ACTiVE 2020

About the Meeting

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is rapidly emerging as a major focal point in interventional radiology (IR) practice; ACTiVE is specifically designed to address the IR’s need for a state-of-the-art, data-driven approach to VTE. Over the course of two days, the management of pulmonary embolism (PE), deep venous thrombosis (DVT), and IVC filters will be covered through a combination of didactic lectures, expert case-based panel discussions, and workshops. Participants will benefit from interactive “How-I-Do-It” sessions and hands-on opportunities with technologies critical to successfully managing patients with PE, DVT, and difficult to retrieve IVC filters. Furthermore, all didactic lectures will be offered with SA-CME credit. 

                                    Registration Rates                     


Sept. 25

Sept. 25

SIR Member  $795 $895
SIR Student, Resident or Fellow-in-Training Member $250 $250
Non-Member  $1,795 $1,995

Program Committee

Kush R. Desai, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, Ill.

Robert J. Lewandowski, MD, FSIR
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, Ill.

Robert K.W. Ryu, MD, FSIR
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, Colo.



The Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas
6333 N Scottsdale Rd, 
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

For hotel reservations, please call (480) 948-7750 and reference the "SIR 2019 ACTIVE meeting" to get the meeting rate. The room rate is $179 plus taxes (single/double) per night. To make your reservation online, click the blue "hotel reservations" box on the right.

Target audience: 

Interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, vascular medicine specialists, hematologists, internal medicine physicians, and physician extenders interested in venous thromboembolic disease and IVC filter management


Learning objectives:

  • Describe the natural history of DVT/PE, and the outcomes of medical management
  • Discuss existing literature on endovascular PE management and identify current “best practice” approaches
  • Develop strategies for building a successful pulmonary embolism response team (PERT)
  • Identify new technical approaches to acute and chronic venous occlusions
  • Describe current approaches and trends in IVC filter utilization
  • Review approaches to maximizing filter retrieval rates and successfully retrieve embedded IVC filters with advanced filter retrieval techniques

Program Highlights

ACTiVE demonstrates SIR's commitment to education in the realm of venous thromboembolism. The multidisciplinary faculty which includes IRs, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, pulmonologists, and hematologists, will illustrate the multidisciplinary perspective; this is critical to efficient, collaborative care in the rapidly expanding venous domain. Talks include "Catheter directed treatment of DVT in the post ATTRACT world," "How to examine and grade the venous patient," " Management of superficial venous reflux with known deep venous disease," "How to establish a PERT team," and "Topics in advanced filter retrieval."


Highlights of topics to be covered at ACTiVE:
"Managing patients with combined superficial and deep vein disease has been a controversial topic. Decision-making is dependent on clinical presentation severity of disease in each system. During my talk I will present a clinical algorithm on the management of such patients."

-Antonios P. Gasparis, MD, FACS, vascular surgery, Stony Brook Medicine, New York

"Why haven't the major societies endorsed more interventional therapies for the patient with submassive PE? When my patient looks sick, but they are not in shock, how do I know which direction to turn for guidance in the best treatment strategy? We will discuss these important questions and how to involve both the patient and referring doctors in the discussion to achieve the best therapeutic outcome."

-Daniel Schimmel, MD, MS, interventional cardiologist, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago

Additional Course Information

Accreditation and CME

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is accredited by the ACCME to provide medical education for physicians.

The Society of Interventional Radiology designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program will be approved for 8.25 self-assessment CME credits (SA-CME) by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). SIR is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The live SA-CME sessions offered at this live meeting, meet the ABR’s criteria for a self-assessment toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.

SIR Education

Cancellation policy

Due to high demand and the limited number of possible attendees for this course, SIR must adhere to a strict registration cancellation policy. Cancellations received in writing by September 25, 2019, will be refunded less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after September 25, 2019. Refunds or credits will not be given for failure to attend, late arrival, unattended events or early departure. Hotel reservations, cancellations and/or changes must be made directly with the hotel. All refunds must be submitted in writing to:

Society of Interventional Radiology
Attention: Education Department
3975 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 400 North
Fairfax, VA 22033