There is a great deal of activity at the International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISES) these days, and as the Vice Chairman of ISES, I wanted to share some of these exciting developments with our members.

Planning is moving forward smoothly with our regional educational programs. Our first, 1-day CME event is planned for July 18, 2015 in Seattle, WA. The focus of this program will be venous in nature. Our local Conference Co-Chairman is Dr. Brian Ferris, a busy vascular surgeon who is with the Lake Washington Vascular group. Dr. Ferris, Dr. Kracjer, the ISES International Director of Education and myself are finalizing the program to include topics such as chronic venous insufficiency, central venous disorders along with evidence-based presentations on DVT. If you are located in the Pacific Northwest, consider attending this program. Registration is still available, and the early-bird discount registration period ends June 12, 2015. You can register on-line at http://www.isesonline.org/ises-pacific-northwest.html.

The intent and design for these 1-day CME events is to provide an easy, convenient forum to get updated on important topics related to endovascular-related cardiovascular topics.The format is intended to facilitate dialogue and collaboration among local physicians, nurses and technicians who share an interest around a topic. As they are local programs, the faculty and registered attendees are meant to close enough geographically that travel costs of participants is kept at a minimum. Finally, the program is being held on a Saturday, which should minimize conflicts with clinical responsibilities.
We expect that these Regional educational programs will introduce ISES to a large number of people that had not previously attended the annual iCON meetings. We will distribute membership information at these meetings and encourage registered attendees to join.
In May, we have the upcoming ISES Celebration in Paris, Rencontres Vasculaires du Val d'Or. Dr. Busque is turning this meeting into a celebration of the achievements of ISES and a look to the future. Our current president, Dr. Buckley, will be recognized along with Dr. Diethrich for his visionary efforts on behalf of the society since its inception. More information about this event can be found at http://www.isesonline.org/rencontres-vasculaires.html.
These are just few of the exciting things going on at ISES. In our next update, we will share more exciting information about the Journal and other educational events.
As always, feel free to contact us with questions or comments.

Grayson H. Wheatley III, MD, FACS


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