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Conference Highlights & Program

Get ready for the 5250 Meeting - It's the 52nd year and the 50th Annual Conference.  What's new for the 50th? Read about some of the activities we have planned for this year's conference.


WAIS Past Presidents - We've invited Past Presidents of the Western Angiographic & Interventional Society to contribute to the program and to share stories from the past 50 years of WAIS conferences and Interventional Radiology. To date, there have been 48 WAIS presidents (two MDs have held the office twice).  We'll have a bio to recognize each one who served our Society. 


Guest Luminaries & Society Dignitaries - WAIS has invited guest luminaries and dignitaries from the Interventional Radiology family of Societies.  We are pleased to host officers from CIRSE, SIR, SIO, CIRA, AVIR, ARIN, the Interventional Initiative and others.  You can also check out the program to see some of Interventional Radiology's giants and pioneering physicians!  


Physician Well-Being Focus - Physician burnout can have a significant impact on organizational productivity, morale, costs, and the quality of care that is delivered. As a result, the AMA and ACCME have recently developed a call to action for organizations to promote health & well-being for physicians.  At this year's conference, WAIS is offering a wellness theme through a conference step challenge, a Wellness for Life presentation, dedicated discussions about avoiding burnout and morning meditation sessions.


Welcome Reception - As we do each year, we will open the conference with a welcome sunset reception.  This year, we are also planning an additional Mai Tais with the Giants networking reception.


Games, Contests & Prizes - How well do you know the history of WAIS and Interventional Radiology?  We'll have trivia contests, an exhibit hall passport challenge and a number of other contests to learn about our amazing field of medicine while we celebrate the people, places and developments of Western Angiographic & Interventional Society.  

Preliminary Program


  Saturday, September 24, 2022  
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Arrival Day, Exhibit Hall Set-up, Registration Check In  
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Sunset Reception  
     
  Sunday, September 25, 2022  
6:30 am - 7:30 am Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 7:45 am 2020 Vision: Looking Back, Looking Ahead Isabel Newton - 2022 Scientific Program Director
7:45 am - 9:30 am Session 1: Pipe Dreams Moderators: Mike Dake and Brooke Spencer
7:45 am - 8:00 am Looking back: history of angioplasty and stenting Michael Dake 
8:00 am - 8:15 am Advanced Access for PAD Richard Saxon 
8:15 am - 8:30 am Venous Reconstruction for the Masses Brooke Spencer (WAIS Past President)
8:30 am - 8:45 am EVAR for the Bold Andy Barleben 
8:45 am - 9:00 am Carotids: when to watch, stent, and operate Jim Benenati
9:00 am - 9:15 am Looking ahead: future of arterial and venous interventions Brooke Spencer
9:15 am - 9:30 am Audience Q&A Speakers plus Gregg Alzate, Luke Sewall, Richard Saxon 
9:30 am - 10:15 am A.M. Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall
10:15 am - 12:15 pm Session 2: IR-ts & crafts: Beads, Bling and Glue Moderator: Kieran Murphy and Martin Radvany
10:15 am - 10:30 am Looking back: history of embolics Kieran Murphy
10:30 am - 10:45 am Balloon-directed locoregional therapies Steve Rose (WAIS Past President)
10:45 am - 11:00 am Portal Vein Embolization versus SBRT, flow diversion and other techniques David Madoff
11:00 am - 11:15 am Tips for choosing and using liquid embolics including NBCA Hamed Aryafar
11:15 am - 11:30 am Secrets Learned from Treating Dural AVFs, CC Fistula and the trans orbital technique Scott Olson
11:30 am - 11:45 am When to Treat AVMs and How Hamed Aryafar
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Looking ahead: What's next in embolics Martin Radvany
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Panel Discussion Speakers plus Steve Rose, Charlie Nutting (WAIS Past President)
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm WAIS Luncheon, Exhibit Hall
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Thought Leader Sessions  
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm Session 3: Frontiers (Pack your Tools) - SAM Session Moderator: Sean Tutton and Chris Friend
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Looking Back: early devices in IR Sean Tutton
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Fixation in the Pelvis: Looking Back at my Struggles, Looking Ahead to your Successes Steve Yevich
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Geniculate Artery Embolization and the Future of Joint Embolization Siddharth Padia
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Building a Palliative IR Practice (nerve ablation and pain management) Sean Tutton 
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Raid the Neuro Cart: NeuroIR Tools for Body IR David Kumpe (WAIS Past President)
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Botox Beyond Aesthetics Kristofer Schraam 
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Looking Ahead: medical devices on the horizon Chris Friend 
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
SAM TEST
WAIS Staff
Evening on your own

