SVIN Annual Meeting

On behalf of the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN), I would like to welcome you all to the 14th Hybrid Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, November 14-17, 2021! Although we faced many challenges over the past year, our field has continued to innovate and grow to advance our knowledge in the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases. Stroke does not take break, and neither do we as a society. This year, we have built a unique hybrid program based on previous in-person successful meetings, and incorporated novel virtual approaches to ensure that all national and international cerebrovascular practitioners from diverse disciplines have the opportunity to enjoy the latest advancements in the field to improve their patients’ outcomes.

Our first day kicks-off with a guided hiking tour for those brave early-risers and adventurers at heart. After, we will commence the annual meeting with the Stroke Center Workshop chaired by Drs. Andrei Alexandrov and Alexandra Czap. During our Annual MT2020+ Brunch, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about our global SVIN initiative, MT2020+, which aims to increase access to mechanical thrombectomy throughout the world, and hear updates of the multiple achievements and collaborations spanning five continents. After brunch, we will have the opportunity to hear from world experts on how to improve stroke systems of care and better fulfill requirements for stroke center certifications.   Workshops and debates will highlight the perspective of EMS on how to improve prehospital care and incorporate machine learning software and other devices in our triage process. We will hear about the national and international scientist experience of using TNK as a preferred first choice thrombolytic agent and discuss the latest medical and surgical therapies available for ICH. Finally, our day would not be complete without hearing about the latest evidence on Mobile Stroke Units and its incorporation into our stroke systems of care.

Our second day will commence with debates on the hottest topics surrounding acute stroke intervention by world and society leaders (hopefully, we witness passionate debates and friendly fire from both sides!). In the afternoon, we will enjoy our parallel track sessions on diagnostic challenges in vascular neurology, expansion of EVT (a session which features all well-known women in the field), and antiplatelet management in our APP session. Our last session will close with illuminating lectures on triage and controversial management of LVOs.

On Friday, we will be introduced to the latest advancements in hemorrhagic cerebrovascular disease and rehabilitation, and witness complex cases and bailouts presented by both our junior and senior members. This year, we have also included a new joint session with the Neurocritical care society where experts from both societies will share the latest research in vasospasm and reperfusion.  Our final day, Saturday, will start with updates from ongoing clinical trials in the field, followed by the second joint Vascular and Interventional sessions, where all participants will be exposed to for robust discussions and advancements in the latest topics on cerebrovascular disease.  We will close the conference with a memorable half-day fellows course organized by SVIN Board members and industry sponsors.

The Abstract Committee, under the leadership of Alicia Castonguay, PhD, continues to meet the challenge of choosing the best scientific abstracts from more than 200 submissions.  The Research Committee worked diligently to bring out the best of SVIN science to be highlighted in two platform presentation sessions. Additional meetings highlights will include networking opportunities during our welcome reception, our Women in Vascular and Interventional Neurology (WIN) Reception (with featured keynote speaker, Dr. Lisa Rotenstein, from Harvard Medical School), Members in Training Reception and Diversity Equity and Inclusion reception (with featured keynote speaker, Dr. Joseph Kass, from Baylor College of Medicine), where SVIN demonstrates the commitment to building a representative workforce within our field and to making the lifesaving treatments our specialties offer equally available to all members of society and to increase access to underrepresented vascular and interventional neurology physicians.

New to the Annual meeting will be the S:VIN Journal Gala, held on Friday night at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. During this exciting event, we will celebrate together the launching our joint SVIN: AHA journal led by Dr. Ashutosh Jadhav, Editor-in-Chief. A formal dinner event, followed by music on a beautiful night in the Phoenix desert, will provide a unique environment to catch up with friends old while celebrating this historic moment for our society.

I would like to thank our Annual Meeting Committee, Stroke Center Workshop Chairs, Nursing and Vascular Track Chairs, Abstract Committee, Fundraising Committee, SVIN’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, as well as everyone who has generously donated their time, effort, and patience to putting together the best possible agenda for this year’s meeting. We wish to acknowledge and thank our gracious meeting exhibitors and sponsors for their continued participation in the SVIN Annual Meeting and the society.  Please be sure to visit the exhibitor area and Top Supporter suites. 

I thank the SVIN for the opportunity to lead this year’s annual meeting and I look forward to an amazing time learning, networking, and building synergies with all of you in Phoenix!


Santiago Ortega Gutierrez, MD, MSc, FSVIN, FAHA
Chair, 14th Annual SVIN Meeting

Santiago Ortega Gutierrez

Santiago Ortega Gutierrez, MD, MSc, FSVIN, FAHA