Ton van Boxtel

RN, MSc,VA-BC, Infusion Innovations, Bilthoven,The Netherlands

Ton has more than 35 years experience in nursing with a background in hematology / BMT in Munich, Germany and the UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was president of the Dutch group for BMT  (1989-1991) and president of the EBMT-NG from 1989 – 1997. He worked 6 years as CNS in the UMC Utrecht. After founding the Dutch Society for infusion Technology in 2003, an annual congress was organized 7 years in a row.
He was in charge of a home infusion team in UMC Utrecht, 1992-2010 also responsible for protocols and implementation of innovations, new materials and techniques.
In 1997 he introduced the PICC in the Netherlands and after inserting more than 2500 PICC and optimizing skills of insertion using ultrasound and MST insertion, he started the company Infusion Innovations for training other professionals in infusion technology and specifically PICC insertion. He works as a consultant for PIV, PICC and Ports and home infusion.
Since 2010 he is also Business Unit Manager Infusion for a home care company
In 2009 he was co-founder of WoCoVA and is congress president and co-organizer of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd,  and 4 th World Congress on Vascular Access
He gave numerous lectures, presentations and interviews and is (co-) author of many articles and some book chapters.

Marcia Ryder

PhD, MS, RN, Ryder Science, Inc., NASHVILLE, USA

Marcia Ryder's extensive experience in nursing includes positions as Clinical Director of a Special Care Unit and a Cardiovascular/Thoracic Unit, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nutrition Support, and Director of Nursing in Home Infusion. Dr. Ryder received her nursing diploma from the Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pa. and her Bachelor's, Master's (critical care nurse specialist), and Doctoral degrees from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Ryder is currently an independent collaborative researcher and consultant in medical biofilm/healthcare related infections. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the use and management of vascular access devices. She has served as past-president of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), past chair of APIC's Scientific Research Council and a former member of the FDA's Central Venous Catheter Working Group. Dr. Ryder was honored as the recipient of the '2007 Educator of the Year' awarded by Infection Control Today and represented AVA on the Technical Advisory Panel of the international 'Joint Commission CLABSI project.

Ulf Teichgräber

MD, MBA, University Hospital Jena, JENA, Germany

Professor Ulf Teichgräber is chairman of the department of radiology and oncology radiation at the University Hospital Jena in Germany. His subspeciality is interventional radiology with an interested in the permanent central venous access devices.

Evangelos Konstantinou

RN, MSc, PhD, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Dr Evangelos Konstantinou (RN, MSc, PhD) is currently an Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesiology, at Faculty of Nursing, at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His Academic career started in 2002 and he is practicing nursing since 1993. He is responsible for the minimal invasive vascular access procedures unit of the Department of Surgery (Director: Professor of Surgery, Gerasimos Bonatsos) at Agii Anargyri Oncological Hospital and he is also head of the department of non invasive vascular study and vascular access laboratory at Evgenidion University hospital. His field of competence and interest, includes Picc lines, CICCs, Picc Ports, chest Ports, femoral ports and dialysis catheters.

He is also a visiting professor at the department of Nursing at Cyprus University of technology.

For the last five years, he has been training nurses and physicians in vascular access in Greece and abroad while he also organizes educational projects in the field of vascular access (more than 5/year).

He has more than 60 publications in indexed journals and has presented in more than 100 conferences. His main ambition is to spread the ultrasound guiding Vascular Access in Greece, Cyprus and the Balcan peninsula and to teach the importance of using ECG navigation for vascular access.

He is 46, married and a father of three.

Massimo Lamperti

MD, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabu, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Lamperti is a Consultant Anesthesiologist at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. He brings wide experience in anesthesia and critical care.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Lamperti worked as a consultant anesthesiologist at National Neurological Institute Besta, a quaternary neurological center in Milan, Italy. He completed his fellowships in the US and UK. His main clinical field is neuroanesthesia and critical care in acute brain injured patients. In the last ten years, he became one of the main researchers in the field of point-of-care ultrasound in critically ill patients and developed an international training course for ultrasound-guided insertion of vascular accesses.

