2011 SVS Vascular Annual Meeting Preview

Chicago’s McCormick Place Lakeside center will host the 2011 Vascular annual Meeting, from June 16-18, 2011, with additional Postgraduate courses, the Peripheral Vascular Surgical Society (PVSS) Session, and the Vascular Surgeon Trainees/Fellows Program taking place prior to the meeting on Wednesday, June 15.

What's new with the 2011 Vascular Annual Meeting?

The meeting, presented by the Society for Vascular Surgery, will be marked by some new changes to their previous format. By condensing the meeting into three days, scheduling several pre-meeting events on the Wednesday before the official start, and adding an additional concurrent afternoon session track on Friday, the meeting offers a full schedule of hot topics that will provide attendees with their choice of the latest in cutting-edge technologies and research, as well as expert advice, tips and techniques for vascular procedures and practices.

In addition, the poster sessions have been combined into a single session and the Rapid Paper Session will be incorporated into the new format, instead of being held separately on Sunday, as it has been traditionally. An increased number of simultaneous debate and breakfast sessions will help round out the meeting and allow for more topics and issues to be discussed.

This year’s opening reception honors the host city with a “Taste of Chicago” and will feature local cuisine from the Second City’s unique mix of history, cultures and traditions. A raffle will be held with the grand prize winner receiving two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. and a three- or four-day cruise for two on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Vascular Annual Meeting Sessions

On Thursday’s agenda, incoming SVS President Richard P. Cambria, MD will moderate the E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum on Health Care Reform which will address current issues facing vascular surgeons today. In addition to several plenary sessions throughout the three-day event, the Society for Vascular Surgery boasts several cooperative efforts including a joint session with the Biomedical Engineering Society that covers "Vascular Bioengineering: Cutting Edge Research and Horizons," another joint session on "Use of Ultrasound in Venous Diagnosis and Interventions" with the Society for Vascular Ultrasound, and a clinical debates joint session with the European Society for Vascular Surgery. Debates scheduled include Regulatory Issues Regarding Device Modifications and Angio Access – the Optimal Initial Procedure.

Key note speaker and football great Joe Theismann is the face of Find the AAAnswers, the official website sponsored by Medtronic and supported by the AAA coalition which educates the public about abdominal aortic aneurysms. Theismann will address attendees on Saturday, and then the final sessions that afternoon will close out the year’s events.

For more information about the Vascular annual Meeting, visit their website.