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Vascular Cases to be Highlighted

Vascular cases from Albany Medical Center will appear on the big screen in Las Vegas during an international conference to share with providers the expertise and techniques used at Albany Med’s Institute for Vascular Health & Disease.

“We frequently present our cases because there is great interest in the procedures we use to improve patient care here at the Medical Center,” said Manish Mehta, MD, a professor of surgery at Albany Medical College and director of endovascular services for The Vascular Group. Dr. Mehta is a member of the steering committee of the 11th Annual Vascular InterVentional Advances (VIVA) conference, slated for Las Vegas in October.

The vascular surgeons at Albany Med are one of the largest providers of vascular health care internationally and are renowned for their expertise in surgical as well as endovascular procedures. They perform more of certain types of vascular surgeries and interventions at Albany Med than any other institution in the world.

Highlighted cases were recorded throughout this year (with patients’ permission) and range from minimally invasive endovascular to open surgical repair for preventing limb loss, stroke, aortic aneurysm rupture and death.

Also at the conference, the top international vascular fellow in a competition series will be awarded two weeks of “hands-on” vascular and endovascular training at the Albany Vascular International Academy, a training program that has been in place at Albany Med for one year bringing vascular surgeons from many countries to train with the Medical Center’s vascular surgeons.

Meanwhile, vascular experts will gather in Albany twice this fall as well, in October and November, for roundtable presentations hosted by the Center for Vascular Awareness in collaboration with The Vascular Group.  Improving vascular health starts from public and health care provider education, which today is among the group’s most important initiatives, Dr. Mehta said.

“Millions of Americans suffer from vascular disease. Most don’t know they have it,” Dr. Mehta said. “We want to put patients in the driver’s seat so they can better understand and manage their own vascular health.