About this event

  • Date and time Tue 15 Sep 2020 from 8:00am to 16 Sep 2020 at 1:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Vascular, Lipid and Metabolic Medicine Section

This symposium will extensively examine the diagnosis of a wide range of cardiovascular conditions with a particular focus on the role of imaging techniques in the management of these challenging disorders and updates on current best practice. 

The role of imaging in the management of aneurysmal disease; venous diseases; lymphatic and vasospastic diseases will be discussed, as well as the use of imaging in the assessment of cardiac risk before surgery, and understanding the role of inflammation in cardiovascular disease.

Plus presentations from the annual Harvey Prize will be presented! If you would like to apply please scroll down for more information. 

Topics include: 

  • Imaging in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases
  • Current best practice 
  • How imaging can help overcome difficult venous access
  • Interpreting images confidently to enable a management plan 
  • Procedural tips and tricks in dealing with complex therapeutic intervention 
  • The pros and cons of EVAR and open surgery for AAA

 The symposium content has been designed for trainees, clinicians and healthcare professionals from different specialties involved in the management of cardiovascular diseases. 

The Harvey Prize

Submission deadline: Sunday 19 July 2020


  • First prize: £150 plus a year’s free RSM membership
  • Second prize: £100

Open to:Trainees (only)

Application guidelines: Abstracts of clinical cases pertaining to vascular medicine, vascular and endovascular surgery of no more than 250 words. Only one paper per person can be submitted. 

*Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give an oral presentation at the Harvey symposium on Tuesday 15 to Wednesday 16 September 2020.

Key speakers

Dr Paul Ridker

Senior Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Speaker's biography

Formally trained in cardiovascular medicine and epidemiology, Dr Paul M Ridker is the Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and directs the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, a translational research unit at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr Ridker’s research focuses on the design and conduct of multi-national randomized trials, the development of inflammatory biomarkers for clinical and research use, the molecular and genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases, and on novel strategies for cardiovascular disease detection and prevention.


As a preventive cardiologist, Dr Ridker is best known for his work developing the inflammatory hypothesis of heart disease, the clinical application of high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) testing as a method to better evaluate cardiovascular risk, and the demonstration in 2008 in the large-scale JUPITER trial that statin therapy is highly effective at reducing heart attack and stroke when given to men and women with elevated hsCRP levels. Currently, Dr Ridker serves as Trial Chairman and Principal Investigator of two multi-national, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials designed to address whether reducing inflammation can reduce cardiovascular event rates. These trials are the Canakinumab Anti-Inflammatory Thrombosis Outcomes Study (CANTOS) and the NHLBI funded Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial (CIRT).

Professor George Geroulakos

Professor and Chair of Vascular Surgery, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Professor of Vascular Surgery, Imperial College London, Past President, Section of Vascular Medicine, The Royal Society of Medicine, London.

Speaker's biography

Professor Geroulakos is currently the Director of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Attikon University Hospital in Athens and the Divisional Director for Surgery in the same Hospital. This is the largest department of Vascular Surgery in Greece with 35 beds, 6 vascular specialists and 7 vascular trainees.


"We provide the full spectrum of services in the management of arterial and venous disease including management of rare and complicated cases. We operate approximately 160 aortic cases every year."


View the programme - day one 15 September 2020

Registration, tea and coffee
Opening the symposium
Welcome and introduction

Professor Martin Malina

Imaging in aneurysmal diseases

Chair: Professor Gerry Stansby

CT Scan

Professor Martin Malina

US, duplex scan

Dr Kamran Modaresi

3d US scan

Professor Charles Mccollum

MRI Scan

Dr Narayan Karunanithy

Planning for EVAR and posoperative surveillance

Stéphan Haulon

Endoleak detection

Nuno Dias

Graft infection

Professor George Geroulakos

Dealing with visceral arteries

Mr Colin Bicknell

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Carotid disease and acute stroke intervention

Chairs: Professor George Geroulakos and Professor Paul Ridker


Dr Kamran Modaresi


Dr Rakesh Patel

TF Angiogram

Dr Eldon Lehmann

Peripheral arterial disease

Chairs: Dr Lorenzo Patrone and Professor Gerry Stansby


Dr Kamran Modaresi


Professor Charles Mccollum


Dr Lorenzo Patrone

Panel discussion

Keynote lecture: The known and unknown about the role of inflammation in cardiovascular diseases

Professor Paul Ridker

Chair: Professor Lord Ajay Kakkar


Imaging for cardiac risk prior to surgery

Chairs: Professor Jill Belch and Professor Paul Ridker

ECHO, treadmill, calcium scoring in CT, thallium stress test, CPEX, cardiac angio

Professor Jaspal Kooner

Imaging for venous diseases

Chair: Dr Rakesh Patel

IVC and iliac vein

Mr Steven Black

SVC and subclavian vein

Dr Narayan Karunanithy


Dr Rakesh Patel

Imaging for difficult venous access

Chairs: Dr Eldon Lehmann and Dr Narayan Karunanithy

Dr Eldon Lehmann

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Imaging for lymphatic diseases

Chair: Professor Gerry Stansby


Dr William Benson

Imaging for vasospastic diseases

Chair: Professor Jill Belch

Role of capillaroscopy, high frequency Doppler

Speaker to be confirmed

Close of day one
View the programme - day two 16 September 2020

Registration, tea and coffee

The great debate: NICE revisited: EVAR vs open surgery for AAA

Chairs: Professor Gerry Stansby and Professor George Hamilton

Open surgery
EVAR vs Open surgery
Question and answer session

How imaging has influenced AI, VR and AR

Chair: Professor Saroj Das

Mr Richard Kerr

Lifetime award presentation

Professor Jill Belch

Tea and coffee break

Harvey prize presentations

Chairs: Professor Saroj Das and Professor Paul Ridker

Prize distribution
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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