular ulcers and formulate a treatment plan
9:30– 9:45am Break
9:45- 10:45am Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Speaker: Dr. J. Randolph Mullins, MD, FACS


  • List the most common presenting complaints of pelvic congestion syndrome
10:45-11:00am Break
11:00-12:00pm Varicose Vein Procedures

Speaker: Dr. Zak Schmittling, MD


  • Define the indication for treatment of venous disease
  • Compare and contrast the different treatments including risks and benefits
12:00-1:00pm Mechano-Chemical Ablation Techniques

Speaker:  Dr. Robert Vorhies, MD


  • Describe the mechanisms by which mechano-chemical ablation treats venous disease
1:00 pm Evaluations/Statements of Credit/ Adjourn


We reserve the right to substitute speakers and topics in the event of emergency or cancellation. Information presented during this conference represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth. Presenters are responsible for obtaining all copyright permissions.  

No off-label medications or medical devices will be discussed.

For more conference information, contact Lisa Boyer, BSN at the Education Center at 417-269-4124 or


Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have special needs addressed by this act, please notify us at least two weeks before this offering so that reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.  
Note: Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.  

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Cancellations received in writing to by May 10, 2017 will be entitled to a full refund. After this time, a $25 processing fee will be withheld.  No refunds will be made the day of the conference.  No shows will be charged the full conference fee.

CoxHealth is not responsible for travel, hotel, booking fees, or other cancellation fees for registrants when an activity is cancelled.
All refunds must be received in writing via email or by calling the Education Center.

CoxHealth is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CoxHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For questions regarding physician credit, please contact Triesa Massey at 417-269-3255 or

Cox College Interprofessional Simulation & Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

10.0 Contact Hours

This program has been approved by CoxHealth Cardiovascular Services for 10.0 STEMI contact hours for CoxHealth employees.

CoxHealth – Prehospital Services is an approved provider of continuing education by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Unit of EMS. This activity is approved for 10.0 contact hours.  The Training Center number is 07710C.

This program has been deemed appropriate for chaplains to list 10.0 contact hours of continuing education credit. Credit should be listed on the Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Summary of Continuing Education Hours Form in the area of “Workshops/Conferences/Seminars/Symposia.”

This program is pending credit from AART/ASRT for 10.0 credit contact hours.

For questions regarding educational credit please contact Lisa Boyer at 417-269-4124, .

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the day when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through program attendance.  Therefore attendees must attend the entire day.  In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk and complete an evaluation form.

Special rates are available for CoxHealth conference participants at the following hotels.   Ask for the CoxHealth negotiated rate.

University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center
333 John Q. Hammons Parkway 2546 N. Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO  65806 Springfield, MO 65803
417-864-7333 417-866-5253
888-532-4338 (toll free)

Julie Highfill, PA-C
Cardiovascular Services

Randolph Mullins, MD, FACS
Vascular Surgeon

Laura Ross PA-C
Cardiovascular Services

Zak Schmittling, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Robert Vorhies, MD
Vascular Surgeon

John Waites, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Jan Weiss, PT, DHS, CLT-LANA
Lymphedema Clinic,
Outpatient Rehabilitation

Brent Wilkinson, RDMS
Ultrasound Technologist

Lisa Boyer, RN, BSN
Enterprise Educator
Education Center, CoxHealth

Leah Cook, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN
Cardiovascular Services Educator
STEMI Program Coordinator

Cory Lafavre
Physician Relations Manager
CoxHealth Business Connections

Triesa Massey, MHA
Medical Staff Education Coordinator

Kristyn Richner
Vein Center Coordinator
Cardiovascular Services

Robert Vorhies, MD
Physician Planner & Moderator
Vascular Surgeon

Bryan Williams, MHA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS
Cardiovascular OP Manager

Becky Watts, RN, BSN, MHA
Administrative Director
Cardiovascular Services


All planning committee members listed with the exception of those below have indicated they (or their immediate family members) do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies that would exclude them from the planning of this activity. Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities. There were no conflicts identified that would exclude them from the planning process.

Planning committee member, Lisa Boyer, RN has indicated she is a stockholder in the following companies: Express Scripts Holding Company, Humana Incorporated, Proctor & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson. She has indicated that she DOES NOT intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA. Ms. Boyer also indicated she would give a balanced view of therapeutic options, and will use generic name to contribute to impartiality during the planning process. There was no conflict identified that would exclude her from the planning process.

Planning committee member and physician moderator Robert Vorhies, MD has indicated he has an affiliation with the following companies by way of Medical Education faculty consultant: Cardiovascular systems   Dr. Vorhies has indicated he DOES NOT intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA. He will give a balanced view of therapeutic options, and will use generic names to contribute to impartiality during the planning process. Potential conflicts have been reviewed and there were no conflicts identified that would exclude him from the planning or moderating process.