SVS acknowledges industry partners springing to aid of vascular community

It has recently come to the attention of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) that many of our industry partners are generously donating equipment...

CX 2020 LIVE pioneers virtual vascular conference format in COVID-19 era

CX 2020 LIVE came to life online—despite COVID-19—using state-of-the art broadcast technology to bring together more than 1,000 vascular specialists, live, from 95 countries across...

SVS ONLINE: Virtual program and associated events take shape

Planning continues unabated for the highly anticipated SVS ONLINE, set to kick off June 20 and run through July 2 in lieu of the...

Coding event set to take place Sept. 25–26

Registration has opened for the 2020 iteration of the Society for Vascular Surgery's Coding and Reimbursement Workshop scheduled to take place from Sept. 25–26....

Preparing for arrival of CMS Quality Payment Program year 4

It’s here: 2020 is year four of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act...

Study cites drop in aortic dissection cases in NY during pandemic

In a recently-published study, researchers found a significant drop in acute aortic dissection cases in New York City since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study—”The...

AHA issues call to action to prevent VTE in hospitalised patients

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the leading cause of preventable hospital death in the U.S. and worldwide. A new policy statement from the American Heart...

Your SVS: Membership deadline is June 1

The next membership application deadline for 2020 is June 1. Be part of all SVS has to offer its members, including the online community...

Dispatches: Vascular surgery and pandemic redeployment in New Orleans

At one point in the COVID-19 pandemic timeline, New Orleans was in a perilous position. In late March, the Louisiana governor reported that the...

SVS ONLINE: How VAM program was transformed for virtual alternative

How do you turn a live event for thousands of participants and exhibitors into a trimmed-down, online experience? Carefully, and not easily. “We got here...

VESAP5 debuting by Aug. 1

The fifth edition of the Vascular Educational Self-Assessment Program (VESAP) will be available before the beginning of August, when VESAP4 expires. The online program, with...

Positive two-year data from ALPS registry of LimFlow system published

LimFlow SA today announced publication of positive two-year data from the ALPS registry of the LimFlow percutaneous deep vein arterialization (pDVA) system. Results were published...

Embracing new definition of healthcare as digital age confronts holdouts

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our healthcare system like nothing before. We have confronted other diseases like influenza, tuberculosis,...

Herbert Dardik, vascular luminary and lower-extremity bypass pioneer, dies at 84

The vascular surgery world has lost one of its leading lights. Herbert Dardik, MD, a giant of the specialty renowned for his innovative work...

CX 2020 LIVE: Charing Cross Symposium unveils live, interactive digital event

The Charing Cross (CX) Symposium, with its world-class faculty and unique focus on live audience participation, has announced the launch of a not-to-be missed...

TOBA III clinical trial results published

Intact Vascular has announced the peer-reviewed publication of its Tack optimized balloon angioplasty (TOBA) III 12-month clinical trial results in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. The multi-center, single-arm,...

Vascular Specialist, May 2020

In this issue: Special cover feature chronicling the first set of SVS Town Halls convened in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic (p. 1...

Vascular science webinar slated for May 28

Editors across the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) group of journals are staging a special webinar Thursday, May 28, at noon (EST) on hot...

Mark your calendars: Latest SVS peer support call coming up

Vascular surgeons are being encouraged to join the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Wellness Task Force, fellow SVS members and SurgeonMasters on May 28...

VIVA Physicians publishes analysis evaluating mortality and paclitaxel-coated devices

An individual patient-level data (IPD) analysis of the safety of paclitaxel-containing devices (PTXD), conducted by VIVA Physicians, identified an absolute 4.6% increased mortality risk...

Registry launches pair of studies on vascular complications related to COVID-19

The new Vascular Surgery COVID-19 Collaborative (VASCC) is ready to start collecting data on two projects. The first study to emerge from the international registry,...

Terumo Aortic gains FDA approval for Treo endovascular device

Terumo Aortic has been granted Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Treo abdominal aortic stent-graft system to be sold in the U.S. The...

Report: Safely executing CEA during COVID-19

A carotid endarterectomy (CEA) carried out on a 71-year-old stroke patient who tested positive for COVID-19 is highlighted in a recent case report as an...

COVER study aims to capture impact of COVID-19 on global vascular surgery

The COVID-19 vascular service (COVER) study, a multinational, prospective, observational study that is aimed at capturing the impact of the pandemic on global vascular...

SVS ONLINE: Carving out virtual version of VAM invited sessions amid COVID-19

As Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Postgraduate Education Committee chair Vikram Kashyap, MD, tells it, the organizers behind programming for the Vascular Annual Meeting...

Dispatches from the vascular front: A vascular nursing perspective in times of COVID-19

For almost the first month after COVID-19 hit New Orleans with a vengeance, vascular nurse Jayme Boudreaux, APRN, found herself largely stuck at home,...

Dispatches from the vascular front: Embracing telemedicine in COVID-19 era

DALLAS—William P. Shutze, MD, has not long since finished his day's practice—a shift in which he carried out somewhere in the region of 13...

Medical care in time of coronavirus: Handling patients without COVID-19

The patient was thin, pale and clearly frightened, although he tried not to show it. With poor English skills, he patiently sat on the...

‘Risk prediction models can be used for targeted screening for asymptomatic carotid stenosis,’ researchers...

Most prediction models can “reliably” identify individuals at high risk of significant asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS), a new study shows. Michael H. F. Poorthuis, MD,...

