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Grand Slams and Catastrophes 2024

February 2 - February 3

Meeting Details

Date: February 2-3, 2024

Location: Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, AB

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CME Credits

The Grand Slams & Catastrophes 2024 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).

The Grand Slams & Catastrophes 2024  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, participants should be able to:

    • Employ critical analysis to scrutinize the procedural details of the showcased cases.
    • Detect and classify red flags and common pitfalls associated with interventional radiology procedures.
    • Formulate strategies for the avoidance and management of these potential challenges.
    • Enumerate and describe common causes of medical errors in interventional radiology.
    • Associate these causes with real-world scenarios to enhance understanding and recall.
    • Recognize and assess the medicolegal implications that may arise from complications in interventional radiology.
    • Construct and propose effective strategies to navigate and cope with potential litigation processes.
    • Define and discuss the key components of Quality Assurance in Interventional Radiology (IR).
    • Integrate and apply these Quality Assurance principles into daily clinical practice to enhance patient safety and care.
    • Participate actively in debates and panel discussions to exchange opinions and insights.
    • Acquire knowledge from the collective experience of both faculty and attendees, fostering a collaborative learning environment.
    • Familiarize oneself with a diverse array of vascular and non-vascular interventional techniques.
    • Integrate practical tips and tricks shared by experts to enhance success in challenging procedural scenarios.


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 details regarding the dinner.

Guest Speaker

John A. Kaufman, MD, MS

John A. Kaufman, MD, MS is the Frederick S. Keller Professor of Interventional Radiology at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

A native of Boston, Dr. Kaufman worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1991 until 2000, when he joined the Dotter Institute. He became Institute Director in 2012, and the inaugural Chair of the Dotter Department of Interventional Radiology in 2017. He stepped down from this role in 2023 to become Chief Medical Officer for Cook Medical. He also maintains an active clinical practice in IR. His research focus has been on vena cava filters and aortic stent grafts. Dr. Kaufman has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications including 5 textbooks. He is an Associate Editor for CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology (CVIR). He has served as Chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, President of the SIR, Chair of the SIR Foundation, and President of VIVA Physicians. He currently is Secretary-Treasurer of the American Board of Radiology and past Chair of the OHSU Professional Board. Dr. Kaufman chaired the SIR/ABR Primary Certificate Task Force the achieved recognition of IR as a primary specialty of the American Board of Medical Specialties. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE), and is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Boston University School of Medicine.

Outside of work he is an avid coffee roaster and cook. However, his greatest achievement is that he convinced Cathy Hiller (now Kaufman) to marry him; together they have three children, 8 grandchildren, and 5 dogs.


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

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

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

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

Dr. Mathieu Béland, MD, FRCPC
Interventional Radiologist, Hôpital St-François d’Assise, CHU de Québec, Clinical Professor, Université Laval

Dr. Alessandra Cassano-Bailey, MD, FRCPC
President, Canadian Association of Interventional Radiology (CAIR), Assistant Professor Radiology University of Manitoba, Interventional Radiologist Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Richard Cormack
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Alberta

Dr. Anastasia Hadjivassiliou, MBBS, BSc, MRCP, FRCR, FRCPC
Division of Interventional Radiology, Vancouver General Hospital, Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia, UBC Interventional Radiology Fellowship Director

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

Dr. Samuel Pike, MD CM. FRCPC, DABR
University of Alberta, Interventional Radiology Fellow

Dr. Neil Resnick MD
Division Chief and Vice Chair, Interventional Radiology, Associate Professor of Radiology, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

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

Dr. Aziz Qazi, MD, FRCPC
Staff Vascular and Interventional Radiology, University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital

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

Dr. Chris Wright, MD, FRCPC
Resident Physician, University of Calgary

*Planning committee member


Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, Alberta
Canada, T1L 1J4



Physician – $958
Fellow/Resident – $210.76 –  coupon code: GSC78
Nurse/Technologist – $287.40 –  coupon code: GSC70
Student – $0 – coupon code: GSC100


Physician – $1608
Fellow/Resident – $804 – coupon code: GSC50
Nurse/Technologist – $804 – coupon code: GSC50
Student – $0 – coupon code: GSC100


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.


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  • Confidentiality. All discussions and materials presented during this event, including but not limited to all discussions and materials pertaining to medical care or treatment, (collectively, “Confidential Information”) are confidential and are intended only for the purposed of medical peer review in furtherance of the exchange of information for the improvement of patient care and in the reduction of morbidity and mortality in the field of cardiovascular and interventional radiology.
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Grand Slams and Catastrophes 2024 Event

• Fellow/Resident MEMBERS, use coupon code: GSC78 on the cart page.
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• Fellow/Resident/Nurse/Technologist NON-MEMBERS, use coupon code: GSC50 on the cart page.
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405 Spray Ave
Banff, Alberta AB T1L 1J4 Canada
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