The Future of Lymphedema Care: 
Patient Engagement & Clinical Collaboration


CALL FOR ABSRACTS: Submit abstracts online by June 30, 2017

EXHIBIT HALL & SPONSORSHIP: Opportunities available by calling 510-809-1660 Option 3 

The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Board of Directors and Scientific Conference Committee invite you to attend our 2017 International Conference, The Future of Lymphedema Care: Patient Engagement & Clinical Collaboration. The Conference will be held Wednesday, October 11 through Saturday, October 14 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World ® Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

We are very excited this year's NLN conference will be held in tandem with a very special Patient Summit, which has been organized in partnership with the Lighthouse Lymphedema Network and will be held October 11-12, 2017. This collaboration offers an opportunity to connect with both colleagues and patients while learning the latest research and therapeutic approaches to lymphedema and lymphatic diseases. The Patient Summit will include topics such as healthy eating, exercise, skin care, and risk reduction.

Arrive early to join us on Wednesday for a pre-conference workshop on Advanced Wound Care lead by the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy and for a special "Stomp Out Lymphedema!" pre-dinner walk. The Pre-conference will take your clinical skills to the next level and the Walk will build community among patients and spread awareness about lymphedema. Be sure to register for both events!

Thursday will bring together patients, therapists, clinicians, and exhibitors for the commencement of the Medical Provider Conference. We welcome Dr. Stanley G. Rockson as the conference Keynote Speaker who will elaborate on Research Breakthroughs in Lymphology. Dr. Rockson is an Allan and Tina Neill Professor of Lymphatic Research and Medicine, Professor of Medicine, and Director at Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Falk Cardiovascular Research Center, and we are honored to have him.

A redesigned exhibit hall will offer attendees an enhanced experience in learning about the designs, tools, and technology. 

On Thursday evening, there will be a grand Welcome Reception jointly sponsored by Tactile Medical and Juzo.  A special thank you to these two industry leaders for hosting this wonderful evening event.  Also in the evening, there is the Marilyn Westbrook Garment Fund fashion show to look forward to.  It is an event that will honor all the vendors that have generously contributed to the fund over the years. This runway event is for all patients, medical providers, researchers, and exhibitors to enjoy together.  We are so grateful to all industry providers for your support and for making our conference possible.

On Friday, there are several educational sessions to enhance your clinical knowledge and a plenary season to present current research.  JOBST and Medi-Circaid will offer focused workshops to provide an in-depth exploration and discussion of their products and measurement techniques. The day will end with a Networking Dinner, open to all faculty, exhibitors, and attendees at the Living Seas Restaurant at the renowned Epcot Center.

Throughout all three days of the conference, attendees can look forward to educational sessions furthering clinical practice, plenary sessions presenting ground-breaking research, roundtables encouraging lively discussion, panel discussions delving into advanced topics, exhibitor workshops sharing the newest and latest products, and poster sessions presenting unique patient cases and innovations in lymphology. Our final day will include our time-honored tradition of Recognition and Awards luncheon and conclude with a much anticipated talk on The Future of Lymphedema Treatment.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Exhibit Hall and Support Opportunities available online and by calling 510-809-1660 option 4.
Call 800-805-3976 for assistance with your reservation and any special accommodation needs.

Hotel Accommodations

By special arrangement with the Disney Coronado Resort and Conference Center, the Conference will be set in the fiesta ambiance of Lake Buena Vista, near Orlando. Competitive room rates will be available as well as complimentary airport shuttle and many other amenities. We have planned for all events to be held on the ground level and arranged for supportive care services, including scooters, for those with mobility concerns.

Hotel Rates:

$167.00 Single /Double Occupancy 

$167.00  Junior Suites: Single to Quadruple Occupancy

These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to make your reservations early. To reserve, call the Disney Group (407) 939-4686 and mention the group rate for the National Lymphedema Network to receive the reduced prices or reserve online.

Room reservations made after September 11, 2017 are subject to availability at regular hotel rates.

