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Friday April 27

6:00 – 6:30  Opening Ceremonies

6:30 – 7:30  Honoring our Bodies through Art:  Kathryn Hack

7:30 – 7:45 Break

7:45 – 8:30  Fashion Show

Saturday April 28

8:00 – 8:45 Keynote Address:  Fluid Flux in Fat in Lipedema and Dercum's Disease:  Karen Herbst, MD, PhD

8:45 – 9:00 Break

9:00 – 9:20 Abdominopelvic Congestion: a Hidden Problem of Swelling Impacting Health:  Sara Nelson, PT, DPT, WCS

9:20 – 9:40 Herbal Medications and Their Application to Patients with Lipedema and Dercum’s Disease:  John (Jerry) Bartholomew, MD

9:40 – 10:00 Disability and FMLA: Sarah Bramblette

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 11:35  Research Update:

  • Research Primer:  Polly Armour

  • Frontiers of Lipedema Research:  Erik Lontok, PhD, Lipedema Foundation

  • MRI Tools to Diagnose and Evaluate Mechanisms of Lipedema:  Rachelle Crescenzi, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Preliminary Gait Study Results:  Polly Armour

  • Fat Therapy Reduces Fat in Lipedema and Dercum Disease:  Karen Herbst, MD, PhD

  • Vascular Finding in the Skin and SAT in Lipedema:  Sara Al Ghadban, PhD, University of Arizona TREAT Program

  • Genetic Risk Factors Underlying the Lipedema Phenotype:  Yann Klimentidis, PhD, University of Arizona

11:35 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 Dercum's Disease: Inflammation, Pain, and a Novel Reduction Strategies:  Dan W. Pulsipher, DO

1:00 – 1:30  Dercum’s Disease:  Tissue is the Issue:  Karen Herbst, MD, PhD

1:30 – 1:45 Break

1:45 – 2:15 Breakout Session: Compression Therapy: Living Without Limits:  Jennifer T. Hunt

2:15 – 2:45 Breakout Session:   Chronic Pain and Management Strategies:  Dan W. Pulsipher, DO

2:45 – 3:00  Break

3:00 – 3:30 Breakout Session:  Meditation and Mindfulness Interventions for Patients with Fat Disorders:  Kathleen H. Lisson, CMT, CLT, BCTMB

3:30 – 4:00 Breakout Session:  Nutrition, Hypermobility and Lipedema/Dercum's:  Chuck Ehrlich, MS, MBA

4:00 – 4:15 Break

4:15 – 6:15  Breakout SessionLiposuction for Lipedema and Dercum’s Disease

  • Hello from the Other Side… Life After Liposuction for Lipedema:  Briana Garrott

  • Comprehensive Review of Science, Safety & Efficacy for Lipedema/Dercum's Surgery:  David Amron, MD

  • Post-Surgical Care - An Integrative Approach: Linda-Anne Kahn CLT-LANA NCTMB, CMT, CHNC   

  • Integrated Surgery and Therapy System for Lipedema Patients With Lymphedema:  Jay Granzow, MD, MPH, FACS

  • Lymph Sparing Liposuction Safety:  Thomas Wright, MD, FACP, FACPh, RVT

  • Liposuction Technique Matters for Lipedema: Fact or Fake News?:  Karol Gutowski, MD

  • Safe and Effective Vaser Liposuction for Lipedema and Dercum's Disease:  Michael Schwartz, MD

  • Q&A

Sunday, April 29

8:00 – 9:00 How Yoga Helps the Lymphatic System:  Sarmita Misra, PT, CLT-LANA, RYT200

9:00 – 9:15  Break

9:15 – 10:15 Patient Perspectives:

  • Fat Disorders & Retirement-Navigating the Next Chapter of our Lives:  Yvonne Hyde

  • From Childhood Isolation to Mystery Diagnosis to Immeasurable Happiness:  Jasna Tursic

  • 7 D's in Living with Dercum’s Disease:  Denial, Diagnosis, Difficult, Decide, Develop, Do, Determination:  JJ Wheaton  

10:15 – 10:30  Break

10:30 – 11:30 Breakout Session:                   

  • Multifactorial Leg Swelling in Lipedema:  Steven Dean, DO

  • Vasospastic Disease in Lipedema:  Steven Dean, DO

  • Help!  I Can’t Find a Local Doctor to Help Me!  John (Jerry) Bartholomew, MD

11:35 – 12:05 Roundtable:  Mobility Devices: A Few of Our Favorite Things

12:05 – 12:35 Planning for Change:  Elizabeth McMahon, PhD

12:35 – 12:45 Closing Ceremonies

**Schedule subject to change**

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