Well folks, after more than two years of the pandemic, racial injustice, and medical misinformation, I have decided it is time to return to writing about what I truly love: fake feuds with other specialties. Remember the heady days...
The SVS Foundation VISTA (Vascular Volunteers In Service To All) pilot project continues to seek applications for innovative, community-based projects. The initiative grants support for those projects designed to explore solutions to the significant disparities in vascular surgical care across...
MedAlliance’s Selution SLR drug-eluting balloon (DEB) has received investigational device exemption (IDE) approval from the Food and Drug Administration, making it the first limus DEB to be available to U.S. patients, the company announced in a press release. The Selution...
Medtronic has announced approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the IN.PACT 018 paclitaxel-coated percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon catheter, a drug-coated balloon (DCB), indicated for the interventional treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the superficial...
Get ready for the American Board of Surgery Vascular Surgery Board (ABS-VSB) Qualifying Exam in September by attending a comprehensive review course in August.  The University of California, Los Angeles, and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) collaborate on the...
The European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) has just released 2023 clinical practice guidelines on the management of atherosclerotic carotid and vertebral artery disease. The guideline document, authored by chairperson Ross Naylor, MBChB, from Leicester Vascular Institute, Leicester, England, co-chairperson...
VentureMed Group recently announced that it has completed enrollment of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) entitled "Flex Vessel Prep prior to PTA for the treatment of obstructive lesions in the native AVF." This RCT was conducted to assess primary...
To date, research in aortic dissection has focused on management and outcomes focused on technical results, and survival. Little is known about what is important to patients living with or at risk for aortic dissection. The Aortic Dissection Collaborative...
A single-center retrospective review demonstrated a trend towards shorter operative times, and significant reductions in both iodinated contrast use and radiation exposure during fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR) using Cydar's EV Intelligent Maps—representing the first report of an improvement...
New long-term data from the SAFE-PAD (Safety assessment of femoropopliteal endovascular treatment with paclitaxel-coated devices) study were presented today as late-breaking clinical research at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) 2022 Scientific Sessions (May 19–22) in Atlanta. The...
Shockwave Medical announced today that long-term data from the Disrupt PAD III trial found that superior vessel preparation with intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) led to excellent long-term outcomes out to two years with preservation of future treatment options compared to percutaneous transluminal angioplasty...
Paclitaxel effect was witnessed in tissue specimens of a minority of chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) patients treated with drug-coated balloons (DCBs)—but was not dependent on DCB type, nor the dose level of the drug administered, and was not associated...
A real-world claims data analysis of nearly 200,000 patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) showed that female patients were older, underwent vascular procedures less often, and received guideline-recommended drugs less frequently. However, it also highlighted that female sex was associated with...
BD recently announced that its Venovo venous stent is back on the U.S. market following a recall last year. In 2019, the company reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had granted premarket approval for the Venovo venous stent. In...
Elective abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair in patients with a cancer diagnosis is associated with several poor postoperative outcomes, according to a newly published study from researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. “Due to the strong association between AAA and cancer,...
Researcher Woon-Hong Yeo and his collaborators at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA) are trying to improve the odds for vascular patients with development of an implantable soft electronic monitoring system. Their new device, according to a Georgia...
A week remains in the SVS Photo Contest, which celebrates the Society for Vascular Surgery’s 75th Anniversary. Members are sharing images that tell the Society’s collective story.   The contest began in March and ends May 19. One winner and...
The digital version of the April 2022 issue of Vascular Specialist, the most recent editorial by our medical editor focusing on diversity within the vascular surgery workforce, and an interview chronicling the new age about to begin at the...
Results from the multicenter, retrospective ODYSSEUS study carried out in The Netherlands suggest that less frequent surveillance after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) may be warranted. However, authors Anna C. M. Geraedts, MD, of Amsterdam University Medical Centres, Amsterdam, The...
This editorial was written in the days leading up to April 2. At about 4 a.m. (Kyiv time) on Feb. 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation aiming to “demilitarize and denazify Ukraine.” A few...
At the 2022 Charing Cross (CX) International Symposium (April 26–28) in London, England, Tom Carrell, MD, a vascular surgeon in Cambridge, England, and founder of Cydar Medical, delivered a Podium 1st presentation titled “Making endovascular aortic repair outcomes more predictable:...
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) has released a position statement outlining competencies for endovascular specialists who provide care for chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). The first-of-its-kind document, “SCAI/ACR/APMA/SCVS/SIR/SVM/SVS/VESS position statement on competencies for endovascular specialists providing CLTI...
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Active and Senior members will begin voting May 23 for a new SVS vice president and secretary for 2022–23. Election results will be announced at the SVS Annual Business Meeting on June 18 during...
The results of a small-scale pilot study from Asia have indicated “potentially disappointing” results with a novel drug-eluting balloon in treating dysfunctional arteriovenous access for dialysis. These findings were delivered by Tjun Tang, MD—who also highlighted “excellent” technical and...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved expanded indications for the Enroute stent system—part of the transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) procedure—to include patients at standard risk for adverse events from carotid endarterectomy (CEA), Silk Road Medical announced today. Previously,...
The SVS Foundation started to seek proposals in mid-April for pilot outreach projects to help identify needed vascular services in underserved portions of the U.S.  The projects will be part of the Foundation’s VISTA (Vascular Volunteers In Service To All)...
New randomized controlled data demonstrating the sustained and superior performance of IN.PACT AV drug-coated balloons (DCBs) compared to percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) through 36 months, with no difference in mortality, was revealed during a Podium 1st presentation at the 2022...
In January, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Strategic Board met and forged its objectives for the coming fiscal year. Two months later the course is being set for action as goals translate into objectives, and objectives transform into...
To combat the “overtreatment problem” in the appropriate care of venous disease, “a concerted, complex, multimodal effort” is required from specialists across disparate parts of the world. That was the conclusion delivered by Manj Gohel, MD, of Cambridge University Hospitals,...
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members receive many important discounts as a privilege of belonging. These perks include discounts to important references in diagnosing and treating vascular injury, including Rich’s Vascular Trauma and Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy.  Both...
Striving for excellence in research is one of the defining characteristics of an academic surgeon. But simply doing great research is not enough. The dissemination of that research through academic forums, presentations and publications is just as critical because...
Concerns about veterans getting access to quality healthcare in a timely fashion led to the Veterans Choice Act in 2014 followed by the VA MISSION Act in 2019. These programs provide veterans with the opportunity to receive healthcare in...
From the opening session on the Wednesday morning of the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), to announcing the winners of the Poster Competition Championship Round on Saturday afternoon, attendees at the 2022 meeting will find plenty to keep them interested.  That’s...
Outgoing Society for Vascular Surgery (SCVS) President Caron Rockman, MD, delved into her family history from late-19th century and early- 20th century Russia to deliver a poignant message to Annual Symposium attendees during the 2022 SCVS Presidential Address: “the...
It's spring now, but those whose winters seem never-ending might consider bidding on a week-long stay in Florida for next winter. Cold and snow are much more bearable when a week of sun and sand beckons part-way through.  Access to...
Terumo Aortic today announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval of the Thoraflex Hybrid frozen elephant trunk device for commercial sale in the U.S. for the treatment of patients with complex aortic arch disease. Thoraflex Hybrid...
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) has released an official position statement providing evidence-based recommendations for percutaneous transaxillary arterial access and training for clinicians. The document was published in the Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography...
Among the posts catching Vascular Specialist readers' eyes last month were the digital flipbook version of our March print edition, a new study looking at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) recommendations, and an...
Vascular surgeons in private practice could play a crucial role in alleviating one of the existential problems currently vexing the specialty: The training of future generations of specialists and its intersection with declining numbers of open abdominal aortic aneurysm...
Cydar Medical recently announced it has entered a strategic collaboration with Medtronic. Under the pilot arrangement, Cydar’s EV Maps software will be introduced to up to 40 new global sites, combining Cydar’s augmented intelligence technology with Medtronic’s services and case...
My mother was a child of the 1960s. Despite not having a college degree, she was determined to teach my sister and me that women could do anything. I guess my sister was really the intended target, but I...
Alucent Biomedical announced in a press release that it has enrolled the first patient in ACTIVATE II, an Australia-based first-in-human clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its natural vascular scaffolding (AlucentNVS) technology. The therapy is designed to...
Thanks to smartphones, almost everyone usually has a good camera at hand and thousands of digital photos in storage.  So get that phone charged and be ready to click the button and capture your lives and specialty, from photos of your...
This advertorial is sponsored by ACHL For Anahita Dua, MBChB, the stark realities and complexities of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients undergoing endovascular treatment for chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) coalesce into one important truth: the necessity of entering the operating...
Barriers thrown up between the worlds of private or community vascular surgery and academic practice need to be dismantled for the betterment of the specialty at large. At stake are some of the very fundamentals of what makes vascular...
In this issue: In our April cover story, we report from the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS) Annual Symposium on new evidence that lays out out how vascular surgeons in private practice could play a crucial role in...
When Kathleen Martin, PhD, gives the Alexander W. Clowes Distinguished Lecture at the 2022 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) in May, she’ll be discussing research that the late Clowes himself studied. “He’s really the father of this field,” she said....
A retrospective review of a rare set of pediatric bone tumor resection cases with significant blood vessel involvement has demonstrated 100% limb salvage and 0% local recurrence. The 14-year experience involved 117 cases treated at Louisiana State University (LSU) and...
With changes occurring regularly in the publication business of scientific journals, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is planning changes with its own Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) publications. Effective July 1, Immediate Past President Ronald Dalman, MD, will...
The abstracts presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) are the result not just of thorough research, but also a meticulous—and blind—selection process.  The procedure starts months ahead of the yearly annual meeting, with the...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is urging members to join the American Medical Association (AMA) in a bid to maintain a critical voice in the decision-making process for the specialty. The reason is simple: Unless the percentage of dual...