Med students: Q&A webinar on vascular specialty slated for May 13

An event aimed at attracting medical students to the vascular specialty has been organized by the Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS), the Vascular and...

SVS ONLINE: Call for pandemic-focused late-breaking abstracts

Over the course of the summer, SVS ONLINE will provide attendees with an innovative program featuring both live webinars and on-demand sessions. The event...

Telemedicine gets shot in arm from COVID-19

Unintended consequences of COVID-19 are likely to pop up in an untold number of ways. Perhaps one of them could be the more widespread...

CMS outlines recommendations for re-starting non-emergent procedures

On 18 March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended “limiting non-essential care and expanding surge capacity into ambulatory surgical centers and...

Global vascular community addresses geographic disparity in COVID-19 impact and response

LONDON—Last week, the Charing Cross (CX) Symposium 2020 would have taken place in the U.K. capital. To mark the occasion virtually, experts from across...

‘Excellent’ long-term results after EVAR using Endurant stent graft in 180 AAA patients

Results from a real-world experience over more than 10 years using the Endurant stent graft (Medtronic) demonstrate that it is safe and effective,...

Dispatches from the vascular front: COVID-19 strikes New Jersey like ‘tidal wave’

Operating in the shadow of New York City, Clifford M. Sales, MD, has had his finger on the pulse of North America's two worst-affected...

Final push: SVS COVID-19 needs assessment survey closes April 24

The SVS Wellness Task Force today announced a final push for respondents to the Society's COVID-19 needs assessment survey. The initiative, designed to help...

First US commercial use of Tack Endovascular System in BTK arteries announced

Intact Vascular has announced the first commercial use of its Tack Endovascular System (4F) in multiple sites across the United States. Notably the first Food...

VenaSeal superior for management of chronic venous insufficiency, finds systematic review

According to a network meta-analysis, the VenaSeal system by Medtronic is “a promising therapeutic option for anatomic success at six months.” The study, published...

COVID-19: Ventilator manufacturers unite to form training alliance

Several of the world’s ventilator manufacturers have formed a Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA) in partnership with Allego to create a mobile app that frontline...

FDA grants Nexus aortic arch stent graft system breakthrough designation

Endospan was recently granted breakthrough device designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Nexus aortic arch stent graft system. The FDA’s breakthrough...

Dispatches from the vascular front: Early steps beyond COVID-19 peak in Seattle

If Seattle and the broader state of Washington provided the vascular care blueprint for how to proceed once the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread...

COVID-19: Pandemic lessons for vascular care from military theater

An exemplar of how surgery can best perform its role amid a catastrophic event like the COVID-19 pandemic can be found in military medicine’s...

Dispatches from the vascular front: Consequences of COVID-19 on a Florida private practice

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have landed like a sledgehammer on vascular surgery, reducing much of practice to a standstill. For those in...

SVS needs assessment survey: Evaluating impact of COVID-19 on vascular surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the healthcare workforce with unprecedented challenges, the like of which has not been experienced in a century. In response,...

SVS remains nimble in face of spreading pandemic, pivots to member priorities

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) started 2020 with plans intensifying for the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) in May, the Vascular Annual Meeting...

COVID-19: Cotton and surgical masks may be ineffective at stopping spread of virus through...

In a brief report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Seongman Bae, MD, of the Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine,...

Dispatches from the vascular front: A view of COVID-19’s impact on hard-hit NYC

Sharif Ellozy, MD, has had just about as near to a front row seat as it gets to the part of the United States...

Vascular Specialist, April 2020

In this issue: Benjamin W. Starnes, MD, and Niten Singh, MD, report from Seattle in "COVID-19: Focusing minds on need to act as virus...

SVS Wellness Task Force launches COVID-19 member survey

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Wellness Task Force has launched an anonymous member survey in a bid to better support vascular surgeons as...

First patient enrolled globally in SELUTION SLR study for AV fistulae

The objectives of this prospective, randomized, single-blind multicenter study are to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of SELUTION SLR in the treatment of failed...

New COVID-19-focused vascular registry gains IRB approval

A new vascular surgery registry launched to leverage key data gathered in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic—and aimed at helping prepare for the...

Official: SVS cancels VAM

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has officially pulled the plug on the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) scheduled to take place in Toronto...

Philips and US government collaborate in ventilator production ramp up to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Royal Philips has announced that the US government and Philips agreed to team up to increase the production of hospital ventilators in its manufacturing...

TCAR outperforms transfemoral carotid artery stenting, ‘significantly’ lowering stroke and death risk

A study that set out to determine whether there was a lesser stroke or death risk by deploying transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) over the...

Leadership figures ruminate on redeployment of vascular surgeons as COVID-19 surges

It's an issue increasingly knocking on the door of program directors and section chiefs in hospitals across the country as COVID-19 cases escalate in...

COVID-19: Socially distant yet never closer

We certainly live in interesting times—times in which social distancing has literally become the new normal. COVID-19 came to the United States quietly and...
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Open AAA repair volume appears to be more impactful on outcomes than years of...

PALM BEACH, Fla.— The more open aortic repair (OAR) case volume vascular surgeons take on, the more it seems to be “impactful” on OAR...

Of moral distress, coronavirus and implications for burnout

Moral distress has been described as “as a phenomenon in which one knows the right action to take but is constrained from taking it.”1...

Study: Link between IC revascularization and progression to CLTI established alongside rising rate of...

