Scholarship Program

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: VIVA and The VEINS 2021 will require that all participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend the event in person, meaning they have received their final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to the meetings (no later than Sunday, September 19). Learn more here.

Registration is now closed for the 2021 Physicians in Training scholarships and Face-Off competition. For any questions or to be added to our contact list for future scholarship opportunities, please email Christopher Ebbe at

All program attendees will participate in the Face-Off competition, which offers the opportunity to present an interesting case or original research in a 7-minute session, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from members of the VIVA faculty. Cases will focus on the endovascular or medical treatment of peripheral vascular disease. Presentations are judged on clarity, depth, originality, and interest to field. Winners will present their case during the final general session of the VIVA conference.

Program Supporters

VIVA is especially thankful for our 2021 scholarship supporters:

BD (formerly BARD)

Boston Scientific

Cardiva Medical, Inc.

Cook Medical

Gore & Associates

HCA Healthcare



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.

VIVA19 is pleased to honor our 3 Face-Off Winners:

Winner: Deanna Yamamura, DO

Dr Yamamura is currently a general cardiology fellow at Corpus Christi Medical Center (Corpus Christi, TX), interested in pursuing additional training in interventional cardiology. She is a graduate of A.T. Still Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (MO).

Runner up: Ankeet Bhatt, MD

Dr Bhatt is a clinical fellow in cardiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, whose training began with combined MD/MBA program at the University of Connecticutand was followed by a general internal medicine residency at the Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Dr Bhatt is interested in a career in clinical research and clinical trials across the spectrum of cardiovascular care, including heart failure and interventional cardiology. Dr Bhatt would like to thank many of the mentors at Duke University, the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital for their continued guidance and support of my career.

Third place: Eudoro Jorge Orozco, MD

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Dr Orozco currently practices in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. After attending medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, he completed general surgery. Currently in his second year as a vascular surgeon resident at the University of Guadalajara, he also works in the private sector as part of the surgical team for Vascular Health at San Javier Hospital and part of Vascularis in Puerto Vallarta. Dr Orozco is currently placed at Emory University completing a residency there. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain climbing and hiking.


Winner: Luai Tabaza, MD

Runner up: Andrew Niekamp, MD