Prof Mark Whiteley
Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey (UK)
Mark is an internationally renowned Consultant Vascular Surgeon specialising in the treatment of varicose veins and other venous conditions.
He trained at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and was a surgical lecturer at Oxford University from 1995 to 1998. Mark was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon in 1998 and performed the UK’s first endovenous ‘keyhole' surgery for varicose veins in March 1999.
Dr Kieran McBride
Consultant Interventional Radiologist
Kieran has been a Consultant Vascular Interventional Radiologist ( I.R. ) since 1994. Since 2006, he has been performing non-surgical treatment alternatives for venous disease, both in the NHS and private sector. He is Medical Director of the Scottish Vein Centre, which he established that year. He is regarded as one of the leading IR’s worldwide in this field. He regularly lectures and does workshops at international surgical and radiological meetings. He is a member of the Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Chris Lattimer FRCS, MS, PhD
Honorary Consultant & Senior Lecturer in Vascular Surgery
Ealing Hospital & Imperial College
Chris is a vascular surgeon specialising in venous disorders at the West London Vascular and Interventional Centre and is director of the Josef Pflug Vascular Laboratory, Ealing Hospital. He has an MS Thesis in arterial disease from St Thomas' Hospital, a PhD from Imperial College and an IT degree from the University of London.
He trained at St Georges Hospital Medical School and completed his specialist vascular training as a Lecturer at St Thomas’ Hospital, Kings College, Perth Western Australia and the Montefiore Medical Center New York. He achieved consultant position in 1999 at East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dr. Johann Chris Ragg
Founder & Head of angioclinic® Vein Centers, Founder of Academy for Interventional Phlebology, International Consultant
Chris started to work on vascular diseases at Charité University Clinic Berlin in 1990, covering angiology and interventional radiology. To unite all vascular disciplines he founded private vascular facilities, starting in 2000. Instead of academic merits, the explicit aims were technical improvement, clinical progress and patient comfort. Chris´ units were the first in Europe to specialize in endovenous procedures.
Dr. Enric Roche MD, PhDChief of Vascular surgery service in Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor and Hospital General de Cataluña. Associated Professor in Barcelona University. Surgery Department
I am vascular surgeon. Since April 2015 I work with 7 surgeons offering the most advanced technology in order to treat not only arterial pathologies but also the less invasive solutions for varicose veins or deep vein diseases.
I have been one of the Spanish promoters of minimally invasive treatments in Phlebology. I have been coach and proctor for some new technologies as: Trivex, endolaser, radiofrequency, Mechanico-chemical ablation or foam sclerotherapy.During 2007-2009 I was in charge of Clínicas Cabrera in Barcelona where microfoam sclerotherapy was the only treatment for all type of varicose veins or vascular malformations.
In 2012 I founded Clínica Vascular Barcelona as a multidisciplinary private vascular center. Currently I am developing two patents in the vascular field.
Dr. Joan-Enric Torra (Bsc Nurs), (MSc Nurs) and (PhD)r
Dr. Joan-Enric Torra founded and was in charge of the “Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa’s Interdisciplinary Chronic Wounds Unit” (1997-2003) and is actually the Regional Clinical Manager for Advanced Wound Management at Smith&Nephew in Latin-America.
His interests in wound care include: chronic wounds epidemiology and cost, pressure ulcers prevention and treatment, leg ulcers compression, negative pressure therapy, epidermolisis Bullosa, advanced skin care, incontinence associated dermatitis, lymphedema, safety patient issues and health economics.
He has been vice president of the Spanish GNEAUPP, member of the boards of the EPUAP and EWMA, has lectured in many academic institutions and has published more than one hundred papers and chapters about wound care and related topics.
Dr David Beckett
Consultant Interventional Radiologist
Dr David Beckett is a consultant Interventional Radiologist who works at The Whiteley Clinic. He qualified in Medicine at St. Georges Hospital, London 2000. He has subspecialty interests in endovenous intervention and in the treatment and management of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. His diagnostic interests include MR Venography and Intravascular ultrasound in venous compression disorders (MTS/NCS). Other subspecialty interests include management and treatment of deep venous occlusions.
Consultant Endovascular Radiologist
UCL Hospitals, London, UK
Trained at The Middlesex Hospital, London qualifying in 1986. Post grad medical rotations in Oxford, Guys and Royal Free(neuro) hospitals gaining MRCP - 1991.
Tropical and expedition medicine in Borneo(Raleigh International) and Morrocco(Warners) - 1991-2.
Radiology training scheme UCLH, London 1992-6 Clinical Lecturer at The National Medical Laser Centre (image-guided Tumour ablation[MR guidance, first lung tumour ablation, post-Mortem MR autopsy first world series, Lancet])1994-5 Consultant Radiologist UCLH 1998-present (cardiovascular speciality) Introduced Laser treatment of varicose veins (EVLT/ELVeS)to UK - March 2001.
