• March 29, 2013

    In This Issue:





    CCI: Drs. Steven Bailey & Ron Waksman Discuss DES in Diabetics

    The April 2013 issue of Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) is now available online. Headlining this issue is the Editor's Choice article submitted by Medstar Heart Institute in Washington, DC, "Safety and efficacy of everolimus-eluting stents versus paclitaxel-eluting stents in a diabetic population."

    CCI Editor-in-Chief Steven R. Bailey, MD, FSCAI recently discussed this study's findings regarding the difficult choice of first- vs. second- generation stents in the diabetic population with study co-author Ron Waksman, MD, FSCAI. Click here to view this discussion

    Also, be sure not to miss the. accompanying editorial comments by William B. Hillegass, MD, FSCAI as well as a handful of original studies examining the use of OCT and IVUS in combating stent thrombosis. Not to be missed are several CTO case reports and studies on TAVR.

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    Quality is Job #1: SCAI to Present Session on Quality in Kolkata in April

    SCAI leaders will be discussing quality initiatives in the cardiac cath lab with meeting attendees in Kolkata, India on April 13 during a special SCAI Session on Quality at the Cardiological Society of India's (CSI) National Interventional Council's (NIC) annual meeting: CSI NIC Midterm Meet 2013 (April 12-14), cosponsored by SCAI.

    SCAI's Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) has struck a chord not only with cath labs in the U.S. but also with those outside the U.S. Twenty percent of SCAI-QIT Quality Champions hail from 30 countries outside the States, and there has been strong global participation in the SCAI-QIT Webinar Series as well.

    In fact, it was the National Interventional Council that first approached the Society about presenting SCAI-QIT at CSI NIC Midterm Meet 2013 and the discussion turned into a broader session being presented on the meeting's main stage during prime time.

    SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI and CSI President P.K. Deb, MD will moderate the session featuring SCAI Vice President Charles Chambers, MD, FSCAI, Kirk Garratt, MD, FSCAI and CSI NIC Chairman Sundeep Mishra, MD, FSCAI.

    "SCAI has been the leader among cardiovascular professional societies in promoting quality outcomes in catheterization laboratories and we at NIC are committed to ensuring world class patient care in each and every lab of the country. This was a natural collaboration," said Dr. Mishra, who established the partnership with SCAI President-elect and International Committee Chair Theodore Bass, MD, FSCAI.

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    March SCAI-QIT Tip of the Month: Get to Know the "New" AUC

    Going forward, newly released and updated appropriate use criteria (AUC) will be impacted by changes recently made by the American College of Cardiology Foundation to both the methodology and the terminology for these metrics. Now is a good time to reacquaint yourself with the AUC for diagnostic cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention, even though these AUC won’t be directly affected until the next time they are updated.

    For your convenience we’ve compiled the publications that will be most helpful for interventional cardiologists and cardiac cath lab teams. A refresher on the new terminology:   the “Appropriate” designation will stay the same, while the “Uncertain” and “Inappropriate” categories have been renamed “May Be Appropriate” and “Rarely Appropriate,” respectively, to better reflect clinical practice.

    While the new terminology should help many people to understand better how the AUC are intended to work, we can’t forget that they will still be metrics that third-party payers and institutions may use to document acceptable use of procedures.  

    Must-Read Documents for Interventionalists:


    The SCAI Quality Improvement Toolkit was developed with support from founding supporter Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC and AstraZeneca. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support, while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.

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    SCAI 2013: Advanced Registration Deadline Extended to April 5

    The Advance Registration Discount for SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions has been extended until next Friday, April 5, giving interventional and invasive cardiologists, fellows-in-training, cath lab teams and other cardiovascular health care pros one more week to take advantage of this discounted tuition rate.


    Already registered? Be sure you book your room at The Peabody Orlando as soon as possible! SCAI's discounted room block is likely to fill prior to the discount deadline of April 5. For the discounted room rate of $179 / night plus tax (12.5%) and hotel services fee ($15 / night), attendees should call 1 (800) 732-2639 and reference “SCAI 2013”.

    Plan to fly in on Tuesday and join us for the Program Chairs' Welcoming Reception that evening! Stay tuned for more details to be announced next week...

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    SCAI 2013: Check Out List of Top Abstracts Tabbed for Prime Time

    They're simply the best.

    Some of them are even the best of the best.

    Out of nearly 600 abstracts submitted to SCAI 2013, there were a mere 27 slots for oral abstract presentation on stage at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions.

    Representing nine categories of research ranging from pediatric to endovascular, this year's oral abstracts at SCAI 2013 have been announced and scheduled, including the coveted Best of the Best Abstracts.

    Take a Look at the Schedule of Oral Abstract Presentations

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    #SCAI2013: Tweet About the Sessions You are Looking Forward To

    Many of you are making plans to attend SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions in Las Vegas, May 9-12. If you're not, you should be. Let the Twitter universe know what sessions you are looking forward to and don't forget to use the hashtag #SCAI2013.

    New to Twitter? On Twitter, you can keep up with the latest news from your friends, news sources, organizations and business, while sharing updates in 140 characters or less.

    Physicians, healthcare providers, other heart health groups and more are using Twitter to keep up on SCAI's latest clinical news and activities. SCAI is closing in on 1500 followers on Twitter! Let's keep the momentum going. If you have a Twitter account, be sure to follow us @SCAI.

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    Training Program Director Nominations for Braden Award Due April 1

    SCAI is reminding interventional cardiology training program directors to nominate worthy fellows-in-training for the Gregory Braden Memorial Fellow of the Year Award. The application deadline is Monday, April 1.

    In August of 2007, SCAI Board of Trustees member Gregory Braden, MD, FSCAI tragically passed away. An active researcher, educator and friend to the Society, Dr. Braden was best known for his pioneering work in intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), coronary atherectomy, and chronic total occlusions. In keeping with his positive and generous spirit, Dr. Braden's friends and family have established the Gregory Braden Memorial Fund through the Forsyth Medical Center Foundation in Winston-Salem, NC.

    As part of the fund's purpose, SCAI is honored to present the annual "Gregory Braden Memorial Fellow of the Year Award" to a graduating interventional cardiology fellow who best represents the following qualities that Dr. Braden exemplified:

    • Demonstrates excellent interventional skills in multiple CV modalities;
    • Shows promise for future contributions to CV research through publications or otherwise;
    • Consistently demonstrates dedication to patient care and patient well-being;
    • Shows potential to become a leader amongst peers; and
    • Strives to contribute to the overall advancement of interventional cardiology.

    The award recipient will be presented with a hand-crafted crystal award, a $2,500 cash award, and a one year free membership to SCAI post-graduation during the Annual Banquet at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions.

    Find Out More & Make Your Nomination

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