Vascular Access Society of the Americas

VASA 2020 Symposium

October 8 - 10, 2020
Virtually, Everywhere

The VASA Symposium is designed for all transplant, vascular and general surgeons, nephrologists, interventional radiologists, nurses, and allied health professionals who are interested in the management of vascular access. The 2020 Symposium will include:

  • State of the art lectures
  • Scientific abstract presentations
  • Vascular access nursing & allied health content
  • Information on new devices & technologies
  • Video presentations
  • Poster session

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the factors predictive of fistula outcomes, optimal surgical & interventional techniques to create and/or maintain fistula
  • Explain current graft surgery techniques, materials, & devices
  • Describe current catheter technologies & best practices for catheter site care
  • Identify suitable patients for peritoneal dialysis; understanding of surgical and percutaneous methods for peritoneal dialysis catheter implantation
  • Outline systems and processes of care to coordinate & communicate between key providers involved in dialysis access care


08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Session 1

  • Introduction & Review of the Session Objectives
    Speaker: Deborah Brouwer-Maier, RN, CNN
  • Surgical Overview of Hemodialysis Vascular Access Creations
    Speaker: Shawn Gage, PA-C
  • Endovascular Procedures: What Are They and What Is Used to Perform Them?
    Speaker: Michael T. Serle, DMSc, PA-C

09:45 AM - 10:53 AM

Session 2

  • ESKD Life Plan That Includes Dialysis Access
    Speaker: Deborah Brouwer-Maier, RN, CNN
  • Updates on Cannulation Including POCUS for Cannulation
    Speakers: Judy Geissler, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC, CNN; Forest Rawls, Jr., CHT,CCHT-A,FNKF
  • Cannulation, Pearls of Wisdom through a Phlebotomist’s Eyes
    Speaker: Brandy Taylor, PBT(ASCP)
  • Roundtable Discussion


  • Global Dialysis Practice Patterns of Hemodialysis Prescriptions as it Relates to the Vascular Access
    Speaker: Eric Weinhandl, PhD, MS, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
  • Magic: Managing Access by Generating Improvement in Cannulation: A Joint BRS VA and VASBI Project
    Speakers: Katie Fielding , Scott Oliver, Alison Swain, Margaret Aitken, Mick Kumwenda
  • Vascular Access Basics (English and Spanish Sessions)
    Speakers: Michele Inglese, MSN, RN; Elke Ojeda Ulloa, PA-C, Lic; W. Jim Escobar, RN
  • One Minute Check (English and Spanish Sessions)
    Speakers: Michele Inglese, MSN, RN; Elke Ojeda Ulloa, PA-C, Lic; W. Jim Escobar, RN


01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Session 1

  • Global Dialysis Access Forum (GDaF) Concept and Goal
    Speaker: Surendra Shenoy, MD, PhD
  • VASA Visions for Access in the Americas
    Speaker: Jeffrey H. Lawson, MD, PhD
  • VAS: Visions for the Future
    Speaker: David Shemash, MD
  • Interventional Nephrologist and Vascular Access Care
    Speaker: Gerald Beathard, MD
  • Interventional Nephrologist in Japan: Evolving Role
    Speaker: Takashi Sato, MD
  • Organized Access Care in Latin America?
    Speaker: Jaime H. Velez, MD
  • APSDA: Organizational Challenges in Asian Pacific Nations
    Speaker: Yong-Soo Kim, MD
  • Learning From Quality Improvement Programs for Vascular Access: The UK Model
    Speaker: Nicholos Inston, MD
  • Impact of COVID on Vascular Access Care in India
    Speaker: Sanjiv Jesuja, MD
  • Discussion

Moderators: Jeffrey H. Lawson, MD, PhD, Jose Ibeas, MD, PhD, Takashi Sato, MD

02:30 PM - 02:50 PM


02:50 PM - 03:50 PM

Session 2

  • Why Forearm Access is Prevalent in Japan
    Speaker: Hideki Kawanishi, MD)
  • VA Guidelines: What is Same and What is Different
    Speaker: Jose Ibeas, MD
  • Challenges of International Data Collection and Use
    Speaker: Robert Lee, MD
  • Should There Be International Standards for VA Clinical Trials?
    Speaker: Monnie Wasse, MD
  • Vascular Access Registry
    Speaker: James Gilbert, MD
  • Discussion

