Treating PAD: ‘Run, don’t walk, to sign up for this incredible course’


No matter if you’re a surgeon with a few years—or a few decades—of experience, faculty members of a new, upcoming Society for Vascular Surgery course say you’re sure to learn valuable skills and strategies to help in treating patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). 

“This is going to be a great course with experts in the field teaching novel endovascular technologies,” said Leigh Ann O’Banion, MD, one of 18 faculty members for the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Complex Peripheral Vascular Intervention (CPVI) Skills course. 

The two-day course, with a dedicated hands-on component, will be Oct. 23 and 24 at the OLC Education and Learning Center at 9400 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, Illinois. The center is minutes from O’Hare International Airport. Discounted early-bird pricing ends Sept. 23. 

Limited spots are available for the course, designed by vascular surgeons for vascular surgeons. 

“We’re crossing a horizon with a lot of new interventions, especially in the below-the-knee space,” said O’Banion. “Intravascular ultrasounds, retrograde pedal access, Shockwave lithotripsy … these are all new tools we can use to treat patients with advanced chronic limb-threatening ischemia.” 

And surgeons at all career stages can add these skills as useful tools in their toolboxes, she added. 

Innovations and new devices and technologies in patient treatment are introduced frequently, spurring surgeons to keep themselves updated, O’Banion said. “Maybe I’m biased as a faculty member, but I see value in this course for all vascular surgeons.” 

With limited openings, “Run, don’t walk, to sign up for this incredible course,” said faculty member Venita Chandra, MD. 

“I don’t think there’s a better course out there to give surgeons a comprehensive hands-on experience and advanced training for these really challenging patients that all of us are seeing more and more frequently in our clinical environment.” 

Beyond learning new skills, think of “fun” as a bonus reason to attend. 

“Any time you can network with your colleagues, where there are that many people in a room passionate about PAD, where instructors are pushing the limits of limb salvage, constitutes a good experience,” said O’Banion. 

“I’m excited to go peek at some of the tables and watch Dr. Dan Clair teaching LimFlow and watch Dr. Venita Chandra do a retrograde peroneal access. There are always new things you can be learning at every stage of your career. We can all learn from each other.”

Learn more, get the course lineup and register at 


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