ThinkRadial and Merit Medical are proud to support the first Transradial IR Centre of Excellence education program at Vancouver General Hospital taking place later this week, for Interventional Radiologists in Canada who seek to learn why and how they should incorporate the radial approach into their practice.
The Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) system was the earliest adopter of the transradial approach for peripheral interventions by Interventional Radiologists in Canada. In 2014, Dr. Darren Klass performed the very first transradial radioembolization and chemoembolization of the liver in Canada, and now the IR team at VCH performs 90% of their liver and fibroid embolizations via the radial artery. The team supports clinical studies for radial interventions and all have been invited to speak at global conferences about their radial experiences and knowledge. It is for these reasons that Vancouver General and University of British Columbia Hospitals can be considered a Transradial IR Centre of Excellence in Canada and North America.
Dr. John Chung will be the faculty lead for the Centre of Excellence program this week. Dr. Chung is an Interventional Radiologist at Vancouver General and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Hospitals, as well as a Clinical Instructor and the Interventional Radiology Fellowship Director at UBC. Dr. Chung will be accompanied by his IR colleagues: Dr. Klass, the IR Director for ThinkRadial, as well as the IR head of the complex thoracic aortic stent graft program at Vancouver General Hospital and a deputy editor of the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal; Dr. Stephen Ho, currently the Head of the Division of Interventional Radiology at Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals; and Dr. David Liu, Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, at University of British Columbia.
Merit Medical has made a substantial commitment to advancing the practice of transradial intervention with a broad portfolio of radial-specific products and accessories, its sponsorship of high quality training programs, and the ThinkRadial website, a resource for education, research, and information supporting the radial approach. It is a pleasure and privilege for ThinkRadial and Merit Medical to work with the Vancouver IR team, as they are truly committed to advancing this patient-centric technique.
We look forward to supporting additional programs at the Vancouver Transradial IR Centre of Excellence in 2017. For more information and to sign up for updates about future courses, visit: ThinkRadial.com/Courses