This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through joint providership of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Western Angiographic & Interventional Society (WAIS).      

SIR is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The program accreditation will be posted upon final review and approval.

Note: SACME courses require registration and completion of the test following session to claim credits.


Saturday, October 6th



3:00-5:00 pm - Arrival, Registration Desk, Exhibitor Set-up
3:30-5:00 pm - WAIS Officers Annual Business Meeting
6:00-7:00 pm - Welcome Networking Reception
Dinner On Your Own

Sunday, October 7th

Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall (7:00-8:00 am)
SESSION 1: Business of IR / Work-Life Balance
Moderator:  Isabel Newton, MD, PhD (VA Health, San Diego, CA)
7:30 am - 7:50 am - Practice Building Small - Aneesa Majid, MD, MBA
7:50 am - 8:10 am - Practice Building Big - Frank Facchini, MD, FSIR
8:10 am - 8:25 am - Improving Public Awareness of IR - Susan Jackson, MBA, RT(R)(CV)
8:25 am - 8:40 am - Physician Extenders to Optimize IR Practice - Simon Jones, RN
8:40 am - 9:00 am - Work Life Balance - Stephen Johnson, MD, FSIR
9:00 am - 9:20 am - Mitigating Physician Burnout - Isabel Newton, MD, PhD
9:20 am - 9:30 am - Q&A Panel & Audience 
AM Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall (9:30-10:00 am)
SESSION 2: GU Interventions (SAM SESSION)
Moderator: Kari Nelson, MD (UC Irvine, Irvine, CA)
10:00 am - 10:20 am - Updates on UAE, Pelvic Congestion and Varicocle - Theresa Caridi, MD

10:20 am - 10:40 am - Renal Artery Embolization - James Katrivesis, MD

10:40 am - 11:00 am - GU Emergencies - Andrew Picel, MD

11:00 am - 11:20 am - PAE: The Basics - Jafar Golzarian, MD

11:20 am - 12:00 pm - Advanced PAE - Francisco Carnevale, MD

WAIS Luncheon, Exhibit Hall (12:00 - 1:00 pm)


SESSION 3: GI Interventions

Moderator: Khashayar Farsad, MD (OHSU, Portland, OR)

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm - TIPS/DIPS - Khashayar Farsad, MD

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm - BRTO - Wael Saad, MD

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm - GI Bleeding - Michael Darcy, MD

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm - Biliary Interventions - Evan Lehrman, MD

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm - Imaging and Interventions of Lymphatic Flow Disorders - Paradigm Shift in Medicine - Max Itkin, MD

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm - Q&A Panel & Audience

3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - PM Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall



SESSION 4: Rapid Fire Rundown
(Moderator: Justin McWilliams, MD (UCLA, Los Angeles, CA)

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm - Arterial Rundown - Ramsey Al-Hakim, MD

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm - Venous Rundown - Konti Kolli, MD

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm - Interventional Oncology Rundown - Siddharth Padia, MD

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm - Potpourri Rundown - Gabe Lipshutz, MD

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm - Q&A Panel & Audience

Dinner on your own

Monday, October 8th


Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall (7:00-8:00 am)

SESSION 5: Vascular Interventional Oncology
(Moderator:  David Liu, MD - Vancouver Imaging, Vancouver BC, Canada)
7:30 am - 7:42 am - Preprocedural Imaging and Clinical Workup - Nishita Kothary, MD
7:42 am - 7:54 am - Intraprocedural Imaging Assessment - Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh, MD
7:54 am - 8:06 am - Dosing Off ... A Primer in Y90 Dosimetry - Ripal Gandhi, MD
8:06 am - 8:18 am - Immunotherapy and Beyond: MCRC and HCC - Howard Lim, MD
8:18 am - 8:30 am - High Risk and Risk Mitigation - Nicholas Fidelman, MD
8:30 am - 8:42 am - HCC: Tips and Tricks - Ed Lee, MD
8:42 am - 8:54 am - Reflections on Flow Perfusion and Pressure - Aravind Arepally, MD
8:54 am - 9:06 am - Perfecting the Platform:  Adventures in Access - John Chung, MD
9:06 am - 9:30 am - Q&A & Panel Discussion

AM Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall (9:30-10:00 am)
SESSION 6: Spine / MSK Interventions
(Moderator: David LoPresti, MD - Spine Stabilization Technologies, Phoenix, AZ)
10:00 am - 10:20 am - Tips for the technique and approach to MSK malignancy ablation outside the spine - Steven Yevich, MD
10:20 am - 10:40 am - To Burn and Bond: Vertebral Ablation and Augmentation - practice building, tips, tricks, and cases - Peder Horner, MD
10:40 am - 11:00 am - Telepathology for Remote Office Biopsy Adequacy and Dx - Robert Siegelbaum, MD
11:00 am - 11:20 am - Knee Interventions & IR Pain Management - Mark Dean, MD
11:20 am - 11:40 am - Practical Advantages of Ultrasound-guided MSK Interventions - Stephanie Weinstein, MD
11:40 am - 11:45 am - Q&A Panel and Audience




