Vascular Access Society of the Americas

VASA 2021 Practicum

May 21 - 22, 2021
Virtually, Everywhere

The Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA) invites you to participate at the 2021 Vascular Access for Hemodialysis Symposium on May 21-22, 2021.

This Symposium is designed for all transplant, vascular and general surgeons, nephrologists, interventional radiologists and nephrologists, nurses and allied health professionals who are interested in the management of vascular access.

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Vascular Access Society of the Americas. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians (ACCME)
Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses (ANCC)
Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 15.50 ANCC contact hours.

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021

07:50 AM - 08:50 AM

Breakfast Symposium: KDOQI in Practice: AV Graft Case Studies and Real World Management

Speakers: Charmaine E. Lok, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Ellen D. Dillavou, MD

08:55 AM - 09:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

09:00 AM - 10:15 AM

 Role of the FDA in New Device Development

Moderator: Robert E. Lee, MD

  • From Bench to Bedside: FDA Regulatory Pathways for Device Approval
    Speaker: Carmen Gacchina Johnson, PhD, FDA, CDRH
  • From Bench to Bedside: Engineering Considerations with Medical-Devices
    Speaker: Rohini Retarekar, PhD, FDA, CDRH
  • From Bench to Bedside: Challenges in Clinical Studies of Dialysis Access Devices
    Speaker: Robert E. Lee, MD, FDA, CDRH
  • From Bench to Bedside: FDA Approval Isn’t Enough: Understanding Real World Device Performance Requires Quality Post-Market Evidence
    Speaker: Dr. Dheeraj Rajan, MD

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Industry Break

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

 From Hemodynamics to Intervention

Moderators: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD; Andrea Remuzzi, MD

  • Of Flow and Fistulae: Back to the Future
    Speaker: Andrea Remuzzi, MD
  • Linkages Between Shear Stress and AVF Stenosis: A Cup Half Full?
    Speaker: Scott Berceli, MD
  • Of SLOTs, RADARS and More…
    Speaker: Surendra Shenoy, MD, PhD
  • LAMINATE: Of Angles, Scaffolds and Hemodynamics
    Speaker: Tammy Gilon, CEO, LAMINATE
  • Group Discussion

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Industry Break

Speaker: Hideki Kawanishi, MD

12:00 PM - 01:25 PM

 Access Creation 2021

Moderator: Larry Scher, MD

  • My Algorithm for Choosing the "Right Access at the Right Time"
    Speaker: Charmain Lok, MD
  • Ultrasound Mapping and Complimentary Venography: How I Use It for Access Planning
    Speaker: Dirk Hentschel, MD
  • AVF Slot, Snuff Box, Radiocephalic Fistula Creation
    Speaker: Jaime Velez, MD
  • How I Alter the Tunneling Techniques for Different Access Placements
    Speaker: Larry Scher, MD
  • Endovascular Approach to the Slow to Mature Fistula: When and How Do I Intervene?
    Speaker: Rob Jones, MD
  • Questions and Discussion

01:25 PM - 02:25 PM

Lunch Symposium: Creating and Maintaining Dialysis Access with Innovation

Speakers: Saravanan Balamuthusamy, MD, FASN; Bart Dolmatch, MD, FSIR; Samuel Steerman, MD, FACS, RPVI; Michael Tal MD, MBA

02:25 PM - 03:00 PM

Allied Health Session: Cannulation Injury

Moderator: Michael T. Serle, DMSc, PA-C

Speakers: Shawn Gage, PA-C; Terry Litchfield, MPA, CPC; Ari Kramer, MD; Jessica Lancaster, RN

02:25 PM - 03:40 PM

 Modulating Vascular Biology to Develop New Therapies

Moderators: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD; Sanjay Misra, MD

  • Molecular Targets for AVF Maturation Failure: Separating Myth from Reality
    Speaker: Alan Dardik, MD
  • Its All About the Adventitia
    Speaker: Sanjay Misra, MD
  • Adventures with Nitric Oxide: Yes or No
    Speaker: Timmy Lee, MD
  • What is the Real Target for AVF Failure: Neointimal Hyperplasia or Negative (Inward) Remodeling
    Speaker: Roberto Vasquez Padron, MD
  • The Ins and Outs of Vascular Access: from Vascular Remodeling to Novel Therapies
    Speaker: Joris Rotmans, MD, PhD
  • Questions and Discussion

03:00 PM - 03:40 PM

Allied Health Session: Patient Experience

Speakers: Adam Wilson; Amanda Ellington; Christine Hernandez

03:40 PM - 03:55 PM

Industry Break

03:55 PM - 05:10 PM

 Peritoneal Dialysis and Central Venous Catheters

Moderator: Maurizio Gallieni, MD

  • Laproscopic Treatment of PD Catheter Malfunctions
    Speaker: Mark London, MD
  • How and Why I Choose a Particular PD Catheter
    Speaker: Maurizio Gallieni, MD
  • Placement of CVC: How to Avoid Complications
    Speaker: John E. Aruny, MD
  • Choosing the Best CVC for a Particular Patient
    Speaker: Sandy Altman, MD
  • Questions and Discussion

