13th Annual VIA Symposium

Saturday, March 30th, 2019  •  7:30 am – 3:30 pm • Buffalo Marriott Niagara


Join us for this exciting educational event!

VIA Foundation is continuing to bring WNY medical community quality medical education with this year’s 13th annual conference! Featuring updates in medical care including discussion on new technologies and advances in treatment modalities including evaluation and treatment of lower extremity arterial and venous disease and their effect on wounds, role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in wound management, assessment and treatment of vasculitis, overview of embolization technique application in neuro vascular and peripheral vascular systems. The program will also discuss updates on MIPS and healthcare delivery evolution and upcoming changes.

* Registration is complimentary

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Target Audience

The educational material presented at this conference is intended for medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, podiatrists, residents, wound care specialists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.


Program Accreditation


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and VIA. The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This Live activity, 13th Annual VIA Symposium, with a beginning date of 03/30/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity has been approved for maximum of 6.25 continuing education podiatric continuing education credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Podiatry. 





7:15 – 7:45


7:45 – 8:00

Welcoming remarks

8:00 – 8:30

Robert Tahara, MD MIPS update; safety and quality of OBLs

8:30 – 9:00

Blanka Heary, PA Overview of venous disease: Evaluation and management

9:00 – 9:30

Lee Ruotsi, MD Evaluation of venous and arterial wounds: When to refer

9:30 – 9:50

Joseph Canzoneri, DPM Role of HBO in wound management

9:50 – 10:10

Panel discussion, Q&A

10:10 – 10:30

Break & Exhibits

10:30 – 11:00

Julian Ambrus, MD Vasculitis vs. vasculopathy

11:00 – 11:30

Jay Bishop, MD Peripheral arterial disease: New therapies for an old disease

11:30 – 11:50

Krishna Jain, MD Current management of claudication

11:50 – 12:10

Azher Iqbal, MD Endovascular management of complex disease: Case series

12:10 – 12:30

Panel discussion, Q&A

12:30 – 12:50

Lunch & Exhibits

12:50 – 1:20

Keynote: Krishna Jain, MD Changing healthcare delivery system

1:20 – 1:50

Mona Ranade, MD Advances in therapeutic embolization: UAE, PAE and what’s new on the horizon?

1:50- 2:20

Adnan Siddiqui, MD New perspectives in liquid embolization procedures for the neuro vascular system

2:20- 2:40

Michael Cropp, MD Peripheral Vascular Disease: Making What Works a Priority

2:40 – 3:00

Panel discussion, Q&A, Closing remarks


* Registration is complimentary

Robert Tahara, MD

Lee Ruotsi, MD

Julian Ambrus, MD

Krishna Jain, MD

Mona Ranade, MD

Blanka Heary, PA

Joseph Canzoneri, DPM

Jay Bishop, MD

Azher Iqbal, MD

Adnan Siddiqui, MD

Michael Cropp, MD


Learning Objective(s): At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss healthcare changes, MIPS requirements and safety and quality of OBL.
  • Review venous disease of lower extremities and discuss evaluation and management options.
  • Discuss diagnosis and treatment of venous and arterial ulcers.
  • Identify appropriate patient for HBO and role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in wound care.
  • Identify and manage vasculitis in primary care.
  • Review AHA and ACC guidelines in diagnosis and management of PAD.
  • Understand endovascular and surgical treatment for claudication associated with peripheral arterial disease.
  • Discuss embolization therapy options in management of peripheral vascular and neuro vascular systems.

“Excellent presentation, always informative and new topics and procedures discussed.” -Kathleen C.

“Thank you! Excellent faculty, current topics, usable information. These presenters are so smart!” -Sharon M.

“Always an enjoyable and informative conference.”-Kristen S.

“Excellent symposium, thank you.” -Vaughn S.

“I am so glad I came. At first I was going to skip. Will tell everyone I know in medical field how great this was and to join next year.” -Kathleen S.

Excellent conference as always! I have been attending for several years. Dr. Ambrus’ presentation was stellar. Looking forward to next year’s conference! Embolization talk by Dr. Siddiqui was amazing! -Gayle C.