Monday, September 26, 2022
6:45 am - 7:30 am Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 9:30 am Session 4: Growing Pains Moderator: John Abele and Eric Keller
7:30 am - 7:45 am Looking back: a field in evolution John Abele  (Founder BSCI)
7:45 am - 8:00 am Defining the IR Value Proposion Frank Facchini 
8:00 am - 8:15 am IR Revolution -> Evolution -> Evidence Jeremy Durack 
8:15 am - 8:30 am Leadership and Moral Mazes Robert Ryu 
8:30 am - 8:45 am Physician Wellness For The Practicing Interventionist Stephen Johnson (WAIS Past President)
8:45 am - 9:00 am Ethics in IR: What would you do next? (Audience Participation) Eric Keller 
9:00 am - 9:15 am Looking ahead: Applied Ethics in IR Eric Keller 
9:15 am - 9:30 am Panel Discussion Includes Sean Tutton, Chris Friend 
9:30 am - 10:00 am A.M. Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall
10:00 am - 11:45 pm Session 5: gIRls (and guys) Moderator: Anne Roberts
10:00 am - 10:15 am Looking back: how UAE became a thing Anne Roberts (WAIS Past President)
10:15 am - 10:25 am The "theory" of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Yilun Koethe 
10:25 am - 10:35 am Obstetrical Emergencies Rahul Patel 
10:35 am - 10:45 am Breast Cryoablation Primer Yolanda Bryce 
10:45 am - 10:55 am How to Start a PAE Practice Ryan Kohlbrenner 
10:55 am - 11:05 am Uterine AVFs & Liquid Embolics Evan Lehrman 
11:05 am - 11:15 am Management of Symptomatic Varicoceles Sailendra Naidu
11:15 am - 11:25 am Machine Learning and (wo)men's health Andrew Taylor 
11:25 am - 11:45 am Panel Discussion Including Quinn Meisinger & Christine Boone
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WAIS Annual Golf Tournament - Mauna Lani Golf Course  
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WAIS Tennis Tournament - Fairmont Orchid Tennis Pavilion
 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
6:45 am - 7:30 am Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 9:15 am Session 6: What Is IR? Moderator: Ernie Ring and Alex Vezeridis
7:30 am - 7:45 am "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Tom Sos
7:45 am - 8:00 am Allied Heath in IR AVIR, ARIN
8:00 am - 8:15 am IR's Identity Crisis & the History of Specialization Eric Keller
8:15 am - 8:30 am IR and DR - Happy Marriage or Headed for Divorce?  TBD
8:30 am - 8:45 am Innovation and Research are the Foundations of IR Kieran Murphy
8:45 am - 9:00 am Looking ahead at the Evolution of IR Elizabeth Hosselkus 
9:00 am - 9:15 am Panel Discussion
9:15 am -10:00 am P.M. Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall
10:00 am-10:30 am Annual Charles T. Dotter Lecture Dr. Barry Katzen (Founder Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute)
10:30 am - 12:00 pm SAM Session 7: Data Schemata: Separating Fact from Fiction Ziv Haskal and Sarah White 
10:30 am-10:45 am Looking Back: Data in IR Ziv Haskal 
10:45 am-11:00 am Ablation vs. Resection for a 2.5 cm HCC Alda Tam (WAIS Past President)
11:00 am-11:15 am TACE vs. TARE for a patient within Milan Nick Fidelman 
11:15 am-11:30 am Minimally Invasive Therapy for PE Tim Morris 
11:30 am-11:45 am Drug-eluting balloons and stents, Atherectomy devices Jim Benenati 
11:45 am-12:00 pm SAM TEST WAIS Staff
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm WAIS Luncheon, Exhibit Hall
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thought Leader Sessions  
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Session 8: Rapid Fire Rundown Moderator: David Kumpe and Justin McWilliams 
1:00 pm - 1:10 pm Venous   Akhi Sista
1:10 pm - 1:20 pm Arterial Kumar Madassery 
1:20 pm - 1:30 pm Interventional Oncology John Louie 
1:30 pm - 1:40 pm Potpourri Claire Kaufman 
1:40 pm - 1:50 pm Meds (SIR guidelines updates: antibiotics & anticoagulation) Justin McWilliams
1:50 pm - 2:00 pm Neuro IR Chris Dowd 
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Mai Tais with the Giants Luminaries
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm Without a Scalpel Theater Showing & Reception the Interventional Initiative 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
6:45 am - 7:30 am Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 9:30 am Session 9: New Roads Moderators: Tom Sos and Elizabeth Hosselkus
7:30 am - 7:45 am Looking back: The History of IR in Portal Hypertension Ernie Ring (WAIS Past President)
7:45 am - 8:00 am Acute and Chronic Porto-Mesenteric Thrombosis Pallav Kolli
8:00 am - 8:15 am Advanced Biliary Decompression: Baskets, Lasers and lithotripsy Jonathan Susman
8:15 am - 8:30 am Congenital Atresias Shellie Josephs (WAIS Past President)
8:30 am - 8:45 am The Blind Side: Confessions of a Retired Interventional Radiologist Jeffrey Dieden
8:45 am - 9:00 am Looking ahead: biodegradable stents and more. Alex Vezeridis
9:00 am - 9:15 am Panel Discussion Panel to include Jen Berumen
9:15 am - 10:00 am A.M. Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall
10:00 am - 12:00 pm SAM Session 10: Let's Get Together Moderators: Barry Katzen and Dan Sze
10:00 am - 10:15 am The Curious History of WAIS Hal Coons (WAIS Officer)
10:15 am - 10:30 am Societies Driving Standards and Innovation Alda Tam (WAIS Past President)
10:30 am - 10:45 am Rad Onc., the Original Radiology Spinoff Frank Facchini 
10:45 am - 11:00 am Tips from the Land of the Rising Sun (Japan) Yasuaki Arai 
11:00 am - 11:15 am IR's Status in the Medical Specialties Network Dan Sze (WAIS Past President)
11:15 am - 11:30 am Panel Discussion Panel to include Geogy Vatakencherry, Gregory Makris, Jeremy Durack
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Break  