05:10 PM - 06:35 PM

 Complex, Atypical, and Sometimes Desperate Access Options: The Final Chapter

Moderator: Suren Shenoy, MD, PhD

  • Placing a CVC with the Surfacer Device
    Speaker: Mahmood Razavi, MD
  • Salvaging Peripheral Venous Real Estate
    Speaker: Suren Shenoy, MD, PhD
  • Redefining Catheter Dependence with the HERO Device
    Speaker: Karl Illig , MD
  • Femoral Vein Transposition for Fistula Creation
    Speaker: Alik Farber, MD
  • Transradial Artery Access for Fistula Interventions
    Speaker: Jacob Cynamon, MD
  • Discussion

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021

07:50 AM - 08:50 AM

Breakfast Symposium: Atraumatic Placement of AV Access Graft with Clinical Outcome

Speakers: John R. Ross, MD, FACS, FASDIN; Christopher A. Durham, MD; Bulang He, MB BS, MS, FRACS

09:00 AM - 10:25 AM

 What Will Vascular Access Care Look Like in 2025?

Moderator: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD; Sanjay Misra, MD

  • NO Rechargeable Fillers for Dialysis Catheters
    Speaker: Karthik Ramani, MD
  • Bioengineered Vessels for Dialysis Vascular Access: Creating Living Breathing Vessel
    Speaker: Aijun Wang, MD
  • Bioengineered Vessels for Dialysis Vascular Access: Of Pores and Holes
    Speaker: Buddy Ratner, PhD
  • 24/7 Flow Measurements: Introducing Remote Monitoring to Vascular Access Care
    Speaker: David Kuraguntla, MD
  • Simulating for Cannulating
    Speaker: Joseph Singapogu, MD
  • Panel Discussion

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Industry Break

10:40 AM - 11:55 AM

 Important Issues in the Creation and Maintenance of Dialysis Access

Moderator: Eric Peden, MD

  • Current Etiology, Prevention and Treatment of Aneurysms in AVFs
    Speaker: John Lucas, MD
  • Treating the Diseased Cephalic Arch: How to Safely Travel and Treat the "Burma Road" of Dialysis Access
    Speaker: David Shemesh, MD
  • Brachial Vein Transposition Fistula Creation
    Speaker: Eric Peden, MD
  • Choices Among Early Cannulation Grafts, Differences: How I Decide Which to Use
    Speaker: Nick Inston, MD
  • Questions and Discussion

11:55 AM - 12:12 PM

Industry Break

12:12 PM - 01:35 PM

 Patient Centered Process of Care Innovation in Vascular Access: A Road Less Traveled

Moderator: Sanjay Misra, MD; Robert Lee, MD

  • Dialysis Access Collaborative Consortium: Creating A Platform For Change
    Speaker: Melissa West, MD
  • Patient Reported Outcomes for Vascular Access: Why Did it Take Us So Long?
    Speaker: Karen Woo, MD
  • Outcomes and Quality Indicators for Vascular Access: From Patients to Policy
    Speaker: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD
  • Focused Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury
  • Discussion

01:35 PM - 02:35 PM

Lunch Symposium: A New Era for Vascular Access: Evidence-Based Strategies for Optimizing AV Fistula Creation and Maintenance

Moderator: Jeffrey Hull, MD

Speakers: Rashid Sharaf, MD; Antonios P. Gasparis, MD; Ari Kramer, MD

02:35 PM - 03:50 PM

 Recent Developments in Hemodialysis Access Creation and Management

Moderator: Karl Illig, MD

  • Endovascular Fistula Creation: Where It Fits Into the Access Armamentareum
    Speaker: Robert Shahverdyan, MD
  • Additional Procedures to Support Endovascular Fistulas
    Speaker: Karl Illig, MD
  • Bioengineered Human Acellular Vessels: Similarities and Differences from Traditional Access Conduits
    Speaker: Keith Ozaki, MD
  • Drug-Coated Balloons: Finding the Value in Today's Practice
    Speaker: Robert Lookstein, MD
  • Questions and Discussion

03:50 PM - 04:05 PM

Industry Break

04:05 PM - 05:30 PM

 Important Issues in Dialysis Access 2021

Moderator: Steve Hohmann, MD

  • My Endovascular Fistulas: When and How I Determine to Re-Intervene to Assure Maturation
    Speaker: Jeff Hull, MD
  • The Management of Steal Syndromes
    Speaker: Steve Hohmann, MD
  • Central Vein Recanalization: Planning for Success
    Speaker: Charles Kim, MD
  • Catastrophic Bleeding Complications: Essential Patient Education
    Speaker: Linda Romano, RN
  • Outcomes and Quality Indicators in Hemodialysis Access Creation and Maintenance: Can We Reliably Measure Success?
    Speaker: James Gilbert, MD
  • Discussion

05:30 PM - 06:45 PM

 Treating Access Associated Occlusive Disease with Stent Grafts 2021

Moderator: John Ross, MD

  • The Sutureless Anastomosis
    Speaker: John Ross, MD
  • Stent Grafts Use in Grafts and Fistulas: Are We Willing to Follow the Literature?
    Speaker: Bart Dolmatch, MD
  • Stent Grafts Utility in the Treatment of Access Associated Central Vein Occlusive Disease
    Speaker: Constantino Pena, MD
  • Stent Grafts Use in Treating Access Pseudoaneurysms: Acceptable Therapy or Something to Be Avoided?
    Speaker: Keith Quencer, MD
  • Discussion