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Annual Northwestern Vascular Symposium

The Annual Northwestern Vascular Symposium was the innovation of vascular surgeons John J. Bergan, MD, and James S.T. Yao, MD. The first symposium was held in December 1976 and has been held each December thereafter. Today, the symposium unites 50 national vascular care experts each year and consists of a comprehensive overview of the full spectrum of vascular surgery. Experts produce a chapter on their respective topics that are included in a yearly textbook and present their topic during the conference.

2024 Symposium Information

The 2024 symposium will be held on December 12-14, 2024, at the InterContinental Chicago. Download the 2024 symposium agenda


2024 Educational Objectives

  • Discuss new information about treatment of lower extremity venous disease
  • Evaluate limitations of EVAR
  • Demonstrate treatment options for visceral and renal artery aneurysm and occlusive disease
  • Evaluate new developments in management of complex venous disease
  • Relay information about latest development in treatment of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm disease
  • List current treatment recommendations for extra-cranial carotid and supra-aortic trunk arterial occlusive disease
  • Discuss the growing application of TEVAR for thoracic aortic pathology
  • Recall information on the latest in treatment of upper extremity vascular disease
  • Describe expected outcomes of lower extremity revascularization for arterial occlusive disease following open surgical and endovascular techniques
  • Discuss new trends in dialysis access surgery
  • Describe the role and importance of vascular surgery medicine in comprehensive clinical care
  • Review changes to new and upcoming procedural and outpatient coding and billing
  • Evaluate the best practices for quality care


Registration fees are $850 for physicians and $500 for residents, fellows and nurses. Fees include three continental breakfasts, two lunches, refreshment breaks and a course textbook. Residents and fellows must include a letter from their chiefs of service at the time of registration.

REGISTER ONLINE - Registration opens September 3, 2024

To register by mail, please complete the registration form on the link above and mail a check to:

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Division of Vascular Surgery
Attn: Marsha Blunt
676 N. Saint Clair St., Ste. 650, Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL 60611-3008

Please note that credit card payments cannot be accepted for phone, postal mail or on-site registrations. If you plan to register on-site, please bring a check made payable to "Northwestern University." Cancellations must be made in writing to the Office of Continuing Medical Education. Registration fee, minus a $50 administrative charge, will be refunded.


Participants are responsible for scheduling their own hotel arrangements. A block of rooms has been reserved at the InterContinental Chicago for a special rate of $179 (plus tax) for a single or double occupancy in the Main Building. Guests may register online by accessing the following link: Annual Northwestern Vascular Symposium. Guests may also contact the InterContinental Chicago's reservation line at 800-327-0200. Reference the group name "Annual Northwestern Vascular Symposium" or the group code NAW.  Be sure to include your participation in the 48th Annual Vascular Symposium to receive the special group rate. Room reservations made after November 22, 2024 are subject to availability at regular hotel rates. 

Credits & Disclosures

  • Target Audience: vascular surgeons, radiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and general surgeons who treat vascular disease. Also, current trainees in these disciplines and advanced practice providers in these areas of study. 
  • Accreditation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
  • Credit Designation: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 18  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Faculty Disclosure: Speakers are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined ineligible companies prior to the symposium. All relevant financial relationships will be disclosed and mitigated prior to the start of the activity.

American Board of Surgery Continuous Certification and Self-Assessment Programs

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME and Self-Assessment requirements for the American Board of Surgery's Continuous Certification program.  It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit.

ABS CME credits will be submitted to the boards within 3 months of the conclusion of the activity.

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