Interventionalists: Stand Out in the PAD Crowd With Specialized Training

Register for Society of Interventional Radiology’s LEARN Meeting Sept. 26–28 in Chicago; Early-bird Discounts End Aug. 23

Gain a professional advantage with specialized training from the Society of Interventional Radiology’s premier peripheral arterial disease (PAD) meeting: Lower Extremity Arterial RevascularizatioN (LEARN) Sept. 26–28 in Chicago. Attendees will receive a discounted fee by registering before the Aug. 23 early-bird deadline.

It is estimated that more than 10 million Americans have PAD, and the incidence is expected to rise over the next 10 years due to the increasing age of the population and dramatic increases in the incidence of diabetes and obesity. “By taking advantage of specialized training, interventional radiologists, vascular medicine doctors, vascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists will help patients gain an advantage against a debilitating and devastating illness,” said Robert A. Lookstein, M.D., FSIR, one of the program’s coordinators.

 “Focusing on lower extremity arterial revascularization, including claudication and critical limb ischemia, the LEARN three-day course provides a unique opportunity to receive unfettered access to a team of world-class faculty, test drive the latest PAD devices in hands-on sessions and receive updates on the latest PAD trial data,” said Lookstein, chief of the division of interventional radiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and chair of SIR’s PAD Service Line.

New for 2013, LEARN features a case–based, panel–discussion format that includes live video cases with interactive review, the opportunity to hear insights from experienced endovascular specialists on the various methods to accomplishing a successful intervention (ranging from basic to complex skills and techniques) as well as a detailed review of the latest technologic advances available today in peripheral intervention. Attendees will review the overall management of PAD patients—including claudication and critical limb ischemia (CLI)—from diagnosis through treatment and follow–up. In dedicated hands–on workshops attendees can test drive the latest devices under the instruction of experienced specialists. Simulators will also be available for fine–tuning skills. LEARN’s hallmark small–group, breakout sessions focused on specific topics provide an intimate setting for faculty-attendee interaction.

In addition to Lookstein, this year’s program coordinators include Sanjay Misra, M.D., FSIR, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, Minn., and Bret N. Wiechmann, M.D., FSIR, Vascular and Interventional Physicians, Gainesville, Fla.

For more information or to register, visit LEARN online or phone (703) 691-1805. 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. More information about the Society of Interventional Radiology, interventional radiologists and how to find an interventional radiologist in your area can be found online. View the full program and the registration brochure.

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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. Visit

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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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