Fellows Course




SNIS/Joint Cerebrovascular Section Fellows Course

February 14-15, 2016

Sheraton Universal Hotel

Los Angeles, California

SNIS/Joint Cerebrovascular Section Fellows Course

February 14-15, 2016

Sheraton Universal Hotel

Los Angeles, California

Once again, the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) and the Joint Cerebrovascular Section

join forces to host the much-anticipated Fellows Course, scheduled for February 14-15 at the

Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

This one-and-a-half day investment, in advance of the AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section Annual Meeting and the

International Stroke Conference, the Fellows Course is designed to provide all attendees with a memorable learning experience.

Broadly speaking, this forum will provide you with the unique opportunity to advance your training, both in the classroom and in

the treatment setting. More specifically, this 24-hour educational tour will serve to introduce you to the people and topics that

will no doubt have a significant impact on your career in the short- and long-term. Whether in the presence of the veterans of our

field, other colleagues or industry representatives, you’ll enjoy plenty of opportunities to listen, debate and discuss the hottest

trends, issues and developments in neurointervention today.

It all kicks off on Sunday evening with a hands-on lab/reception where you can enjoy some dedicated interaction learning more

about the tools of the trade currently on the market as well as what is in the pipeline. This is your opportunity to handle various

devices in a simulated environment in the company of those who can share the particulars of each instrument’s performance

and answer all your questions on the spot. On Monday, you’ll leave the virtual angiosuite behind as you dive into three distinct

session blocks, all designed to provide you with a 360-degree perspective of neurointervention. Starting with a session dedicated

to neurointerventional practice building. From there, you’ll focus on advanced concepts and complications. Following lunch,

you’ll wrap up with a session dedicated to emerging technology.

While the planning committee has worked hard to develop a program that would be well worth your time from an educational

standpoint, we have also taken great care to guarantee the meeting’s feasibility for any interested party. To that end, not only is

there zero cost to attend, but also each participant will also be awarded a $750 travel stipend. This offer is reflective of the mutual

commitment of both SNIS and the AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section to invest in the future of our field . . . and you, the

eventual scientific caretakers who will one day be leading it and innovating new opportunities to advance neurointerventional

research and treatments for the good of patients everywhere.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and eagerness to make a difference! We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles.


Michael Chen, MD

Chair, 2016 Fellows Courses

Robert James, MD

Chair, 2016 Fellows Courses

SNIS/Joint Cerebrovascular Section Fellows Course

February 14-15, 2016

Sheraton Universal Hotel

Los Angeles, California

Preliminary Program subject to change

Sunday, February 14, 2016

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Hands-on Labs and Reception

Monday, February 15, 2016

7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast

DIDACTIC SESSION – Neurointerventional Practice Building

8:00 am – 8:05 am Introduction/Welcome, Michael Chen, MD & Robert James, MD

8:05 am – 8:25 am Making the Most out of your Fellowship, Adam Polifka, MD

8:25 am – 8:45 am Evaluating Potential Job Opportunities, Charles Prestigiacomo, MD

8:45 am – 9:05 am Building a Neuroendovascular Stroke Center, Andrew Ducruet, MD

9:05 am – 9:25 am Negotiating with your Hospital, Webster Crowley, MD

9:25 am – 9:45 am Building and Reinforcing Referrals, Donald Frei, MD

9:45 am – 10:05 am CPT Coding: Need to Know, Clemens Schirmer, MD

10:05 am – 10:45 am Challenges and Rewards of Multispecialty Collaboration in

Neurointerventional Surgery, Adam Arthur, MD, Reade Deleacy, MD

& Thabele Leslie-Mazwi, MD

10:45 am – 11:00 am Break

DIDACTIC SESSION – Advanced Concepts and Complications

11:00 am – 11:20 am Approach to Challenging Aneurysm Embolizations, Alejandro Spiotta, MD

11:20 am – 11:40 am Nuances to Embolization with Flow Diverters, John Gaughen, MD

11:40 am – 12:00 pm Common Pitfalls in Emergent Mechanical Thrombectomy, Justin Fraser, MD

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Risk Management and Complication Avoidance, John Barr, MD &

Aditya Pandey, MD

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm Lunch

DIDACTIC SESSION – Emerging Technology, Research and Innovation

1:20 pm – 1:30 pm Innovations in Mechanical Thrombectomy Technique, Ansaar Rai, MD

1:30 pm – 1:40 pm Intrasaccular Flow Diversion, Daniel Hoit, MD

1:40 pm – 1:50 pm Clinical Research in your Practice, Sameer Ansari, MD

1:50 pm – 2:00 pm Discussion/Questions/Concluding Remarks

SNIS/Joint Cerebrovascular Section Fellows Course

February 14-15, 2016

Sheraton Universal Hotel

Los Angeles, California


There is no registration fee to attend the Fellows Course.

We are also pleased to announce that a travel stipend of $750

will be given to each attendee of the Fellows Course. This

stipend will be sent to you in the weeks following the meeting.

The stipend will only be given to Fellows who attend the

ENTIRE Fellows Course (from 6:00 pm on Sunday through

2:00 pm on Monday).

Please note: Registration forms must be received at SNIS

Headquarters by February 5, 2016. Registrations received

after February 5, 2016 will be processed on-site. To register,

please complete the Registration Form and return it to:

Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery

3975 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 200 North

Fairfax, VA 22033

Online Registration

SNIS offers online registration. Please visit our Web site at

www.snisonline.org to register via our online registration form.

For more information about the course, please call

(703) 691-2272 or e-mail info@snisonline.org.

Cancellation Policy

As there is limited space for the Fellows Course, if you find

that you are unable to attend the meeting, please be sure

and notify SNIS, in writing, of your cancellation on or before

February 5, 2016.

Hotel Information

The AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section Annual Meeting

will be held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles,

California. Please make your reservations directly with the

Sheraton Universal Hotel

on or before January 15,

2016 by calling 818-980-1212.

Be sure to identify yourself as

an AANS/CNS or SNIS attendee in

order to receive the special room rate of $189 single or double


The hotel’s address and phone number are:

Sheraton Universal Hotel

333 Universal Hollywood Drive

Universal City, California 91608

(818) 980-1212

Airport Transportation

The closest airport is the Burbank Airport, a quick 15 minutes

from the hotel.

Los Angeles International is located 30 minutes south of the

hotel and is the #1 international gateway to Asia and the Pacific.

SNIS has partnered with United

Airlines to provide a discounted rate

off of your travel to Los Angeles.

You may book online at www.united.com and enter Offer

Code ZW24567089 in the Offer Code box when searching for

your flights.

If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at

1-800-426-1122, please give them the following information:

Agreement Code: 567089

Z Code: ZW24

Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines

Reservation Office.

SNIS/Joint Cerebrovascular Section Fellows Course

February 14-15, 2016

Sheraton Universal Hotel

Los Angeles, California

Registration Form

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016

Name, Designation (MD, DO, etc)

Nickname (for badge)


Hospital/Company Street Address

Hospital/Company City State Zip Code






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