November 7 – 9, 2019
Hotel International Zagreb, Croatia

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Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the annual 29th Congress of the Mediterranean League of Angiology and Vascular Surgery to be held next November in Zagreb, Croatia. President of the Organizing Committee is Dr Ivan Cvjetko, National Representative of MLAVS in Croatia.

The Mediterranean League of Angiology and Vascular Surgery has a multidisciplinary character, providing a unique forum for discussion of all critical issues concerning the management and care of vascular patients. Furthermore, MLAVS has a mission to foster progress and mutual understanding between all professional groups dealing with vascular diseases in the Mediterranean region, and to promote research for a better understanding of genetic and environmental factors as well as molecular mechanisms of vascular diseases.

This Congress will be organized in the beautiful environment of the City of Zagreb and will include joint symposia with Asian Society for Vascular Surgery and IUA Youth Committee. On behalf of the Executive Board of the Mediterranean League of Angiology and Vascular Surgery I would like to invite you to Croatia this November to a successful and productive Meeting.

Let’s meet in Zagreb!

President of the Mediterranean League of Angiology and Vascular Surgery


Distinguished colleagues and dear friends,

It is a great honour and pleasure to extend my greetings to you on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and invite you to participate in The XXIX Congress of the Mediterranean League of the Angiology and Vascular Surgery (MLAVS) which will take place from the 7th to the 9th of November 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia.

The organizers have invited numerous international speakers, with the intention to present the newest scientific knowledge in the field of vascular surgery and vascular medicine.

Lectures are designed for: vascular surgeons, endovascular surgeons and interventionalists, cardiac surgeons, cardiologist, neurologists, physicians in training, vascular scientists and nurses.

Along with the professional work, we will try to spend our time in socializing and getting to know each other, and Zagreb, the capital of Croatia will certainly allow us to do so. With best regards and looking forward to seeing you in November 2019 in Zagreb!

Professor Miljenko Kovačević, MD, PhD
President of CSVS

Ivan Cvjetko, MD, PhD
Organizing Committee President
MLAVS National Representative, Croatia
ESVS Council Member, Croatia



Founder and Honorary President: Balas P. (Greece)
President: Angelides N. (Cyprus)
Vice-Presidents: Antignani L. (Italy), Campisi C. (Italy), Liapis Ch. (Greece), Novo S. (Italy)
Secretary General: Poredos P. (Slovenia)
Associate Secretary: Giannoukas Th. (Greece)
Treasurer: Hussein E. (Egypt)
Associate Treasurer: Altarazi L. (Syria)


Abid A. (Tunisia)
Al-Kadoubi A. (Lebanon)
Andreozzi G. M. (Italy)
Altarazi L. (Syria)
Andreozzi G. M. (Italy)
Aksoy M. (Turkey)
Braga A. (Portugal)
Blinc A. (Slovenia)
Bouayed M. (Algeria)
Cvjetko I. (Croatia)
Dhobb M. (Morocco)
Elisseos C. (Cyprus)
EL-Mullah Said (Egypt)
Giannoukas A. (Greece)
Haidar M. A. (Syria)
Henry M. (France)
Hussein E. (Egypt)
Kapedani E. (Albania)
Mansillha A. (Portugal)
Miralles M. (Spain)
Szendro G. (Israel)
Zdravkovic M. (Serbia)


Allegra C. (Italy)
Biasi G. (Italy)Boccalon H. (France)
Bastounis E. (Greece)
Carpentier P. (France)
Castellani L. (France)
Clement D. L. (Belgium)
*Castro Silva M. (Brazil)
Deriu G. (Italy)
Fernandes J. (Portugal)
Gloviczki P. (USA)
Greenhalgh R. (UK)
Jacobson J. (USA)
Lee B. B. (Korea)
Nicolaides A. (Cyprus)
Novo S. (Italy)
Roztocil K. (Czech Rep)
Skalkeas Gr. (Greece)
*Schirger A. (USA)
Tsakou-Saroglou (Greece)
Yazaki Y. (Japan)

Croatian Medical Association, Croatian Society for Vascular Surgery (CSVS)

