VIVA commanded a highly visible role at the recent China Endovascular Course (CEC) held November 4-6 at the China National Convention Center. CEC 2016 was bigger than ever with over 5,000 attendees. The 90-minute VIVA@CEC session provided a stimulating blend of international educators engaged in an interesting hybrid two-part program that blended keynote didactic talks and rapid-paced case presentations that featured leading edge endovascular techniques. CEC is the largest endovascular meeting in China and it has partnered for many years with VIVA to provide co-branded educational programs during its annual course.
The meeting was held in the Olympic Park, site of the 2008 summer Olympics. Adjacent to the iconic landmark Water Cube and Niaochao National Stadium, affectionately nicknamed the Bird’s Nest, the VIVA@CEC program was located in the massive China National Convention Center (CNCC). The CNCC features 40,000 sq meters of exhibit space and a plenary hall that is 6,400 sq meters. The VIVA@CEC program was co-chaired by VIVA board member Dr. Michael Dake and CEC 2016 Chairman Dr. Zhong Chen, Dr. Weiguo Fu and Dr. Wei Guo. VIVA board member Dr. Chris Metzger and interventional radiologist Dr. Alan Matsumoto, Chair of the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging at the University of Virginia, represented the U.S. and along with Dr. Dake participated in both parts of the session, delivering addresses on “The current status of carotid stenting,” “Work-up and treatment of visceral arterial disease,” and “The role of drug-elution in treatment of peripheral arterial disease,” respectively. Chinese speakers Dr. Wei Guo and Dr. Zhihui Dong rounded out the keynote speeches in part 1 of the program.
In the second part of the session, eight speakers, including five from China, delivered fast-paced case presentations on a variety of topics. The rapid fire format included a range of topics including, aortic dissection critical limb ischemia, venous obstruction, etc., and was followed by audience discussion and questions after each case. The audience clearly appreciated the opportunity to interact with the speakers and the friendly international exchange provided many teaching opportunities as a spectrum of endovascular approaches were highlighted. Indeed, learning from the different practice patterns and procedural techniques showcased during VIVA@CEC provided the attendees with valuable lessons and the chance to consider new endovascular approaches to a variety of vascular diseases.