2021 Agenda

Note: All times listed are in Eastern time.

Friday, May 21, 2021

7:50 am - 8:50 am
Breakfast Symposium: KDOQI in Practice: AV Graft Case Studies and Real World Management
Speakers: Charmaine E. Lok, MD, MSc, FRCPC and Ellen D. Dillavou, MD
Presented by Gore

8:55 am - 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 am - 10:15 am
Role of the FDA in New Device Development
Moderator: Robert E. Lee, MD
  • From Bench to Bedside: FDA Regulatory Pathways for Device Approval
    Carmen Gacchina Johnson, PhD, FDA, CDRH
  • From Bench to Bedside: Engineering Considerations with Medical-Devices
    Rohini Retarekar, PhD, FDA, CDRH
  • From Bench to Bedside: Challenges in Clinical Studies of Dialysis Access Devices
    Robert E. Lee, MD, FDA, CDRH
  • From Bench to Bedside: FDA Approval Isn’t Enough: Understanding Real World Device Performance Requires Quality Post-Market Evidence
    Dr. Dheeraj Rajan, MD
10:15 am- 10:30 am
Industry Break

10:30 am - 11:45 am
From Hemodynamics to Intervention
Moderators: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD and Andrea Remuzzi, MD
  • Of Flow and Fistulae: Back to the Future
    Andrea Remuzzi, MD
  • Linkages Between Shear Stress and AVF Stenosis: A Cup Half Full?
    Scott Berceli, MD
  • Of SLOTs, RADARS and More…
    Surendra Shenoy, MD, PhD
  • LAMINATE: Of Angles, Scaffolds and Hemodynamics
    Tammy Gilon, CEO, LAMINATE
  • Group Discussion
11:45 am- 12:00 pm
Industry Break
Sponsored by Gore

12:00 pm - 1:25 pm
Access Creation 2021
Moderator: Larry Scher, MD
  • My Algorithm for Choosing the "Right Access at the Right Time"
    Charmain Lok, MD
  • Ultrasound Mapping and Complimentary Venography: How I Use It for Access Planning
    Dirk Hentschel, MD
  • AVF Slot, Snuff Box, Radiocephalic Fistula Creation
    Jaime Velez, MD
  • How I Alter the Tunneling Techniques for Different Access Placements
    Larry Scher, MD
  • Endovascular Approach to the Slow to Mature Fistula: When and How Do I Intervene?
    Rob Jones, MD
  • Questions and Discussion
1:25 pm - 2:25 pm
Lunch Symposium: Creating and Maintaining Dialysis Access with Innovation
Speakers: Saravanan Balamuthusamy, MD, FASN; Bart Dolmatch, MD, FSIR; Samuel Steerman, MD, FACS, RPVI; and Michael Tal MD, MBA Presented by Bard

2:25 pm - 3:40 pm
Modulating Vascular Biology to Develop New Therapies
Moderators: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD and Sanjay Misra, MD
  • Molecular Targets for AVF Maturation Failure: Separating Myth from Reality
    Alan Dardik, MD
  • Its All About the Adventitia
    Sanjay Misra, MD
  • Adventures with Nitric Oxide: Yes or No
    Timmy Lee, MD
  • What is the Real Target for AVF Failure: Neointimal Hyperplasia or Negative (Inward) Remodeling
    Roberto Vasquez Padron, MD
  • The Ins and Outs of Vascular Access: from Vascular Remodeling to Novel Therapies
    Joris Rotmans, MD, PhD
  • Questions and Discussion
2:25 pm - 3:00 pm
Allied Health Session: Cannulation Injury
Moderator: Michael T. Serle, DMSc, PA-C
Speakers: Shawn Gage, PA-C; Terry Litchfield, MPA, CPC; Ari Kramer, MD; and Jessica Lancaster, RN

3:00 pm - 3:35 pm
Allied Health Session: Patient Experience
Speakers: Adam Wilson; Amanda Ellington; and Christine Hernandez

3:40 pm- 3:55 pm
Industry Break

3:55 pm - 5:10 pm
Peritoneal Dialysis and Central Venous Catheters
Moderator: Maurizio Gallieni, MD
  • Laproscopic Treatment of PD Catheter Malfunctions
    Mark London, MD
  • How and Why I Choose a Particular PD Catheter
    Maurizio Gallieni, MD
  • Placement of CVC: How to Avoid Complications
    John E. Aruny, MD
  • Choosing the Best CVC for a Particular Patient
    Sandy Altman, MD
  • Questions and Discussion
5:10 pm - 6:35 pm
Complex, Atypical, and Sometimes Desperate Access Options: The Final Chapter
Moderator: Suren Shenoy, MD, PhD
  • Placing a CVC with the Surfacer Device
    Mahmood Razavi, MD
  • Salvaging Peripheral Venous Real Estate
    Suren Shenoy, MD, PhD
  • Redefining Catheter Dependence with the HERO Device
    Karl Illig , MD
  • Femoral Vein Transposition for Fistula Creation
    Alik Farber, MD
  • Transradial Artery Access for Fistula Interventions
    Jacob Cynamon, MD
  • Discussion
6:35 pm

