Vascular Access Society of the Americas



Best Poster, 1st Place:
Ifeanyi Okereke, MD — "Managing AV Access Related Cutaneous Malignancies"

Best Poster, Honorable Mention:
Michael Tal, MD — "'March N’ Bend' Technique for Ultrasound Guided Access to the Distal Radial Artery"

Resident Presentation Competition, 1st Place:
Muhammad Hafeez, MD — "Comparing Post-Maturation Outcomes of Arteriovenous Grafts and Fistulas"

Resident Presentation Competition, 2nd Place:
Patrick Heindel, MD — "Bovine Carotid Artery Xenografts in Hemodialysis Access Revision"

Open Presentation Competition, 1st Place:
Monnie Wasse, MD — "First in Human Evaluation of a Novel Biologic Regenerative Vascular Conduit for Hemodialysis Access"

Open Presentation Competition, 2nd Place:
Linda Liu, BA — "Development of an Ex Vivo Bioreactor System to Model Arteriovenous Fistula Hemodynamics"

Open Presentation Competition, 3rd Place (Tie):
Karl Illig, MD — "Initial Experience with the Surfacer Device for Intrathoracic Outflow Occlusion: Mid-term Results"
Adina Voiculescu, MD — "Real Life Outcomes of Endo-AVFs in a Tertiary Care Clinical Center with High Autogenous Access Creation"


Best Resident Abstract:
Alonso Diaz, MD — "Significance of a Protocol Based Arteriovenous Dialysis AccessSite Maintenance Program"

Best Poster, 1st Place:
Cesar D. Cuen-Ojeda, MD — "Hemodialysis Access Creation in Systemic Lupus Erythematous Patients. What is the Optimal Alternative?"

Best Poster, 2nd Place:
George A.Blessios, MD, PhD, FACS — "Effects of Preoperative Inflow Artery Volume Flow Measurements to the Outcome of Arteriovenous Fistula Creation"

Best Poster, 3rd Place:
Ulf Krueger, PhD — "Boone and Bane of the Thrill"


Best Abstract Presentation Awards, 1st Place:
Will Chapman, MD — "Cephalic Vein Fistulae in the Arm: Does Site Determine Long Term Outcome?"

Best Abstract Presentation Awards, 2nd Place:
Emma Aitken, MD — "Does Regional Compared to Local Anesthesia Influence Outcome After Arteriovenous Fistula Creation? A Multi Centre Randomized Controlled Trial"

Best Abstract Presentation Awards, 3rd Place:
Patrick McGlynn, MD — "Vein Mapping-Related Contrast Dye Exposure, Contrast Induced Nephropathy, and time to Dialysis in CKD Patients"


Best Abstract Presentation Awards, 1st Place:
Angela L. Gucwa, MD — "Description and Outcomes of a Simple Surgical Technique for Treating Arteriovenous Fistula Pseudo-aneurysms"

Best Abstract Presentation Awards, 2nd Place:
John Yerxa — "The Role of Exogenous Nitrates in Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation"

Best Abstract Presentation Awards, 3rd Place:
Emma L. Aitken, MD — "A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Continuous to Interrupted Sutures for Radiocephalic Arteriovenous Fistulae"


Best Abstract Presentation Awards, 1st Place:
Sean Hislop, MD — "Transaxillary First Rib Resection for Fistula Salvage: Does It Work?"

Best Abstract Presentation Awards, 2nd Place:
Roberto Iglesias, MD — "The Management of Dysfunctional Prosthetic Arteriovenous Accesses by Interventional Nephrologists and Surgeons. A Comparison of Outcomes"

Award for Best New VASA Slogan:
Angela Barnett — “Access Excellence”