NOTE: Disney discounted room rates are available for families who wish to arrive before and stay after the Conference. Special discounted theme park admissions also available to Conference attendees’ families.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (Preliminary-subject to change)

2017 NLN Patient Summit

Wednesday, October 11

8:00      Breakfast/ Registration
8:30      Welcome
8:35      Patient Story
9:00      Differential Diagnosis
9:30      “The Importance of Eating Healthy”

10:00     Skin Care

10:30     Short Break
10:50     “Building and Leading Your Healthy Support Network”
11:20      Pediatric – Joseph Feldman, M.D.
12:00      Head & Neck
12:30      Lunch
1:30       “Patient care from Professional Perspective”
2:00       Exercise (Yoga)
2:30       Treatment of Lymphedema
3:15       Sexuality and Lymphedema
3:45       Closing Remarks
4:30       Stomp for Lymphedema (Separate registration)

Thursday, October 12 (Combined patient and medical professional sessions)

7:00       Breakfast & Patient-Provider Networking in Exhibit Hall
8:00       Welcome
9:00       Keynote Speaker
10:00      Break
10:15      Risk Reduction
10:45      Special Guest Appearance
11:15      Exhibit Hall Kick off  - Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:45      Research at Georgia Tech / Lymph Tech
1:15        Managing Edema Post-Neurological Injury with Lymphedema Therapy Techniques
1:45        Break
2:00        Lipedema - A Fatty Deposition Syndrome
2:45        Update on New Surgeries
3:45        Closing Remarks
4:00        End

4:30        Welcome Reception sponsored by Tactile Medical & Juzo
6:00        Fashion show

2017 NLN Medical Provider Conference

Wednesday, October 11

7:00        Breakfast
8:00        Wound care pre-conference
4:00        End

Thursday, October 12 (Combined patient and medical professional sessions)

7:00        Breakfast & Patient-Provider Networking in Exhibit Hall
8:00        Welcome
9:00        Keynote Speaker
10:00       Break
10:15       Risk Reduction
10:45       Special Guest Appearance
11:15       Exhibit Hall Kick off - Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:45       Research at Georgia Tech / Lymph Tech
1:15        Managing Edema Post-Neurological Injury with Lymphedema Therapy Techniques
1:45        Break
2:00        Lipedema - A Fatty Deposition Syndrome
2:45        Update on New Surgeries
3:45        Closing Remarks
4:00        End

4:30        Welcome Reception sponsored by Tactile Medical & Juzo
6:00        Fashion show

Friday, October 13

7:00        Breakfast
8:00        Pelvic Floor Therapy
8:45        Complex Cases
9:45        Break
10:15      Workshop 1 – Medi-Circaid / JOBST®
11:15      Workshop 2 - JOBST® / Medi-Circaid
12:15      Lunch
1:30       Plenary Sessions
3:00       Break
3:30       Head and Neck Panel
4:30       Nutrition
5:30       End

7:00       Networking Dinner at Epcot Center (all welcome)

Saturday, October 14

7:00       Breakfast
8:00       Contraindications & Precautions
8:45       Barriers to Lymphatic Drainage: Scar Tissue & Radiation Fibrosis
9:30       Break
9:45       Billing & Coverage
10:15      Legislation
11:00      Break
11:15      Plenary Sessions
12:30      Lunch
1:45       Severity Score
2:30       Lymphedema Therapy Abroad
3:15       Break
3:30       Future of Lymphedema Therapy
5:00       End

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Program Director

Joseph L. Feldman, MD, CLT-LANA

Scientific Committee Chair

Jeannette Zucker, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Scientific Committee

Linda McGrath Boyle, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Joseph L. Feldman, MD, CLT-LANA

Jay W. Granzow, MD, MPH, FACS

Bryan Groleau, COTA/L, CLT-LANA, CLWT


Maureen McBeth, PT, MPT, CLT-LANA

Steve Norton, CDT Clinical Instructor, CLT-LANA

Jeannette Zucker, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Patient Summit Chair

Joan White, LSAP

Patient Summit Committee

Elizabeth Blissett, LSAP

Sarah M. Bramblette, MSHL, LSAP

Candace Bridgewater, LSAP

Patricia Egan, MS, MBA, LSAP

Joan White, LSAP

Industry Sponsorship & Exhibit Hall

Michael Cannon, MBA

Local Coordinating Committee

Elizabeth Blissett, LSAP

Sarah M. Bramblette, MSHL, LSAP

Candace Bridgewater, LSAP

Conference Production

Karen St. Pierre, CMP

HighQMedia & Events, Inc.

Conference Administration

Patricia Egan, MS, MBA, LSAP