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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.

Upcoming meetings

Below is a list of dates and information about our upcoming meetings:

  • Tuesday, May 30 at 7PM EST
    Dr. Gregory Piazza, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Staff Physician in the Cardiovascular Medicine Division at the Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Dr. Piazza will host an "Ask the Expert" session, where he will spend an hour addressing attendees' important questions

Dr. PiazzaDr. Piazza is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and staff physician in the Cardiovascular Medicine Division at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Dr. Piazza received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts and completed his medicine residency and Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He served as Chief Medical Resident for the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Piazza completed an additional fellowship in Vascular Medicine through an National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) sponsored training program at BWH. During his Vascular Medicine fellowship, he also completed a Masters Degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Piazza's research interests include the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of venous thromboembolism; improving stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation; and prevention of acute coronary syndromes.




  •  Tuesday, June 27 at 7PM EST
    Dr. James Welker, Internal Medicine, Anne Arundel Health System
    Dr. James Welker will discuss the recommended follow-up care for patients after they are diagnosed with a blood clot. He will save half of the meeting for conversation and questions. 

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

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


Past Meetings:

You can watch recordings of our past meetings by following the links listed below:

Dr. Geoff Barnes - "Shared Decision Making"

Dr. Susan Kahn - "Coping with the Long-Term Effects of DVT: The Post-Thrombotic Syndrome"

John Fanikos, RPh, MBA - "Trends in Anticoagulation Research: What do they mean for Patients?"

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