PALM BEACH, Fla.—Revascularization of intermittent claudication (IC) patients is associated with an increased rate of progression to critical limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI)—as well as an...

Vascular surgeons discuss COVID-19 impact on pregnancy, family, career

The devastating effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic are multifarious and far-reaching, touching both life and limb themselves as well as less tangible aspects...

CMSS urges strong action ‘to ensure safer working conditions’ for frontline medical professionals

In a new statement published on April 2, 2020, all 45 societies represented by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)—over 800,000 physicians—emphatically declared their...

Aortic neck dilation after FEVAR leads to little clinical impact, new mid-term study data...

MIAMI—Data, gathered in a study on the impact of aortic neck dilation after fenestrated endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (FEVAR), show that the process does...

Medical device companies join fight against COVID-19

Medtronic is sharing an older version of its Puritan Bennett ventilator for free in a bid to help ramp up production of the key...

ACS defends healthcare workers as PPE shortages lead to acrimony

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today leapt to the defense of healthcare workers who are heading to work in the face of increasing...

Update on VAM 2020 issued by SVS

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has placed members on notice that the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) slated for June 17–20 in Toronto looks...

Call for older physicians to be protected from COVID-19

Hospitals and government health departments should give careful consideration to the protection of older physicians and nurses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

CMS announces temporary waivers that include expansion of telehealth coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a series of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules designed to help the U.S....

Elder statesman of venous disease delivers golfing metaphor for fortitude, wellness

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla.—As a podium talk at the annual meeting of the American Venous Forum (AVF), it represented a bit of an outlier. It...

‘Desperate times require desperate measures,’ SVS Town Hall on COVID-19 hears

The imperatives of preserving personal protective equipment (PPE) in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic were given a robust airing during a Society for...

Future is now: Surgical simulation utilizing 3D printing has potential to help cut medical...

HOUSTON—The picture as Jonathan Stone, MD, describes it couldn’t be more stark. Medical error, according to recent publications, he says, now sits at third...

Clopidogrel exposure along with aspirin and rivaroxaban should be ‘minimized or avoided’ in PAD...

“More bleeding with background clopidogrel, even if not severe by adjudication, may be associated with broad consequences, including discontinuation of therapies. In the absence...

Study suggests 90% of aortic aneurysm papers do not reveal physician conflicts of interest

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.— Almost 90% of authors who received industry-reported payments did not disclose a financial conflict of interest in their manuscript, a study...

Combining aspirin with rivaroxaban reduces risk equally in presence or absence of diabetes

In stable atherosclerosis, a combination of aspirin plus rivaroxaban provided a similar relative degree of benefit on coronary, cerebrovascular and peripheral endpoints in patients...

Consensus statements: Use of intravenous contrast media in kidney disease patients not as great...

The reputed risk of administering modern intravenous iodinated contrast media in patients with reduced kidney function has been “overstated.” That is the headline takeaway from...

Aspirin plus rivaroxaban significantly lowers adverse events in PAD revascularization

Treatment with aspirin plus rivaroxaban following lower-extremity revascularization in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) leads to a 15% reduction in the risk of...

STABLE II results published on endovascular treatment of acute complicated TBAD with Cook Zenith

Thirty-day and one-year data from the STABLE II study have been published in the April 2020 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) by Joseph V....

COVID-19 special: How to be a doctor at the end of the world

Vascular Specialist medical editor Malachi Sheahan III, MD, is no stranger to national and international emergencies—from New York City during both the 1990s AIDS...

Integrity of clinical trials should be ‘preserved’ in face of COVID-19

Efforts and resources should be directed toward continuing randomized clinical trials in spite of the specter of the coronavirus pandemic. This is because of...

Vascular surgeons will survive these ‘troubled waters,’ says SVS president

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is a "solidly built bridge" across the troubled waters of the coronavirus pandemic, president Kim Hodgson, MD, today...

Prominent Seattle hospital issues COVID-19 clinical practice guidelines for vascular surgery

A prominent hospital operating on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state has released a set of clinical practice guidelines for vascular...

Physician-developed respirator device offers one possible solution to PPE shortages

Surgeons and other healthcare professionals aren’t hanging around waiting for depleted personal protective equipment (PPE) to be replenished. Amid COVID-19-related shortages, ingenuity, creativity and...

American College of Surgeons releases new clinical guidance document for elective surgical case triage...

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued guidance for surgeons to curtail recommendations for elective surgical procedures to preserve the necessary resources for...

Wellness: Of dreaming in blood and the ‘moral injury’ contained in a healthcare setting

Have you ever “dreamt in blood”? A vivid, waking nightmare that reminds you of exsanguinating hemorrhage that can’t be stopped? I have. An Iraqi...

National emergency loosens restrictions on use of telemedicine, says VESS secretary

Performance of telemedicine has been made easier and more accessible after regulations and limitations on its use were waived in the wake of the...

VESS: Vascular surgeons urged to avoid admissions not ‘immediate’ threat to life and limb...

Vascular surgeons have been urged to support the health of the entire U.S. population “by immediately reducing resource expenditure, avoiding all surgical admissions unless...

Vascular Specialist, March 2020

In this issue: ‘No evidence’ to suggest spinal cord injury is decreased by prophylactic drainage during EVAR procedures: Cover story on Gustavo S. Oderich...

Advocate or adversary? Perils baked into the relationship between physicians and patients

Patients with complex illnesses may not be eligible for hospital admission unless their diagnoses meet InterQual Criteria or Milliman Care Guidelines—hurdles patients must first...

