Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeons Providing Alternative Perspectives


Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons will – together – head for the top during the Aortic Summit, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event is presented in collaboration with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. A similar summit at the 2017 VAM attracted hundreds of surgeons.

Several topics important to both groups of surgeons will be examined from both the cardiothoracic and vascular perspectives, said Ali Azizzadeh, MD, co-moderator with Keith Allen, MD, a member of both SVS and the STS. The session is recommended by the Society for Vascular Nursing.

“We do look at issues in different ways,” said Dr. Azizzadeh said of vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons. “We all have different tools and skill sets. That’s why it’s good to look at an issue from both perspectives and also look at the devices that apply to the other’s field.”

Speakers will cover the latest indications for procedures in patients with aortic dissection, which will segue into discussion of access complications and other issues that can occur with devices. Topics also will include alternative and newer methods of access.

Speakers and attendees also will discuss the newest technology currently in trials, recently approved, or in investigation, worldwide, he said.

The two groups will collaborate, for what Dr. Azizzadeh believes is the first time, on pulmonary embolism. “This is a hot area for innovation,” he said. “There are lots of new techniques and procedures to address currently unmet needs. Medical centers around the country are assembling multidisciplinary teams, referred to as Pulmonary Embolism Response Team or PERT – to be able to take care of these sick patients. It’s a trend for the future.”

Tickets are required and are available at the registration counter. An additional fee applies: $75 for SVS Candidate members-in-training, nonmember medical students and vascular and general surgery residents, and allied health professionals; $100 for SVS Candidate members; $150 for SVS members and $200 for nonmember physicians.

Topics and speakers include:
• Optimal Management of Uncomplicated Acute Type B Aortic Dissection, Faisal Bakaeen, MD.
• Optimal Management of Chronic Type B Aortic Dissection, Adam Beck, MD.
• Alternate Non-Femoral Vascular Access for Large Endovascular Devices, Keith Allen, MD.
• Managing Vascular Access Complications, Ross Milner, MD.
• Innovative Devices: Cardiothoracic, by Grayson Wheatly III, MD.
• Innovative Devices: Vascular, by Ali Azizzadeh, MD.
• Pulmonary Embolism Teams: Cardiothoracic perspective, by Lishan Aklog, MD.
• Pulmonary Embolism Teams: Vascular perspective, by Naveed Saqib, MD.

A discussion period will follow each set of presentations.

“It’s going to be a great session to review the latest topics that apply to both cardiothoracic and vascular surgery,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

Saturday, June 15
2-4:30 p.m.
Gaylord National, National Harbor 2
Aortic Summit


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