Shockwave Medical has announced the global commercial availability of the Shockwave M5+ peripheral intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) catheter after receiving both Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE mark clearance. A company press release details that the Shockwave M5+ catheter is specifically designed to...
Cook Medical’s Zenith Thoraco+ endovascular system (Thoraco+) has received Breakthrough Device designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a press release reports.  The company details that, while the product is not commercially available yet, the benefits of the designation...
Medtronic recently voluntarily recalled a subset of its IN.PACT Admiral and IN.PACT AV paclitaxel-coated percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon catheters due to the potential for pouch damage resulting in a loss of sterility. This is according to a news...
Looking to the future, genetic testing may play a role in guiding the intensity of therapeutic interventions and preventive strategies in patients with venous disease. This finding comes from a case-control study on the clinical implications of genetic variation...
A higher initial Wound, ischemia, and foot infection (WIfI) classification score at initial presentation in chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) patients who underwent a transmetatarsal amputation (TMA) was not associated with a major amputation down the road, according to a...
Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) does not appear to either reduce or increase the risk of dementia, despite it having been shown to reduce stroke risk. This is according to 20-year results from the ACST-1 trial, published online ahead of print...
A vascular surgery research team with a growing reputation for its work investigating appropriateness in care in the peripheral vascular bed recently uncovered an association between increased regional market competition among proceduralists and higher odds of revascularization being carried...
As president of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG), I’ve been eagerly exploring opportunities to engage with community members and uplift them on their journeys to improved health.  As all are acutely aware, COVID-related restrictions on...
Nominations for the Society for Vascular Surgery‘s prestigious Excellence in Community Practice Award are due March 31.  The honor, formerly known as the Excellence in Community Service Award, is exclusively for those who practice in the community setting, including members...
Two years in, an indicator of COVID-19’s continuing presence in the world is the growth of the “COVID-19 Collection” in the pages of the Journal of Vascular Surgery publications. Launched in April 2020, the research has appeared in not...
More litigious U.S. states did not see decreased amputation rates over those where the medicolegal environment was less adverse, according to an analysis of Medicare data exploring the association between the realities of local medical-legal landscapes and diabetes-related care...
Industry players and device makers have helped spark new science and innovation in vascular surgery amid flatlining National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, but physicians must pay heed to the conflicting agendas in the partnerships formed with these companies,...
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on March 25 for the joint American College of Surgeons/Society for Vascular Surgery scholarship to attend a health policy leadership course taking place in June.  The $8,000 ACS/SVS Health Policy Scholarship...
The Vascular Surgery Board (VSB) of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) is seeking director nominees to serve a six-year term beginning July 1, 2022. The VSB is comprised of approximately 12 members who represent the spectrum of vascular...
Vascular surgeon Lewis Schwartz, MD, has had an interest in biomedical engineering since very early in his career. So his involvement in the early-stage Efemoral vascular scaffold system marks a significant milestone in a mission to save legs and...
Noon on March 19, 2021, marked the end of an unprecedented year in the world of resident recruiting. Months of virtual interviews, “away” rotations done through a computer screen, and a few short trips to prospective cities amidst rolling...
Women make up a growing percentage of vascular surgeons. And they now have a new professional membership home within the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS)—the SVS Women’s Section.  SVS leadership approved the new membership section in 2021. It is intended...
Registration and housing for the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) are now open. This year’s premiere educational event for all vascular professionals is set for June 15–18 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston....
A recent analysis recalled Venovo and Vici venous stents—initiated last year—characterized “significant differences” between reported device and patient issues, and subsequent interventions for the two systems, with findings ultimately matching the reasons given for the recall at the time. A...
Years from now when we look back, will we measure time in terms of B.C. and A.C.—Before Covid and After Covid? It’s hard to imagine a time when we will we once again feel comfortable walking hospital halls without...
Themes rooted in the life of Achilles, the heroic figure from Greek mythology, and the concept of “emotional stamina” underpinned the message delivered from the presidential podium during the 2022 winter annual meeting of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery...
A retrospective evaluation of 600 fenestrated or branched endovascular aneurysm repairs (F/BEVARs) for the treatment of complex aneurysms revealed that fewer than one in five patients experienced an intraoperative adverse event, according to a press release announcing study results...
In a secondary analysis of the SUNSET sPE randomized control trial, lead investigator Efthymios Avgerinos, MD, of the division of vascular surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and colleagues found differences in biomarker levels in response to...
Venous stenting was a hot topic on the agenda of the recent American Venous Forum (AVF) annual meeting, held this year Feb. 23–26 in Orlando, Florida. Catching the audience’s attention, researchers highlighted a head-to-head study of dedicated versus non-dedicated stents,...
Enrollment has been completed in the PROMISE II pivotal trial of the LimFlow deep vein arterialization system designed to prevent amputations in so-called "no-option" chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) patients, the eponymous device maker announced today. “The PROMISE II investigators are...
Recently published research indicates that stent grafting with the Viabahn endoprosthesis (W L Gore & Associates) of long and complex superficial femoral artery (SFA) lesions in patients with claudication is a safe and effective long-term treatment option. Writing in the Journal of Vascular...
February's top 10 includes a highlight from the 2022 Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) winter annual meeting and an interview with Melissa Kirkwood, MD, and colleagues at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, regarding the lightweight shield designed to...
An insight into the benefits of virtual learning from the perspective of a medical student on the cusp of residency as the early stages of the pandemic played out was delivered during the most recent Society for Vascular Surgery...
In this issue: Dedicated vs. non-dedicated: Researchers place venous stenting under the spotlight at the American Venous Forum (AVF) 2022 annual meeting (p. 1 and 4) Plans for the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) continue to shape up, with Gala...
The Executive Board of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) recently revealed the new composition of the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) publications‘ senior leadership. The changes are set to take effect on July 1. The editorial structure atop the...
It’s been more than 18 months since the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) implemented changes aimed in part at diversifying involvement with the publication and addressing how papers on social determinants of health are written and reviewed. Part of...
Iliac vein stents tolerate a gravid uterus well and a possible future pregnancy should not contraindicate their usage in the treatment of pelvic venous insufficiency (PVI), according to new research published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and...
The concept of dedicated vascular access centers fuels a turbocharged Texan tussle with Karl Illig, MD, of Flow Vascular Institute in Houston, taking on Eric Peden, MD, an associate professor of cardiovascular surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital, in a no-holds-barred...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Postgraduate Education Committee is breaking up the format in favor of change and innovation for two sessions at this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). These in-person-only events will involve both networking and social...
An emerging endovenous valve formation system designed to treat patients with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) with evidence of deep venous reflux has demonstrated continual improvement since U.S. investigators started performing clinical cases with the device 18 months ago, according...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it has issued a letter to healthcare providers emphasizing the importance of lifelong surveillance, including imaging, for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). "Regular imaging surveillance, within 30-days...
Time is quickly running out for medical students and general surgery residents to apply for Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) travel scholarships to attend the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston this June. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted...
More than 330 people have registered their intentions to raise a glass to toast the Society for Vascular Surgery's quarter-century of helping vascular patients during the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston this summer.   They have already purchased tables...
Six-month outcomes from the ongoing CLOUT registry demonstrate the “safety and efficacy” of the ClotTriever thrombectomy system in a real-world deep vein thrombosis (DVT) population regardless of clot chronicity level, the 2022 annual meeting of the American Venous Forum...
Envveno Medical announced positive 30-month data from the first-in-human trial of the VenoValve bioprosthetic potential venous valve replacement during the 2022 American Venous Forum (AVF) annual meeting (VENOUS2022) held in Orlando, Florida (Feb. 23–26). The results showed that VenoValve recipients—now an...
With abstract selection finished this month and the lineup of many other sessions in place, organizers are excited about the offerings of the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM).  VAM 2022 will be held June 15–18 at the Hynes Convention Center...
The recent JAMA Surgery publication “Association of surgeon-patient sex concordance with postoperative outcomes” is a population-based, retrospective cohort study of more than 1 million patients that concluded “sex discordance between surgeons and patients negatively affected outcomes following common procedures.”1...
A multicenter, retrospective database analysis suggests improved open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) outcomes when surgeon volume is greater than seven cases yearly and performed in hospitals with a 30-day mortality rate less than 5%. “Open AAA repair has decreased in frequency...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the Stockholm, Sweden-based Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) Society have released a consensus statement intended to help address perioperative challenges faced by vascular surgery patients. The ERAS pathways have proven beneficial for a...
How will you help the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) celebrate “Cheers to 75 Years?”  Maybe it's offering an adventure in the wilderness, on a mountain or secluded location. Perhaps it’s providing the chance to stay in a house by...
Ra Medical Systems, a medical device company focused on developing the excimer laser system to treat vascular diseases, has announced that enrollment has reached 95 subjects in the pivotal clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the...
As everyone turned the page on 2021 and entered 2022 with a new hope for a return to normalcy, vascular surgeons continue to be at the forefront of the fight to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our days and nights are...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) in 2021 helped Sriganesh (Sri) Sharma, MD, better understand his own work.  During the free-wheeling discussion following his presentation, “I got a lot of meaningful input into my research,”...
2020 was a herald year. It ushered in a global pandemic and a reckoning with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our workspaces. Vascular surgery, by nature of the diseases we encounter and our longitudinal relationship with...
There's still time! The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has extended the deadline to nominate an SVS member for the prestigious Excellence in Community Practice Award.  Applications now are being accepted through March 31 for this award, formerly known as...

