Multidisciplinary Aortic Dissection (MAD) Symposium OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building | Portland, OR

*Available as an in-person conference or via Livestream

What is this meeting about?

This 1.5 day symposium features internationally recognized thought leaders on complex aortic disease. It is designed for clinicians and allied professionals engaged in the treatment and medical management of patients with aortic dissection. This conference offers a unique focus of aortic dissection in a multidisciplinary environment which includes vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists, and specialists in aortic genetics. Learners will also be provided an engaging opportunity to weigh in on aortic dissection case presentations submitted by fellow attendees from various specialties.

Where is this meeting held?

Virtually from your favorite smart device

Live Streaming - Recordings will be made available for 90 days.

The Benson Hotel

309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Who Should Attend?

  • Vascular Surgeons
  • Interventional Radiologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeons
  • Vascular Medicine Specialists
  • Aortic Geneticists
  • Emergency Room Physicians
  • Operating Room Staff
  • Surgical Fellows
  • Allied Health Professionals-  PA, NP, RT & RN

September 25 - 28, 2025


What is this meeting about?

The objective of this conference is to share current knowledge of all facets of Type A and Type B Aortic Dissection.  Specifically, we will aim to review current best practices related to diagnosis and treatment of both type A and B Aortic Dissection and to foster scientific and educational exchange amongst health care professionals interested in managing patients with Aortic Dissection. The “value-added” by this conference is the continuing growth of the community of surgeons, physicians, interventionalists, and allied health care professionals who assess and manage patients who present with acute aortic dissection and/or patients who present with complications of chronic aortic dissection. With the goal of attracting clinicians from a variety of disciplines, this conference not only includes updates on scientific and clinical progress in understanding the etiology and pathogenic mechanisms underlying aortic dissection including advances in medical and surgical management, but also provides a context and platform for emerging science applicable to aortic dissection research. These activities will help us achieve the overarching goal of maintaining a strong, interactive community of endovascular clinicians who have the common goal of advancing the treatment frontiers in thoracic aortic disease.

History of MAD Symposium

The MAD symposium was established in 2016-2017 as an effort co-sponsored by Oregon Health & Science University and the Knight Cardiovascular Institute and originated by the Director of the Aortic Program at Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Cherrie Abraham. In the last 5-10 years, there has been no shortage of Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic, and Interventional Radiology meetings, and even aortic meetings have become more prevalent at local academic institutions. However, there are currently no regional or national meetings devoted to the subject of Aortic Dissection, and certainly no meetings that foster a multidisciplinary discussion of such a complicated topic. Aortic Dissection remains a black box where no obvious consensus exists on treating Type A or Type B aortic dissection.  Controversy surrounds the ideal method of treating patients with both open surgical and endovascular approaches.  Endovascular approaches can involve using larger profile devices such as aortic stent grafts, to smaller profile devices such as bare metal and covered stents, balloon angioplasty catheters, and endovascular occlusion devices.  Endovascular treatment of Aortic Dissection often requires use of sophisticated imaging modalities, such as intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), as well as state of the art hybrid imaging suites.  Treatment of Aortic Dissection can often require “out of the box” thinking and methods such as the use of re-entry devices to cross from false to true lumen or vice versa as well as surgical hybrid operations combining open surgery (eg., Bentall procedures with endovascular frozen elephant trunk procedures).  New devices currently in clinical trials and devices nearing commercial approval status have the potential to change the paradigm of treatment of Aortic Dissection.  Review of past, present, and future research in this area is important for high level expert discussion and dissemination of this information to our attendees.  At least 1-2 of each of the major specialties of Interventional Radiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Vascular Surgery will be represented on our expert faculty invited guest list.  These will be individuals who are well known in their specialties nationally and globally as key opinion leaders in Aortic Dissection and all are known for their expertise in endovascular interventions within their respective fields.

Who should attend this Conference?

The conference aims to share current knowledge of all facets of Type A and Type B Aortic Dissection and review current best practices related to diagnosis and treatment of both type A and B Aortic Dissection. The conference also provides a context and platform for emerging science applicable to aortic dissection research.

  • MD/DO
  • Fellows/Residents/Students

Registration Fees

Registration Type In-Person Attendance Virtual Attendance
Physician$ 395$295
Allied Health / Non-Physician$ 295$195
Fellows / Residents$ 150$100
Gala Tickets$150 pp

2023 Accreditation Statement

Satisfactory Completion - Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

Joint Accreditation Statement - In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Well Assembled Meetings.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.

Physicians (ACCME) Credit Designation - Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants - PAs may claim a maximum of 11.75 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Nurse Practitioners - The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recognizes the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as approved accreditors and allow reciprocity for AANPCP continuing education credit. Maximum of 11.75 hours.