VIVA@LINC 2017

At the recent LINC (Leipzig Interventional Course) 2017 held in January, VIVA was front and center hosting four symposia covering the entire gamut of endovascular interventions. VIVA@LINC 2017 featured the announcement of the Vascular Career Advancement Award (VCA) Winners for this year. The VCA is co-presented annually by VIVA and LINC to two individuals – one from North America and the other from Europe – who are recognized as future leaders in our field of vascular disease. The award celebrates the achievements of young physicians who have completed training within the last 9 years and have demonstrated extraordinary potential as investigators and vascular clinicians. Drs. Saher Sabri, an interventional radiologist from the University of Virginia, and Antonio Micari, an interventional cardiologist from Cotignola, Italy were introduced in the Main Arena during the VIVA@LINC session on Drug-Coated Balloons. This is the 4th year VIVA and LINC have had the proud opportunity to showcase early career excellence in our field. During the Main Arena VIVA@LINC symposium on DCBs, VIVA Board Member Gary Ansel and his team presented two live cases via satellite transmission from Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. A lively panel discussion led by moderator and VIVA Board Member, Sean Lyden, provided valuable perspectives and insights that complemented Dr. Ansel’s video demonstrations. Didactic presentations by VIVA Board Members Krishna Rocha-Singh and Peter Schneider along with Lawrence Garcia and Saher Sabri gave the audience an up-to-the-minute picture of “Where We Are and Where We Need to Be” in the world of DCBs, including the potential role of DCBs beyond the SFA, the critical issue of vessel preparation prior to DCB treatment, and why DCBs can fail and what to do about it. In addition to the VIVA@LINC Main Arena session, VIVA had a prominent presence in the Discussion Forum inviting standing room audiences to join the discussions at two of the VIVA signature “Strategies on the Frontline” roundtable forums. Both of these interactive symposia were centered on case-based examinations of contemporary vascular dilemmas. One of the sessions focused on an in-depth dive into current issues with endovascular management of aortic lesions --- including, chronic type B dissection (Sean Lyden), endoleaks post-fenestrated and branched grafts (Gustavo Oderich), acute aortic intramural hematoma (Peter Schneider), technical tips for parallel branch graft success (Chris Kwolek), and off-the-shelf graft strategies to manage thoraco-abdominal aneurysms (Vincent Riambau). Rounding out the VIVA week at LINC was a Technical Forum symposium that explored “Contemporary Approaches to CLI Challenges.” This included a live case satellite transmission from Dr. Ansel’s lab and flash presentations by VIVA Board Members John Laird, Sean Lyden, Krishna Rocha-Singh, as well as, Bill Gray who detailed the current state of below the knee DCB use. Over 5,000 attendees packed the Trade Fair Center in Leipzig for LINC2017 and as usual, the VIVA@LINC programs were smack in the middle of the week’s educational events.