From the SVS journals

The Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases, Innovations and Techniques has been growing rapidly, publishing an estimated 33% more articles this year than two years ago, according to JVS editors Peter Lawrence, MD, and Peter Gloviczki, MD. “In 2021, we modified...
Burnout is associated with silence in various contexts. It is called the silent crisis, the silent epidemic, or the silent killer. What is not talked about is the pressure or fear at work, whether professional or personal, that can...
This advertorial is sponsored by Tampa General Hospital.  Patients with complex pararenal and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) disease are faced with limited treatment options outside of one of the most technically and physiologically demanding operations on a vascular surgeon’s schedule:...
Inari Medical has announced that the first patient has been enrolled in PEERLESS prospective, randomized controlled trial (RCT) comparing the outcomes of patients with intermediate-high risk pulmonary embolism (PE) treated with the FlowTriever system versus catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT). The first...
Another study has emerged showing vascular surgery’s heavy intraoperative consult activity in a level 1 trauma center setting, lending further fuel to the “vascular firefighter” analogy. A research team that included fourth-year medical student Abigail Hatcher, MS, of Emory University...
Patients treated in Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved investigational device exemption (IDE) trials for complex thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) in the U.S. Aortic Research Consortium (ARC) had better 30-day and one-year survival compared with those recorded in the...
Medical students and general surgery residents have until March 9 to apply for Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) travel scholarships that enable attendance at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston this June.  The scholarships are the SVS General...

March 1 awards deadline nears 

The deadline is March 1 for several awards and honors from the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the SVS Foundation. They include the SVS Lifetime Achievement Award, the Medal for Innovation in Vascular Surgery, the Distinguished Fellow Designation,...
In this issue: "Vital signs": Reporting from the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (SAVS) annual meeting on skyrocketing nursing costs and their contribution to a financial hit on a vascular division's bottom line (p. 1 and 10) February's guest...
An analysis of the worldwide experience of transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) has produced key objective proficiency metrics and an analytic framework to assess adequate training for the procedure. “Training on cadavers or synthetic models achieved clinical outcomes, technical outcomes...
A new research letter in Stroke outlines use of the novel National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us research program dataset of diverse participant data to identify factors that increase the risk of carotid artery stenosis and those...
January’s top 10 includes “Our forever plague,” a combined editorial by Malachi Sheahan III, MD, our medical editor, on fake news and science, and coverage of the U.S. investigational device exemption (IDE) Aortic Research Consortium and how the chief...
On Feb. 7, Medtronic issued a notice emphasizing that the same warnings and precautions issued for the HawkOne directional atherectomy system also apply for the company's TurboHawk Plus 6Fr system due to design similarities. The company stresses that this...
Atherectomy use during index peripheral vascular interventions in claudicants is associated with higher reintervention rates when compared to other technologies, a newly unveiled study by Caitlin Hicks, MD, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, shows. The researchers...
This advertorial is sponsored by Gore. The aorta is special. As one of the most complex and critically important vessels of the vascular system, the aorta presents unique challenges. As such, it deserves an investment in constant and specialized care...
William A. Marston, MD, was recalling a recent experience acting as a bone marrow donor for a family member, and the moment it dawned on him, after the harvesting procedure with a specialist in the field, the true value...
The presence of spin, or overinterpretation, in scientific papers that ultimately demonstrate statistically insignificant findings had been gnawing away at Thomas Forbes, MD, for quite some time. The practice, the University of Toronto vascular chair reflects, is by no means...
Stent migration following treatment of acute iliofemoral thrombus or venous obstruction is “rare but may be underreported,” with the majority of reported cases being shorter and smaller diameter stents. This is the main concluding finding of a systematic review...
It all started with a “we should do research together; this is fascinating.” The result—the production of a prototype eyewear that decreases radiation to the eye and brain—is the more-than-decade-long toil of Melissa Kirkwood, MD, and colleagues at UT...
A "unique" case series of patients undergoing transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) in which the system was put to novel use for proximal intervention or incorporated in a hybrid approach to complex brachiocephalic disease demonstrated it to be effective in...
A retrospective study of 1,223 iliac vein cases performed in three office-based laboratories (OBLs) demonstrated a major complication rate of 0.41%, suggesting these procedures are safe and well-tolerated in this setting, the authors say. According to corresponding researcher Levan Sulakvelidze,...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two final guidances providing recommendations for including patient perspectives in medical device clinical studies.   As per an FDA press release, the finalized version of the first of these two guidance documents,...
The World Federation of Vascular Societies (WFVS) recently entered a new era of governance with the aim of better disseminating science and best practices for vascular surgeons operating in every corner of the globe. Palma Shaw, MD, WFVS secretary-general,...
A review evaluating the results of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) following acute type B aortic dissection suggests most patients have less than 2cm of proximal healthy descending thoracic aorta. In patients treated for complicated acute type B aortic...
Let’s start with a question: how do we communicate coolness? No, I am not referring to a cool or cold foot in the emergency room in need of assessment for acute limb ischemia. We have validated clinical scales to...
Whether it’s branding, advocacy or determining research initiatives, the process of setting Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) priorities and objectives begins with SVS members. The SVS conducts a census, which includes asking members to rank-order priorities, every other year....
When Robert Cuff, MD, and Max Wohlauer, MD, first launched the Vascular Surgery COVID-19 Collaborative (VASCC) back in the spring of 2020, the pandemic was still in its first wave, and the goal of a new vascular surgery registry...
New clinical practice guidelines published today aim to act as “guard rails” to determine the treatment options and best practices for managing patients with type B aortic dissection. An important update in the document is the potential for earlier...
The clock is ticking to submit nominations for the 2022 Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Excellence in Community Practice Award—with an extended deadline now set for March 31. The honor is exclusively for those who practice in the community setting,...
Cook Medical has received Breakthrough Device designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a new drug-eluting stent (DES) for below the knee (BTK). This new stent is designed to treat patients suffering from chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). The Breakthrough...
Failure to stratify gender by race or ethnicity, or vice versa, leads to missed opportunities in the recruitment of underrepresented members from the potential vascular surgery trainee pool. That was one of the examples delivered in a poster presentation at...
Medtronic has recalled 95,110 HawkOne directional atherectomy system devices distributed in the United States between Jan. 22, 2018, and Oct. 4, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. The FDA has identified the recall as a Class I—the...
Professional athletes and musicians have coaches to help them “up their games.” It follows then that vascular surgeons can benefit from coaching within the specialty. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) will hold a webinar on surgical coaching from...
The profit margin of a vascular surgery division at a prominent health system in New Orleans was severely eroded during the COVID-19 pandemic period—despite consistent revenue generation throughout—as nursing labor costs dramatically escalated, according to a deep financial analysis...
Unless prohibited by state law, most physicians employed by hospitals or physician groups are required to sign non-compete agreements (NCAs). A recent survey of 2,000 primary care providers (PCPs) in five states, 50% of office-based and 37% of hospital-based...
The SVS Foundation’s extension of Giving Today into Giving November was a big success, with more than $50,000 donated to Foundation research, grants, awards and projects. A host of Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members provided matching funds of...
The prespecified interim analysis of the first 62 evaluable pulmonary embolism (PE) patients enrolled in the investigational RESCUE trial produced positive results, Thrombolex has announced. RESCUE is a prospective multicenter, single-arm pivotal trial evaluating patient outcomes after treatment of acute...
After a successful debut in 2021, live-streaming of a variety of sessions will return to the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) this year. VAM 2022 will be June 15–18 at the Hynes Convention Center in...
The team at Vascular Specialist—led by Malachi Sheahan III, MD—is pleased to announce the appointment of University of Michigan resident Christopher Audu, MD, as our new resident/fellow editor. He replaces Laura Marie Drudi, MD, who last year graduated from...
A time of transition, like the dawn of a New Year, usually commences the mass drive for New Year’s resolutions and intentions. Many of us have had the pleasure of covering the New Year’s call shift, and it was...
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) program planners are finalizing the lineup and topics for several types of educational session for the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). VAM is set for June 15–18 in Boston, with educational programming across all...
Royal Philips has announced physicians will now have access to advanced new 3D image guidance capabilities through its image-guided therapy mobile C-arm system—Zenition. The system will deliver enhanced clinical accuracy and efficiency, according to Philips, and aims to improve...
Creating an academic career with a perfect blend of clinical work and protected time for productive research is a struggle for many surgeon-scientists. Many have viewed a surgical career in the Veterans Health Administration as a perfect opportunity to...
At this year’s International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET), being held Jan. 16–19 in Hollywood, Florida, experts presented an array of late-breaking trial results on topics ranging from venous stenting to abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) sac sealing. Waseem Wahood, MS, a...
Evidence continues to accumulate of a link between endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and cancer, with even small amounts of radiation potentially converting epithelial cells “to a precancerous or a cancerous state in smokers or ex-smokers,” according to world-renowned vascular...
In this issue: "Strength in numbers": Global VASCC COVID-19 registries have already helped identify a framework to tackle delayed cases with applicability both inside the context of the pandemic—and beyond (p. 1 and 3) Beth Bales speaks to Society...
Cardiovascular Systems (CSI) recently announced that it has made significant progress towards the commercialization of its intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) system for the treatment of calcific peripheral arterial disease (PAD). A company press release notes that feasibility testing of a proprietary...
The European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) has released 2022 clinical practice guidelines on the management of chronic venous disease (CVD) of the lower limb to update its 2015 recommendations. The document, authored by Marianne De Maeseneer, MD, a...
In response to a rapid augmentation of social media use in medicine over the past five years, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has published a set of recommendations on appropriate practice. The document aims to provide guidance on...
The U.S. investigational device exemption (IDE) Aortic Research Consortium has produced the strongest data so far on the use of fenestrated/branched endovascular aneurysm repair (F/BEVAR), Andres Schanzer, MD, professor and chief of vascular surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical...

