International Interactive Symposium Welcomes Experts from Across the US and Around the Globe

HOUSTON (Oct. 23, 2023) — The International Society for Endovascular Specialists (ISEVS) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a prestigious symposium in collaboration with The Texas Heart Institute® and Houston Methodist at the cutting-edge Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIESM) facility Sept. 22–23.

This special event was attended by an international group of cardiovascular care professionals, including cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, neurointerventional radiologists, nurse practitioners and technologists. The 146 participants included experts from 14 U.S. states and Hungary, Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Throughout the symposium, leaders in endovascular treatment evaluated the most effective therapeutic approaches available today for patients undergoing abdominal and peripheral interventions, thoracic aortic, cerebrovascular, structural heart and medical therapy.


The symposium included didactic lectures, panel discussions, interactive Q&A sessions, captivating case presentations and immersive simulations.

Presentations highlighted the groundbreaking legacy of Edward B. Diethrich, MD, a cardiovascular surgeon and inventor who advanced endovascular therapies; relevant artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) technologies currently on the horizon; and the instrumental role of physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the realm of endovascular surgery.

Notably, the course was designed to experientially enhance the attendees’ practical expertise through an extensive, hands-on laboratory and immersive simulation exhibits, granting them a unique opportunity to expand their technical skill sets.

Zvonimir Krajcer, MD, interventional cardiologist and ISEVS past president, shared, “We wanted symposium participants to leave this event with an increased knowledge of innovative treatment strategies and indispensable patient care recommendations they can implement in their own practices.”

Ourania Preventza, MD, MBA, cardiothoracic surgeon and ISEVS president, emphasized both the historical significance of the society’s 30th-anniversary event and its future, saying, “This symposium celebrated the remarkable advancements in cardiovascular and endovascular technologies and highlighted the increasing involvement of advanced practice providers in this ever-evolving field.”

Thank you to the symposium’s faculty from the following academic and clinical institutions:

  • Atrium Health
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • HCA Houston
  • HonorHealth
  • Houston Methodist
  • Howard University Hospital
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  • Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute
  • The Texas Heart Institute
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch
  • UC Davis Vein Center
  • UCLA Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center
  • UTHealth
  • University of Salerno
  • University of Pennsylvania Penn Medicine
  • University of Virginia Health
  • Upstate Medical Center
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis