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Grand Slams and Catastrophes 2023

10 February 2023 - 11 February 2023


Meeting Details | Event App | CME Credits | Meeting Learning Objectives | Call for Submissions | Call for Posters | Agenda | Friday Dinner & Networking | Guest Speaker | Faculty | Hotel Information| Registration | Sponsors

Meeting Details

Date: February 10-11, 2023

Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC

Event App

Apple link : https://apps.apple.com/app/gs-c-2023/id6444632283

Google link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cair.emgsc23

CME Credits

The Grand Slams & Catastrophes 2023 is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been approved by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) for a maximum of 13.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).  Physicians should only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Grand Slams & Catastrophes 2023 has been approved for Category “A” credits by the CAMRT  and is also recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This CE activity may be available in multiple formats or from different CE sponsors. ARRT does not allow self-learning activities to be repeated for CE credit in the same CE biennium.

Meeting Learning Objectives

At the end of the meeting, the participant should expect to:

  • Identify procedural pitfalls and red flags in the cases shown so that strategies for avoidance can be developed
  • Become familiar with common causes of medical errors
  • Recognize medicolegal implications of complications and develop strategies to cope with the process of litigation
  • Understand Quality Assurance in IR and develop ways in which to incorporate this into daily practise
  • Exchange opinions and learn from the collective experience of the faculty and attendees through workshops, debates and panel discussions
  • Become familiar with various vascular and non-vascular techniques, as well as useful tips and tricks, to increase procedural success in challenging cases

Call for Submissions

Have a very interesting case to present? #GSC23 registrants may now submit a case for potential presentation during the Grand Slams and Catastrophes in Whistler, BC, on February 10-11 2023.Although submissions are completely optional, we ask that if you decide to submit a case, it should be of a M&M nature, with a significant educational value. The recommended file format is PowerPoint, and the length of the presentation should not exceed 10 minutes.The committee will evaluate all the submissions and select for presentation the best cases with most valuable learning points.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Who can submit a case: Canadian IR physicians who are CAIR members in good standing.Case criteria:

  • Presentation must be targeted to the Canadian IR community.
  • Educational value of the presentation will be favored over the complexity/rarity of the case.
  • The recommended file type to be used for presentations is PowerPoint.

The deadline for case submission is January 15, 2023 via email at cairservice@cairweb.ca

Call for Posters

NEW for #GSC23!  The 2023 edition of the Grand Slams and Catastrophes in Whistler, BC will offer a digital display opportunity for e-posters.  You may submit your M&M-related poster for display at the conference via email at cairservice@cairweb.caDeadline for submission: January 15, 2023. 


Sessions at a glance

Full program

Meals, Friday Night Dinner & Networking

All breakfasts, breaks, and the Friday evening dinner are included in your registration. Lunch will not be provided.  Friday night dinner is by invitation only.  Registrants will receive a separate email with detail regarding the dinner.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Ziv J. Haskal MD, FSIR, FAHA, FACR

Professor of Radiology
Vice Chair, Professional Development
Emeritus Editor in Chief, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (2011-2020)
Editor in Chief, International journal of Gastrointestinal interventions
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Dept. of Radiology and Medical Imaging / Interventional Radiology
Charlottesville, VA

Prof. Dr. Ziv J Haskal is a tenured professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. After training in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and then moved to build interventional services at both the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University, and the University of Maryland, as professor and chief.

His research has spanned the breadth of IR, beginning with defining early research in TIPS and complex portal hypertension: his preclinical experimental and human studies led to creation of the TIPS endograft used by majority of the planet. It included preclinical validation and in-human interventional trans-arterial gene vector delivery (one of the first human gene therapy trials); first demonstration of IR radiation eye injury risks at occupational levels; trials in accelerated pharmacomechanical deep vein interventions; advances in hemodialysis access care, including randomized trials of dialysis stent grafts that defined the first proven superior intervention for AV graft stenosis, benefiting thousands worldwide; liver transplant interventions; all aspects of embolization; and interventional oncology. He has published over 400 manuscripts, abstracts, chapters, books, letters, and editorials in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine,  Human Gene Therapy, Circulation, Hepatology, Radiology, CVIR, AJR, and JVIR. His papers have been cited thousands of times—the AHA/ACC PAD Guideline he co-chaired and co-wrote, alone, has been cited over 3000 times). His H-index is 50.  Prof. Haskal has led or participated in over 50 human and animal research studies.

Dr Haskal has given more than 550 invited lectures worldwide and been awarded numerous honorary fellowships, national and international awards for innovation, leadership, service, and research excellence. He was awarded the 2014 “Leaders in Innovation” by the Society of Interventional Radiology Research Foundation, APSCVIR Fellowship and others.  In 2007, Dr Haskal chaired the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting. He co-founded the GEST meeting (and coined its name). Dr. Haskal named and invented the now oft-imitated MasterClass ‘event’ and scientific Congresses (based upon his early experiences as a piano student), and has pioneered novel education for decades, from the early 90’s publishing over 400 cases in the first online monthly case discussion forum (‘The SIR Case Club’), running complex on-site live mechanical and microscope demonstrations at medical conferences, to creating virtual reality-based content.

