The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories of April 2024

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In April, the most read stories from Vascular Specialist include new research on Chat generative pre-trained transformer (GPT) technology and its application within vascular surgery and training; SVS Vice President candidates are announced; a guest editorial on how open access is changing academic publishing; and ‘promising’ data revealed in study using novel ultrasound-facilitated thrombectomy with microbubbles for treatment of acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT), among several more. 

1. Bad reading: How to claw back negative revenue? 

Five frequently performed vascular surgeries at a prominent New Orleans-based health system between 2019 and 2022 yielded an average yearly decrease in net revenue of -11.5%, lending weight to growing national evidence that lay bare how increasing direct costs are outpacing reimbursements at U.S. hospitals.

2. SVS announces VAM keynote speaker series

Registration for the 2024 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM 2024) launched on March 20 and promotions teased a new annual VAM fixture: the SVS Keynote Speaker Series. The inaugural address will take place in Chicago on Wednesday, June 19, and will be delivered by Karith Foster.

3. Research provides ‘stepping stone’ for future application of AI in vascular surgery

New research on ChatGPT technology and its Vascular Education and Self-Assessment Program (VESAP) success rate provides insight into the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in vascular surgery training and practice, investigators Michael Amendola, MD, and Quang Le, BS, tell Jocelyn Hudson.

4. SVS announces candidates for 2024–25 vice president

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has announced Linda Harris, MD, and Palma Shaw, MD, as the candidates for the upcoming election for SVS vice president.

5. New data show single-session Indigo aspiration system without overnight thrombolytics is safe and effective for patients with ALI

During the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2024 annual meeting (23–28 March, Salt Lake City, USA), newly presented data from a subgroup analysis of the STRIDE study showed that Penumbra’s Indigo aspiration system used in a single session without the need for overnight tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is safe and effective for patients with lower extremity acute limb ischaemia (ALI).

6. How intersociety collaboration to promote private practice could help vascular surgery amid workforce crisis

Dawn M. Coleman, MD, chief of vascular surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, focused on the likely major shortage of vascular surgeons and physicians to illustrate how intersocietal collaboration will help ease this problem during a special session at the 2024 Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery Annual Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona (March 16–20).

7. Physician-assembled unitary stent graft platform for debranched TAAA repair found safe and effective

Researchers behind a seven-year retrospective analysis of a physician-developed unitary stent graft system for endovascular debranched aortic repair of various thoracoabdominal aortopathies reported a 30-day mortality rate of 3.6%, with an all-cause mortality rate of 23% and an aneurysm-related mortality rate of 3.6% at median follow-up (360 days).

8. Increasing access and decreasing scientific bias: How open access is changing academic publishing

Matthew R. Smeds and Ronald L. Dalman discuss open access publishing and the costs associated with this mode of publication: “While editor-in-chief positions within most scientific journals are academic roles involved with the overall content published within journals and not the monetary aspects of this industry, we thought it important to discuss the different models of publication given their use has real effects on both authors and readers of the manuscripts received and published.”

9. Novel ultrasound-facilitated thrombectomy with microbubbles shows promise in acute porcine model for DVT treatment

Evaluation of the safety and performance of a novel pharmaco-mechanical procedure for acute DVT in two pigs demonstrated a significant reduction in thrombus burden and vessel wall preservation, data from in vivo testing reveals.

10. SVS launches Vascular Board Certification Model Task Force

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Executive Board has established the Vascular Board Certification Model Task Force to deliver a final report entitled “Free-standing or federated Board certification: An analysis of the optimal path forward for vascular surgery” by the end of 2024.

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