The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM), formerly The American Board of Phlebology, was established in 2007 to:
Improve the standards of medical practitioners and the quality of patient care related to the treatment of venous disorders and all aspects of venous disease
Serve the public and the medical profession by establishing initial and continuing qualifications for certification and maintenance of certification as physician specialists in the practice of venous and lymphatic medicine
Establish educational standards for teaching and training programs in venous and lymphatic medicine
Examine physician candidates for certification and maintenance of certification in the practice of venous and lymphatic medicine
Award certifications in phlebology to candidates who meet the established requirements
Maintain a registry of individuals who hold certificates issued by the Board
The ABVLM is an independent non-profit organization organized under the laws of the state of Illinois for scientific and educational purposes. No part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or other individual.
In June 2013 the Board of Directors approved a new name for the organization: The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. This change (from formerly The American Board of Phlebology) was approved so that our name more clearly conveys the purpose of our organization and the focus of our diplomates. We believe this will help improve communication and reduce confusion when engaging with the lay public, other physicians, health plans, and a variety of governmental and nongovernmental agencies.
It is not the purpose of the Board to define requirements for membership on hospital staffs, to gain special recognition or privileges for its diplomates in the practice of phlebology or to define the scope of venous and lymphatic medicine practice. The Board does not define who may or may not practice venous and lymphatic medicine. It is neither a source of censure nor an entity for the resolution of ethical or medico-legal issues.
The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine is not yet a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS); however, our certification exam is based on standards set by the ABMS.