In August 2015, Dr. Felipe Collares, Medical Director of Mass Vein Care, HMFP and Co-Director of the Vascular Lab at BIDMC, received the de Groot Award from the American College of Phlebology which allowed him to travel to Berlin, Germany and Bergen, Norway to learn specific and advanced techniques in VenaSeal, a procedure that uses glue to treat venous insufficiency and varicose veins. This procedure, performed in Europe for a few years and recently FDA approved in the US, has advantages over the current thermal ablation options: no need of tumescent anesthesia during the procedure or post-procedure use of compression stockings. Dr. Collares participated in several procedures using this technique and we are pleased to announce that he is the first physician in the Boston metro area to treat a patient with VenaSeal. Congratulations Dr. Collares!

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