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LEARN 2019

October 17-19, 2019
Nashville, Tenn.

About the Meeting

LEARN (Lower Extremity Arterial Revascularization) returns with more content and more insight into better treatments for PAD patients.

    • PAD and CLI updates -- Delve deeper into the critical limb ischemia (CLI) epidemic and take advantage of opportunities to acquire new skills and meet the needs of this growing patient population.
    • Real-world treatment solutions -- Explore in interactive case-based format, best strategies for therapy including alternative access and closure techniques, atherectomy and anti-proliferative/drug-eluting technology.
    • Keeping your PAD practice healthy -- Learn how to address the economic challenges of PAD treatment in the era of value-based care.
    • Cutting-edge technologies for better patient care -- “Test-drive” devices in hands-on sessions featuring the latest endovascular technologies.

Registration rates

Sept. 13
Sept. 13
SIR member $795 $895
SIR student, resident or fellow in-training member* $250
SIR associate member (non-physician) $695 $795
Nonmember $1,795 $1,995


*Discount available to SIR student, resident or fellow-in-training member registrants who are from the same program. Additional registrants will receive $150 off their registration to the LEARN meeting. Please contact Matt Taber at for additional information. 

Program Committee

James F. Benenati, MD, FSIR
Baptist Health Cardiac and Vascular Institute

Robert A. Lookstein, MD, FSIR
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Sanja Misra, MD, FSIR
Mayo Clinic & Foundation

Parag J. Patel, MD, MS, FSIR
Medical College of Wisconsin

Bret N. Wiechman, MD, FSIR
Vascular & Interventional Physicians



Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203

For hotel reservations, please call (615) 255-8400 and reference the "SIR 2019 LEARN meeting" to get the meeting rate. The room rate is $289 plus taxes (single/double) per night. To make your reservation online, click the blue "hotel reservations" box on the right.


LEARN Faculty Spotlight

Hear from LEARN's newest faculty members

This year's LEARN meeting features nine new faculty members. We will spotlight these faculty members as we approach the LEARN meeting. Interviewed by Dr. Bret Wiechmann, the first interviewee is Timothy Yates, MD of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL. 

BNW: Tim Yates, MD, welcome to the LEARN team! We are thrilled to have new, engaged faculty like yourself for the "Return of LEARN." Tell me what you know about LEARN and the importance of PAD education.

TY: It is really an honor to be a part of this faculty with outstanding operators. I first "learned of LEARN" through two of my mentors Bob Beasley and Jim Benenati. Also my partner Brandon Olivieri, total stud IR, went as a resident and was blown away.

BNW: Give me some details of your practice and how your group has developed your PAD referrals.

TY: I joined Bob Beasley 4 years ago at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he had an extremely busy endovascular service, one of the main reasons I went back. Since I have been there, I have helped flesh out our CLI practice with dedicated surgeons and podiatrists, to promote better limb salvage rates. I've also been a part of national organizations through SIR and the CLI Global #CLIfighters, giving me and other colleagues support and training to improve our practices. I'm going to soon be leaving to an outpatient practice with Warren Swee, so I look forward to starting new efforts from the ground up.

BNW: Is there a particular aspect of PAD that interests you, and why?

TY: Limb salvage, all the way. This is not for the weak of heart, and your numbers will suffer because many of these patients will have the "worst of the worst" disease. So getting all "soft balls" can't be your goal with this substrate. We push the limits of technique and devices everyday with these patients and there is something so technically satisfying about bringing some of them out of Civil war era of amputation (where appropriate).

BNW: What do you look forward to most about participating in LEARN?

TY: I've been included in a team of all star IR's dedicated to keeping our skills and practice at the forefront of PAD medicine. We only improve by surrounding ourselves with a Mastermind group of people better than us. I hope we can inspire attendees to push limits with us as we move forward.


Visit the SIR Connect member forum to see additional faculty interviews by LEARN program director, Dr. Bret Wiechmann.

SIR Connect

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 October 1, 2019, will be refunded less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after October 1, 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