A Forum for Advances in Minimally Invasive, Image-guided Procedures


The Western Angiographic & Interventional Society

proudly presents the 2019 Banquet Guest Speaker


Julio Cesar Palmaz, MD, FAHA, FSIR, FAIMBE

“Current status of device technology and projections for near and far future

Interventional Radiologist, Inventor, Winemaker


About Dr. Palmaz

the inventor

Julio C. Palmaz, M.D., is the inventor of the first FDA approved vascular stent and has developed numerous other procedures and devices, including the stent-graft. Millions of patients worldwide, including early stent recipient Mother Teresa, have benefited from the inventions of Dr. Palmaz.  His invention is in display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC. He was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Inventors. 

the winemaker

Having moved to the United States from Argentina in the late 1970s to pursue medical research at a notable institution, Julio completed his residency at the University of California, Davis, where his passion for wine first emerged. To unwind on weekends, Julio and his wife, Amalia, would drive through Napa in a white Triumph Spitfire, visiting wineries and restaurants. “I had wanted to make my own wines since my days at U.C. Davis,” he would later say. “And where better to make the best wine in the world than Napa Valley?”

The WAIS pre-banquet reception will feature Palmaz Winery estate wines.




© Western Angiographic & Interventional Society
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software