Prof. Haskal served as the Deputy Editor in Chief of CVIR for 5 years during which time Dr Vorwerk and he doubled its Impact Factor. Thereafter he served two consecutive terms as the JVIR Editor in Chief (10 years) during which he nearly tripled its submissions, raised its Impact Factor to 3.037 and launched all its multimedia, social media feeds, blog, editorial fellowship, podcasts, IR virtual reality, and other new topics and features. In those editor roles, he line-edited over 18,000 manuscripts.  In parallel, he strove to elevate the consistent presentation of scientific information with the content rigor and form of the world’s leading academic journals, highlighting the on-par relevance of IR research with all other branches of medicine. In nearly 30 years, Prof. Haskal has mentored hundreds of trainees; he has been equally focused upon educating newer authors, holding small group ‘Editor’s Writing Club’ seminars for over 10 years, reaching over 1000 attendees worldwide.

Prof. Haskal has served in many societal leadership and committee positions, such as President of both the Society of Gastrointestinal Interventions and International Society of Neurovascular Disease, the SIR Executive Committee (one of its longest serving members), the SIR Research Foundation Board, and chaired numerous committees and memberships within the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and American College of Radiology.


*Dr. Andrew Benko, MD, FRCPC, C.S.P.Q
Chief of Angiography and Interventional Radiology, CHUS; Associated professor, University of Sherbrooke

Dr. Véronique Caty, MD, FRCPC
Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, CIUSSS Montreal East

Dr. Tara Graham, MD, FRCPC
Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga; Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

*Dr. Adnan Hadziomerovic MD, FRCPC
Head Vascular and Interventional Radiology Dept. of Medical Imaging, The Ottawa Hospital Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Dr. David Liu, MD, FRCPC, FSIR
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of British Columbia Voluntary Professor, Department of Interventional Radiology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

Dr. Lindsay Machan, MD, FSIR
Interventional Radiologist, Vancouver Hospital, Associate Professor of Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Dr. Maxime Noël-Lamy, MD
Assistant professor Interventional Radiology Université de Sherbrooke, QC

*Dr. Stefan Przybojewski, MBChB
Interventional Radiologist, Foothill’s Medical Center, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

Dr. Stephen Ryan MD, PhD, FRCPC
Fellowship Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Dr. David Valenti, MDCM, FRCPC, FSIR, FCIRSE
Division Head, Interventional Radiology, McGill University Health Centre; Director IR Fellowship Program, McGill University, Montreal

*Dr. Jason Wong, MD, FRCPC, FSIR, FCIRSE
Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, Foothills Medical Centre; Cumming, School of Medicine, University of Calgary

*Planning committee member


Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V8E 0Z5



Physician – $838
Fellow/Resident – $201 –  coupon code: GSC76
Nurse/Technologist – $352 –  coupon code: GSC58
Student – $0 – coupon code: GSC100


Physician – $1420
Fellow/Resident – $667 – coupon code: GSC53
Nurse/Technologist – $653 – coupon code: GSC54
Student – $0 – coupon code: GSC100

Cancellation fee policy
30 days before the event : 50$ (+tx)
7  days before the event : 50% of registration fees (+tx)
Less than 7 days before the event: No Refund.


To take advantage of the member discount, you must log into your member account first, select the “Register for Events” link in the member dashboard to navigate back to this event, add the item to cart, view your cart, use the appropriate coupon code if you are a Fellow/Resident/Nurse/Technologist or Student, then proceed to checkout. Follow the instructions to fill out personal and payment information. A confirmation email will be sent once the payment is processed. 

Membership status and level will be verified. Please email info@cairweb.ca if you have questions about your membership status or level.


To register as a non-member, you must add the item to cart, view your cart, use the appropriate coupon code if you are a Fellow/Resident/Nurse/Technologist or Student, then proceed to checkout. Follow the instructions to fill out personal and payment information. A confirmation email will be sent once the payment is processed. Please email info@cairweb.ca if you have questions about your registration.


CAIR membership has many benefits, to join – apply here.

Grand Slams and Catastrophes 2023 Event

• Fellow/Resident MEMBERS, use coupon code: GSC76 on the cart page.
• Nurse/Technologist MEMBERS, use coupon code: GSC58 on the cart page.
• Fellow/Resident NON-MEMBERS, use coupon code: GSC53 on the cart page.
• Nurse/Technologist NON-MEMBERS, use coupon code: GSC54 on the cart page.
• Students, use coupon code: GSC100 on the cart page.
• Membership status and level will be verified. 

$1,420.00Add to cart

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Corporate Partners & Sponsors

CAIR programs are made possible through unrestricted education grants from our corporate partners and sponsors and are planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance.





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