Moderators: John Aruny, Surendra Shenoy, MD, PhD, David Shemash, MD

03:50 PM - 04:50 PM

Session 3 - Providers and Patients International Dialysis Access Round Table

Moderators: Prabir Roy Chaudhury MD; Mitch Henry, MD

Physicians: Paul Gibbs, MD (UK), Surendra Shenoy, MD (US)

Patients: Mr. Phil West (UK), Ms. Nicole Jefferson (US), Ms. Caroline Wilkie (US)

Dialysis Access Nurses: Lisa Koester (Dialysis access NP), Cindy Roberts (UNC Nephrology), Forest Rawls CHT, CCHT – A, FNKF (Emory Dialysis)


08:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speakers: Jeff Lawson, MD, PhD, VASA President; John Aruny, MD

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Home Hemodialysis

  • Has Anyone Thought About the Access?
    Speaker: John Ross, MD
  • Home Hemodialysis Cannulation
    Speaker: Jessica Lancaster
  • Discussion

08:45 AM - 09:15 AM

VASA Presidential Address

Speakers: Jeff Lawson, MD, PhD, VASA President

09:15 AM - 09:45 AM

Morning Break - Visit Exhibits

09:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Hemodialysis Access Grafts/Fistulas 1

  • My Go to Graft and Why-Xenografts (Bovine)
    Speaker: Colby Atkins, MD
  • Defining What Is an "Early" Cannulation Graft
    Speaker: Nick Inston, MD
  • Discussion

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Peritoneal Dialysis

  • Peritoneal Dialysis for Immediate Starters, Patient Selection & Why
    Speaker: Mohamed Ali Sheta, MD
  • Percutaneous Technique for Placement of Peritoneal Catheters
    Speaker: John Aruny, MD
  • How I Salvage Dysfunctional Peritoneal Catheters
    Speaker: Mark London, MD
  • Discussion

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Luncheon Symposium

  • 24-Month Update on the AVeNEW Trial for Outflow Stenosis in AV Fistula Circuits
    Speaker: Dirk Baumann, MD
  • 6-Month Update on European and Canadian clinical data on the WavelinQ™ EndoAVF System
    Speaker: Dheeraj Rajan, MD

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM

The Holland Lecture

Speaker: Deborah J. Brouwer-Mair, RN, CNN

02:20 AM - 02:30 PM

Abstract Session 1

  • Impact of Prior History of Central Venous Catheter for Hemodialysis on Upper Extremity Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation Rates
    Speaker: 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
    Speaker: Sarit Sandowski-Pizow
  • Arteriovenous Fistulas as a Vascular Access for Elderly Patients in Hemodialysis
    Speaker: Gabriel Lopez-Pena

02:30 PM - 02:45 PM

Afternoon Break

02:45 PM - 03:45 PM

Regulation, Education, & Public Policy

  • "I'm from the Government and I'm Here to Help" FDA Resources to Benefit Your Practice
    Speaker: Robert Lee, MD
  • President's Executive Order Explained
    Speaker: Aris Urbanes, MD
  • Controversial Issues of DOQI 2019
    Speaker: Charmaine Lok, MD
  • VQI - Hemodialysis Access
    Speaker: Ted Yuo, MD

03:45 PM - 05:00 PM

Hemodynamics and Basic Science as Related to Access

  • Bone Marrow Stem Cells Project
    Speaker: Sanjay Misra, MD
  • Practical Hemodynamics: Useful in Achieving Better Results
    Speaker: Surendra Shenoy, MD, PhD
  • The Radar Fistula: Hemodynamic Advantages
    Speaker: Alan Dardik, MD
  • The HFM Project
    Speaker: Scott Berceli, MD