Sharon Richardson
CCSVI Alliance


Tuesday April 16, 2013
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm 
* Registration begins at 6:30pm
* Program begins at 7:00pm

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New Orleans Downtown Marriott
859 Convention Center Boulevard
Riverbend Ballroom
New Orleans, LA 70130

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2013 Doctors' Roundtable: Exploring CCSVI & CSF in Neurological Disease


CCSVI Alliance is pleased to be hosting its 3rd Annual Satellite Symposia at the Society of Interventional Radiology* to explore the connections between CCSVI and CSF in neurological disease.

Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) has attracted global attention for its potential correlation to MS and other neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. For more information about the relation of CCSVI to other neurological diseases, click here. CCSVI is a clinical condition resulting from impaired blood flow from the brain and spine to the rest of the body. Current observational studies are attributing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) maldistribution as a component to the dysfunctional arterial / venous system. It has been hypothesized that restriction of blood flow and CSF may contribute to brain tissue injury. 

Come and hear leading medical and scientific professionals discuss current key questions and concerns related to CCSVI and CSF in neurological disease. Cooperation of the various medical disciplines is an important step in advancing our understanding. The multidisciplinary panel includes:


Michael Dake, MD -- Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor (III), Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA


Meredith Englander, MD -- Interventional and Vascular Radiologist, Albany Medical Center / Community of Care Physicians, Albany, NY ... Study investigator working with Dr. Gary Siskin, Dr. Englander will open the evening with a presentation explaining CCSVI and treatment observations.

Salvatore J.A. Sclafani, MD -- Interventional and Vascular Radiologist, Fresenius Vascular Care, Brooklyn, NY ... Dr. Sclafani will discuss reasons for varied outcomes in CCSVI treatment.

Scott Rosa, D.C., B.C.A.O. -- Atlas Orthogonist, Chiropractic Office, Rock Hill, NY ... Dr. Rosa will intoduce his study observaions on obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and venous flow due to upper cervical mis-alignment.


Bulent Arslan, MD -- Director of Interventional Radiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. He is  committed to utilizing and promoting innovative image-guided therapies to treat disorders in veins and arteries.

Gerald A. Niedzwiecki, MD -- Vascular / Interventional Radiologist, Advanced Intervention, Clearwater, FL ... Known to his patients as Dr. Jerry, Dr. Niedzwiecki is an investigator in multiple clinical trials and is a national speaker regarding interventional radiology therapies.

Jonathan Steven Alexander, PH.D - Professor, Dept of Molecular and Cellular Physiology - LSU Health Sciences Center ... Dr. Alexander is a cardovascular biologist working on how small blood vessels become injured during the process of inflammation.

Additional panelists to be confirmed

The panel will also take questions from the audience.  This event is admission FREE and open to the public.

Contact Deborah Hunter Mills at with any questions about the event or registration.  Hope to see you there!

* NOTE:  "This event is not considered part of the SIR 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting as planned by the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting Committee.”