S. Michelini, Rome

President Elect:
A. Szuba, Warclaw

Immediate Past President:
N. F. Liu, Shanghai

M. H. Witte, Tucson

A. Pissas, Tresques

Executive Committee:
M. Amore, Buenos Aires
R. Baumeister, Munich
F. Boccardo, Genoa
H. Brorson, Malmö

C. C. Campisi, Genoa
E. Dimakakos, Athens
K. Johansson, Lund
G. Manokaran, Chennai
O. Leduc, Brussels
A. Munnoch, Dundee
E. Okada, Toyama
S. Thiadens, San Francisco

Advisory Committee:
C. Campisi, Genoa (Co-Chair)
E. Földi, Hinterzarten (Co-Chair)
C. Papendieck, Buenos Aires (Co-Chair)
M. Bernas (Journal Lymphology)

Young Lymphologists:
M. Amore (Latin America);
C. C. Campisi, S Dessalvi (Europe);
L. Chen, S. Daley (US);
T. Yamamoto (Japan)

Memorial Sessions

Special memorial sessions will be held in honour of Professors Charles Witte,
Isidoro Caplan, Sinnamohideen Jamal, Robert Cluzan, Salvador Nieto, Rubens Carlos Mayal, John Casley Smith
and Egidio Tosatti during the 27TH World Congress of Lymphology 2019.

Charles Witte
Lymphodinamics Disorders / Imaging in Lymphology


Born May 27, 1935 in New York City and died, after a long illness, March 7, 2003 at University Medical Center, Ward 6 East, surrounded by family, colleagues, and friends.

Professor and founding member of the University of Arizona Departament of Surgery since 1969 and world-renowned for his expertise in disorders of the liver, intestine, and lymphatic system, he focused on abdominal and trauma surgery and the education of resident surgeons and medical students. With characteristically good humor, insatiable curiosity, clear thinking, plain talk, and an incisive writing style, he considered himself a «reluctant» surgeon operating to relieve suffering in the face of how much is yet unknown in medicine («medical ignorance»).

Beloved husband and 50-year companion of Professor of Surgery Marlys Hearst Witte, M.D., father (father-in-law) of Pamela (and KC) Swartzel, Winchester, MA, Andrea Witte ( and Eldon Finch) of Tucson, and Russell (and Maria de Fatima) Witte, Ann Arbor, MI, grandfather of Jake and Cindy Swartzel and Lorena Witte, brother of Robert Witte of Hollywood, FL and San Pedro, Belize, and brother-in-law of Eliot Hearst of Tucson.

Member of many prestigious professional societies (the International Society of Lymphology his favorite), recipient of numerous awards and prizes, and author of many influetional publications, his lifelong passion was playing baseball, he taught himself to near-master level in chess and bridge, and enjoyed travelling footloose throughout the world.

Memorials may be made to the Charles L. Witte Professorship in Surgery  University of Arizona Foundation.


Chair: Marlys Witte

Isidoro Caplan
Anatomy of the Lymphatic System


Prominent member of the Argentine Phlebology and Lymphology Association and International Society of Lymphology has left a tremendous void in Argentine academia.
Internationally recognized for his brilliant dissections and depiction of lymphatic anatomy, was highly respected for this outstanding work in Argentina at the University of Buenos Aires. At this renowed institution, he founded the first Anatomy Museum and School of Lymphology.
Professor Caplan authored four textbooks which won 13 national and 3 foreign awards.
Honorary Citizen of Buenos Aires, was also an honored academic member of 15 national and international societies.

Chair: José Luis Ciucci

Sinnamohideen Jamal
Tropical Lymphology


Son of Sinnamohideen Pillai Ravuthar and Fakir Fatima Beevi, Jamal did his schooling at Rishi Valley School and Madurai Medical College and his post-graduation in United Kingdom between 1962 and 1964 with fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons and study in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He did his residency in plastic surgery at the State University of New York in Syracuse. He joined Thanjavur Medical College in 1969 and established the Department of Plastic Surgery in 1984. He invented a new treatment for filariasis called nodo-venous shunt and was recognized by the World Health Organization. He was past President of International Society of Lymphology and Lifetime Achievement Awardee from the Society.

Chair: Gerusamy Manokaran

Robert Cluzan
Epidemiology of Lymphedema

2014 +

Medical doctor, pathologist and pharmacologist interested in the lymphatic diseases he has created with JP Desprez-Curely and AP Pecking the french association of Lymphology in 1976, which is now the French Society of Lymphology.
He has developed the first Lymphology department in France at the Cognac-Jay hospital dedicated to the treatment of limb lymphedemas.
ISL and ESL member, he was a pionner and amentor in all fields of Lymphology.