Straub Medical announces first patient treated in US with Rotarex S atherectomy device

Straub Medical, the US direct-sales subsidiary of Swiss outfit Straub Medical AG, has announced the launch and first intervention performed with the Rotarex S...

Letter from Seattle: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, time to act is long past due

SEATTLE—We live in unprecedented times. On Jan. 19, patient zero arrived in the United States at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after returning from a visit...

FDA official delivers government agency’s early reaction to latest contentious meta-analysis on paclitaxel-coated devices

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official delivered a talk which represents the government agency’s earliest public reaction to the latest meta-analysis suggesting...

‘There is no perfect job’: Benefits of working across VA system outlined by current...

Many believe the adage, “There is no perfect job.” If your list of “musts” for a career in vascular surgery includes working with a...

NICE aortic guidelines recommend discussion between physician and patient before offering any treatment

The U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published guidelines on abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) diagnosis and management. Discussion between...

National Kidney Foundation releases guideline for vascular access in dialysis patients

The American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD) has published the National Kidney Foundation’s KDOQI Clinical Practice Guideline for Vascular Access: 2019 Update, a completely revamped set...

Study: Lumbar spine stabilization surgery may be a risk factor in symptomatic venous outflow...

Lumbar spine stabilization surgery may be a risk factor in the development of symptomatic venous outflow obstruction lesions, a study published in the Journal...

Updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for AAAs remain faithful to 2014 guidance, adding new...

Updated recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) remain consistent with the 2014 guidance while incorporating new evidence. The United States Preventive Services Task...

Elevated risk of AAAs among individuals suffering depression post-risk factor adjustment discovered in HUNT...

People with depressive symptoms have a significantly higher risk of incident abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) after adjustments for established risk factors, a study published...

Cost of burnout on physician health and surgical performance explored

NEW YORK—It’s the recurring theme on the conference circuit that stubbornly refuses to subside but one whose toll is great and lasting. At the...

Minority of patients in population of 4M demonstrate rapid progress of carotid stenosis, SAVS...

PALM BEACH, Fla.—While the overall incidence of rapid carotid stenosis progression is low, patients who show any degree of a worsening condition may warrant...

Faith and flaw: The replication crisis is here

In 2011, a new research study proved the existence of precognition, also known as Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP). The manuscript was published in the Journal...

Deep venous stenting presents advantage over ablation in achieving better ulcer healing rates, AVF...

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla.—“Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) secondary to deep venous stenosis represents a distinct class of patients who require a unique treatment paradigm,” stated...

Sternbergh: On his journey of self-awareness, overcoming tragedy and achieving work-life balance

PALM BEACH, Fla.—In an address that ran the gamut of emotions—from success to tragedy and back again—W. Charles Sternbergh III, MD, may have delivered...

Presence of outpatient wound care center leads to significant decrease in amputation rates, says...

NEW YORK—The opening of an outpatient wound care center has a positive impact on affiliated vascular surgery practice, with a significant increase in the...

Early adaptation of SVS, STS TBAD joint document will drive robust body of work...

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) recently published a joint document on reporting standards for type B...

Newly FDA-approved device for central venous occlusions hailed as exciting advance

HOUSTON—These are exciting times in the theater of dialysis access, expert in the field Eric Peden, MD, mused in the latter part of last...

How will coronavirus impact medical education?

The meeting, the seminar and the symposium: Collectively, this triumvirate of forum types forms one of the core elements of postgraduate medical education. These...

Bridging the gap to future surgical success: Surgeon-coaches can help colleagues thrive

What is surgical coaching? The Institute for Life Coach Training defines coaching as a professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their...

Medical education requires a reboot in the digital age, argues stent-grafting pioneer

LAS VEGAS—Medical education is confronted by huge opportunities with the coming of what has been termed the fourth industrial revolution—that of the intersection where...

March 2020 is vascular recruitment month

Much has been made of the impending shortage of physicians in the United States, with ominous predictions that it could come as soon as...

Patients with asymptomatic severe carotid stenosis may be successfully managed medically, researchers find ‘relatively...

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.—High-risk patients with asymptomatic severe carotid stenosis may be successfully managed medically, delegates at the winter meeting of the Vascular & Endovascular...

Integration of 3D imaging and optimized 3D robotic control set to be ‘important’ part...

NEW YORK—The marriage of 3D imaging and robotics in hybrid operating suites promises to be a pivotal aspect of the future in vascular surgery—part...

‘No evidence’ to suggest spinal cord injury is decreased by prophylactic drainage during EVAR...

MIAMI—Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage is a key component in the treatment of spinal cord injury but the evidence that prophylactic drainage decreases such injury...

New meta-analysis finds ‘no observed difference’ in mortality between paclitaxel and uncoated device use...

February 2020 brings another paclitaxel device meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) patients. Krystal Dinh, BMed, of Westmead Hospital, Sydney,...

FDA keeps close watch on heparin dosing reports

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is closely monitoring reports of higher than usual doses of heparin being required to achieve activated clotting times...
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Drug-coated technology question aired during SAVS opening session

PALM BEACH, Fla.—Discussion of the drug-coated technology issue was piqued during the opening session of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (SAVS) annual meeting...

CMS publishes 2020 round of coding changes for vascular surgeons

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided some light reading with the publication of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Hospital Outpatient...

SVS and STS release new reporting standards for type B aortic dissections

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) have released new reporting standards to ensure patients with type B...

