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Global Embolization Symposium and Technologies (GEST)

October 22 2013 by Izzy Ramaswamy


Global Embolization Symposium and Technologies (GEST)

Dr. Haskal and his colleagues have once again invited all AVIR members to join them at the GEST symposium in San Fransisco 2014.

GEST 2014 U.S. will be held May 1-4, 2014.
Online registration is now available.

All AVIR active members are welcome to attend GEST at 10% off the allied health professional registration fee. The AVIR member registration fee is the lowest cost registration available at GEST 2014.

Enter Discount Code: GEST2014AVIR **Membership will be verified

Global Embolization Symposium and Technologies (GEST) has an internationally recognized reputation as the leading resource on embolotherapy and cancer. In 2014, GEST will return to the US and expand its educational reach by providing comprehensive coverage on an exceptionally wide range of cancer related and endovascular topics.

Experts from across the globe will present a uniquely intensive educational program that focuses on the latest research, advanced techniques, and the issues of greatest importance. GEST will cover all aspects of embolization, cancer and endovascular through lectures, panel discussions, intensive debates, live demonstrations and hands-on workshop sessions.

Statistics show that embolization and interventional treatment options continue to grow worldwide. Indications include peripheral vascular disease, aortic disease, uterine fibroids, trauma, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, vascular malformations, liver cancer and a host of other medical conditions. In response, physicians in a variety of fields have increasingly embraced embolization and interventional procedures as a growing part of their practices.

Today, a growing number of physicians consider GEST their ultimate source for all things embolotherapy, cancer and endovascular therapy. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to expand or enhance your practice!

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The One Week Challenge

October 21 2013 by Dave Nicholson

In the rapidly changing world of Interventional Radiology there is little we do that is “routine”. Although, we all have those patients that we see once a month, every other month, or every 6 months. They are the “neph tube”, the “biliary tube”, the “fistula declot”, the “perm cath check”, the “down fem-pop”. What do we know about them? What do we need to know? What do they want us to know?

As an example from my own experience, I recently had a patient that had a complex liver transplant with multiple complications. I met him one week post transplant for a bliary leak. Everything was normal. Right sided percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram with external drainage positioned to exclude the leak. As I walked to the cafeteria I ran into the patients wife. She sat down with me, and I drew her a picture of what we did. Told her how often we would change his tube, and kind of what she could expect. Immediately, she was so happy. She started showing me pictures of him surfing, and telling me all about their kids. That was 9 weeks ago… her husband is still in the hospital, and I see her almost on a daily basis. Sometimes when I am sitting in the cafeteria she will come over and join me and just talk about anything.

In having the experiences, both good and bad, that I have had I would like to take this opportunity to challenge all of you.

The challenge is one week long. Take one week and get to know your patients. Meet their family. Sit with them. Take 10 minutes out of your day, it will surely be time well spent. Find out something about their personal life. I promise you that not only will you find a new found appreciation for your role as a healthcare provider. As well, it will change how you view your patients. Please let us know how your week goes. Good Luck!!!

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A Visit To Indiana - Cook Global Headquarters

October 12 2013 by Izzy Ramaswamy


My Colleagues and I had the opportunity to visit the Cook Global Headquarters in Bloomington Indiana last week. As you know, Cook Inc. is a long time supporter of the AVIR. I’m not sure how many of you get the opportunity to visit any medical device production facilities but if you do, don’t pass it up.

cook headquarters

During the plant tour, we visited a few manufacturing divisions and the warehouse. It was amazing to see the meticulous nature in which these products are handled from a production and Q/A perspective. We watched as smiling employees proudly threaded retention strings through drainage catheters and as a team of two preloaded an endograft that might end up in your institution or mine tomorrow. We also visited the warehouse, which resembled a home depot on steroids. It was remarkable how efficient the processes seemed to be and it suddenly made perfect sense to me, as the person writing the order the day before, how the product could reach our doorstep the next morning.

bill cookWhile there we had the privilege to be invited up to see Mr. Bill Cooks office which has been preserved as a memorial and testament to the amazing person he was. I’m not sure how many of you actually know the Bill Cook story but it is a remarkable one worthy to read about but too much for me to write about here in any worthy detail. Suffice it to say Mr. Cook was a pioneer, entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a preservationist who lived a modest life and gave to others far more then he took for himself.

It was a great day spent visiting Bloomington, and we want to say thank you to all the Cook Team for showing us such great hospitality and for doing what you do. It truly is a remarkable place with some amazing people. The picture below was taken outside Mr. Cooks office and shows only a very small portion of the love and respect that hangs on his walls, leaving no doubt why his employees continue to smile.

- Izzy Ramaswamy, AVIR President

bill cook office

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Boston Children's Hospital - Interesting Case

October 08 2013 by Izzy Ramaswamy

Toddlers eye pierced by pencil, survives freak accident - Click to See the Story

”A medical miracle saved a 19-month-old girl who fell on a pencil”

Boston Children’s Hospital Neuro Interventional call team had a case that not one of the team will ever forget. The team was already in house for other call cases when the Neuro team frantically arrived. “There’s a girl in the ED who fell on a colored pencil, its through the corner of her eye all the way into her brain.” The plan was to remove the pencil under angiographic guidance. And just that was done. After several angiographic “runs” by Dr. Darren Orbach and “pulls” by the Neurosurgery team, the pencil was successfully removed. Today the toddler is running around like toddlers do! Click on the headed above to take a look at the clip featured on Good Morning America.bchlogo

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Membership vs. Subscription - What Do You Think?

October 08 2013 by Izzy Ramaswamy

Dear Members,

We sent you an email about this and recieved many great responses. Now we are reaching out to the wider audience for a little more feedback. Please let us know what you think.

Due to changes in hospital/employee reimbursement AVIR is considering changing from a Membership Classification System to an Education Subscription Process. The functions and benefits of an AVIR Education Subscription would remain the same as your current 12 month membership.

Under the new structure AVIR subscribers would pay $75 per 12 month anniversary cycle for access to a minimum of 20 IR specific CE credits in a 12 month period. It would also include discounts to AVIR meetings. We believe that offering access to education vs. membership will provide members a better opportunity to receive employer reimbursement for their continued education.

Before AVIR makes this change we request your thoughts and feedback to this modified approach. Do you feel it will help those in our profession to be reimbursed and have access to more IR education.

Click on this link to take the poll and leave your feedback.


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