Dr. Lamperti is a peer reviewer of many international indexed journals in the field of anesthesiology, critical care, pediatrics and neurosurgery

Roberto Biffi

MD, European Institute of Oncology, MILANO, Italy

Born in Aicurzio (Milan) in1956, Dr Biffi graduated magna cum laude on July 1981 at the Medical School of the University of Milan, where he concluded the post-graduate residency programmes in abdominal and emergency surgery (1986) and urology (1992). Stages as visiting surgeon in Pittsburgh-PA (Prof. Thomas E. Starzl) and Paris-Villejuif (Prof. Henry Bismuth) completed his surgical education. He was Assistant Surgeon at the University Policlinico Hospital of Milan up to May 1994, when he moved to European Institute of Oncology in Milan (Prof. U. Veronesi). Here he was Co-Director of General Surgery Department (Prof. B Andreoni) , and Director since 2006, up to now. On December 2013, he received approval for tenure employment as Full Professor of Surgery , as a direct result of a nation-wide centralized competitive awarding mechanism of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. He is currently Director of the European School of Abdomino-pelvic Surgery in Gynecologic Oncology (ESAGON), with Proff. A. Maggioni, P.C. Morrow and K. Podratz.

On 1997 he was one of the founders of the GAVeCeLT (Italian Study Group on Long-Term Central Venous Access). He is Fellow of the European Society of Nutritional Therapy and Metabolism (ESPEN) and Surgical Oncology (ESSO). He is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology and member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Vascular Access, Nutritonal Therapy and Metabolism and E-Cancer Medical Science, and reviewer of many journals.

Main scientific topics of his research activity include central venous access devices , artificial nutrition, surgical oncology of GI tract, robot-assisted abdomino-pelvic surgery.

He authored 146 full papers in international journals, with a total Impact Factor (I.F.) of more than 500. He published about 250 congress proceedings (mostly international), and was Invited Speaker/Chair in a number of scientific and educational events.

Mauro Pittiruti

MD, Catholic University Hospital, Rome, Italy

Born in 1954, he has been working as a surgeon at the Catholic University Hospital (Rome, Italy) since 1980. He is interested in the area of venous access for parenteral nutrition since the early 80's.
From 1990 on, he has focused most of his clinical and scientific activity on central venous access devices, becoming one of the leading experts in this area. In 1998 he founded the Italian Group for Long Term Venous Access (GAVeCeLT) and since 2000, he organizes and coordinates all the educational and scientific activities of this group. In 2005, he was one of the founding members of the European Vascular Access Network (EVAN) and in 2009 the World Congress on Vascular Access (WoCoVA). 
At present, he is Professor of Surgery at the Catholic University, where he is Clinical Coordinator for the Vascular Access Service. He is an active member of several scientific societies, including ESPEN, AVA and WoCoVA .
In 2009, he received the AVA Suzanne Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access.

Robert Dawson

DNP, MSA, APRN, Vascular Access Consultants, LLC, NASHUA, USA

Dr. Rob Dawson is a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Veteran, and has worked in a variety of acute care settings. He has special interest in vascular access quality improvement with a Clinical Microsystem Approach. He has developed systematic approaches to clinical practice to minimize complications and improve procedure success in peripheral vascular access. He is an internationally recognized author, educator, and speaker on a variety of vascular access topics. Dr. Dawson is a consultant and managing partner for Vascular Access Consultants, LLC (VASC) and still works as a vascular access nurse.

Important Dates

THE AUSTRALIAN VASCULAR ACCESS SOCIETY 2ND SCIENTIFIC MEETING
11 + 12 MAY 2017

HIGHLIGHTS WoCoVA 2016
10 MAY 2017

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Closing 31 January 2017

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSE
10 March 2017 27 March 2017

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