Update - Tuesday March 31, 2020

At this unprecedented time, our primary thoughts and priority are toward the health and welfare of our members and the wider community as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves rapidly across the globe. 
Following recent announcements by the Massachusetts Department of Health, the Governor of Massachusetts and President Trump including travel restrictions and the ban on large gatherings, the Planning Committee is currently assessing options for the 4th Annual Lymphatic Symposium.  At this point, it has been decided that the Symposium will be postponed and will not occur November 13-14, 2020, as planned and to reschedule in 2021.  I am sure you can imagine the work this entails. 
On behalf of the Planning Committee, I would particularly like to thank all the Committees for their work during this time – they have worked extraordinarily hard to this stage and will now assist us to navigate through the present situation. We also thank all our valued clinician and patient attendees, conference faculty, guest speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for your patience and understanding. More details to follow and we will provide an update regarding the symposium at the earliest possible opportunity. 

Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Dhruv Singhal, Program Committee Chair
Director, BIDMC Lymphatic Center

November 13-14, 2020 | Boston, MA

On behalf of the Lymphatic Center at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), welcome to the Lymphatic Symposium to be held November 13-14, 2020!  The Lymphatic Symposium is hosted by the Lymphatic Center at BIDMC, in partnership with the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), and is held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School.

In 2018, the clinical focus of the symposium was upper extremity lymphedema. In 2020, the clinical focus of the symposium will be lower extremity lymphedema.  Along these lines, we will host a 1-hour small group cadaver lab at BIDMC free of charge to Symposium registrants on November 12th.  Dr. Hiroo Suami will be traveling to the United States to perform a cadaveric dissection of the lower extremity which will be reviewed during the laboratory.  Similarly, as gynecologic oncology is one of the leading causes of lower extremity lymphedema in the United States, we will have a special session on this topic during the Symposium.  Dr. Leslie Garrett, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at BIDMC, will moderate a session where the current nodal management of gynecologic cancers will be reviewed as well as lymphedema risk and opportunities for prevention.    

In partnership with LE&RN, we will interweave an administrative focus on the Centers of Excellence (COE) Designation.  Specifically, utilizing feedback from the LE&RN organization on the first round of COE applications and “What worked ... and what did not”, we will provide feedback throughout the symposium specific to each session focus (e.g. therapy, surgery, medicine….) to guide potential future applicants. 

Finally, we are excited to hold a special session on an exciting and relatively new technology in non-invasive lymphatic visualization – high frequency ultrasound.  This technology may one day impact all individuals providing care to patients with lymphatic disorders.  World leaders in this technology including Dr. JP Hong (South Korea), Dr. Giuseppe Visconti (Italy), and Dr. Akitatsu Hayashi (Japan) will lead a session on how this technology can be incorporated into a lymphatic practice. 

As is true every year, the core of the symposium will be the world-renowned international and domestic faculty that kindly provide their time and expertise throughout the symposium.  Moreover, our engaged attendees have always led to insightful conversation and debate in this burgeoning field!  More information to follow shortly on other exciting events including cocktail receptions and a lymphatic specific art exhibit!

We thank you for your interest in the Symposium.  All videos of lectures from our prior symposia are provided free of charge by LE&RN and can be found on this website.  Over the past 3 years, we have had over 27,000 views of these lectures! 

On behalf of everyone at our Center, we look forward to hosting you in Boston later this year!  This website will continue to be updated as the Symposium approaches.  Please note our early bird special registration date deadline of June1, 2020. 

Dhruv Singhal, MD
Director, BIDMC Lymphatic Center
March 8, 2020

November 13-14, 2020

at the Joseph B Martin Conference Center

77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

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FREE parking provided directly beneath the Joseph B Martin Conference Center itself with elevator access directly to the conference center. The Conference Center is ADA accessible.



Registration TypeEarly Registration - until 6/1/20Regular Registration - until 10/31/20Late Registration - after 10/31/20
Attending Physician$ 650$ 725$ 850
Affiliated & Allied Health$ 450$ 525$ 650
Resident$ 100$ 200$ 300

Cancellation Policy:
Before September 12, 2020:  Cancellations are fully refundable less a $100 administrative fee.
September 13, 2020 – October 12, 2020:  Cancellations are penalized 50% of the registration fee.
After October 12, 2020:  No refunds will be issued.