Management of Bleeding Fundal and Ectopic Varices – TIPS, BRTO, and Embolization

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Recorded On: 10/06/2016

The evidence to support therapeutic decisions in patients with cirrhosis and fundal and ectopic varices is scarce, and treatment is controversial. In addition, since these varices are infrequent, clinicians have limited experience and knowledge of the therapeutic options. This webinar is aimed at providing an update on the treatment of patients with cirrhosis who are bleeding from fundal and ectopic varices, by providing the perspective of an expert clinician and an interventional radiologist, both North American leaders in the field.

Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao (Moderator)

Dr. Garcia-Tsao is Professor of Medicine, Chief of Digestive Diseases and Program Director of the Hepatitis C Resource Center at Veteran’s Administration-Connecticut Healthcare System, as well as Director of Clinical and Translational Core at Yale Liver Center. She is a past president of AASLD. She received her M.D. and training at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. Her primary research focus is on clinical research which focuses on cirrhosis and its complications, and she also is involved in the study of bacterial infections in cirrhosis, a complication that is often overlooked.

Jonel Trebicka (Moderator)

Dr. Jonel Trebicka is head of the Laboratory for Liver Fibrosis and Portal Hypertension, as well as the TIPS-Outpatient Clinic at the University Hospital Bonn, Germany. He is also an adjunct professor in gastroenterology and hepatology in Odense, Denmark. Dr. Trebicka is a member of the editorial board of American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, Scientific Reports and Journal of Hepatology, as well as in the Steering Committee of VALDIG-Consortium, Baveno-Cooperation and EF-CLIF. He was a faculty member at the BAVENO VI Consensus-Conference.

Thomas D. Boyer

Dr. Thomas D. Boyer is currently Professor of Medicine and Director of the Liver Research Institute at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. He has a longstanding interest in the complications of portal hypertension including bleeding varices, ascites, and hepatorenal syndrome. Dr. Boyer has published a number of papers in each of these areas of interest.

Wael E. Saad

Dr. Saad is a Physician of 20 years and is internationally recognized for liver disease including liver transplantation, hepatobiliary disease and portal hypertension. He has over 240 publications and over 70 book chapters and is an author of 4 books. He completed his residency at the University of Rochester, New York and his Fellowship in Vascular & Interventional Radiology at Mallinckrodt Institute of radiology, Washington University, St. Louis. He practiced Interventional Radiology at the University of Rochester and University of Virginia, where he was the program director of the Vascular & Interventional Radiology Fellowship, before coming to the University of Michigan in 2013. Dr. Saad is active in the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and was awarded the SIR-Fellowship in 2010. He served as the Chairman of the SIR Standards of Practice Committee from 2011 through to 2014.

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