At SIR 2016, attendees have multiple opportunities to interact with some of their interdisciplinary colleagues during several “SIR Meets” sessions. These sessions include representatives from other specialty societies, who will join SIR members in discussing important topics of common concern in patient care.
The first of these collaborative sessions was held on Sunday, as SIR welcomed colleagues from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for a discussion on colorectal cancer and the benefits of combining systemic and local regional therapy. On Monday, interventional radiology met podiatric medicine for a joint session focused on limb salvage and how to improve integration and communication between the two specialties.
Tuesday’s schedule features three sessions, beginning with “IR meets GU: Advances in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); varicocele and small renal tumors: From the operating room and fluoro suite,” beginning at 8 a.m. in Room 202.
During this session, a panel of experts composed of urologists and interventional radiologists will discuss current practices and advances in the fields of interventional and surgical urology. Topics include management and treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), varicoceles and renal cell carcinoma (RCC).
“This session gives SIR members a great opportunity to not only see the state of the art in IR management of patients with these conditions, but also to see the perspective of urologists and their view of the ideal management for the same patients,” said Jafar Golzarian, MD, FSIR, co-coordinator of the session. “The goal is to discuss all the best treatment options and come to an agreement and understanding of what constitutes the ideal patient for one procedure or the other.”
On Tuesday afternoon, representatives from the American Venous Forum (AVF) will join SIR members for “SIR meets AVF: Severe chronic venous disease with venous ulcer — challenges in management and research.” The session begins at 1 p.m. in Room 212.
Panelists will discuss how to distinguish venous ulcers from ulcers with arterial, neurological or mixed etiologies, the results of clinical trials that have evaluated specific therapies for chronic venous diseases, and effective modalities for treatment of venous ulcer.
“Interventional radiologists contribute heavily in this arena and, in the last 10 to 15 years, there has been a lot of innovation from the IR community,” said session co-coordinator Suresh Vedantham, MD, FSIR. “Given that IRs are now seeing many more patients with severe chronic venous disease, it’s very important for us to be engaged with physicians and providers from other disciplines to make sure that we are improving practice and that our patients are going to the right places to get the different aspects of their care.”
SIR welcomes the Society of Vascular Medicine (SVM) for the final installment of these special sessions,
“SIR meets Society of Vascular Medicine (SVM): Best of 2016,” beginning at 4:45 p.m. in Room 212. Presentations will cover new approaches to anticoagulation management, new data regarding fibromuscular dysplasia and medical therapy for atherosclerotic vascular disease.
“The topics all center on patients with vascular disease and the areas that create a bridge between the two specialties — vascular medicine and interventional radiology,” said SIR President Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, FSIR, co-coordinator for the session. “As health care becomes more complex, with physicians and specialties often overlapping in clinical areas like vascular disease, it behooves us to create these bridges in order to optimize patient care.”
The AVF and SVM sessions will be webcast live from Vancouver as part of VIRtual SIR 2016. Download the SIR 2016 mobile app for more information.
IR meets GU: Advances in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); varicocele and small renal tumors: From the operating room and fluoro suite
8–9:30 a.m. – Room 202
SIR meets American Venous Forum (AVF): Severe chronic venous disease with venous ulcer — challenges in management and research
1–2:30 p.m. – Room 212
SIR meets Society of Vascular Medicine (SVM): Best of 2016
4:45–6:15 p.m. – Room 212