Yesterday the Delaware Valley Vascular Society held its 35th annual scientific meeting. The scientific program included a panel of presentations on hemodialysis access and renovascular disease as well as presentations of case reports and research on vascular disease topics. A group of about 50 attendees were able to discuss cases and research results in a collegial, practice-enriching setting. Richard Yoon, MD, and Robert P. Garvin, MD, of Geisinger Medical Center, for example, presented three patient cases in which carbon dioxide angiography was the preferred imaging technique to imaging with contrast angiography. A presentation by Anumeha Whisenhunt, DO, of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on middle aortic coarctation and treatment for severe stenotic thoracic aorta in a 52-year-old man with hypertension diagnosed at the age of 8 sparked much discussion as well.
Delaware Valley Vascular Society president Ralph P. Ierardi, MD, also presented the society’s first lifetime achievement award to Teruo Matsumoto, MD, PhD, FACS, for his long career in vascular surgery, during which Dr. Ierardi studied under him as a fellow while Dr. Matsumoto was chairman of surgery department at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Over the course of his career, Dr. Matsumoto published hundreds of articles and books and book chapters on surgery. Dr. Matsumoto and his family attended the meeting to accept the award.