Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute: Committed to Advancing Endovascular Care

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January 24, 2020


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Since its debut in 1989, the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET) has been bringing together hundreds of interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists from all over the world. More than 100 world-renowned faculty present advances in endovascular therapies, as well as new products and technologies. Expert techniques for complex procedures are also presented during interactive live cases.

Complex live cases are broadcast live during interactive sessions at the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.

Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and chief medical executive of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and the creator of ISET, sat down with Baptist Health News to discuss the importance of this year’s meeting.

How important is it for Miami Cardiac & Vasular Institute to partner with this event to further the education of medical professionals?

For more than 30 years, we’ve had a commitment to education as one of the pillars of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, in addition to research and high-quality clinical care. Through the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET), we bring international faculty from the United States and around the world to share the latest advances in this rapidly growing field. We’re also engaged in sharing the innovative work we’re doing at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute with our colleagues through lectures and live cases. We have an obligation to advance the field and we are here to share that innovation.

What role do the live cases play in the development of new clinical skills?

At Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, we pioneered live case education in the United States in 1978. If you’re trying to train a physician who’s already got a foundational level of experience in a new procedure, it’s a great way to build upon those skills. By using live case technology, we’re able to create the environment that is the same as them coming into the Institute and watching us work, which also happens. Practicing physicians are able to see, engage and interact in the performance of a new procedure so that they can add it on to their foundational skills.

How does ISET help improve outcomes for patients?

By improving the quality of knowledge of practicing physicians, including ourselves. It also helps us at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute by supporting our concept of transparency. The Institute has a lot of glass and the fact that we are willing to share through live case technology and open interaction and experience helps elevate everybody’s knowledge and understanding.

We also learn from our colleagues and bring it back to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, where we continue to advance care.

Constantino Peña, M.D., medical director of vascular imaging, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, and a course director at ISET, spoke about the cutting-edge aspect of the symposium.

How does ISET provide the latest information to its participants?

ISET provides an opportunity to find and learn about the newest innovative technology. Many times, ISET has been where there is a first release of data or even first use of certain devices and we see how they can be applied to our patients. Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is in a unique position because of its multi-specialty approach, which allows us to use some of this technology across different specialties and help even more people.

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