PERITONEAL DIALYSIS AND HERO GRAFT IMPLANTATION TECHNIQUES
An immersive hands-on training experience using cadavers, case reviews and problem solving techniques to prepare surgeons for implantation of both the HeRO® Graft and Merit PD catheter system.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Think Access Course is designed for vascular surgeons, transplant surgeons, general surgeons and interventionalists who are looking to participate in an immersive hands-on training experience using cadavers and simulators to more fully prepare themselves to implant peritoneal dialysis catheters as well as the HeRO graft in the appropriate dialysis patient population.
Fellows in their final year are eligible for consideration.
Courses are limited in size to preserve the quality of the hands-on experience. To be added to the list of interest for any of the below programs, please select a date and a Merit Medical representative will contact you to discuss course availability. Don’t see a date that meets your needs? We may be able to help place you in another opportunity.
Implantation of upper abdominal and presternal catheter with a human torso simulator
Percutaneous implantation of upper abdominal catheter on a porcine model
HeRO Graft Implantation:
Cadaver lab (identifying the anastomosis, Venous Outflow Component placement)
The HeRO Candidate: eligibility and contraindications
HeRO case review
Complications and tips/tricks
HeRO Graft thrombectomy techniques
John H. Crabtree, M.D.
Chair, PD University for Surgeons-North America Visiting Clinical Faculty, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center University of Arkansas
Dr. Crabtree is a general surgeon with expertise in nephrology and surgery and serves as Visiting Clinical Faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He completed his medical training and residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Campus in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Crabtree’s clinical research interest focuses on issues related to peritoneal dialysis access. He pioneered modifications and enhancements to the laparoscopic placement of peritoneal dialysis catheters resulting in greatly improved catheter outcomes for peritoneal dialysis patients. Dr. Crabtree has authored numerous articles covering dialysis catheters, implantation techniques, and resolution of dialysis access complications. Currently, Dr. Crabtree is the Chairperson for PD University for Surgeons in North America, part of a global education effort sponsored by the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD). He is the Activity Director for ISPD-sponsored surgeon education programs in Europe.
Jesse Garcia, M.D.
Vascular Surgery, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center University of Santo Tomas
Jesse Garcia is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in vascular access surgery for patients diagnosed with kidney failure who need dialysis. His passion for practicing medicine began with his father, who led the cardiac surgery program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center into the 1980s. Dr. Garcia is part of a team of vascular surgeons at MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute (MHVI) who are performing a large volume of HeRO™ graft placements. This unique new technology has made a dramatic impact on patients’ lives because it significantly reduces the risk and frequency of infection associated with the standard venous catheter use.
Actively practicing in Washington DC for over 20 years, Dr. Garcia received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Washington University and medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He completed his general surgery residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, followed by a fellowship in surgical critical care, and a fellowship in transplant/ vascular access surgery.
Peter B. Hathaway, M.D.
Interventional Radiologist, Director of Utah Vascular Clinic University of Utah School of Medicine
Dr. Hathaway is the Director and Founder of the Utah Vascular Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, graduating with multiple awards. He completed his fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis, Missouri. His continued writing and teaching has focused on percutaneous dialysis interventions and the treatment of peripheral vascular disease, presenting at CiDA, SIR, and other conferences. Dr. Hathaway has published numerous articles on dialysis access and is a nationally recognized thought-leader and speaker in the area of percutaneous dialysis catheter placement.
Stephen E. Hohmann, MD, FACS Vascular Surgeon Texas Vascular Associates
Dr. Stephen Hohmann is one of the main vascular surgeons at Scott and White Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas who support the nephrologists in the Dallas Nephrology Associates group. He has a passion for the care of dialysis patients and for training surgeons and interventionalists on the care of the patients with End Stage Renal Disease. He has been placing the HeRO Graft for over 8 years and is also an advocate of the use of peritoneal dialysis as an alternative to tunneled hemodialysis catheters in patients.
Board certified in Surgery, Dr. Hohmann holds an MD from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. He is the recipient of many awards, including Top Doctor, Compassionate Doctor certification, 2018 On-Time Doctor, and a seven-time recipient of the Patients’ Choice Award.
Rockson Liu, M.D.
General Surgeon, Epic Care, Oakland, CA Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) Ohio State University College of Medicine
Dr. Liu graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. While with The Permanente Medical Group, he developed surgical protocols that improved patient care. He is a nationally recognized expert in Peritoneal Dialysis surgery and a faculty member of the Peritoneal Dialysis University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Liu is currently with Epic Care, Oakland, CA and is working with the group to develop the most advanced robotic surgery center on the West Coast.
Venkataramu Krishnamurthy, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiology at the University of Michigan Hospital Chief of Radiology, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Professor of Radiology and Vascular Surgery, University of Michigan Karnataka Institute of Medical Science
Dr. Venkataramu Krishnamurthy is the Chief of Radiology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, as well as a current Professor of Radiology and Vascular Surgery at the University of Michigan. Board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and Vascular & Interventional Radiology, he received his medical degree from Karnataka Institute of Medical Science in Hubli, India, completed his fellowship at the University of Miami and Indiana University, and has been in practice for more than 20 years. As a clinical professor, Dr. Krishnamurthy is heavily involved in research at the University of Michigan and has presented and published on a variety of radiology and vascular topics in publications such as JVIR, Applied Radiology, Vascular Medicine and Peritoneal Dialysis International.
Eric Peden, M.D.
Chief of Vascular Surgery, Methodist Cardiovascular Associates,Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dr. Peden was appointed Chief of Vascular Surgery of Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in 2008. Prior to joining Methodist as an Assistant Professor in 2006, Dr. Peden was an Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Peden holds an MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and is board certified in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. Highly regarded by his patients and peers, Dr. Peden has 25 years of experience and is a recipient of multiple awards (as both a surgeon and clinical instructor), including the A.O.R.N. Distinguished Surgeon Award in 2008 and Attending Teaching Award (Vascular Surgery Fellows).