Portal Hypertension SIG: Critical Review of Invasive Interventions in Patients with Portal Hypertension
Recorded On: 10/20/2017
Join international portal hypertension experts for a critical review of several invasive interventions performed in patients with the disease. This session will look at potential situations that may interfere with the accuracy and reproducibility of hepatic venous pressure gradient and portal pressure gradient measurements in the course of TIPS. It will also discuss recommendations for standardizing the procedure. Attendees will hear a review of invasive procedures used to diagnose and treat cardiofundal and ectopic varices as well as new therapeutic strategies to solve portal hypertension in patients — both children and adults — with portal cavernoma. Finally, the session will review the potential role of splenectomy or spleen embolization in the treatment of hypersplenism and of the closing or reduction of TIPS or large portocollateral shunts in patients with severe refractory hepatic encephalopathy.
Juan C. Garcia-Pagan
Juan Carlos Garcia-Pagán is a Senior consultant in Hepatology and Head of the Hepatic Hemodynamic section at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Spain and Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona.
He is currently sharing its clinical activity in the hospital with its clinical and basic research at the Institut de Investigacións Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) and is also member of the Centro para Investigación Biomédica en Red de enfermedades hepaticas y digestivas (CIBEREHD). The main research of Interest are: Pathophysiology and treatment of portal hypertension in cirrhosis and of vascular disorders of the liver. He is currently the chair of the EASL-VALDIG (Vascular liver disease group) .
Dr. Tandon is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the Cirrhosis Care Clinic and Transplant Hepatologist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She completed her Gastroenterology and Hepatology training at the University of Alberta with fellowships at Yale University and the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. Her clinical practice and research are focused on cirrhosis. Research interests include acute on chronic liver failure and its related complications, sarcopenia, frailty, nutrition, exercise therapy and the early integration of palliative care principles in cirrhosis.
Riccardo A. Superina
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.