‘Cardiovascular disease at crossroads’: practitioners call for a definitive randomized trial comparing precision medicine...

The prospect of death rates from cardiovascular disease once again ticking upward after more than a half century of decline has led to a...

Initial results from first-in-man trial of prosthetic VenoValve demonstrate promise, says investigator

PALM BEACH, Fla.—The initial results of an ongoing first-in-man study in Colombia that saw the implantation of a prosthetic venous valve in 15 patients...

SVS president presents point-by-point defense of Society position on paclitaxel controversy

NEW YORK—Kim Hodgson, MD, president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, delivered a robust defense of the SVS position on the drug-coated balloon (DCB)...
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Hotly-contested meta-analysis suggests a higher risk of death or amputation at one year when...

A new meta-analysis, just published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR), suggests significantly reduced amputation-free survival at one year when paclitaxel-coated...
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Alucent Biomedical announces FDA approval to proceed with natural vascular scaffolding clinical trial

Alucent Biomedical has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to proceed with a phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and...
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‘Alarming rate’ of severe cerebrospinal fluid drain complications discovered in first-stage TEVAR and F-BEVAR...

Severe complications from placement of cerebrospinal fluid drains (CSFD) during first-stage thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and fenestrated-branched endovascular repair (F-BEVAR) of pararenal and...

Meta-analysis: Translumbar embolization is superior to transarterial procedure in treatment of post-EVAR type II...

Translumbar embolization had a greater technical efficacy than its transarterial equivalent in the treatment of type II endoleaks after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), according...
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Dramatic decline in open AAA repair training among trainees stokes strong concern over future...

NEW YORK—The dramatic shift away from open surgery toward an endovascular approach has landed vascular practice at a stark crossroads, attendees at the VEITHsymposium...

Regulatory unity can help drive medical device adoption globally, FDA official says

LAS VEGAS—Efforts at international collaboration across borders can drive harmony among disparate regulatory requirements and lead to greater global cooperation at the medical device...

When world vascular societies combined to produce new global guidelines for chronic limb-threatening ischemia

Four years ago, vascular experts from around the world were tasked with a quest to get all surgeons and providers to agree on the...

AAA diameter could have crucial implications for patient outcomes

The diameter of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) may have an important clinical impact on patient outcomes, according to a study of cases contained...

View, Review VAM at Home with VAM on Demand Library

The inability to be in two places at one time makes VAM On Demand an essential component of the Vascular Annual Meeting. ISerg Creative/Getty Images...

How to Earn Your CME, MOC Credits from VAM

Physician registrants can get a big boost in collecting required Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) self-assessment credits at the Vascular...

‘Good Outcomes Not Good Enough’

A tradition at the Vascular Annual Meeting, the E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum is organized by the incoming SVS President and devotes itself...

Change Doesn’t Come Easy! But Is Needed

In selecting the subject of his presidential address, SVS President Michel Makaroun, MD, decided to focus on the inadequacy of vascular manpower to meet...

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...

Annual Business Meeting, for Members Only

Electing Secretary, Welcoming President, Presenting Awards The SVS Annual Business Meeting serves a vital, mandated function, with members conducting important Society business. This year, not...

Is Surveillance Futile for Small AAAs in the Very Elderly?

To determine the necessity of permanent monitoring of small aortic aneurysms in the elderly, Mark Rockley, MD, of the Ottawa Hospital and his colleagues...

Early Outcomes To Be Presented From ROADSTER 2

Vikram S. Kashyap, MD, of the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, will present results from ROADSTER 2, a prospective, multicenter, postapproval registry for patients...

Lifetime Achievement, Innovation Award On Tap

Three of the Vascular Annual Meeting’s signature events – celebrations along with distinguished lectures – occur on Saturday, VAM’s closing day. All conveniently occur...

Malnutrition Exacerbated Outcomes in Frail Elderly Patients Treated for PAD

Frailty increasingly has been seen as a factor in procedural outcomes, including vascular surgery. Nutrition factors among older adults have also become an issue...

Everyone Can Participate in Gala Silent Auction

After months of planning, the day is finally here! Friday evening, 500 people will be living the high life at the “Vascular Spectacular” gala,...

National Survey Examines the Extent, Effects of Pain in Vascular Surgeons

Work-related pain and disability have been reported in the literature among various surgical specialties and can influence surgeon productivity and burnout. In Friday’s Scientific...

Burnout Among Vascular Surgeons – A Report From the SVS Wellness Committee

Physician burnout has been linked to medical errors, decreased patient satisfaction, and reduced career longevity. In light of the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease,...

Gender Disparity and Sexual Harassment in Vascular Surgery Practices

Sexual harassment is known to be more pervasive in male-dominated workplaces and flourishes in a climate of tolerance and culture of silence, according to...

Vascular Live

Come see exhibitors present new ideas, showcase new technologies, and discuss the latest trends in vascular surgery. All Vascular Live events will take place...

Exhibit Hall: The Place to Be for Food, Fun, Education

The Exhibit Hall is an integral part of the Vascular Annual Meeting. All members of the vascular team, as well as other attendees, will...

Focus on Office-Based Care

This year’s VAM features an exhibit pavilion, special Vascular Live presentations, and a breakfast session geared specifically to clinicians who work in office and...

Macrophages, Regulation, and Impaired Diabetic Wound Healing

Nonhealing wounds in patients with diabetes are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and are increasing at an alarming...

