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.

This year's program will launch registration in late April. Please be sure to check back as updates will be available throughout the spring.

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.

See Agenda

Face-Off Competition Eligibility


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

Dr. Andrew Niekamp is currently a chief resident in the Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology Residency Program at the University of Texas at Houston (Houston, TX). He completed his medical school training at The Ohio State University College of Medicine (Columbus, OH). He will complete his Interventional Radiology training at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (Miami, FL) in the upcoming academic year (2019-2020). Andrew is a past president of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Resident and Fellows Section (RFS) and he continues to be actively involved with the society in many aspects. His research interests include peripheral vascular disease and interventional oncology with a focus on immune modulation secondary to interventional procedures. Andrew is an avid reader and his other hobbies and interests include bouldering, hiking, and traveling/spending time with his wife Samantha and their golden retriever.

Registration and Scholarships

The scholarship program will open in June

VIVA is especially thankful for our 2018 scholarship supporters:

BD (formerly Bard Peripheral Vascular)

Boston Scientific

Cook Medical

Cordis, a Cardinal Health company


Gore and Associates


Philips IGT-D

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