Chair: Alexandre Pissas

Salvador Nieto
Conservative Treatment of Lymphedema

Jesus Salvador Nieto was born on 11/13/1945 in San Fernando (Province of Buenos Aires) and died on 02/05/2010 after stoically bearing his cruel illness accompanied by his wife Cecilia.
He completed his university studies at the Faculty of Medicine of Buenos Aires, completing his training as a specialist in Vascular Surgery. He worked with Prof. Carlos Grandval, lymphological and oncological surgeon, from whom he took the passion for lymphology. He also specialized in Phlebology and Lymphology, working as Associate Professor of Phlebology and Lymphology at the Catholic University of Argentina and John F. Kennedy University. (Buenos Aires)
Fellow of the International College of Angiology, Member of the New York Academy of Medicine, Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Lymphology. In 1989 he completed an internship at Földiklinik (Freiburg) where he shared a close friendship with Professors Michael and Ethel Földi.
As a military doctor at the Pedro Mallo Naval Hospital, he created the Phlebology and Lymphology Service in 1984, staying until 1994. During his stay he managed to organize 4 International Lymphology Symposiums attended by prominent world lymphologists such as Földi, Witte, Cluzan, Olszewski, Mayall, Casley-Smith, Jamal, Campisi, Okuma among others.
His passion for the specialty led him to form the «Salvador Nieto Foundation for the study of Lymphedematology» that worked until his death.
On the occasion of the X Argentine Congress of Phlebology and Lymphology, he created the «Pan American Lymphography Chapter (CAPAL), of which he was its first president.
Apart from lectures in several countries of the world, he obtains national awards and was the author of 3 books in which he defended his ideas by strongly advocating the medical treatment of lymphedema despite his surgical training. His sharp opinions were known in the congresses he had with lymphological surgeons
Man of vast culture, intelligent, sagacious mind and a fine humor that distilled in his diatribes in courses and congresses, as well as in chats with friends. Passionate about reading, he spent part of his nights in his library.
Frank friend, direct, enthusiastic of the life, the destination I take it in its maximum intellectual capacity. We will never forget it.

Chair: Raul Beltramino

Rubens Carlos Mayall
Lymphedema Surgery


Born in 07/07/17 at Petropolis a city 750 mts above the sea and 70 miles from Rio de Janeiro.

In 1934 after examinations he began at the National University of Medicine of Brazil, called High Medicine University of Rio de Janeiro, the famous Red Beach University.

His angiology life began on 1943 at Duran Hospital with Prof Nicola Romano and Rodolfo Eyherabide in Buenos Aires – Argentine. At the same year he work with Prof. Pavlovski.

In 1946 he went to Europe with Prof. Antonio Souza Pereira at San Antonio Hospital in Porto – Portugal and then to USA with Profs Wright and Silbert at Mont Sinai Hospital NY. He was the first to do peritoneal dialysis in Rio de Janeiro.

In 1948 he visited his great friend in Paris Prof Marceau Servelle . Later he work at the University of Recife with Prof. Romero Marques to learn about filarial disease and about the technic of deep lymphography.

In 1952 he assume the responsible of the unit of angiology of Gamboa Hospitlal and continued during his life till 2004 when he died.

In 1961 one of his great friend at Buenos Aires, Prof. Albanese invited him to dictated a course of angiology in Hospital Fiorito, Avellaneda.

During 1975 he organize with Prof. Carlos Grandval the fifth International Congress of Lymphology in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

During his life he received many tributes someone are here: Honorary member of the societies: Peru, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Spain, France; Honorary member of argentine college of angiology and also argentine collage of phlebology and lymphology; International Member of the International Society of Haemathology; Honorary Prof. of University of Salvador Buenos Aires, Argentina

Another Titles: Founder of Sociedade Brasileira de Angiologia (1952); Nephrology Society of Brazil (1954); Prof. Honoris Causa University of Santa Maria ; A R.G.SUL Gold Great Medal of the S.B Angiologia e Cirurgia C. Vascular (1982); Ratscow Medal – Curatorium Angilolocorum Deutchland (1979); Lifetime Achievment Awards – Chennai (1999); President International Angiologie Member of the National Medicine Academy (1977); Member of the Military Academy of Medicine (1984); Carica Citizen (1974); Carioca Citizen (1974); Valencia Citizen (1982); Doctor of the year of Valencia (1999); Professor Titular of Semilogia of the University of Valencia from 1970-2002.

He works all his life and he died in 06/29/2004 at 9 am at the UCI of Samaritan Hospital, after a great pulmonary hypertension.

Chair: Antonio Carlos Mayall

Egidio Tosatti
Chylous Disorders


Prof. Egidio Tosatti was born in Parma (April 7, 1913), son of a surgeon, Prof. Carlo Tosatti, and noblewoman, the Countess Bianca Bartolomasi. Following in his father’s footsteps, Prof. Tosatti obtained a degree in Medicine & Surgery from Parma in 1936. He was also a civil pilot of the Air Force and awardee of the bronze medal for military valor in the field in 1944. Aside from his obvious medical interests, Prof. Tosatti was a renowned bibliophile, especially of poetry, and an enthusiastic art lover.