Experiences with the BEST-CLI trial

As the BEST-CLI (Best endovascular vs. best surgical therapy in patients with critical limb ischemia) trial enters its last phase of new patient enrollment,...

In Memoriam: Dr. John Ochsner

John Lockwood Ochsner, MD, (1927-2018), a world-renowned heart surgeon, will be remembered as a charismatic and skilled surgeon, a dedicated teacher, a loving father,...

Welcoming a New President, Presenting Awards

The Vascular Annual Meeting conducts important Society business at the SVS Annual Business Meeting. During Saturday’s meeting and luncheon, President R. Clement Darling III,...

A Six-Year Review of the First U.S. Vascular Simulation Course

Duty hour restrictions, changing training paradigms, and diminishing open surgical case volumes have caused dramatic shifts in the vascular trainee experience, according to Malachi...

Crawford Critical Issues Forum Covers the National Shortage of Vascular Surgeons

This year’s E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum addressed the current status of the vascular surgery workforce, its existing geographic distribution, the potential for...

Preop Cognitive Issues and Surgery Type Affect Postop Delirium

Postoperative delirium has a high prevalence among vascular surgery patients, increasing morbidity, mortality and length of stay (LOS),according to Rima G. Styra, MD, and...

Transcarotid vs. Transfemoral Carotid Artery Stenting in the SVS Vascular Quality Initiative

The Safety and Efficacy Study for Reverse Flow Used during Carotid Artery Stenting Procedure (ROADSTER) multicenter trial reported the lowest stroke rate in high-risk...

Don’t Miss Practice Management Tips for Novice and Seasoned Surgeons

Young vascular surgeons looking to make their marks and balance their lives, as well as more experienced surgeons seeking tips for more effective practice...

Mix and Mingle at Friday’s Closing Reception

Mark the closing of the Exhibit Hall by attending the Closing Reception, set for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Auditorium on Level...

Learn About Vascular Training Programs at Residency Fair

For those considering a career as a vascular surgeon, deciding on a training program is an important decision. Should it be a vascular fellowship...

Advanced Practice Providers Vital to Vascular Team

The team approach has changed the entire field of medicine in the past 10-20 years and, in fact, is critical to optimal patient outcomes....

Closing Reception for Exhibit Hall

Friday evening’s Closing Reception, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. offers the final chance to visit the Exhibit Hall and talk with vendors, get information...

Visit the Residency Fair

Simon and Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair,” the “State Fair” of movie fame, Bruce Springsteen’s “County Fair” that will attract everybody in town. And the SVS...

Session for Young Surgeons

Young vascular surgeons can get guidance on successfully transitioning from training to practice in C5: Management Tips and Tricks for Young Vascular Surgeons. It...

Resident Research Award Highlights Diet-Based Strategy to Prevent Vein Graft Disease

This year’s SVS Foundation’s Resident Research Award is being presented to Kaspar M. Trocha, MD, for his research on vein graft disease. As a...

SVS von Liebig Forum: Complex Aortic Endografting

Innovative approaches to minimally invasive repair of the aorta will be featured during Thursday morning’s William J. von Liebig Forum. Dr. R. Clement Darling III “This...

A Look into the Future at the Crawford Forum

Will the demand be sufficient for the supply of the vascular surgery work force in the United States? That topic, along with potential solutions,...

SVS Booth will be in the Exhibit Hall

SVS members who are attending the Vascular Annual Meeting can get in-person help with any application issues, or, indeed any membership services concerns. The...

VAM Session: Physician, Heal Thyself

Between billing, coding, keeping electronic medical records up to date and … oh yes, … actual surgery, vascular surgeons increasingly report feeling overwhelmed and...

VESS: Hospital Volume Is Tied to the Outcomes of Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Contemporary data on outcomes in open thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair is limited to reports from major aortic reference centers showing excellent outcomes, rather...

VESS: Exploring the Surgical Management of Aberrant Subclavian Artery Associated With Aortic Arch Anomalies

Tiziano Tallarita, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and his colleagues performed a study to examine the surgical management of aberrant subclavian artery...

Treat Acute PE With a Team Approach

Current advancements and care of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) patients will be the focus of Wednesday morning’s session, “Treating Acute PE and Developing a...

Speaking of Receptions …

A record 17 alumni receptions, representing more than 20 vascular surgery programs, are planned for Thursday evening. All take place on the third floor...

Mix and Mingle at Opening Reception

The Exhibit Hall opens with a flourish at 10 a.m. Thursday. During the day enjoy visits with vendors and industry representatives. Play the SVS...

Planner, Mobile App Work Together to Simplify VAM Navigation

Something old, something new, something improved. The old is providing a schedule of VAM’s myriad events. This year, find that schedule on “something new,” our...

Three Event Favorites Have Been Moved to Saturday

From the opening postgraduate courses on Wednesday morning to the RPVI exam review course and the Championship Round of the Poster Competition on Saturday...

Dear VESS Members and Attendees: Welcome to Spring Meeting

On the advent of this year’s Society for Vascular Surgery’s (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), I would like to welcome you to the 2018...

With Collaboration the Norm, Fitting For Nurses, Surgeons to Have Meetings in Tandem

It seems fitting, said Tiffany Street, President of the Society for Vascular Nursing, that SVN and SVS have their conferences in the same location...

Crawford Forum Celebrates 25 Years

The E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum – marking 25 years under that name this year – is a mainstay of the Vascular Annual...

See You in Beantown!

