Fellows and Residents Sessions


VIVA19 will once again offer the early career interventionist a series of sessions designed to enhance not only their skill set but also their professional growth. Approximately 50 fellows and residents will have the chance to compete in the ever-exciting Face-Off Competition.

See registration guidelines below.

Eligibility criteria for U.S. physicians:

  • All current 1st- or 2nd-year fellows in interventional radiology, cardiology, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine, or vascular surgery
  • All residents in PG 1-5 vascular surgery or PG 1-5 interventional radiology

Please note, diagnostic radiology fellowships are ineligible for this program.

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Face-Off Competition Eligibility

VIVA19 offers an opportunity for US physicians in training and international physicians to present original research or an interesting case with a focus on complex procedures, complication management, advanced or novel techniques, and new technologies. Presenters will face off with VIVA faculty for 7 minutes of presentation time, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A.

VIVA faculty will judge participants on clarity, clinical interest, originality and depth/scope of content. The top 3 winners will then present on the final day of the conference from the main stage.

Fellows and residents who would like to compete in Face-Off can apply for a limited number of scholarships to attend the course. Additional details below.


The 2018 fellows and residents once again raised the bar on this perennial competition by bringing some of the most innovative research and complex cases. After a very tight competition, special congratulations go to our 2018 Face-Off Competition winners:

Winner: Luai Tabaza, MD

Dr Tabaza is currently an interventional cardiology fellow at Albert Einstein Medical Center (Philadelphia, PA). After finishing an internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, IA), he completed a general cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). His research interests include complex higher-risk indicated procedures (CHIP), peripheral vascular interventions, and innovation in cardiovascular technologies and cardiac rehabilitation. Luai is a member of several student mentorship organizations, and after training, he would like to join a busy clinical practice while continuing to mentor fellows and residents. Outside of the cardiac catheterization laboratory, he enjoys traveling and photography. You can follow him on Twitter @Tabaza

Runner up: Andrew Niekamp, MD

Registration and Scholarships

The scholarship program is now open. Review the verification letter below for further instructions.

Verification Letter


Please be sure to download the Verification Form and complete the required sections. Note that you cannot complete your conference registration without this form completed by you and your program director.

Once your registration is completed and your Verification Form has been reviewed, you will receive an email inviting you to the Face-Off portal. Within the portal, you will complete your bio and contact information before proceeding to the scholarship application and agreement of the competition terms and conditions.


In order to receive a scholarship, you must agree to attend the entire conference. For VIVA attendees, arrivals will be by Monday, November 4; for VEINS, arrivals will be November 2. All departures will be November 7 after 5 pm or November 8 anytime. Your scholarship will cover hotel for these nights as well as coach airfare. Note that late arrivals or early departures will not be permitted; alternately, if you need to extend your time in Las Vegas, additional hotel nights are at your own expense.

As a scholarship recipient, you will need to submit your application for funding in addition to your presentation on the approved background before September 11. We will then review your submissions and notify you of acceptance into the program. Once accepted, instructions about booking your hotel and airfare will be sent. We will not reimburse for travel or hotel arrangements you make on your own. Finally, you will need to provide a credit card. In the event you cancel your participation after the deadline, you will be charged for your airfare and hotel.

VIVA is especially thankful for our 2019 scholarship supporters:

BD (formerly Bard Peripheral Vascular)

Boston Scientific

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

Cook Medical




Philips IGT-D

Physicians-in-Training Reception

The attendees of the fellows and residents scholarship program will have the exclusive opportunity to visit each commercial supporter of the program during an intimate reception. During the reception, physicians in training will rotate through each booth to learn about each company and develop relationships with supporters as advocates of PVD diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment.