2020 Agenda

Thursday, October 8, 2020

8:00 am - 11:00 am
Allied Health Pre-Conference
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Global Dialysis Access Forum (GDaF)


Friday, October 9, 2020

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jeff Lawson, MD, PhD, VASA President
John Aruny, MD

Home Hemodialysis
  • Has Anyone Thought About the Access? (John Ross, MD)
  • Home Hemodialysis Cannulation (Jessica Lancaster)
  • Discussion
8:45 am - 9:15 am
VASA Presidential Address
Jeff Lawson, MD, PhD, VASA President

9:15 am - 9:45 am
Morning Break - Visit Exhibits

9:45 am - 10:30 am
Hemodialysis Access Grafts/Fistulas 1
  • My Go to Graft and Why-Xenografts (Bovine) (Colby Atkins, MD)
  • Defining What Is an "Early" Cannulation Graft (Nick Inston, MD)
  • Discussion
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis for Immediate Starters, Patient Selection & Why (Mohamed Ali Sheta, MD)
  • Percutaneous Technique for Placement of Peritoneal Catheters (John Aruny, MD)
  • How I Salvage Dysfunctional Peritoneal Catheters (Mark London, MD)
  • Discussion
12:30 pm- 1:30 pm
Luncheon Symposium
24-Month Update on the AVeNEW Trial for Outflow Stenosis in AV Fistula Circuits
Dirk Baumann, MD
6-Month Update on European and Canadian clinical data on the WavelinQ™ EndoAVF System
Dheeraj Rajan, MD
Presented by BD

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Holland Lecture
Deborah J. Brouwer-Mair, RN, CNN


2:00 pm- 2:30 pm
Abstract Session 1
  • Impact of Prior History of Central Venous Catheter for Hemodialysis on Upper Extremity Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation Rates (Christopher Ruben-Castillo, MD)
  • Treatment of Wide Neck Hemodialysis Access Pseudoaneurysms with Ultrasound Guided Thrombin Injection Under Concomitant Access Balloon Inflation: A Viable Treatment Alternative that Avoids Access Stent Grafting and Open Repair (Sarit Sandowski-Pizow)
  • Arteriovenous Fistulas as a Vascular Access for Elderly Patients in Hemodialysis (Gabriel Lopez-Pena)

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Afternoon Break

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Regulation, Education, & Public Policy
  • "I'm from the Government and I'm Here to Help" FDA Resources to Benefit Your Practice (Robert Lee, MD)
  • President's Executive Order Explained (Aris Urbanes, MD)
  • Controversial Issues of DOQI 2019 (Charmaine Lok, MD)
  • VQI - Hemodialysis Access (Ted Yuo, MD)
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Hemodynamics and Basic Science as Related to Access
  • Bone Marrow Stem Cells Project (Sanjay Misra, MD)
  • Practical Hemodynamics: Useful in Achieving Better Results (Surendra Shenoy, MD, PhD)
  • The Radar Fistula: Hemodynamic Advantages (Alan Dardik, MD)
  • The HFM Project (Scott Berceli, MD)


Saturday, October 10, 2020

8:00 am - 8:40 am
Preventative Measures to Preserve Access
  • The "Save the Vein" Movement (Jeremy Crane, MD)
  • Access Planning to Preserve "Real Estate" (Eric Peden, MD)
  • Salvage Venous Real Estate (Surendra Shenoy, MD, PhD)
8:45 am - 10:15 am
Complications & Difficulties in Dialysis Access
  • Cardiac Remodeling in High Flow States (Michael Givertz, MD)
  • Neruopathy: Can It be Predicted, Diagnosis and Current Treatment (Larry Scher, MD)
  • High Flow Fistulas +/- Steel. Importance of Recognition and Treatment (Dirk Hentschel, MD)
  • Hemodialysis Access-Induced Distal Ischema - Prediction & Avoidance (William Jennings, MD)
  • Complications of Hemodialysis Access and the Risk of Sudden Fatal Hemorrhage (Victoria Teodorescu, MD)
  • Needle Related Complications in Dialysis Access (Shawn Gage, PA-C)
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Morning Break

10:30 am- 11:30 am
Hemodialysis Access Grafts/Fistulas 2
  • Primary AVFs (Michael Gallichio, MD)
  • Proximal Radial Artery Fistulas (William Jennings, MD)
  • Ellipsys Percutaneous Vascular Access System (Robert Shahverdyan, MD)
  • WavelinQ (Stephen Hohmann, MD)
  • RADAR (Keith Ozaki, MD)
  • VasQ (Kenneth Woodside, MD)
  • pSLOT (Surendra Shenoy, MD, PhD)
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Abstract Session 2
  • Utilization of Intravascular Ultrasound for Identification of Thrombus in Thoracic Central Veins during Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheter Removal (Rishi Razdan, MD)
  • Preoperative Patient-Specific Flow Predictions to Improve Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation (Letty van Vliet)
  • A New Technique to Repair High Flow Arteriovenous Fistula Using Braided Cobalt-Chromium External Support (Robert Shahverdyan)
  • Evaluation of a Perivascular, Biodegradable, Shape Memory Polymer Wrap in an Ovine Bilateral Arteriovenous Fistula Model (Timothy Boire)
  • Who Is Truly Catheter Dependent in 2020? (Jalal Hakmei, MD)

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
The Henry Lecture
Monnie Wasse, MD

1:450 pm - 2:45 pm
Central Veins & Catheters
  • Redefining "Catheter Dependence" with the HeRO Device: HeROs and Villians (Karl Illig, MD)
  • Inside Out, Outside In, Inside In and Upside Down: Obtaining Access with Central Vein Obstruction (Charles Kim, MD)
  • A Dedicated Device for Central Vein Recanalization (Eric Peden, MD)
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Afternoon Break

3020 pm - 3:30 pm
COVID Pandemic and Its Influence on Dialysis Access
  • How the Pandemic Affected the Availability of Vascular Access Services in the Hospital (David Mahoney)
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Closing Remarks/Adjourn


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