Boston is my hometown and I can’t wait to show it off at our Vascular Annual Meeting. Come join me there June 20-23 for the...

From the Vascular Community

SAAVS meeting a successThe Sixth Annual meeting of the South Asian American Vascular Society (SAVVS), an affiliate of the Society for Vascular Surgery, was...

Making it Personal Through a Career of Service

Ronald M. Fairman, MD, held center stage Friday to present his presidential address, highlighting the personal side of vascular surgery and a career of...

Session to Spotlight Key Research Papers

VAM attendees have the opportunity to learn about several medical journal articles of relevance to their vascular surgery practice during a session on Saturday. Entitled...

How the Team Approach Can Drive a High-Performance Vascular Practice

On Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 a.m., vascular surgeons and other members of the vascular care team will come together for a session entitled...

Political Action Committee Reception Is Thursday

A meal and conversation with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. An existing relationship with Dr. Tom Price, now...

Saturday – On Tap

It’s the final day of the Vascular Annual Meeting – and there is plenty on the agenda to keep you busy. 6:30 to 8:00 a.m....

For Dr. Dardik the First, a First-Rate Award

In the early 1950s, an aspiring teen pianist named Herbert Dardik got his big break – a chance to play on the “Ted Mack...

Highlights from new guidelines, and a chance to weigh in

Though the Society for Vascular Surgery has long published clinical practice guidelines, its 2017 annual meeting marks the first seminar dedicated to guidelines in...

How to get published in JVS and EJVES: Editors disclose secrets of success

Over the past year, the Journal of Vascular Surgery and its two affiliated journals have undergone a number of important changes. Editorial boards have been...

Friday – On Tap

What will happen Friday that people will be talking about Saturday? All of the below, and much more: • 6:30 to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Sessions:...

Stop By, Say Hi! 6 Great Reasons to Visit the Membership Booth

While you’re in the neighborhood, why not stop by the SVS Membership Booth, located just outside the plenary doors? Whether you are a member of...

At Opening Reception: Vendors, Posters, Raffle

Meet up with friends, visit vendor booths to see the latest and greatest in all things vascular, peruse the posters. And enter a high-tech raffle...

2017 Resident Research Award: Epigenetic Mechanisms in Type 2 Diabetic Wound Healing

The issue of impaired wound healing in type 2 diabetes is a serious one and the leading cause of lower extremity amputation in the...

On Tap – Thursday

Here are some of the events your colleagues will be talking about later. You won’t want to miss: Thursday, June 1 Stop by the Exhibit Hall,...

How to Welcome a Patient Advisor to Your Research Team

When it comes to caring for those with vascular disease, who better to tell surgeons and researchers the effects of various treatments than …...

Curated Sessions: Look for the Labels

Something new has been added to this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting: icons identifying sessions of interest to two specific audiences: young surgeon attendees and...

VAM 2017 Features Alliances and Teamwork

This year’s Vascular Annual Meeting could be subtitled: “The Year of Inter-Society Collaboration.” Last year, joint sessions with specialty societies that have overlapping interests proved...

Collaborative Approach on Wound Care Improves Patient Outcomes

Because revascularization and wound care are so closely linked, vascular surgeons and podiatrists can improve patient care when they work together. That’s the thinking behind...

The Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society Welcomes You to VAM 2017

I would like to personally welcome everyone to San Diego and invite all 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting attendees to visit the Spring Meeting of...

VQI Adds Half-Day, Posters, Reception to Meeting

The 2016 Vascular Quality Initiative’s inaugural annual meeting proved so popular that the one-day session has been expanded by a half-day, and a networking...

Learn Ins and Outs of Launching a Multicenter Clinical Trial

To help SVS members learn the necessary steps of setting up a multicenter clinical research study, this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting offers “The Nuts...

VAM: Helping Patients with Vascular Disease

I always enjoy our Vascular Annual Meeting, and I look forward to it for months. It’s the leading forum for important and cutting-edge clinical...

VESS meeting and SAVS award

Winter VESS Meeting Highlights The annual winter meeting of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) provided an invaluable opportunity for students, trainees, and young...

Resident Research Prize: Seeking to Preserve AV Fistulae

Even though the use of arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) is considered optimal for hemodialysis access in patients with end-stage renal disease, outcomes for AVF are...

Benvenuto, Bienvenue, Velkommen, Willkommen!

Welcome to the Capitol of the USA! More than 100 attendees at the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting hail from overseas, coming to the nation’s...

Finding Food, Fun and History in DC Environs

National Harbor is a gateway port to Washington, D.C., situated just across the Potomac. For things to see and do while at the Vascular...

Mobile App: VAM Info at Your Fingertips

At the Vascular Annual Meeting, there’s no need to cart around a lot of paper. Instead, the Mobile App puts all the information you...

Presidential Address: ‘We Care!’

“Vascular surgeons are unique in the management of patients with circulatory disease. We are unique because we are exclusively devoted, 100% of our specialty,...

Dr. Gloviczki: Of Ties, VAM and a New Challenge

On Wednesday morning, the Society for Vascular Surgery bumped into SVS Past President Dr. Peter Gloviczki. Here’s what we learned about one of our...

We Must Lead on BEST-CLI Trial, Enroll Patients: Dr. Conte

Dr. Michael Conte issued an urgent call Thursday for vascular surgeons to enroll patients in the BEST-CLI Trial, designed to answer this question: What’s...

