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[July 17, 2010]

Program for Healthcare Providers to Address Proposed Endovascular Treatment of Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency

The Departments of Radiology and Neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center will hold a symposium on CCSVI (chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency) on Monday, July 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, in the Alumni Auditorium, 395 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, New York 11203.

CCSVI is a syndrome in which blood flow from the brain is compromised. While CCSVI is a disease state that by itself often requires intervention, it has been proposed that the syndrome promotes the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). Speakers from the United States, Bulgaria, Italy, and Kuwait will present a thorough review of CCSVI, including the proposed relationship between CCSVI and MS.

Salvatore J. A. Sclafani, MD, professor and chair of radiology at SUNY Downstate, has organized the symposium and will provide an overview of CCSVI for interventional radiologists.

While this free symposium is directed at physicians and other healthcare providers, members of the general public are invited and there will be a presentation on patient activism. Those wishing to attend should respond in advance to  


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.