Our forever plague

The following is a combined and revised version of the November and December 2021 editorials on fake news and science denial published in Vascular Specialist. Supplemental information and resources have been added to assist physicians in combating science denial...
It’s awards season at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the SVS Foundation, with deadlines in January, February and March for many awards and honors—and two have been extended. “These awards honor both the past and the future,” said...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an updated safety communication on the use of Endologix AFX endovascular grafts. This update includes a summary of information from a November 2021 meeting of the FDA’s Circulatory System Devices...
Medical students and general surgery residents will be able to apply this month for travel scholarships to attend the 2022 Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM)—with the application period opening toward the end of the month....

SVS PAD course postponed

The new Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Skills Course has been postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic recent surge in cases, the Society has announced. The course—which had been set to run Feb. 11–12—will now take place...
This advertorial is sponsored by Tampa General Hospital. Aortic emergencies, if not diagnosed and managed in due time, are, of course, life threatening. Responding to them effectively requires the rapid activation of a complex health ecosystem. Even when these responses...
Abstract submissions for possible presentation at the 2022 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) and the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston are due Jan. 11 and Jan. 12, respectively. Submissions for VRIC, which emphasizes basic and translational vascular science,...
Vesper Medical recently announced the completion of enrollment in its pivotal study—VIVID (Venous stent for the iliofemoral vein investigational clinical trial using the Vesper Duo venous stent system). VIVID enrolled its 160th patient earlier this month, marking completion of enrollment in the trial....
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members now have another chance to “Meet the Experts,” via computer screen and at no charge. Three of the “Meet the Experts” webinars held in spring and summer are now available on SVS OnDemand,...
Welcome to December where the calendar is filled with abstract and registration deadlines to various meetings through the summer of 2022. In this month‘s column, we are highlighting the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS). Formerly known as the...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two pediatric indications for Xarelto (rivaroxaban): the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and reduction in the risk of recurrent VTE in patients from birth to less than 18 years after at least five days...
Vascular surgery once again finds itself at a crossroads, Michael Belkin, MD, chief of the division of vascular and endovascular surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told the Western Vascular Society (WVS) annual meeting (Oct. 16–19) in...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is asking members to consider who among the many excellent vascular surgeons they may know in community practice might be worthy of nomination for the 2022 SVS Excellence in Community Service Award. Applications...
The vast scope of the No Surprises Act—legislation signed into law in late 2020—may mean some Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members are not aware of its provisions. The No Surprises Act is part of the Consolidation Appropriateness Act...
This quarter’s Leadership Corner features Young Erben, MD, interviewing Charles B. Ross, MD, chief of vascular and endovascular services at Piedmont Heart Institute, Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, since 2012. I am highlighting the innovative work of Dr. Ross, current medical...
A cost-effectiveness model based on peer-reviewed sources suggests that although five-year costs for transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) were higher than those for carotid endarterectomy (CEA), TCAR afforded greater quality-adjusted life years (QALY). The study was published in the December 2021 issue of the...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has released updated clinical practice guidelines for the management of extracranial cerebrovascular disease and popliteal artery aneurysms in a special supplement, “The Care of Patients with Extracranial Cerebrovascular Disease and Popliteal Artery Aneurysms:...
The World Federation of Vascular Societies (WFVS) recently entered a new era of governance with the aim of better disseminating science and best practices for vascular surgeons operating in every corner of the globe. Palma Shaw, MD, the WFVS...
Along with the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) plans to minimize and close some very real gaps in vascular care—treating pediatric patients. The two organizations have formed a joint task force on the...
For Joe Hart, MD, a larger donation to the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation this past year is helping him pay back several of his own scholarships and research opportunities from which he benefited. “I’m someone who’s been...
There was something of a different pulse to some of the matters around this year’s Western Vascular Society (WVS) annual meeting, recalls Wei Zhou, MD, a regular attendee over the last decade—particularly during a session dedicated to issues related...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is calling on vascular surgeons to complete a survey focused on patterns of practice in venous disease. Responses are due by Friday, Dec. 31. The committee seeks respondents...

Planning underway for next VAM

One of the innovations—livestreaming— introduced at the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), is influencing the 2022 schedule. “The streaming option, particularly for international members, was a big hit,” said Andres Schanzer, MD, chair of the Society for Vascular Surgery...
Research indicates that plasma desmosine has the potential to act as a biomarker of acute aortic syndrome and could, in the future, be used as a diagnostic tool for the condition in the acute setting. Presenting the findings of a British...
The Society for Vascular Surgery’s 2022 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) will return to its spring timeframe of the past several years. Abstract submission for VRIC closes at 6 p.m. Central Time Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Registration opens Feb....
In this issue: *This issue went to press before Congress moved to address cuts to Medicare due to kick in Jan. 1, 2022. "Countdown to the cuts" (p. 1 and 7) "One simple trick can tone your abs and identify...
Smoking does not seem to affect reocclusion rates, interval to reintervention and the total number of interventions in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients with stents in the femoropopliteal segment, new research showed. These were among the findings delivered by Sascha...
At Paris Vascular Insights (PVI) 2021 (Oct. 21–23, Paris, France), Peter Schneider, MD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, emphasized the need for trainees to learn both open and endovascular techniques in a talk on how to remain...
“The mantra I always use with fellows is bad vein, bad bypass.” Those were the words of Gregg Landis, MD, system chief of vascular surgery at Northwell Health in New York, as he presented an 18-year experience of polytetrafluoroethylene...
Last night, the Senate passed legislation to halt Medicare physician payment cuts that were scheduled to take effect on January 1. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law. Highlights of the physician payment provisions include a...
A “paradigm shift” in attending call staffing with a focus on fatigue mitigation can be undertaken in a vascular surgery practice without disruption to clinical productivity, a study presented at the New England Society for Vascular Surgery (NESVS) annual...
Artio Medical announced that full results from its first-in-human clinical study of the Amplifi vein dilation system were presented at the 2021 VEITHSymposium (Nov. 16–20, Orlando) by Surendra Shenoy, MD, associate professor of surgery in the Washington University School...
In a year prominently defined once more by COVID-19, the SVS Foundation nonetheless took some big steps forward, with new initiatives and a big increase in the number of donors (28%) as well as the percentage of Society for...
This month, we are focusing on medical student recruitment into vascular surgery. In many medical schools, students do not get any exposure to the field of vascular surgery (or to vascular surgeons) during the preclinical years, and even during...
A large proportion of statistically nonsignificant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) yielded interpretations that were inconsistent with their results, according to an analysis of 31 manuscripts covering research comparing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) to carotid artery stenting (CAS) for carotid stenosis...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Workshop in February will feature four hours of hands-on surgical skills training, on 10 different facets of PAD treatment. “We are offering the chance for surgeons to be trained...
Former Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) President Julie A. Freischlag recently took over the presidential reins of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Here she talks to Vascular Specialist about her journey as a vascular surgeon and leader both...
I read with both interest and disappointment Dr. Andrew J. Meltzer’s guest editorial regarding medical malpractice published in the October issue of Vascular Specialist. He unfortunately chose the often traveled, but dead-end road of blaming the legal system for...
Cases of cardiovascular disease are rising across the U.S., with large disparities seen in ethnic groups and poorer geographical areas. In combination with increased burnout in the vascular workforce, this has led to a public health crisis that requires...
How to find “flow” and motivation through goal setting, and reacquainting with “intrinsic priorities” on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, formed the basis of the presidential address delivered by Alan Dardik, MD, at the New England Society...
Aopeng Medical’s Allvas endovascular intervention surgical robot has successfully carried out a first-in-human clinical evaluation of a robot-assisted peripheral artery intervention of an iliac artery in the department of vascular surgery at Changhai Hospital in Shanghai, China.   The procedure was...

