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March 23, 2020

SCAI Cancels 2020 Scientific Sessions and Establishes COVID-19 Resource Center

March 23, 2020—Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, the 2019–20 President of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), announced the cancellation of the SCAI 2020 Scientific Sessions which were scheduled to take place May 13–16 in Atlanta, Georgia. The society will provide virtual content in various formats that can be accessed online via an on-demand platform or via live broadcast. These plans are currently in development. SCAI will provide a full refund to those who have already registered for the conference.

Additionally, Dr. Mahmud reported that SCAI is launching a COVID-19 Resource Center relevant to invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine on the SCAI website on March 24. SCAI will provide updated information regarding the practice and safety measures required for interventional practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, SCAI Vice President Timothy D. Henry, MD, has been appointed to oversee the SCAI Research Taskforce pertaining to COVID-19 and its effects on cardiovascular outcomes. Details will be shared shortly.

Dr. Mahmud advised that SCAI is making every effort to investigate the cardiovascular effects of COVID-19 and bring updated information to its members as it becomes available from around the country. The SCAI's office in Washington, DC has been closed to adhere to public protocols for responding to the coronavirus pandemic but the SCAI team is working virtually. The SCAI will continue to update members frequently with relevant information. Dr. Mahmud can be contacted at emahmud@health.ucsd.edu. SCAI Chief Executive Officer Francesca Dea may be contacted at fdea@scai.org. SCAI is committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of its members, health care teams, and the patients they treat through the COVID-19 pandemic, stated Dr. Mahmud.

On March 16, SCAI and the ACC Interventional Scientific Council issued a joint statement on the COVID-19 pandemic, "Catheterization Laboratory Considerations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic" by Frederick G.P. Welt, MD, et al that was published online in Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Other cardiac and vascular societies' guidance and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic are available here.

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