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Online Support Group

The North American Thrombosis Forum and Dr. James Welker, at Anne Arundel Health System in Annapolis, Maryland, have been hosting an Online VTE (venous thromboembolism) Support Group for a little over a year now. 

VTE is a term that describes a condition that occurs when clots or thrombi develop in the vein. VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). 

The online VTE Support Group offers patients the opportunity to share common concerns, offer support to one-another, and learn up-to-date and accurate information on research in the field of VTE. 

We have decided to take it to the next level by inviting different physicians to serve as our moderators in upcoming months.  Each of them will present their own updates in thrombosis medicine and treament and offer new perspective.  Join us and other survivors of VTE in what promises to be a rewarding and educational event. Family members and friends of those afflicted with VTE are also invited to attend. All you need to join is a computer or phone and internet connection!

To register for this Online Support Group, please contact or fill out our online form.

Here is a schedule for our upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7pm EST (4 pm PST for west coast attendees).

Susan R Kahn MD MSc FRCPC, Support Group Host

Dr .Kahn

Dr. Susan Kahn will be presenting on the topic "Coping With the Long-term Effects of Clots: The Post Thrombotic Syndrome."

Dr. Kahn is a clinical epidemiologist and internist based at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, where she is the founder and director of the Centre of Excellence in Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Care. She is appointed as Professor with Tenure in the Department of Medicine, McGill University, where she is Director of the McGill Thrombosis Fellowship. She is co-Director of the CIHR-funded CanVECTOR Network, a Canadian national venous thromboembolism research and training network.

Dr. Kahn’s research interests focus primarily on clinical trials of interventions to prevent, diagnose, treat, and improve outcomes of venous thromboembolism.  She is internationally recognized for her research in the post-thrombotic syndrome. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Venous Thromboembolism, and previously held a National Clinical Research Scholar award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé (FRQ-S). She has been awarded numerous peer-reviewed research grants from national and provincial funding agencies, including a 7-year CIHR Foundation grant in 2015, and has published more than 200 papers in the field of thromboembolism. In 2016, she was elected to Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), considered one of the highest honors for members of the Canadian health sciences community. Also in 2016, she was awarded the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM) Dr. David Sackett Senior Investigator Award. This award recognizes excellence in research by a senior Canadian general internist, and is intended to increase awareness of high-quality research by general internists in Canada and to foster such research

*Future Meetings to be announced soon...

Our online meetings are hosted through a program called WebEx. Here is a short video tutorial on how to join a meeting:

If you would like to receive emails regarding future support group dates, please contact or fill out our online form.

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