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SCAI 2018 scientific sessions heads to San Diego, Andes Mountain crash survivor to keynote

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

WHO: The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)

WHAT: The 41st annual SCAI Scientific Sessions will take place April 25-28, 2018, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. SCAI 2018 will attract nearly 2,000 interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular professionals from across the globe for a dynamic four-day program featuring live cases, renowned speakers, late-breaking clinical science, case reviews, abstract presentations, interactive workshops, and more!

WHEN: April 25-28, 2018

WHERE: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: SCAI 2018 is excited to announce that Roberto Canessa, MD, will provide the keynote address for this year's annual meeting. Dr. Canessa is one of the 16 survivors of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight that crashed into the Andes Mountain on October 13, 1972. A medical student at the time, Dr. Canessa was familiar with what the human body could withstand. He suggested to his fellow survivors to eat the flesh of the deceased victims to survive. Canessa went on to become a Pediatric Cardiologist at Hospital Italiano in Uruguay where he also serves as the director of the Department of Cardiac Ultrasound and the Department of Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Diseases. His inspiring story of battling adversity is shared in his recent book, I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired my Calling to Save Lives.


  • SCAI Innovation & Technology Summit

  • Live Cases

  • Late-Breaking Clinical Science

  • SCAI Global Summit

  • Best Cases From Around the World

  • SCAI Sessions on Advanced Techniques

  • SCAI Fellow Summit for Complex Cases (formerly the C3 Summit)

Join us as we come together, to strengthen our connections and collaborations, with our colleagues from multiple specialty societies. Watch for joint programs with the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF), the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), and more!


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Join the conversation online by using the official meeting hashtag, #SCAI2018, and follow SCAI on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest updates.

About SCAI

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,300-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in more than 75 countries. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive/interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician and allied health professional education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. For more information about SCAI, visit Follow @SCAI on Twitter for the latest heart health news.

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