SIR EDGE Program by Topic


October 17-19
Grand Hyatt Denver Hotel, Denver


Program by Topic

MSK Embolization and pain management Portal hypertension

Sessions on MSK embolization and pain management, and portal hypertension will be held on Thursday, October 17th and Friday, October 18th. See schedule-at-a-glance for times.

** All sessions and special events are held at the Grand Hyatt Denver Hotel on the 38th floor.  


MSK Embolization and Pain Management

Track Coordinators: J.David Prologo, MD, FSIR, Steven Yevich, MD, Osman Ahmed, MD, Yan Epelboym, MD, MPH

Thursday, October 17

8:00 -10:30 a.m.

MSK Pain and Embolization: the knee

  • Rheumatologic pathophysiology of OA/inflammation- Joel Block, MD 
  • Genicular artery anatomy: common variants, and anastomoses- Osman Ahmed, MD
  • State of the data on GAE in 2024-Yan Epelboym, MD, MPH
  • Genicular nerve anatomy-John B. Smirniotopoulos, MD
  • State of the data on genicular nerve ablation-Felix M. Gonzalez, MD
  • Recorded video of genicular artery embolization-Yuji Okuno, MD, PhD
  • GAE for refractory post-knee arthroplasty pain-Yan Epelboym, MD, MPH
  • Practical aspects of GAE: performing GAE, pearls, pitfalls, management, follow up, and management of complications- Osman Ahmed, MD
  • Video case: genicular nerve ablation- John B. Smirniotopoulos, MD
  • Practical aspects of nerve ablation: pearls, pitfalls, management, follow up, and management of complications- Felix M. Gonzalez, MD
  • Debate: GAE vs Nerve ablation: Who goes where? with Yan Epelboym, MD, MPH, Osman Ahmed, MD, John B. Smirniotopoulos, MD and Felix M. Gonzalez, MD

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

MSK Tumors

  • Non-malignant tumors: what's are our role?- C. Matthew Hawkins, MD, FSIR
  • The multifaceted pathophysiology of cancer pain- J. David Prologo, MD, FSIR
  • High yield nerve targets for cancer pain management- J. David Prologo, MD, FSIR
  • Appendicular cancer disease - to embolize or ablate?- Steven Yevich, MD
  • The screw or not to screw-Steven Yevich, MD

1:00 - 2:45 p.m.

MSK Pain and Embolization: Spine

  • Non-neoplastic spine disease- John B. Smirniotopoulos, MD
  • Malignant spine disease- Jack Jennings, MD, PhD, FSIR
  • Intrathecal pumps- George Zlotchenko, MD
  • Spinal cord stimulators- Dana Dunleavy, MD
  • The sacrum- Junman Kim, MD

Friday, October 18

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

MSK Pain and embolization: The real world and beyond...

  • Building an advanced interventional pain practice from scratch- J. David Prologo, MD, FSIR 
  • Billing and coding: who pays for what and when- Osman Ahmed, MD
  • Shoulder embolization for adhesive capsulitis, anatomy, techniques, embolic agents- Ana Maria Fernandez Martinez, MD 
  • Video: Shoulder embolization- Ana Maria Fernandez Martinez, MD 
  • Elbow embolization techniques and how I do it- Siddharth A. Padia, MD, FSIR
  • Frontiers of musculoskeletal embolization- Yuji Okuno, MD, PhD
  • MRI Evaluation of Knee OA- Ali Guermazi, MD, PhD, MSc
  • Debate: GAE: temporary vs permanent embolics with Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR & Osman Ahmed, MD



Portal hypertension

Track Coordinators: Paula Novelli, MD, FSIR, Hector Ferral, MD, FSIR, Khashayar Farsad, MD, PhD, FSIR, Ron Gaba, MD, MS, FSIR 

This is not your grandmother’s TIPS! The evolving landscape surrounding the management of portal hypertension continues to excite the most advanced practitioners. The program will explore the complexity of care, strategies for optimizing patient selection, and technical and clinical outcomes. Nuances and insights will be presented in round table panel expert discussions and short didactic sessions highlighting emerging evidence and shifting paradigms.

These sessions will give you the EDGE to navigate the complexities of portal hypertension. A bonus hands-on symposium will introduce new technical approaches and devices.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the current state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology practice in portal hypertension.
  • Learn and experience the technical aspects of TIPS creation, using available access sets and intravascular ultrasound guidance.
  • Recognize major unanswered questions and potential areas of future growth in IR treatment of portal hypertension.

Thursday, October 17


  • Early bird 1- Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR
    Early (< 72 h) TIPS for bleeding: practice variations and reasons why
  • Early bird 2- Hector Ferral, MD, FSIR
    Early TIPS for ascites
  • Night shift 
    Emergent TIPS
  • The controversial TIPS
    High MELD, CKD/ESRD, HE, active drinking, not OLT listed, older adults, high RA pressure/cardiac failure, active infection/biliary dilation
  • Bulking up
    TIPS and sarcopenia
  • Thrombus is not your enemy
    TIPS for PVT in different settings
  • Alphabet soup of liver disease
    ABCs of liver disease: MASLD, MASH, MetALD, ACLD
  • Pump it up
    Impact of RA pressure on TIPS risk and outcomes


  • Dinosaurs vs. millennials
    Role of fluoroscopic TIPS approaches in the age of IVUS
  • Under pressure
    PPG targets, what and where to measure, and targets in different conditions. Pressure measurements? Are they reliable? Aren’t absolute pressures better?
  • Honey, I shrunk the TIPS- Khashayar Farsad, MD, PhD
    Controlled expansion stents, role for smaller shunts
  • Closing time
    Varices: obliteration, decompression, embo; which one and how?
  • The spleen is a delicate friend- Hector Ferral, MD, FSIR
    Transplenic and transmesenteric approaches, acute and chronic PVT techniques


  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes- Paula Novelli, MD, FSIR
    Understanding physiologic changes after TIPS: cardiac, renal, etc.
  • Feeling tipsy- 
    HE after TIPS: avoidance/mitigation measures beyond standard risk factors; Management of other overshunting complications.
  • Clot busters- Paula Novelli, MD, FSIR
    Antithrombotic strategies in TIPS and PVT/portal vein recanalization
  • Cautionary tales
    Worst adverse events
  • I want to do more TIPS
    Practice building and referrer engagement, top 5 tips



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