Open repair: In good hands?

The twin issues of center volumes for open AAA repair as well as training implications came under the spotlight at two recent regional vascular conferences. The volume of elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repairs that medical centers perform directly...
Females were found to be at greater risk of reintervention following elective endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) at both the one- and five-year mark following their initial procedure, researchers in New Jersey discovered. The retrospective...
I have a message for my colleagues on behalf of Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Political Action Committee (PAC), quoting the famous lines from Charles Dickens: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it...
In August, University of Michigan general surgery resident W. James Melvin, MD, picked up the coveted Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation Resident Research Award for work investigating the role of the enzyme SETDB2 in diabetes patients infected with...
Endologix has completed enrollment in the TORUS 2 investigational device exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S., a press release reports. The TORUS 2 study is a prospective, single-arm trial of 188 patients to evaluate safety and effectiveness of the Torus stent...
On Aug. 24, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published the newly updated recommendations regarding screening for prediabetes and type-2 diabetes mellitus.1,2 The recommendation has been graded B, which translates to at least fair evidence to suggest...
Shockwave Medical has announced the start of the Disrupt BTK II postmarket study to assess the safety, effectiveness and optimal clinical use of the Shockwave peripheral intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) system for the treatment of calcified peripheral lesions below the knee (BTK), including...
The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) has announced the publication of research showing improved patient outcomes and significantly decreased 30-day mortality in aortic dissection patients managed through a unique comprehensive care strategy designed by a team with multidisciplinary expertise. The manuscript, “Impact of...
According to researchers from the University of Washington level 1 trauma center, the number of intraoperative vascular surgeon consultations has increased enormously over the past decade. The group conducted a study reported in the November 2021 issue of the Journal...
Fewer than 10 days of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) after stenting for extensive iliofemoral venous occlusion prior to transition to oral anticoagulation reduces early thrombosis, according to a multicenter study. Thrombosis following iliofemoral venous stenting is frustrating to both the patient...
“I think this represents the beginning of the end of an era where we have to use lead to perform these procedures.” Those were the words delivered by Gustavo Oderich, MD, professor and chief of vascular and endovascular surgery...
The confirmatory EVAS2 clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Endologix's Nellix endovascular aneurysm sealing system (EVAS) for the treatment of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) contains positive two-year follow-up data, the leading investigator has revealed. A first...
Viz.ai—a company focused on artificial intelligence (AI)-driven intelligent care coordination—today announced the U.S. commercial launch of its AI-powered modules for pulmonary embolism (PE) and aortic disease at the 2021 VEITHsymposium (Nov. 16–20) in Orlando, Florida. The new modules allow for...
W. Michael Park, MD, was first turned onto the utility and wonder of anatomical sketching during medical school. Back then, he developed an affinity for the visual-learning benefits afforded by his own hand and for how much better it...
In this issue: "In good hands?" The twin issues of center volumes for open AAA repair as well as training implications came under the spotlight at two recent regional vascular conferences (p. 1 and 6) Medical editor Malachi Sheahan,...
In a pooled analysis of the predictors of drug-coated balloon (DCB) effectiveness, the IN.PACT Admiral DCB (Medtronic) performed well across a broad range of clinical, anatomical and procedural scenarios. This is according to Prakash Krishnan, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Mount...
November is National Diabetes Month. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has many resources to help its members educate their patients and families and reach out to referring podiatrists and other providers. Members can customize many of the resources...
Hispanic adults hospitalized for treatment of symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) were more likely to access this care by going to the emergency room (ER), and they experienced longer and more expensive hospitalizations than non-Hispanic white patients with...
The Ellipsys vascular access system (Avenu Medical/Medtronic) can be used to easily and safely create durable percutaneous arteriovenous fistulas (pAVFs) for haemodialysis—with new, long-term data suggesting it offers an “excellent alternative” to AVF creation via surgical procedures in end-stage...
Royal Philips has announced the results of a new large-scale real-world analysis of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data on the health outcomes of peripheral vascular interventions guided by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). The study was conducted independently by...
The Society for Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) is launching a new SVS Patient Safety Organization VQI Fellowship in Training (SVS PSO FIT) program. It is for individuals completing their medical residencies or fellowships in any vascular...
Sponsored by Philips: This web-based multidisciplinary course, streaming live from UNC Rex in Raleigh, North Carolina, with Martyn Knowles, MD, George Adams, MD, and Kumar Madassery, MD, is focused on how the effective utilization of interventional techniques—including intravascular ultrasound...
Communication and an awareness of how often vascular surgery fails emerged as key talking points during a Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG) Lunch Symposium panel discussion aimed at providing trainees and medical students with career guidance during the Western...
The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule released Nov. 2 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) doubles down on the 3.75% cut to surgeons and surgical practices that will harm patient access to care, the...
A research team led by Lim Chwee Teck, PhD, from the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Department of Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Health Innovation & Technology (iHealthtech), in collaboration with clinical partners from Singapore General Hospital, has developed...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) will hold a Town Hall Nov. 10 to help members understand the upcoming planned federal cuts that would impact vascular surgery overall by more than -11%. Vascular surgeons are facing five different cuts...
Ahh October… The air is a bit cooler; pumpkin spice is in everything; and leaf colors are more dazzling. It’s interview season! If you’re an applicant to vascular surgery residency programs, this month’s writeup is for you. There is...
The Ontario carotid endarterectomy registry (OCER) model was found to be the most reliable predictor of stroke or death after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) among 17 models assessed. This was the primary finding of a systematic review published in Stroke...
Newly installed American College of Surgeons (ACS) President Julie A. Freischlag, MD, called for her fellow surgeons to apply the principles that underpin enhanced recovery as medicine begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The former Society for Vascular Surgery...
Registrants for the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) can now catch sessions they may have missed in San Diego—or otherwise review a critical presentation at their own leisure. Select recordings of VAM sessions are now available on the SVS...
The SVS Foundation is planning what promises to be 2022’s party of the year—and needs the help of Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members. The Foundation Gala is set for Friday, June 17, during the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting...
Envveno Medical—formerly Hancock Jaffe Laboratories—recently announced that the first VenoValve surgery in the company’s SAVVE US pivotal trial for the VenoValve has been successfully completed. The surgery was performed by Adriana Laser, MD, associate professor of surgery at Albany...
A retrospective study supports the use of the Wound, ischemia, and foot infection (WIfI) classification system to predict the revascularization benefit for diabetic patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). The WIfI classification system was developed to stratify the risk of major amputation at one...
My last editorial, “How to succeed in vascular surgery: A guide for the aspiring outlier,” was more controversial than I expected. I naively believed that a critical expose of vascular surgery’s “1%” would be welcomed by roughly 99% of...
An investigational device invented at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that helps high-risk vascular disease patients has been granted a Breakthrough Device designation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Patrick Kelly, MD, a Sanford Health vascular surgeon,...
Former Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) President Julie A. Freischlag, MD, will be installed as the 2021-22 president of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the ACS Convocation Sunday, Oct. 24. Freischlag led the SVS from 2013–14, the first...
University of Southern California (USC) vascular chief Vincent Rowe, MD, took over as the new president of the Western Vascular Society (WVS)—with University of Arizona chief of vascular surgery Wei Zhou, MD, named the new president-elect—during the organization's 2021...
Overall survival improved from 71% to 80% after a group of community practice surgeons started using an endovascular-first approach to ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) repair. Scott S. Berman, MD, a vascular surgeon at Pima Heart & Vascular in Tucson,...
Five-year data from the ACST-2 trial comparing carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting, a report from the Crawford Forum at the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), and an Eastern Vascular Society (EVS) annual meeting piece reporting on vascular surgery...
Three-year results of the VIVO clinical study support the continued safety and effectiveness of the Zilver Vena venous stent (Cook Medical) in the treatment of symptomatic iliofemoral venous outflow obstruction, attendees at the Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) 2021 (Oct. 5–7) in Las...
In this issue: "Not all cuts disappear": We take a look at the threat posed to vascular surgery—and the office-based lab (OBL) setting in particular—by looming cuts to Medicare. Reporting includes the presidential address delivered by Kellie R. Brown,...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Medicare Cuts Task Force is continuing its work to stop the proposed cuts in physician reimbursement from going through as planned in 2022. The task force was created to respond to the proposed 2022...
Nearly half of patients deemed pre-procedurally to be suffering an acute case of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) turned out to have a “much more” chronic classification of the condition following intraoperative imaging and thrombus inspection post-procedure, an interim analysis...
LimFlow has announced 24-month results from the PROMISE I study of the LimFlow percutaneous deep vein arterialization system, confirming “excellent and sustained outcomes” for both amputation-free survival and wound healing, a press release reports. The late-breaking data were presented...
