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Riverside To Transmit Live Procedures To Medical Conference In Italy


Reality television comes to Riverside Methodist Hospital this Thursday and Friday when it beams live by satellite six procedures from its interventional cardiac catheterization labs to a major medical conference in Venice, Italy.

“We’ve transmitted procedures to conferences in the United States before, but this is the first time we’ve gone to Europe,” said Gary Ansel, MD, medical director for the Critical Limb Care Program at the McConnell Heart Hospital at Riverside Methodist.

Riverside Methodist is the only location in the United States selected to broadcast live to the conference, and Dr. Ansel is one of 11 “live cases operators” from around the world on the conference faculty.

With colleagues Mitch Silver, DO, and Charles F. Botti, Jr., MD, Dr. Ansel will showcase treatments of severe arterial blockages in the legs and feet for “The Venice Course on Extreme Vascular Intervention.”

The meeting runs through Saturday in the Palazzo del Cinema conference centre, site of the Venice International Film Festival.

Lights and cameras have been set up in the catheterization labs at the McConnell Heart Hospital, the location of the Critical Limb Care Program, to capture the action.

Six patients have signed consent forms to have their interventions televised.

“They are excited about their participation,” Dr. Ansel said. “They feel good about being able to teach physicians how to perform these procedures, so patients can benefit from these telecasts.”

Hundreds of attendees from throughout Europe and the United States will watch the Riverside Methodist procedures on the “big screen” in Italy.

Riverside Methodist is slated to be on the air three hours each Thursday and Friday starting at 8 a.m. (EST) and will present six of the conference’s 15 live cases.

The Riverside Methodist cases may include laser therapy; the insertion of stents; and other non-invasive, state-of-the-art techniques that restore blood flow in the lower extremities and help heal life- and limb-threatening skin ulcers.

“It’s an honor to be invited and further recognition that we are one of the leading institutions in the world for these types of treatment,” Dr. Ansel said.


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