September 7-11, 2015, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA USA
Download a copy of the WCOL 2015 Final Program.


The 2015 Congress was the most exciting and rewarding one yet with an attendance of over 1000 clinicians, basic and clinical scientists, therapy professionals and patient advocates as well as leading faculty and international guest speakers who will all join together in discussions and presentations about some of the latest advances and share their frontline knowledge and experiences in all the various fields of interest in Lymphology, the study of the integrated lymphatic system (lymphatics, lymph nodes and lymphoctyes) in health and diseases such as infection, HIV, cancer and others.


International Society of Lymphology (ISL)

National Lymphedema Network (NLN)

Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation/Sentinel Lymph Node Working Group

Target Audience and Learning Objectives

This activity has been planned for members of the International Society of Lymphology and other healthcare professionals, patients, and patient advocates interested in lymphedema and related disorders.

After participating in this conference, participants will be able to:

1. Understand and discuss the general anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system and its components (lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, lymph, and lymphocytes);
2. Differentiate lymphedema from other types of peripheral edema and specifically venous edema and the different treatment options;
3. Highlight some of the latest basic and clinical research in the field of Lymphology;
4. Describe the genetics, diagnosis, and treatment options for hereditary and other primary lymphedemas;
5. Provide the opportunity to practice and enhance clinical skills related to lymphatic disorders;
6. Develop a fundamental appreciation of the burden, spectrum, and etiology of lymphatic disorders worldwide.

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and National Lymphedema Network. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 32.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.


Program Director
Joseph L. Feldman, MD, CLT-LANA

Congress Co-Presidents
Stanley P.L. Leong, MD
Saskia R.J. Thiadens, RN
Marlys H.Witte, MD

Congress Coordinator
Michael J. Bernas, MS

Organizing Committee
Michael J. Bernas, MS
Lu Chen, MD, PhD
Michael Dellinger, PhD
Robert Erickson, MD
Joseph L. Feldman, MD, CLT-LANA
Jay Granzow, MD, MPH, FACS
Karen Herbst, MD, PhD
Stanley P.L.Leong, MD, FACS
Joseph Mills Sr., MD
Baldassarre Stea, MD
Saskia R.J.Thiadens, RN
Marlys H. Witte, MD
Russell Witte, PhD

Supporters 2015

We would like to thank the following supporters for their generous funding:


  • BSN Medical, Inc.
  • medi USA, LP


  • Amgen Lymphotec, Inc.
  • Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.


  • ImpediMed, Inc.
  • LANA
  • Lipedema Foundation
  • Lymph Notes
  • National Lymphedema Network Board of Directors
  • PhysioTouch Inc.
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation
  • Tactile Medical
We would like to thank the following exhibitors for the participation:


Academy of Lymphatic Studies
ALPS South
American Lymphedema Framework Project
Bandages Plus
Bio Compression Systems
BioHorizon Medical, Inc.
Cizeta Medicali SPA
CRC Press/Taylor & Francis
Daiya Industry Co. Ltd.
Delfin Technologies
Dr. Vodder School Internationals
FarrowMed LLC
Fat Disorders Research Society
Godoy International School of Lymphatic Therapies
ImpediMed, Inc.
International Society of Lymphology
Klose Training
Lipedema Products
Lohmann & Rauscher
Luna Medical, Inc.
Lympha Press
Lymphatic Education & Research Network
Lymphedema Advocacy Group
Lymphedema Seminars
Lymphology Assoication of North America
Lymphotec, nc.
medi USA, LP
Mitaka USA
National Lymphedema Network
Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy/
Lymphedema Products
PhysioTouch, Inc.
Solidea Medical
Sunflower Wellness
SunMed Medical Solution
Tactile Medical
The Lipedema Foundation
University of California San Francisco
WearEase Inc