Outcomes in a cohort of patients who consented to one year of follow-up after transcarotid revascularization (TCAR) treatment for carotid stenosis in the ROADSTER 2 trial showed a 97.4% rate of technical success, no incidences of ipsilateral stroke and...
As evidence builds on the importance of reducing the risk of stroke by removing residual air prior to thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) procedures, the onus will be on surgeons and device manufacturers to minimize this risk, attendees of...
One-year results presented at Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) 2021 in Las Vegas (Oct. 5–7) from the EMINENT trial demonstrated the superiority of the Eluvia drug-eluting stent (DES) system (Boston Scientific) compared to self-expanding bare metal stents for the treatment...
Several subgroups of patients treated with the IN.PACT AV drug-coated balloon (DCB) for arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) demonstrated a “statistically significant” higher rate of target lesion primary patency (TLPP) compared to those who underwent standard percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) through...
An interim analysis from the DISRUPT PAD III observational study showed that intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) performs “consistently well” across challenging peripheral vessels, lesions and subgroups of patients, Ehrin J. Armstrong, MD, medical director at Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute...
Patients reported they mostly felt their provider was adequate in terms of engaging in shared decision-making during asymptomatic vascular consults, according to a qualitative analysis carried out at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Furthermore, vascular surgery compared...
Avoiding a strategy of post-stent balloon dilation during transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) may be unnecessary—a “contradistinction” to results shown in conventional transfemoral carotid artery stenting, new research has shown. Jones Thomas, MD, an integrated vascular surgery resident at University Hospitals...
Patients treated with Boston Scientific’s Ranger drug-coated balloon (DCB) sustained “improved primary patency” with fewer reinterventions than those treated with uncoated devices, two-year results from the RANGER II SFA randomized controlled trial have demonstrated, investigators revealed during a late-breaking...
Real-world data drawn from the IN.PACT Global study looking at five-year freedom from clinically driven target lesion revascularization (TLR) among prespecified chronic total occlusion (CTO), long lesion and de novo in-stent restenosis (ISR) cohorts “continues to confirm long-term clinical...
A worldwide committee of 40 cross-specialty medical experts achieved what was hailed as the first-ever consensus for the appropriate use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in peripheral vascular disease (PVD) interventions. Global experts conducted a systematic and comprehensive review of key...
Outgoing Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS) President Kellie Brown, MD, has seen fundamental changes to the way vascular surgery is practiced during her 20 years as a surgeon. The advance of endovascular techniques. The arrival of the electronic medical...
The 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) Roy Greenberg Distinguished Lecture saw delegates hear about the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to transform vascular surgery. Elsie Gyang Ross, MD, assistant professor of surgery at Stanford University, told attendees during her...
Ashley K. Vavra, MD, and Christopher J. Smolock, MD, talk to Vascular Specialist about why they decided to collect patient-reported outcomes (PROs), how they got started with them and the challenges they have faced. Vavra is a member and...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) has announced a partnership with Symmetric Health Solutions aimed at elevating the consistency and integrity of medical device data utilized by vascular health professionals. The link-up with the healthcare supply...
Daniel Clair, MD, has been named the inaugural chair of the newly formed Department of Vascular Surgery in the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and professor of vascular surgery in the Vanderbilt University School of...
There’s less than a month left to register for the Sixth Annual UCLA-SVS Symposium set to take place Oct. 1 to 3 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. “A Comprehensive Review and Update of What’s New in...
September is National PAD Awareness Month, and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) will spend the month not only calling attention to causes and treatment for the disease, but also planning a peripheral arterial disease (PAD) skills workshop. The...
Endologix today announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the company’s JAGUAR study to compare outcomes for the company’s Alto abdominal stent graft system to other commercially available endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) devices for the treatment of...
Have you ever had a bill denied for services of your assistants and not known why? Have you received cryptic messages on an explanation of payments that indicates your assistant is not allowed to bill for services? As the...
Today’s emphasis on diversity is nearly inescapable, while examples of true unity seem scarcer. Is there really a way the two can co-exist or work together beneficially? Consider some of your favorite bands, or even successful sports teams. Even...
Biotronik has announced the first patient enrollment in the BIONETIC-I study of the safety and efficacy of the Dynetic-35 cobalt chromium balloon-expandable stent system for the treatment of atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease (PAD) lesions in the iliac arteries. The...
It was an epic return: nearly 700 abstracts presented in six plenaries and several other forums; six concurrent sessions; six SVS breakfast sessions; three postgraduate courses; six “Ask the Experts” presentations; more than 1,000 in-person professional attendees; nearly 400...
Vascular surgery is as important as anesthesia in providing a safe operating room (OR), Richard Powell, MD, the vascular section chief at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, told an Eastern Vascular Society (EVS) annual meeting (Sept. 23–26)...
The last several years have seen ongoing controversy and debate about the risks and benefits of paclitaxel-coated devices (PCDs) for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The latest contribution from Konstantinos Katsanos, MD, and colleagues raises questions about potential...
A recent meta-analysis by Konstantinos Katsanos, MD, of Patras University Hospital, Rion, Greece, and colleagues—“Risk of major amputation following application of paclitaxel-coated balloons in the lower-limb arteries: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials ,” published...
A collaborative effort is needed to establish and adhere to best practice guidelines for radiation safety and exposure, Jasmine Bhinder, MD, a general surgery resident at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, told attendees of the 2021 Vascular...
Vascular surgeons have a history of going the extra mile to do the right thing for their patients. So went the theme of one of the comments sent in near the close of a recent Society for Vascular Surgery...
As a young surgeon-in-training, and a millennial, the concept of mindfulness and wellbeing perfuses my day-to-day life. Reminders of the importance of “being present” and “taking care of yourself” come from all directions: in newsletters, inspirational quotes on social...
Merit Medical Systems has announced positive results from a prospective, observational, first-in-human study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Wrapsody—a self-expanding, cell-impermeable endoprosthesis designed for the treatment of arteriovenous (AV) fistula access circuit stenosis and AV graft access...
Bluegrass Vascular Technologies announced today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code and New Technology Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) assignment for use of the Surfacer Inside-Out...
Transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) may be associated with favorable in-hospital outcomes for the treatment of restenotic carotid lesions after carotid endarterectomy (CEA), suggests a study that also evaluated in-hospital outcomes of transfemoral carotid artery stenting (TFCAS) and redo-CEA. Writing in...
Terumo Aortic today announced the first commercial implants in the U.S. of its RelayPro thoracic stent-graft system. This follows the recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a device designed to treat patients with fusiform and...
In this VAM review issue: Outgoing President Ronald L. Dalman, MD, deals with the challenges of COVID-19 and the future direction of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) head-on in his Presidential Address (p. 1 and 2) In the...
In this issue: We hear from five vascular surgeons on the latest signal around paclitaxel-coated balloon (PCB) use in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—an increased risk of major amputation—recently reported by Katsanos and colleagues (p. 1 and 4–5) ...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) branding campaign has received a “Profiles of Excellence Award” from the American Association of Medical Society Executives for outstanding achievement by medical societies. The SVS won its award in the communications category, for “initiatives...
New Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vice President Joseph Mills, MD, talks to Vascular Specialist about how inclusivity is at the forefront of SVS diversity and equity efforts; the benefits of global collaboration in the treatment of vascular disease;...
Patients who underwent reinterventions after fenestrated and branched endovascular aneurysm repair (F-BEVAR) had improved long-term survival over those who did not undergo a secondary operation, a large study of all investigational device exemption (IDE) F-BEVAR procedures carried out at...
It was a burning question posed from the conference floor, and it led to some approving social media nods in its aftermath: Does the tone of conversation around the vascular anatomy of females need to morph into a discussion...
Our recent editorial on the status of the interview, one of the Presidential Addresses from the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), a slew of new science news from VAM—including well-received results on transcarotid revascularization (TCAR)—and the digital flipbook version of...
Four-dimensional (4D) flow magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has the potential to identify patients with a higher risk of severe complications from aortic degeneration, according to research published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. The study employed a 4D flow MRI heatmap concept...
The Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS) announced a new slate of officers at its 2021 annual meeting held in Chicago from Sept. 9–11. Raghu Motaganahalli, MD, officially assumed the reins as MVSS president for 2021–22, taking over from Kellie...
Medtronic has announced the European launch of the 200mm and 250mm IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloons (DCBs) following CE mark approval. The product is intended to treat long complex femoropopliteal lesions efficiently in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The 200mm and 250mm IN.PACT...
Medical device developer R3 Vascular has reported the "successful initiation" of a first-in-human clinical study evaluating the technical and clinical performance of its Magnitude bioresorbable sirolimus-eluting scaffold (BRS) in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) due to occlusive below-the-knee...
Based on 30 years of experience, researchers have concluded that aneurysms of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) are “relatively stable” and that those <20mm may be safely monitored with surveillance imaging. The experience also suggests that operative treatment should...
