Lymphedema Certification Process

In April 21, 2008, the investiture of Professor Stanley Rockson, M.D., as the Allan and Tina Neill Professor of Lymphatic Research and Medicine was announced.

“The chair will emphasize education in the research of the lymphatic system and will create a program to emphasize education in lymphatic biology, as well as state-of-the-art clinical diagnosis and therapy of lymphatic diseases.” ” The historical significance of this Chair and the associated efforts that are now possible, cannot be underestimated, said A. Pizzo, M.D., Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine.” Julie Karbo.

We are honored to have Professor Rockson as a guest speaker at the courses in Lymphedema Management Leduc method. Please, join me in my congratulations to Professor Stanley Rockson, M.D.

The International Certification in Lymphedema Management identifies you as a highly
qualified professional in the treatment of lymphedema.

Basic or initial course:

The basic or initial course: As described in the brochure, this course provides the participants with the necessary knowledge to evaluate and treat patients suffering from lymphedema using a research based method: the Leduc method. (See course objectives in the brochure)

At this course, professor Rockson presents the basic concepts in lymphology. He also answers all your questions related to the pathology of lymphedema.

Full completion of this course will depend upon successfully passing the tests and demonstrating a good ability to perform the manual lymph d drainage and the multi-layered bandaging Leduc method.

Professor Rockson will present the basic concepts in lymphology at this course.

Level II Course:

The level 2 course has been created to give the attendees the opportunity to review the manual lymph drainage and multi-layered bandaging according to the Leduc method and to learn about the treatment of several syndromes including symptoms of lymphedema and/or venous edema.

This course is not a prerequisite to attend the course level III or Advanced course.

Advanced course:

The advanced course is an opportunity to review the manual lymph drainage and multi-layered bandaging techniques Leduc method. It is also an opportunity to learn more about fundamental research in lymphology and physical treatment of lymphedema. The most recent research about Lymphedema Management Leduc method is reviewed at this course. The course grants the successful participants with the certification in Lymphedema Management Leduc method Level II. Professor Rockson presents the most recent research in lymphology at this course and answers questions.

A NEW COURSE!!!: Course Level III

The course level III offers the opportunity to learn about the newest research performed in the field of treatment of Lymphedema and its application to the treatment of patients suffering from lymphedema.  Most of this research is performed by Jean-Paul Belgrado, Master in Health Sciences, Master in Physiotherapy.  PhD student, Principal Researcher at the Lymphology Research Unit- Free University of Brussels, Belgium.  Teacher in Lymphology at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and in various universities in Europe.  Member of the Board of the European Society of Lymphology (ESL),  Member of the International Society of Lymphology (ISL).


The conference is the opportunity to meet the world renowned researchers in lymphology, treatment of lymphedema and surgical and medical treatments of breast cancer at Stanford University School of Medicine.
In 2013, the following guest speakers will make presentations:

Stanley G. Rockson, M.D., FACP, FACC, Allan and Tina Neill Professor of Lymphatic Research and Medicine, Chief of Consultative Cardiology, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Venous and Lymphatic Disorders Stanford University School of Medicine

Irene L. Wapnir, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor of Surgery, Chief of Breast Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Joseph Mollick, M.D., Clinical Instructor. Division of Oncology “ Stanford Cancer Institute “ Stanford University School of Medicine.

Jean-Paul Belgrado, Master in Physiotherapy, Master in Health Sciences, PhD student. Principal researcher at the Lymphology Research Unit “ Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

The instructor and coordinator is Anne-Marie Vaillant-Newman, PT, twenty eight years of expertise in Lymphedema Management Leduc method , Director of Pacific Therapy Education, assisted by Maria Josette Mullins, PT, Director of Rehab Services at Memorial Hospital Miramar, Florida



Seminar Information

The California Physical Therapy Association evaluated our different courses, approved them and awarded Continuing Education Units:

  • Basic Course program: 5.25 CEUs (CPTA#12-84)
  • Advanced Course program: 3.3 CEUs (CPTA#11-498)
  • The Conference: 0.95 CEUs (CPTA#11-499)
  • The Case Study: 5 CEUs (CPTA#12-320)

The evaluation of the Course Level III will be posted later.

Seminar Information

The program evaluation in contact hours indicates:

  • 52.5 contact hours for the basic course
  • 25 contact hours for the course level II
  • 33 contact hours for the advanced course
  • 50 contact hours for the case study:

This is a total of 160.5 contact hours.

These are the figures that you may submit to insurance companies questioning the length of your program.