16th Annual VIA Symposium
Staying Up-to-Date with the Latest Treatment Modalities
October 22, 2022
Letter From The Chairman
Join us at the 16th Annual VIA Symposium!
The VIA foundation is proud to bring you another outstanding lineup of pertinent, interesting, and cutting-edge topics that directly affect your patient care. We will have nationally, and internationally renowned experts gather in Buffalo to give presentations in their fields.
Covid epidemic has truly strained our existing hub and spoke healthcare infrastructure based around large hospital systems. We have all had our patients’ elective and urgent procedures canceled resulting in delayed care. More recently, there was contrast shortage that led to significant number of contrast-enhanced radiological tests not available at the hospital facilities, while most outpatient private facilities had contingent plans and were relatively unaffected.
The current healthcare atmosphere does not take away our patients’ need for acute, timely, and high-quality care. This reinforces the absolute need for developing an alternative care model by integrating outpatient procedure management to avoid morbidity and mortality. Our symposium, from inception, has stressed outpatient care and the need to reduce the burden on hospital system. Continuing this theme, we have again arranged outstanding presentations on outpatient arterial and venous disease outpatient management, and updates on new minimally invasive treatments available in vascular and nonvascular arena.
We have invited Dr. Lee Ruotsi, national speaker and Medical Director of the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Saratoga Hospital, who will give this year’s Keynote lecture focusing on the role and the many treatment indications of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Dr. Desmond Bell, internationally renowned amputation prevention leader will be discussing the importance of multidisciplinary approach to prevent amputation. Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, another internationally known neurovascular leader, and Dr. Vijay Iyer, with similar reputation for pioneering cardiac endovascular treatment in WNY, will begiving updates on minimally invasive treatments. We have included talks on surgical obesity management, lower extremity vascular disease and wound management, all pertinent to current patient care given the rapid rise in diabetes in our community.
All in all, it is a very exciting lineup of some of the latest cutting-edge outpatient treatments with thought leaders to help provide better care for our patients under current fragmented healthcare system.
I hope to see you on October 22 at our new venue, Salvatore’s at the Delavan Hotel. As always, I request that if you are register, please make every effort to attend. It takes a tremendous effort from the industry for monetary support and from the VIA Foundation team to put this kind of symposium together and keep it at no cost to our attendees as a community service.
Azher Iqbal, MD
Medical Director of Buffalo Vascular Care
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 Foundation.
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 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Podiatric Accreditation – Category B continued education
Per NYS Education Department State Board for Podiatry, podiatrists attending this event may claim Category B continuing education credits.
“Sponsors whose courses are approved by the CPME (Council on Podiatric Medical Education), AMA, AOA, or which have ACCME approval automatically qualify for approval in New York State.”
The educational material presented at this conference is geared towards medical providers in primary care, family medicine, gynecology, podiatry, and wound care medicine.
Salvatore’s at Delavan Hotel
Attendees Are Saying
“Great conference, as always, a great day of learning”
Dr. Michael Pietrusik
“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 Clausen, PA