Monday Afternoon Activities

11:30 am - Transport to The Plantation Course
12:30 pm - Annual WAIS Golf Tournament 
Dinner On Your Own

Tuesday, October 9th


Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall (7:00-8:00 am)

SESSION 7: Non-Vascular IO: Diagnosis to Palliation

(Moderator: Alda Tam, MD, MBA - UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX)

7:30 am - 7:45 am - Moving the Needle - Fred Lee, MD

7:45 am - 8:00 am - Old School: Revisiting ETOH Ablation - Kevin Hirsch, MD

8:00 am - 8:15 am - New School: Not Your Father's RFA - Sarah White, MD

8:15 am - 8:30 am - Moments of Relief: IR in Palliative Care - Sean Tutton, MD

8:30 am - 9:30 am - Case Based Panel Presentation & Discussion (Session Panel & Howard Lim, MD)

AM Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall (9:30-10:00 am)




SESSION 8a: The Charles Dotter Lecture

10:00 am - 10:05 am - Introduction - Maureen Kohi, MD

10:05 am - 10:35 am - The Annual Charles T. Dotter Lecture - Sue Hanks, USC, Los Angeles, CA

SESSION 8: Neuro Interventions

(Moderator: Christopher Loh, MD - VISOC, Orange, CA)

10:35 am - 10:40 am - Stroke Assessment - Yince Loh, MD

10:40 am - 10:45 am - Imaging Essentials - Bryan Yoo, MD

10:45 am - 10:50 am - Technique Essentials - Sabeen Dhand, MD

10:50 am - 10:55 am - Angiography Essentials - Christopher Loh, MD

10:55 am - 11:45 am - Interactive Case Review - Panel

11:45 am - 12:00 pm - Parathyroid Embolization - David Kumpe, MD


Tuesday Afternoon Sessions & Activities

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - One Hour Tips & Tricks Workshop & Luncheon

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Annual WAIS Tennis Tournament

Dinner On Your Own

Wednesday, October 10th


Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall (7:00-8:00 am)

SESSION 9: M&M Case Presentations
(Moderator:  Sue Hanks, MD - USC, Los Angeles, CA)
7:30 am - 7:50 am - SAVE - Ripal Gandhi, MD
7:30 am - 8:10 am - DISASTER - Tina Hardley, MD
8:10 am - 8:30 am - SAVE - Michael Katz, MD
8:30 am - 8:50 am - DISASTER - Ryan Kohlbrenner, MD
8:50 am - 9:10 am - SAVE - Christopher Loh, MD
9:10 am - 9:30 am DISASTER - Kevin Hirsch, MD
AM Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall (9:30-10:00 am)



SESSION 10: Dialysis / AVMs / Peds
(Moderator: Paul Rochon, MD- University of Colorado, Aurora, CO)

10:00 am - 10:20 am - DCBs and AVFs: An Update - Scott Trerotola, MD

10:20 am - 10:40 am - Management of the Complex Dialysis Access - Catherine Vu, MD

10:40 am - 11:00 am - Pediatric IR - Chad Zeinati, MD

11:00 am - 11:20 am - Pediatric IR - Shellie Josephs, MD

11:20 am - 11:40 am - Management of Complex AVMs - Ricardo Garcia- Monaco, MD

11:40 am - 12:00 pm - Ins and Outs of Pulmonary AVMs - Paul Rochon, MD


Wednesday Afternoon Sessions & Activities

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Meet the Experts Breakouts & Luncheon

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Annual WAIS Banquet Dinner & Speaker

Thursday, October 11th

Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall (7:00-8:00 am)

SESSION 11: Arterial Interventions (SAM SESSION)
(Moderator:  Mahmood Razavi, MD - St. Josephs Hospital, Orange, CA)
7:30 am - 7:50 am - Updates on Management of CLI - Mahmood Razavi, MD
7:50 am - 8:10 am - Percutaneous Thrombectomy: How and When - Richard Saxon, MD
8:10 am - 8:30 am - Trauma - Miles Conrad, MD
8:30 am - 8:50 am - TRA - Aaron Fischman, MD
8:50 am - 9:10 am - Left Gastric Artery Embolization - Jonathan Susman, MD
9:10 am - 9:30 am - Visceral Aneurysms - Keith Sterling, MD
AM Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall (9:30-10:00 am)
SESSION 12: Venous Interventions
(Moderator: E. Brooke Spencer, MD - MIPS Center, Parker, CO)

10:00 am - 10:20 am - How to attract more DVT patients after the negative ATTRACT trial - Lawrence Hofmann, MD

10:20 am - 10:40 am - Superficial Vein Therapy - Joseph Hewett, MD

10:40 am - 11:00 am - Severe Pulmonary Embolism in 2018 - Akhilesh Sista, MD

11:00 am - 11:20 am - Complex IVC Filter Retrieval - Robert Lewandowski, MD

11:20 am - 11:40 am - Complex Recan - Brooke Spencer, MD

11:40 am - 12:00 pm - Aspiration Devices for Venous Thromboembolic Disease - John Moriarty, MD

Meeting Adjourns & Exhibits Breakdown (12:00-1:00 pm)

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