Saturday, May 22, 2021

7:50 am - 8:50 am
Breakfast Symposium: Atraumatic Placement of AV Access Graft with Clinical Outcome
Speakers: John R. Ross, MD, FACS, FASDIN; Christopher A. Durham, MD; and Bulang He, MB BS, MS, FRACS
Presented by Getinge

9:00 am - 10:25 am
What Will Vascular Access Care Look Like in 2025?
Moderator: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD and Sanjay Misra, MD
  • NO Rechargeable Fillers for Dialysis Catheters
    Karthik Ramani, MD
  • Bioengineered Vessels for Dialysis Vascular Access: Creating Living Breathing Vessel
    Aijun Wang, MD
  • Bioengineered Vessels for Dialysis Vascular Access: Of Pores and Holes
    Buddy Ratner, PhD
  • 24/7 Flow Measurements: Introducing Remote Monitoring to Vascular Access Care
    David Kuraguntla, MD
  • Simulating for Cannulating
    Joseph Singapogu, MD
  • Panel Discussion
10:25 am - 10:40 am
Industry Break
Sponsored by Getinge

10:40 am - 11:55 am
Important Issues in the Creation and Maintenance of Dialysis Access
Moderator: Eric Peden, MD
  • Current Etiology, Prevention and Treatment of Aneurysms in AVFs
    John Lucas, MD
  • Treating the Diseased Cephalic Arch: How to Safely Travel and Treat the "Burma Road" of Dialysis Access
    David Shemesh, MD
  • Brachial Vein Transposition Fistula Creation
    Eric Peden, MD
  • Choices Among Early Cannulation Grafts, Differences: How I Decide Which to Use
    Nick Inston, MD
  • Questions and Discussion
11:55 am - 12:12 pm
Industry Break
Sponsored by Medtronic

12:12 pm - 1:35 pm
Patient Centered Process of Care Innovation in Vascular Access: A Road Less Traveled
Moderator: Sanjay Misra, MD and Robert Lee, MD
  • Dialysis Access Collaborative Consortium: Creating A Platform For Change
    Melissa West, MD
  • Patient Reported Outcomes for Vascular Access: Why Did it Take Us So Long?
    Karen Woo, MD
  • Outcomes and Quality Indicators for Vascular Access: From Patients to Policy
    Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD
  • Focused Panel Discussion
    Moderated by Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, Addressing Disparities in Vascular Access Care through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Nicole Jefferson and Terry Litchfield
  • Discussion
1:35 pm - 2:35 pm
Lunch Symposium: A New Era for Vascular Access: Evidence-Based Strategies for Optimizing AV Fistula Creation and Maintenance
Moderator: Jeffrey Hull, MD
Speakers: Rashid Sharaf, MD; Antonios P. Gasparis, MD; Ari Kramer, MD

Presented by Medtronic

2:35 pm - 3:50 pm
Recent Developments in Hemodialysis Access Creation and Management
Moderator: Karl Illig, MD
  • Endovascular Fistula Creation: Where It Fits Into the Access Armamentareum
    Robert Shahverdyan, MD
  • Additional Procedures to Support Endovascular Fistulas
    Karl Illig, MD
  • Bioengineered Human Acellular Vessels: Similarities and Differences from Traditional Access Conduits
    Keith Ozaki, MD
  • Drug-Coated Balloons: Finding the Value in Today's Practice
    Robert Lookstein, MD
  • Questions and Discussion
3:50 pm - 4:05 pm
Industry Break
Sponsored by Bard

4:05 pm - 5:30 pm
Important Issues in Dialysis Access 2021
Moderator: Steve Hohmann, MD
  • My Endovascular Fistulas: When and How I Determine to Re-Intervene to Assure Maturation
    Jeff Hull, MD
  • The Management of Steal Syndromes
    Steve Hohmann, MD
  • Central Vein Recanalization: Planning for Success
    Charles Kim, MD
  • Catastrophic Bleeding Complications: Essential Patient Education
    Linda Romano, RN
  • Outcomes and Quality Indicators in Hemodialysis Access Creation and Maintenance: Can We Reliably Measure Success?
    James Gilbert, MD
  • Discussion
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Treating Access Associated Occlusive Disease with Stent Grafts 2021
Moderator: John Ross, MD
  • The Sutureless Anastomosis
    John Ross, MD
  • Stent Grafts Use in Grafts and Fistulas: Are We Willing to Follow the Literature?
    Bart Dolmatch, MD
  • Stent Grafts Utility in the Treatment of Access Associated Central Vein Occlusive Disease
    Constantino Pena, MD
  • Stent Grafts Use in Treating Access Pseudoaneurysms: Acceptable Therapy or Something to Be Avoided?
    Keith Quencer, MD
  • Discussion
6:45 pm

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