Sabbatical as Associate Lecturer to the University of the West Indies 2007/8 Continued visiting vascular practice Bridgetown, Barbados 2008-present.
Consultant at The London Clinic, London, 2001-present
East Tallinn Central Hospital
I am a vascular surgeon from Estonia - land which population is only 1,3 million. I have been consultant at East Tallinn Central Hospital since 2010. Large part of my daily work is superficial vein reflux disease and its cost-effective, durable treatment.
I think our patients here are a little spoiled in a good way because of the proximity of the physician, so for me it makes a lot of sense to be active in different social platforms - all in a name to inform about and promote the treatment more for the end customer, the patient.
If I had free time, I would really like to visit my kid's hockey game more. I guess it has to wait until he is a pro.
Tim graduated with a degree in Genetics from Newcastle University in 2000. He followed this up with an M.Sc. in Industrial Biotechnology and a three year research post studying the genetic basis for Lupus at Imperial College London. He trained as a Clinical Vascular Scientist at Charing Cross and King’s college London and joined the Whiteley Clinic in 2010.
Dr Andrew WillisConsultant Interventional Radiologist
Dr Andrew P Willis is a Consultant Interventional Radiologist with a sub specialist interest in embolisation techniques and endovenous intervention.
He qualified from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School and having trained in London, Essex and Birmingham was appointed as a consultant at University Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham Children's Hospital in 2007.
In addition, He has worked as a Consultant at The Whiteley Clinic since 2011 further adding to his experience in the minimally invasive treatment of venous disease.
Clare Mechen – RGN, BSC, Independent Nurse Prescriber
Best Foot Forward Leg Club Clinical Lead
Ealing Hospital & Imperial College
I work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Practice Nurse Manager within a large Dorset GP practice. In 2015, I opened the first Leg Club within Dorset. The Best Foot Forward Leg Club, has since demonstrated improved healing rates for our members with Lower Leg problems and help to reduce social isolation. Subsequently, I have won 2 International Scholarship Awards and published several articles in national journals.
Holistic patient centred care I believe is the core to our nursing values and feel this model of care can empower patients, improve clinical outcomes and enhance a person’s general well-being, hence, I have recently undertaken a Clinical Development Nurse role on a part time basis with the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.
Barrie Price MD MS FRCS FCPhleb
Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Barrie Price was educated at a state grammar school and proceeded on to Guys Hospital in 1972 for medical training. Armed with the MB BS in 1977, Mr Price headed straight for a career in surgery via Lewisham, Margate, Newcastle-upon Tyne (obtaining FRCS of both the English and Edinburgh Colleges) New York, USA and Mansfield before joining the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1985 where he completed his training and picked up two higher degrees. After 16 years in HM Armed Forces, Mr Price joined Mark Whiteley to form the fledgling Whiteley Clinic in 2001. Since his appointment as a Consultant in 1990, Mr P has held appointments in the RAMC, the NHS and the Whiteley Clinic.
From a General Surgeon with an interest in Vascular Surgery, his practice evolved to become purely vascular by the time he returned from a six months sabbatical period exploring endovascular techniques in Melbourne, Australia. Gradually, Mr P’s vascular practice became more heavily vein orientated and now he is a specialist in phlebology. Mr Price has a busy clinical practice at the Whiteley Clinic and is heavily involved in its research output. Finally he is a Fellow of the College of Phlebology and a trustee of the Leg Ulcer Charity.
Rebecca is the Macmillan Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist at the University Hospital of North Midlands. She is a member of the Children with Lymphoedema Special Interest group and a member of the Scientific Committee of the British Lymphology Society of which she was chair for 5 years.
She is a regular presenter in both national and international conferences and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Lymphoedema and the British Journal of Community Nursing’s Chronic Oedema supplement.
Rebecca completed her Msc Lymphoedema in 2012 and in 2013 achieved a Pioneer of Nursing award for her development of a Red Leg service.
Judy is from the North East of England where she trained in radiography in the early 1980’s and gained a post-graduate qualification in Diagnostic Ultrasound in 1989. In 1990 she became Chief Sonographer at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle before moving to Tasmania, Australia as Chief Sonographer at the Royal Hobart Hospital. On return to the UK in 1998, Judy became Ultrasound Superintendent at The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford where she met Prof. Mark Whiteley and set up a vascular ultrasound service.
Judy and Mark performed the UK’s first minimally invasive varicose vein procedure in March 1999. Their mutual interest in diagnosis and treatment of complex varicose veins led to the inception of The Whiteley Clinic in 2003. Judy is now Chief Sonographer at the Whiteley Clinic and has a specialist interest in the diagnosis of pelvic and ovarian varicose veins in addition to ultrasound guidance of minimally invasive varicose vein treatment.