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Hands-on Stations with Lava Exhibitors - Working Luncheon  Mike Taddonio
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Early IR BREAKOUT Session
Moderators: Quinn Meisinger & Helena Rockwell
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm IR in Evolution David Kumpe (WAIS Past President)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm My top pearls for the Early IR
Sanjiv Parikh (WAIS Past President)
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm IR Training Globally Gregory Makris (CIRSE RFS)
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm IR Research Primer Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Standardization in IR: streamlining pre and post op management 
Minette Pineda
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Liver and Kidney Transplants for IRs Jennifer Berumen
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm IR is my Religion (IVUS, tPA, Pedal Access & Other Rants)
Gregg Alzate
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm IR Training and Peds-IR Training Q&A Quinn Meisinger, Aarti Luhar
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm TBD Fred Lee
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm WAIS Final Night Gala Turtle Pointe
     

Thursday, September 29, 2022
6:45 am - 7:30 am Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 9:30 am Session 11: M&M Case Presentations Moderator: Sue Hanks and Zachary Berman
7:30 am - 7:45 am University of Colorado Case Presentation George Zlotchenko 
7:45 am - 8:00 am USC Case Presentation Jenanan Vairavamurthy
8:00 am - 8:15 am Banner Health Case Presentation Steve Chen
8:15 am - 8:30 am LA Kaiser Case Presentation Tina Hardley
8:30 am - 8:45 am USC Case Presentation Sue Hanks (WAIS Past President)
8:45 am - 9:00 am TBD Zach Berman
9:00 am - 9:15 am TBD TBD
9:15 am - 9:30 am TBD TBD
9:30 am - 10:00 am A.M. Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Session 12: Trend-setters Moderator: Lindsay Machan and Stephen Hunt
10:00 am - 10:15 am Looking back: what is old is new again Lindsay Machan (WAIS Past President)
10:15 am - 10:30 am Precision Medicine in IR TBD 
10:30 am - 10:45 am Immuno-oncology in IR Tyler Mandt 
10:45 am - 11:00 am Percutaneous AVF TBD
11:00 am - 11:15 am Augmented Reality in IR Chuck Martin
11:15 am - 11:30 am AI in IR Rajesh Shah 
11:30 am - 11:45 am Looking ahead: what's on the horizon Stephen Hunt 
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Panel Discussion Moderators and Speakers
12:00 pm Meeting Adjourns, Exhibit Hall Move-Out

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