Interventionalists: Don’t Get Lost in PAD Crowd; LEARN More and Differentiate

Lower Extremity Arterial RevascularizatioN Meeting Planned for Sept. 26–28 in Chicago

Today’s peripheral arterial disease (PAD) marketplace is increasingly competitive; however, there is a way for interventional radiologists to differentiate themselves through specialized training at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Lower Extremity Arterial RevascularizatioN (LEARN) meeting Sept. 26–28 in Chicago.

Whether you’re a skilled specialist or new to PAD and building your practice, SIR’s LEARN offers the kind of in-depth experience and technical insights you won’t find anywhere else.

Unlike other meetings where you and PAD may get lost in the crowd, the three-day LEARN meeting offers hands-on, experiential workshops in an intimate environment with plenty of faculty/attendee dialogue, state-of-the-art data and technical insights and new this year: live video cases followed by interactive discussion. LEARN is relevant for interventional radiologists as well as vascular medicine physicians, vascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists.


  • Earn up to four hours of self-assessment continuing medical education (SA-CME) credit toward your maintenance of certification (MOC)
  • View demonstrations of the fundamentals for treating claudication and critical limb ischemia (CLI)
  • Test-drive the latest tools of endovascular intervention
  • Interact directly with faculty, our industry partners and their representatives
  • Gain insightsfrom experienced endovascular specialists on the various methods to accomplish a successful intervention, ranging from basic to very complex scenarios
  • Discover specific techniques and a detailed review of the latest technologic advances available for use in peripheral intervention
  • Review the overall management of PAD patients

 Differentiate yourself and LEARN from some of the top endovascular specialists working in PAD today. Early-bird rates end soon—be sure to register by Aug. 23 to take advantage of the early bird rate.

View the program brochure and LEARN 3-day schedule.

Special: Take a look at a featured LEARN video case: Popliteal Access for SFA Intervention.

 Numerous PAD experts are involved with the LEARN program.

Program coordinators are Robert A. Lookstein, M.D., FSIR, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, N.Y.; Sanjay Misra, M.D., FSIR, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, Minn.; and Bret N. Wiechmann M.D., FSIR, Vascular and Interventional Physicians, Gainesville, Fla.

Steering Committee members includeJames F. Benenati, M.D., FSIR, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami, Fla.; Jafar Golzarian, M.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and Mahmood K. Razavi, M.D., FSIR, St. Joseph Vascular Institute, Irvine, Calif.

LEARN faculty members include John Angle, M.D., University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va.; Michael Miller, M.D., Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; James Benenati, M.D., FSIR, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami, Fla.; Sanjay Misra, M.D., FSIR, Mayo Clinic & Foundation, Rochester, Minn.; Romi Chopra, M.D., Midwest Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapies P.C., Chicago, Ill.; Parag Patel, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Laura Findeiss, M.D., FSIR, University of California at Irvine School of Medicine; Rahul Patel, M.D., Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, N.Y.; Jafar Golzarian, M.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Mahmood Razavi, M.D., FSIR, St. Joseph Vascular Institute, Irvine, Calif.; Shawn Sarin, M.D., George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.; John Rundback, M.D., FSIR, Advanced Interventional Radiology Services LLP, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; Robert Lookstein, M.D., FSIR, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, N.Y.; James Swischuk, M.D., OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.; James McGuckin, M.D., Philadelphia Vascular Institute, Pa.; Corey Teigen, M.D., Sanford Health Fargo, N.D.; Mark Mewissen, M.D., St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee; Andrew S. Blum, M.D., Elmhurst Memorial Interventional Radiology Services, Northbrook, Ill.; and Bret Wiechmann, M.D., FSIR, Vascular & Interventional Physicians, Gainesville, Fla.

LEARN is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago—Magnificent Mile. For hotel reservations, please call (312) 787-6100 and reference the SIR 2013 LEARN meeting. Make your reservations online via the DoubleTree Chicago/SIR 2013 LEARN meeting reservation site. The room rate is $192 per night. Additional specially rated room types and suites may be available for this meeting; please inquire directly with the hotel for these rates. The hotel reservation deadline is Aug 26.

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About the Society of Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-ray, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, such as in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Today, interventional oncology is a growing specialty area of interventional radiology. Interventional radiologists can deliver treatments for cancer directly to the tumor without significant side effects or damage to nearby normal tissue.

Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery. This year, SIR celebrates 40 years of innovation and advances in interventional radiology. Visit


About Us

The Society of Interventional Radiology is a national organization of physicians, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving public health through disease management and minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic interventions.

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