Ellie Lindsay OBE
The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation
Ellie Lindsay OBE is a former district nurse and founder of the award-winning Leg Club model of care.
She has published more than 70 papers, predominantly concerning the Leg Club Model and patient empowerment and is regularly invited to speak at UK and international healthcare conferences.
Ellie is a Visiting Fellow, Queensland University of Technology and Lifetime President of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation, a registered charity, which she set up in 2005 to facilitate and manage the co-ordinated growth of the Leg Club network.
She has received The British Journal of Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to nursing.
Director of Aesthetics / Aesthetic Practitioner
Victoria Smith is an Aesthetics Practitioner and the founder and Director of Absolute Aesthetics.Victoria specialises in the removal of skin lesions using a minimally invasive procedure called Electro Surgery and has a keen interest in the research and development of this procedure and its effectiveness in the removal of more complex lesions such as Xanthelasma and cysts.Victoria is well-known in the aesthetics industry and is becoming a key opinion leader. She contributes regular articles to the Joan of Aesthetic Nursing and sits on the editorial board of PMFA Magazine.
Dr Evi Kalodiki MD BA PhD DIC FRCS
Evi was born in Cyprus and studied Medicine, Surgery and English Literature at the University of Athens. She had her MD thesis with honours from the University of Athens and her PhD from the University of London. She is an Honorary Consultant in Vascular surgery at Ealing Hospital London, co-director of the Josef Pflug Laboratory & affiliated with Imperial College, the West London Vascular and Interventional Centre & the Thrombosis & Haemostasis Research Laboratory, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, USA. Her special field is venous thromboembolism. Evi is the co-editor of 5 books.
A list of her publications and presentations can be found at:
Natalie Lee MSc RN
I have been nursing for 12 years and developed a specialist interest in the management of lymphoedema as a community nurse, joining Wolverhampton Lymphoedema service in 2009. In 2012 I joined Haddenham Healthcare as Clinical Advisor, becoming Clinical Manager in 2016 and completing my Masters of Science in Lymphoedema Care. I oversee all aspects of clinical training, publications and research as well as offering clinical support to clinicians globally often delivering training at Wolverhampton University. I am is senior member of the training team at the Lymphoedema Training Academy and am in the mapping of patients with lymphofluroscopy. I am is a Trustee for the British Lymphology Society and continue clinical Practice at WLS.
Dr Previn Diwakar
Consultant Interventional Radiologist
Dr Previn Diwakar is a Consultant Interventional Radiologist with a special interest in endovenous interventions and embolotherapy.
He qualified in medicine from Imperial College, London and completed his surgical training in Southampton. Whilst specialising in Plastic Surgery, he became interested in how technology could be used to transform patient care by using minimally invasive modern image-guided techniques. He subsequently undertook specialist training in Interventional Radiology at Barts & The Royal London Hospitals and has been a consultant for the last 10 years.
Whilst working at the world renowned Whiteley Clinic, he helped develop the clinic’s pelvic vein embolization service. He has written about and delivered award-winning presentations on pelvic venous anatomy, pelvic congestion syndrome and venous embolization techniques.
Jacqui Fletcher RN, MSc, PGC (Ed) BSc (Hons) FHEA
Registered Nurse, MSc Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, PG Cert – Education, BSc (Hons) Healthcare Studies, Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Jacqui Fletcher is currently an Independent Wound Care Consultant, Senior Nurse Advisor – Stop the Pressure Programme (NHS Improvement), Editor of Wounds UK journal and a trustee of the Pressure Ulcer UK charity.
Prior to this Jacqui was the Clinical Strategy Director at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre and had an honorary clinical contract at Cardiff and Vale UHB. Jacqui was an Honorary Fellow of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) from 2011 - 2014. She has worked for Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority Harm Free Care Lead, focussing on the ambition to eliminate all avoidable category 2,3 and 4 pressure ulcers. She has also worked as a Principal Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire.
She is a Patron of the Lindsey Leg Club, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for International Wound Journal, the Journal of Wound Care and Wounds UK journal. She served as an Executive of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel from its inception in 1996 until 2010 and was instrumental in developing the 2009 guidelines serving as a lead for a working group.
She has published widely and speaks at both national and international conferences.
Mr Gabriele Bertoni
Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Gabriele is an Italian Consultant Vascular Surgeon who specialises in the treatment of venous pathology in Milan (Italy) and in London (England). He has been appointed Consultant in 2008 in Italy and in 2013 in England.
Gabriele trained in Oxford between 2003 and 2006, and in Milan, where he currently resides with his wife and two kids.
Registered General Nurse
Susan is the Lead Nurse for The Whiteley Clinic and the Wound Care Service. Over the last 5 years, she has worked closely with all the consultants performing EndoVenous Laser Treatments to develop and improve ulcer care, pre and post operatively. She has helped to develop a simple, inexpensive dressing/compression regime to enable patients to manage their ulcer care at home.
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