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.

Registration for the program is now closed.

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

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.