Jean-Paul BELGRADO, Master in Physiotherapy
Master in Health Sciences, PhD student,
Principal Researcher at the Lymphology Research Unit
Faculty of Motor Sciences – Free University of Brussels – Belgium. Teacher in Lymphology at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and in various Universities in Europe.

Liesbeth VANDERMEEREN, M.D.  Surgical Oncologist.  Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.  University Medical Center Saint Peter.  Brussels, Belgium.


Anne-Marie VAILLANT-NEWMAN, P.T., M.A. Member of the International Society of Lymphology
Member of the European Society of Lymphology
Master of Arts, Teacher College – Columbia University, New York, NY
Former student of Professor A. Leduc – 29 years of expertise in Lymphedema Management Leduc method.
19 years of experience in teaching Lymphedema Management Leduc method in the United States of America.

Most of the course is taught by Jean-Paul Belgrado, M. Physiotherapy, Master in Health Sciences, Principal Researcher at the Lymphogy Research Unit.  Liesbeth Vandermeeren, M.D., Oncologist Surgeon, will make a presentaion on Saturday October 11.


October 11, 12, 2014
Stanford University Hospital
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Instructional Level:

The instructional level of the program is advanced. According to the definition of the APTA: This level assumes thorough familiarity with the topic and focuses on advanced techniques, recent advances, and future directions.

Educational Credit:

This program was approved for 17 contact hours, 1.7 CEUs by the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA # 13-77)


Certification Level III is received upon successful completion of  the post-course test.

Regarding the program in Lymphedema Management Leduc method:

Completion of the advanced course and the basic course will enable the attendees to take the International Certification in Lymphedema Management Examination (ICLM Examination). Participants who pass the ICLM Examination and submit a case study will be ICLM Certified.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, participants will have updated their knowledge in research-based  physical treatment of lymphedema and will demonstrate:

1) Understanding of the anatomical and physiological concepts underlying lymphedema management.

2) Ability to perform manual lymph drainage according to the Leduc School and considering the newest imaging techniques findings.

3) Ability to perform multi-component bandaging understanding its mechanical properties.

4) Understanding of the use of mechanical compression devices.

5) Understanding of evidence-based indications and contraindications of  physical treatment of lymphedema.

6) Understanding of the most recent research performed in the field of assessment and treatment of lymphedema.

7) Understanding of patient’s education (precautions, skin care, involvement in the treatment.)

8) Ability to evaluate patients suffering from lymphedema and edema and to design a comprehensive plan of care.

9) Ability to treat various pathologies showing symptoms of lymphedema or edema, using adapted protocols and the techniques of lymphedema management.

10) Understanding of the psychological issues raised by cancer and lymphedema.

11) Ability to answer accurately most of the questions raised by patients.

12) Ability to recognize when the intervention of the physician is necessary.


Hotel Accommodations:

A group of rooms is held at the Stanford Guest House 2575 Sand Hill Road Menlo Park, CA 94025-7015 at the rate of: $134.00 for a single room (1 queen bed), $154.00 for double room (2 queen beds) continental breakfast included.

Cut-off date: 09/05/2014. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

To make a reservation, call: 650 926 2800 and refer to: “Pacific Therapy Education” to get the special rate.

You may book online at: Use the group code: PACIFIC1014. Free parking for guests. On-campus shuttle service Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 8:30pm. Free shuttle from the Guest House. Bike rental service ($3:00/day)

Call 951 347 0362 if you want to share a hotel room.

Travel Arrangements:

Southwest Airlines Co offers service to San Jose and San Francisco Airports.  To book a reservation .

From San Francisco or San Jose Airports call South & East Bay Shuttle: 800 548 4664 (local) or: 408 225 4444 to get to the Stanford Guest House. (You may book online)


Every day, the schedule will include:

  • 8:00am Start.
  • 10:30-10:45am  Break
  • 12:00 noon-1:00pm Lunch on your own.
  • 3:00-3:15pm Break

SATURDAY, October 11, 2014
  • 8:00 – 10:00 am: Staging and classification of lymphedema.  A review of literature: “Lymphoedema, what can be measured and how.”  J. P. Belgrado EJLRP 2011. 22.60. 3-9. Clinical test evaluating lymphedema: Imaging of lymphedema, Elastography, Echodoppler, MRI, Lymphography, Deep Infra Red Thermography, Lymphoscintigraphy and Near Infra Red Lymphofluoroscopy.
  • Break  
  • 10:45-12:00noon – Research in lymphology: Impedance, state f the art, Thermography, Dynamic Fluoroscopy (Studies performed at the Unit of Research in Lymphology at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium)
  • Lunch
  • 1:00  3:45 pm: Lymphedema detection and prevention: overview of clinical trials and new perspectives.  Evidence-based effects of physical activity on lymphedema.  Review of literature and discussion.  Physical and physiological effects of manual lymph drainage and multi-component bandaging.  Research.  Application of the Law of Laplace.  Hook Law  and other physical laws involved in the management of multi-component bandaging and elastic garments.
  • Break
  • 4:00-5:00 pm : Overview of the medical treatment of cancer.  Psychological issues raised by cancer and lymphedema. Liesbeth VANDERMEEREN, M.D.
  • 5:00-6:00 pm: Physical and physiological effects of the mechanical compression device treatment.  Research.
Sunday, October 12
  • 8:00-9:00 am: Compression devices: mechanical characteristics and pressure modulation.
  • 9:00-10:00 am: How to optimize the physical treatment of lymphedema in critical conditions?  Examples.  Theory and practice .  Discussion around cinical cases.
  • Break
  • 10:15-12:00 noon: Practice: Review of manual lymph drainage and multi-component bandaging of the upper extremity.
  • Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30 pm: Practice (cont’ed)
  • 2:30-3:00 pm: Q & A.
  • Break
  • 3:15-6:00 pm: Evidence-based indications and contraindications of manual lymph drainage , multi-component bandaging  and compression device treatment.  Review of literature regarding manual lymph drainage and metastatic diffusion.  Q & A.
Note: For lab practice, participants should bring appropriate clothing such as shorts, sports bra or tank top, or bathing suit.
 Registration Information:

Conference Fees:

  • Early Registration: $450.00 (Until 08/26/2014)
  • Regular Registration: $480.00 (Until 09/21/2014)
  • Late Registration: $500.00 (After 09/21/2014)

Fee includes: tuition, pre-course material, and course handout. Register prior to 07/14/2014 and benefit from a $50.00 discount.

Cancellations and requests for refund will be accepted until October 11, 2014 minus a $150.00 administrative fee.

Note: Cancellation & Refund policy.

Cancellations and requests for refund will be accepted until October 11, 2011 minus a $150.00 administrative fee.

Any notification of withdrawal or cancellation and any request for refund must be done in writing.

Payment of refunds is to be made within 30 days of determination of student withdrawal.

Here are 2 examples:

Example 1: if you decide to cancel your registration on October 11, 2014 you would have to notify the school in writing.  Your request for refund would be applicable immediately.  Payment of refund would be made prior to November 11, 2014.

Example 2: If you decide to cancel your application one month prior to the beginning of the course, you would have to notify the school in writing.  Your request for refund would be in effect immediately.  Payment of the refund would be made within 30 days of determination of your withdrawal.