A coalition of physicians and other interested parties focused on peripheral arterial disease (PAD) has called on Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take action to avoid proposed payment cuts that would hammer vascular...
It was a complex repair in the thoracoabdominal region of the aorta around 10 years ago, and Matthew Eagleton, MD, and his surgical team were in the process of cannulating several target vessels. They were being guided by what,...
Carotid artery surgery and stenting have comparable long-term effects on fatal or disabling stroke in asymptomatic patients with severe carotid artery stenosis. That is the finding of late-breaking ACST-2 data presented in a Hot Line session at the European Society of Cardiology’s...
Melina Kibbe, MD, has been named the 17th dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and chief of the Health Affairs Office for UVA Health in Charlottesville, Virginia. She will start Sept. 15. Kibbe is currently the Colin...
The SVS Executive Board has approved the 2021–22 SVS Foundation Board appointments, as recommended by the Foundation Board. Continuing for an additional one-year term of office are Richard Lynn, MD, and William Shutze, MD, and joining the board for...
A review of more than 1 million patients receiving vascular surgery over a 16-year period identified significant sex-related disparities in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—with females 30% less likely to undergo surgery...
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued an updated recommendation statement suggesting clinicians screen for prediabetes and type-2 diabetes in overweight or obese adults aged 35–70 years—capturing patients five years earlier than the previous advisory from...
While a surgeon’s expertise is key to patient outcomes, coding and documenting the procedures are key to the surgeon’s payment and reimbursement. And, when it comes to billing and coding, a twist of an adage applies: What you don’t...
The third deadline of 2021 to apply for Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) membership is Sept. 1. Be a part of the premiere organization representing vascular surgeons and allied health professions, and reap the substantial benefits SVS offers. These include...
A Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) sponsored session on paclitaxel safety drew a mix of skeptical and cautious responses to the latest meta-analysis from interventional radiologist Konstantinos Katsanos, MD, that reported a heightened risk of major amputation after use of paclitaxel-coated...
Poverty and Black race were associated with higher rates of lower-leg amputation among people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) who live in metropolitan areas, according to new research published today in a special issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), an...
The Sixth Annual University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)-Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Symposium returns as a live course for 2021 from Oct. 1 to 3 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The October dates are a...
Shape Memory Medical has announced the initiation of AAA-SHAPE Netherlands, the company’s prospective, multicenter early feasibility study of the Impede-FX RapidFill device when used for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) sac management during elective endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). The Dutch study’s first...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) has created “My PAD,” a pilot program for collecting patient-reported outcomes (PROs) from patients undergoing endovascular treatment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Traditional outcomes such as patency and reintervention...
On the heels of a worldwide pandemic that has helped expose deep disparities in healthcare, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) published a response—and a promise—in the form of the 2021 diversity supplement, summarizing what Society members have learned...
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded peripheral arterial disease (PAD) indication for the Xarelto (rivaroxaban) vascular dose (2.5mg twice daily plus aspirin 100mg once daily)...
In May 1945, President Harry Truman appointed Gen. Omar Bradley to lead what is now the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, with Paul Howley, MD, as chief medical director and orthopedic surgeon Paul Magnuson, MD, as his aide.1,2...
Patients within the Veterans Affairs Administration healthcare system who underwent an intervention for intermittent claudication (IC) were consistently at three-to-four times greater risk of undergoing subsequent amputation compared to those who did not, researchers at Stanford University report. Furthermore, Intervention...
Five-year results from the U.S. prospective, multicenter study evaluating endovascular repair of iliac aneurysms using the Gore Excluder iliac branch endoprosthesis (IBE) were presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in San Diego Thursday morning,...
In his introduction to the second of two Presidential Addresses on the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) slate, new Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) President Ali AbuRahma, MD, gave voice to that which seems virtually undeniable: that the SVS...
Medical management of type B aortic intramural hematomas is associated with low early mortality but a 19% risk of aortic-related intervention—primarily for proximal descending thoracic aneurysms, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, found. The investigators report that elevated...
It’s our party and, unlike in the Lesley Gore classic song, there will be no crying. And there also will be far more than “16 Candles” on the cake. In fact, there’ll be 75. The celebration of the Society for...
It’s VAM’s final day and it’s a full one, with educational offerings presented from 6:30 a.m. to the meeting’s final moments at 5 p.m. Here is a rundown of what's on offer throughout the day: 6:30 to 8 a.m. For the...
Lee Kirksey, MD, issued an unapologetic apology of sorts at the outset of his discussion of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues. “If I ruffle any feathers I apologize, but I think it’s a conversation that’s important to have,”...
Attend Saturday’s Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Annual Business Meeting to participate in important Society business. This is SVS’ second Annual Business Meeting for 2021; the first was a virtual meeting held in June. That meeting included the transition of...
Transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) produces similar outcomes to the gold standard treatment for carotid stenosis—carotid endarterectomy (CEA)—but comes at a greater cost. This was among the conclusions presented by Sheila M. Coogan, MD, at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM)...
Promising two-year results for an emerging potential prosthetic venous valve replacement—which is about to commence a U.S. pivotal trial—were announced at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in San Diego on Thursday afternoon. Researchers from Bogota, Colombia, revealed that patients treated...
The Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) presents great opportunities for medical students and residents who aspire to be vascular surgeons to network with, engage with and learn from vascular surgeons from all over the world. After a long day of...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) honored six members Thursday with the Excellence in Community Service award. This award, in only its third year, honors surgeons in community practice for their outstanding leadership within their community as a practicing vascular...
Two days down, two to go. What a Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) it’s been so far! Here are some of the sessions happening today that people will be talking about on Saturday. 6:30 to 8 a.m. There are three more...
It was supposed to occur at the canceled 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), but finally given his time at the podium, 2019–2020 Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) President Kim Hodgson, MD, wasted little time in conveying the message he...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), in partnership with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), today (Thursday, Aug. 19) announced the future launch of a program to verify quality on the part of facilities that offer vascular care. SVS Past...
Silk Road Medical has announced positive results from an independent analysis of standard surgical risk patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) for atherosclerotic carotid disease. The data were presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) 2021 Vascular Annual...
Among his many professional achievements in a career of a “golden age of vascular surgery” that overlapped with the growth and maturation of vascular surgery and the endovascular revolution, Robert B. Smith III most remembers the “many young men...
Joseph V. Lombardi, MD, reported long-term outcomes favoring the continued safety and effectiveness of a composite device (proximal covered stent graft plus distal bare stent) deployed for the endovascular repair of acute, type B aortic dissection (TBAD) complicated by...
Fist Assist Devices has announced that data associated with the p-FACT cohort, a subset of the recently completed, non-significant risk Fist Assist clinical trial (FACT trial) that focused on vein dilation in stage four patients with chronic renal failure, show...
New Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) President Ali AbuRahma, MD, put on an E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum at this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in San Diego focused on the role of multispecialty care in vascular and...
Value to the healthcare system, branding and success in competing in competitive environments and ensuring optimal patient care all play a role in defining the value of vascular surgeons to both hospital leadership and patients. Richard Powell, MD, Joseph Mills,...
Besides the stunning death toll and the disruption of life around the world, COVID-19 hit vascular surgeons financially and emotionally. Two presenters at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) special session on COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon discussed these impacts. It may...
A pair of breakfast sessions aimed at medical students—and potential future vascular surgeons—will form part of the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) Aug. 19. The Medical Student Program Breakfasts take place simultaneously from 6:30 to 8 a.m. (Pacific time), with...
The popular SVS Scavenger Hunt returns to the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), so prepare to emulate your favorite fictional detective to try to win big prizes for tracking down the correct answers in the VAM Exhibit Hall. Your mission is...
The COVID-19 pandemic left many of us missing social interaction and hungry for a change of scenery. As someone who had never been to a vascular surgery conference, I was already eagerly anticipating the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery...
The progress of two “promising” new devices in the venous valve replacement space were outlined during a Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) special session co-hosted by the American Venous Forum (AVF). Wednesday afternoon. Ellen Dillavou, MD, associate professor of vascular surgery...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Branding Toolkit represents a commitment to the branding of the vascular surgery profession and serves as a huge opportunity to promote your practice. Hundreds of SVS members have accessed the toolkit by downloading...
With interest in and creation of outpatient-based labs and facilities—frequently called simply “OBLs”—the Society for Vascular Surgery and its Section on Outpatient and Office Vascular Care (SOOVC) will hold a special OBL session on Thursday at VAM. “The OBL: Embracing...

