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.
A Dialysis Boot Camp is designed specifically for Fellows interested in learning more about dialysis access patients; Fellows in their final year are eligible for all courses.
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.
Type of Course
June 20, 2019
Dinner Presentation and Discussion
Vascular Surgeons, General Surgeons, Transplant Surgeons, Interventionalists (IR,IN)
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, Peritoneal Dialysis University for Surgeons, North American Chapter Visiting Clinical Faculty, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
Dr. Crabtree is a general surgeon with expertise in nephrology and surgery. He pioneered modifications and enhancements to the laparoscopic placement of peritoneal dialysis catheters, resulting in greatly improved catheter outcomes for patients. In addition to his current positions, he is the activity director for International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis-sponsored surgeon education programs in Europe.
Jesse Garcia, M.D.
Vascular Surgeon, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
Dr. Garcia is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in vascular access surgery for patients diagnosed with kidney failure who are in need of dialysis. Actively practicing in Washington, DC, for over 20 years, Dr. Garcia is part of a team of vascular surgeons at MHVI who perform a large volume of HeRO® Graft placements.
Peter B. Hathaway, M.D.
Interventional Radiologist, Director & Founder, Utah Vascular Clinic, South Salt Lake, UT
Dr. Hathaway is a nationally recognized thought leader and speaker in the area of percutaneous dialysis catheter placement. His continued writing and teaching has focused on percutaneous dialysis interventions and the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Hathaway has published numerous articles on dialysis access as well as presented his work at CiDA, SIR, and other conferences.
Dr. Hohmann’s clinical experience includes over 8 years of HeRO® Graft placement. He is also an advocate for the use of peritoneal dialysis as an alternative to tunneled hemodialysis catheters in patients. Dr. Hohmann has a passion for dialysis patient care and for training surgeons and interventionalists on end-stage renal disease care.
Rockson Liu, MD, FACS
General Surgeon, Epic Care, Oakland, CA
Dr. Liu is a nationally recognized expert in peritoneal dialysis surgery and a Peritoneal Dialysis University faculty member. His clinical experience includes working with the Permanente Medical Group, where he developed surgical protocols that improved patient care. Now at Epic Care, Dr. Liu is working with the group to develop the most advanced robotic surgery center on the West Coast.
Venkataramu Krishnamurthy, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiologist, University of Michigan Hospital Chief of Radiology, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Professor of Radiology and Vascular Surgery, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Krishnamurthy is board certified in diagnostic radiology as well as vascular and interventional radiology 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 numerous publications.
Eric Peden, MD
Chief of Vascular Surgery, Methodist Cardiovascular Associates, Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Institute Houston, TX
Dr. Peden 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 and Attending Teaching Award (Vascular Surgery Fellows).
David Varnagy, MD, FACS
Vascular Surgeon, Advent Health Medical Group, Central Florida, USA
Dr. Varnagy is a board-certified and fellowship-trained vascular surgeon and a recognized expert in vascular surgery. He received his medical degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela, and underwent residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, FL, USA. Dr. Varnagy has been an active participant in national conferences and published internationally in several medical journals.