With regard to his illustrious career in Lymphology, Prof. Tosatti was the Director of the Department of Surgery at the University of Siena in the 1950s, working at the Pellegrinaio Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala. Here, Prof. Tosatti had acquired “direct” knowledge of the anatomical studies conducted by Mascagni, and he started the wonderful journey of modern Italian Lymphology. At the time that Prof. Tosatti was President of the Medical Section of the Accademia dei Fisiocritici (1959-1965) and, above all, intrigued by the studies conducted by the Great Master Mascagni, he had the idea of getting some anatomic “samples” X-rayed. Both deep and superficial lymphatic vessels in these samples had been prepared by Mascagni, with an injection of mercury, by means of a glass micro-needle cannula obtained with “microsurgical” accuracy with a Bunsen burner. Mercury was injected into the foot lymphatic vessels while the surgeon had to keep his hand quite firm (“cubito bene firmato”). It was the dawn of Lymphology, marking the beginning of a new age of studies and research of the Lymphatic System, which would lead to the definition and, later, the “standardization of Lymphographic Diagnostics”.

His studies continued in Genoa, when he became a Professor of Surgery in 1965, the same year that he founded the Italian Society of Lymphangiology, of which he was Chairman until his death in 1990. In the 1970s, Prof. Tosatti entered into a fervent period of study into the disorders the lymphatic system, founding the “Center for the Study, Prevention, and Therapy of Lymphatic Diseases and the Teaching of Microsurgery” in Genoa. This research work included the development of a Lymphedema Classification system that was noted for its rational pathophysiological approach to the disease etiology. He also made several pioneering surgical approaches, including the technique of “anti-gravitational bindings of ectatic and insufficient lymphatic collectors” and an approach, similar to that of Prof. Servelle, for the treatment of abnormal chyliferous lymphatics in primary lymphedema of the lower limbs due to gravitational reflux.

During his later years, Prof. Tosatti was one of the first to recognize the potential of microsurgery for lymphedema treatment and was instrumental in the development of lymphatic-venous microsurgical reconstruction of the lymphatic vessels. He always believed in a complete therapy and devised a personal treatment program of prolonged and intensive mechanical lymphatic drainage for the treatment of chronic lymphedema.

His lifetime achievements were immense and too numerous to list. He was indeed a deeply inspiring man, particularly for his humanistic values and his eloquence in delivering inspiring University and Congress lectures. To those who knew him, and even those who were just fortunate to meet him, Prof. Tosatti will forever be remembered for his love and sacred respect for the sick patients, especially those who “no surgeon would ever want”, for those patients that require complex and protracted care, such as those with advanced elephatiasis. For all of these qualities, Prof. Tosatti will live forever in our hearts and memories.

Chair: Corradino Campisi

John Casley Smith


John’s love was the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the microcirculation which of course had a strong focus on the lymphatics after being asked by Sir Howard Florey of the Dunn School in Oxford to “look at some lymphatics”. And that he certainly did in minute detail using the electron microscope and other tools and techniques. John presented his first paper at the first ISL meeting in Zurich in 1966 and at that time stated “when pathophysiologic conditions are being considered an understanding of the basic factors becomes even more important”. John as he progressed through his long and remarkable career, developed an interest in the many patients with the very much neglected peripheral lymphoedemas, and particularly those developing as a consequence of surgery and filariasis. John’s mixture of research and investigational techniques and his clinical knowledge of the impact of lymphoedemas lead him into the area of lympho-active medications and the benzo-pyrones – a class of drugs acting on the blood, tissue lymph system and the macrophages and which thus had a significant role on lymphatic function in health and diseased states. John published widely in this area including a very significant work with his wife Judy “High Protein Oedemas and the Benzo-pyrones” in 1986. John and Judy, later linked the benefits of Complex Decongestive Therapy with improved outcomes for patients and with the taking of a range of benzo-pyrones and substanciated this with a range of experimental and clinical trials objectifying their benefits. And so began a pathway for improved outcomes for patients with all forms of lymphoedema, based around holistic care and management, the physical regimens of skin care, massage linked with the pharmacological ones, the pharmacology not only linked to stimulating the lymphatic system and its cells but also linked to preventing the initiation of lymphoedemas.
Our memorial session will show-case the advances and initiatives that have been possible because of the depth and detail of John Casley-Smith’s initial studies. We hope you will come forth with your knowledge and findings so that all aspects of our pharmacological treatment and management can be better understood, doubts presented and countered, so that we can make a difference to all with lymphoedemas – the very reason that John started our first steps in this long path to improved outcomes.

Chair: Neil Piller

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