VAM: Spotlight on Thursday

It’s Thursday and the Vascular Annual Meeting is in full swing. Here are some sessions today for you to consider, including the first Presidential Address in a double-header of speeches. 6:30 to 8 a.m. Feed your body and your brain at...
A research letter published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes highlights a “very low” utilization of supervised exercise therapy (SET) in symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients during the first 19 months after approval by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...
“A strategy of adding rivaroxaban 2.5mg twice daily to aspirin should be considered after lower extremity bypass regardless of conduit type,” concluded Nicholas Govsyeyev, MD, during the William J. von Liebig Forum at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in...
The Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) officially made its in-person comeback this morning (Wednesday, Aug. 18) in San Diego. Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Immediate Past Presidents Ronald L. Dalman, MD, and Kim Hodgson, MD, marked the return to a...
Be sure to schedule plenty of time to visit the Exhibit Hall during this year’s live and in-person Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). The Exhibit Hall will be open 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, through Friday, Aug. 20, and will...
This year’s Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) Aortic Summit will focus on the “next new frontier” in vascular surgery—endovascular treatment of the aortic arch. “We want to push the frontier to treat more patients. The arch is the Achilles’ heel of...
The SVS Foundation has announced the four recipients for the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) Trainee Award. The SVS Basic and Translational Research Committee selected the awardees from the top-scoring abstracts that were submitted by trainees. They will present their...
The Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) annual meeting this year will cover the gamut of information for all vascular nursing career stages—from novice to expert. The SVN 39th Annual Conference is set for Wednesday and Thursday in the San Diego...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) will host a day and a half of sessions aimed at quality improvement at its annual meeting, held in conjunction with the SVS Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). VQI@VAM runs from...

Are you up to the challenge?

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is kicking off its first-ever Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) Social Media Challenge for both in-person and virtual attendees. The San Diego challenge will let participants showcase their individual meeting experience. From Wednesday through...
MedAlliance has announced completion of patient enrollment in the PRISTINE clinical trial with the Selution SLR 018 drug-eluting balloon (DEB) for the treatment of patients with below-the-knee (BTK) disease. According to a MedAlliance press release, Selution SLR is the first DEB to...
Selecting topics for postgraduate courses, concurrent and breakfast sessions, and “Ask the Experts” presentations at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) is a careful, considered process, Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) program organizers tell Vascular Connections. “We make a very conscious...
San Diego is the perfect place to bring your long-delayed travel dreams to life this August. Whether you are traveling on your own or bringing family along for the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) adventure, the Southern California beachfront city...
Learn how the SVS' peer-reviewed journals, including the flagship Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS), have evolved over the years at "Evolution and transformation of the Journal of Vascular Surgery journals." The concurrent session will be from 1 to 2:30...

It’s nearly here!

The 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) starts in just two days, and the excitement is building. Remember that Wednesday is the new Thursday. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) can’t wait to welcome all attendees to San Diego, particularly after...
Vascular surgeon Andrew Gonzalez, MD, has been selected as the 2021–2023 National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Omenn Fellow. NAM fellowships enable talented, early-career scholars combining biomedical science and population health to participate actively in the work of the NAM and...
It’s nearly opening day for the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) and our schedule is jammed with sessions of interest. Here are presentations to consider for Wednesday, as well as activities on Tuesday. (If tickets are required, they can be...
Following a year like no other comes a Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) like no other—sort of. This year, the key date on the vascular conference calendar features a seemingly unprecedented double header: a Presidential Address tandem. After the cancellation of...
This advertorial is sponsored by Getinge. Alan Lumsden, MD, Jean Panneton, MD, and Hiranya Rajasinghe, MD, detail the hemostatic and minimally thrombogenic benefits of the Fusion Bioline vascular graft. With a heparin-bonded luminal vessel surface of minimally thrombotic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and...
Industry-sponsored symposia at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) will be presented Wednesday and Thursday evenings and at three breakfast sessions taking place Thursday morning. Industry-supported evening Satellite Symposia will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday....
Get a jump start on planning your way through the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) with the SVS Online Planner. It includes the entire VAM schedule plus those for the the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) Annual Conference, the Society...
The digital version of our July 2021 print issue, an argument in favor of a multidisciplinary approach to limb salvage and look back at the career of a former Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) president were among the most-read...
An increased postoperative stroke rate associated with transfemoral carotid artery stenting “seems to extend up to five years’ follow-up” compared to carotid endarterectomy. This is the conclusion set to be presented by Kevin S. Yei, BS, of the University...
A new study aiming to establish whether a series of mindfulness and physical interventions can help reduce stress and burnout among physicians who treat high-acuity patients has started recruitment at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pennsylvania....
Terumo Aortic today (Friday, Aug. 6) announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval of the RelayPro thoracic stent-graft system for sale in the United States for the treatment of patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs)...
In this issue: The Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) is nigh, and the specialty is grappling with several pressing issues across a number of fronts. We take a look at three in particular: diversity, equity and inclusion; appropriate use and...
Prosthetic referral was an independent predictor of long-term survival among patients who had undergone lower-extremity amputation, new findings set to be published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery will reveal. A single-center retrospective study by William Shutze, MD, a...
INTERVIEWER: “Good morning, nice to meet you. Are you going to get pregnant?” While this may seem like a shocking way to begin a conversation, some version of this dialog occurs in many surgical residency interviews. According to research...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in San Diego (Aug. 18–21) starts in mere days. For those who face travel or other restrictions and cannot attend in person, the SVS has a technical alternative:...
The American Heart Association (AHA) has released a new scientific statement on lower extremity peripheral arterial disease (PAD), focusing on contemporary epidemiology, management gaps, and future directions. The statement, authored by Michael H. Criqui, MD, a distinguished professor in the division of preventive...
Hancock Jaffe Laboratories today (Wednesday, Aug. 4) announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Device Designation status to the company's VenoValve device, a potential treatment option for chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). “We are very pleased to...
With a firm eye on healing disparities in healthcare and within the vascular surgery specialty itself, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has published a 2021 diversity supplement as an addition to the August issue of the Journal of...
Surmodics has announced that J. Michael Bacharach, MD, a vascular interventionalist/cardiologist at North Central Heart, a division of Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, successfully treated the first patient with the company’s Pounce thrombectomy system. The procedure involved...
Anthony Valdés, MBA, the president of Tampa, Florida-based Collaborative Health Systems, declares that what physicians want is to “deliver great clinical outcomes, get paid fairly for that care, and stay independent.” It is becoming clearer with every passing year...
Percutaneous deep vein arterialization (pDVA) with the LimFlow system offers a cost-effective and high-value alternative to traditional therapies or amputation, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Critical Limb Ischemia. Peter Schneider, MD, professor of surgery at...
The Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination (VSITE) is “highly predictive” of a Vascular Qualifying Examination pass for examinees following both the integrated vascular surgery (0+5) and vascular fellowship (5+2) training paradigms, Vincent L. Rowe, MD, professor of surgery at the...
Over the course of more than a year, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) have been brought into sharp focus by a compendium of events inside and outside of medicine. As U.S. society has reckoned with the socioeconomic and cultural...
There is a stark downward trend in the number of U.S. centers in the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) that meet the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) clinical practice guidelines for open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), new research...
Artio Medical announced today it has completed enrollment in its first-in-human study evaluating the Amplifi vein dilation system. In the study, five patients were treated by Adrian Ebner, head of the cardiovascular department at Sanatorio Italiano Hospital in Asunción,...
After nearly 18 months of life dominated by a worldwide pandemic—one that canceled the 2020 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM)—VAM 2021 highlights several aspects of COVID-19 in a special session. The coronavirus session will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday...
This advertorial is sponsored by Philips. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is now used in a wide variety of peripheral vascular interventions after having first been utilized in coronary circulation in the late 1980s. The increased complexity of endovascular interventions has required...
“There appears to be heightened risk of major amputation after use of paclitaxel-coated balloons in the peripheral arteries,” findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in the European Journal of Vascular and...
At its very essence, says Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) President Jason T. Lee, MD, vascular surgery is a “social sport.” The specialty is built on the backs of not just the “alpha point guard,” or the surgeon,...
A large, single-centre retrospective study has revealed the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) following pharmacomechanical thrombolysis (PMT) for lower-extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is as high as 22%. This findings add “significant knowledge” to understanding the risks of lytic...