Dr. Ziv Haskal, Professor of Radiology in the UVA Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, delivered the 2019 American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Interventions (CVRI) Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture. Dr. Haskal’s lecture was entitled “Vein Vedi Vici – Maybe?”
The Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture was established by the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention in 1987 to honor Dr. Dotter, who was a pioneer in the development of angioplasty and other interventional cardiovascular procedures. Past honorees include Dr. Alan Matsumoto, Professor and Chair of the UVA Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, who delivered the lecture in 2015.
Dr. Haskal’s summary of his lecture is as follows:
“This lecture will focus upon two aspects of interest in venous care – gaps in the current state of lower extremity venous endovascular interventions and the methodical iatrogenic thrombosis of veins by venous access catheters, and the deforestation of veins and often devastating lifelong consequences.
The ‘lowly’ venous system has finally received the cross-disciplinary focus it deserves, in research and clinical impact. One might indeed consider this to finally be the ‘Year of the Vein.’ And yet, many of the accepted interventions remain based on limited levels of evidence, gaps in questions both asked and answered, often focused upon the availability of a tool (which then drives intervention). This lecture will examine the relevant questions to be answered, known and overlooked; opportunities for future directions; bias and dogma in these areas; and a signpost for future research directions.”