Crawford Forum: Clarifying SFA-Popliteal Treatment Options

“In a follow-up to Peter Lawrence’s Presidential Address last year about appropriateness of care, I have selected the topic ‘In Search of Clarity –...

Scenes from the Vascular Annual Meeting

Beyond the Plenary Sessions and scientific abstract presentations, there were many exciting events in which to participate and presentations to attend throughout the Vascular...

Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Cronenwett

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner is called many things by his many nominators: quadruple hitter, visionary, mentor, revolutionary, unsurpassed, profoundly effective. But one...

Tracking the Decline of AAA Repair in the United States

Has the advent of branched-fenestrated aortic endografts increased the number of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repairs due to patients who otherwise would not be...

Learn Radiation Safety During Vascular Surgery

Practical tips for protecting your vascular surgery patients and yourselves from radiation exposure will be featured as part of this morning’s session “Radiation Safety...

Enjoy a ‘Capitol’ Performance with the Capitol Steps

First, combine a Washington, D.C. venue and an upcoming and hotly debated presidential election. Add a date shortly before the GOP and Democratic national...

Presidentially Speaking

Dr. Bruce Perler, Johns Hopkins Hospital, will give his SVS Presidential Address Friday after a short introduction by President-Elect Dr. Ronald Fairman. Friday: 11 a.m....

Are You Going to the Fair? A Guide to What You Need to Know

There’s no Ferris Wheel or tilt-a-whirl at this fair – just useful information on 73 vascular training programs and the chance for aspiring vascular...

Special Events on Tap at VAM Thursday

Special activities are everywhere today at the Vascular Annual Meeting, including the official welcome and an opening reception, not to mention the opening of...

Charting the Benefits of AAA Screening in England

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) in England has invited around 1.3 million 65-year-old men for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening since 2009....

Tracking Endovascular Treatment of the Femoral Arteries

Dr. Jeffrey Siracuse will report on the study he and his colleagues performed to analyze practice patterns and outcomes from endovascular treatment of the...

Hospital Volume Found Linked to EVAR Success

Higher hospital and surgeon volumes have been found to be correlated with improved outcomes after open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). However, the...

Learn More About the Benefits of Belonging

It’s a chance to: • Meet the man who will be president (of SVS, of course)! • Learn ways to become involved with SVS, and reap...

Attend SVS PAC Reception in Washington, D.C.

When meeting near Washington, D.C., meeting with members of Congress is a natural choice. US Capitol dome The SVS Political Action Committee Reception will be held...

Earn CME, Maintenance of Certification Credits

Beyond learning what’s new in the world of vascular surgery, paid physicians also can earn both Continuing Medical Education credits and Maintenance of Certification...

Industry-Supported Satellite Symposia Offered at VAM

Vascular Annual Meeting attendees are invited to the satellite symposia offered by industry, including three breakfast sessions on Thursday, June 9. These sessions are...

Postgraduate Courses: Six Sessions Offered

The 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting is offering six postgraduate courses on Wednesday, with two held concurrently in three time slots. SVS members get in...

Homans Lecture: A Look Ahead in Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery has a rich, varied and enormously interesting history, filled with innovators and creators whose inventions changed the course of patient care. This...

Schedule-At-A-Glance

Wednesday, June 8 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. Postgraduate Courses P1: Controversies and Management of Lower Extremity Arterial Occlusive Disease P2: Complete Management of Venous...

Concurrent Sessions Provide Younger Surgeons Information

From learning how to make research a career focus to learning what tools are needed to help adapt to the changing world of vascular...

The Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society Welcomes You

I would like to invite all Vascular Annual Meeting attendees to join us for the Spring Meeting of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society...

National Harbor – Gateway to Washington, D.C.

For things to see and do while at the Vascular Annual Meeting, consider National Harbor as a gateway port to Washington, D.C., situated just...

Welcome from the Vascular Quality Initiative

I am pleased to welcome you to the first Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) Annual Meeting (VQI@VAM), which will be held on June 8th, in...

SFA-Popliteal Claudication: What’s Appropriate Care?

In past years the Crawford Critical Issues Symposium has served as a forum in which nonclinical issues took center stage. At the 2016 Vascular...

Vascular Annual Meeting: A ‘Must-Attend’ Event

Our nation’s capital is the perfect venue for the pre-eminent vascular surgical educational and social meeting of the year – the 2016 SVS Vascular...

Letters to the Editor

Editors note: The following are a selection of responses from the SVS membership sent to Dr. Peter Lawrence based upon his article in a...

A renowned device innovator honored

In November last year, one of the highly prestigious National Medals of Technology and Innovation was presented to Thomas J. Fogarty, Fogarty Institute for...

From the Vascular Community: In Memoriam – Dr. John J. Bergan

Vascular pioneer, Dr. John J. Bergan, died on June 11th, 2014. Dr. Bergan’s illustrious career spanned more than 50 years. He completed his residency at...

Success of Recent VRIC

More than 100 investigators, students, and trainees with an interest in translational research attended the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) in Toronto. Held one...

Vascular Issues – Leadership: Getting buy-in through the art of persuasion

Scenario: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a large hospital comes into the Chief Medical Officer's (CMO) office after a hospital board retreat meeting...

PVSS is now VESS -The Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society

Nearing 40 years of continued service to its membership, the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society at its annual meeting elected a change in the society...

In Memoriam

Professor Edouard Kieffer, a preeminent figure in French vascular surgery, died in February 2014, at the age of 72. He was Professor of Vascular...