Organizing Committee President
Ivan Cvjetko
, MD, PhD
University Hospital Merkur, Zagreb, Croatia


Abid A. (Tunisia)
Ajduk M. (Croatia)
Aksoy M. (Turkey)
Al-Kadoubi A. (Lebanon)
Alegra A. (Italy)
Alfirevic I. (Croatia)
Allegra C. (Italy)
Altarazi L. (Syria)
Andreozzi G. M. (Italy)
Angelides N. (Cyprus)
Antignani L. (Italy)
Balas P. (Greece)
Bastounis E. (Greece)
Benjamin C. (Singapore)
Biasi G. (Italy)
Blinc A. (Slovenia)
Boccalon H. (France)
Bouayed M. (Algeria)
Boucelma M. (Algeria)
Braga A. (Portugal)
Bulic M. (Croatia)
Campisi C. (Italy)
Carpentier P. (France)
Castellani L. (France)
Chua P. (Singapore)
Clement D. L. (Belgium)
Cvjetko I. (Croatia)
Deriu G. (Italy)
Dhobb M. (Morocco)
Diaz M. A. (Spain)
Djakovic Bacelja I. (Croatia)
Djedovic M. (BIH)
Domenig C. (Austria)
EL-Mullah Said (Egypt)
Elisseos C. (Cyprus)
Fatic N. (Montenegro)
Fazeli B. (Iran)
Fernandes J. (Portugal)
Gasparini M. (Slovenia)
Gasparovic H. (Croatia)
Giannoukas A. (Greece)
Giannoukas Th. (Greece)
Gloviczki P. (USA)
Greenhalgh R. (UK)
Haidar M. A. (Syria)
Henry M. (France)
Huljev D. (Croatia)
Hussein E. (Egypt)
Jacobson J. (USA)
Jaha L. (Kosovo)
Kapedani E. (Albania)
Karahan O. (Turkey)
Keriin K. (Austria)
Kolossavary E. (Hungary)
Koncar I. (Serbia)
Korda A. (Croatia)
Kovacevic M. (Croatia)
Krcmar T. (Croatia)
Kucisec N. (Croatia)
Lee B. B. (Korea)
Liapis Ch. (Greece)
Liew N. C. (Malaysia)
Magntskiy L. (Russia)
Mansillha A. (Portugal)
Marinovic M. (Croatia)
Marinovic Kulisic S. (Croatia)
Markovic M. (Croatia)
Miralles M. (Spain)
Nicolaides A. (Cyprus)
Novo S. (Italy)
Ortiz G. M. (Panama)
Ozturk C. (Turkey)
Pandey S. R. (Nepal)
Partianef D. (Indonesia)
Pavicic J. (Croatia)
Podvez Z. (Island)
Poredos P. (Slovenia)
Pramook M. (Thailand)
Primc D. (Croatia)
Popic J. (Croatia)
Prkacin I. (Croatia)
Quian O. P. (China)
Rahelic D. (Croatia)
Roztocil K. (Czech Rep)
Rudari H. (Kosovo)
Saroglou T. (Greece)
Shantonu G. (Bangladesh)
Skalkeas Gr. (Greece)
Skopljanac-Macina A. (Croatia)
Sokurenko G. (Russia)
Spoljar S. (Croatia)
Szendro G. (Israel)
Tarun G. (India)
Tkalcic L. (Croatia)
Tomic A. (Serbia)
Tomulic V. (Croatia)
Troisi N. (Italy)
Unic D. (Croatia)
Vidjak V. (Croatia)
Virender S. S. (India)
Vokri L. (Kosovo)
Vrsalovic M. (Croatia)
Wen L. (Malaysia)
Yazaki Y. (Japan)
Yongqian G. (China)
Zdravkovic M. (Serbia)


Asian Society for Vascular Surgery
International Union of Angiology
IUA Youth Committee
Croatian Wound Association
Alpe-Adria Wound Treatment Association


The Conference will be organized in a form of plenary lectures, oral presentations, joint symposia, satellite symposia and posters.



Choose a topic*:

In case co-authors are from different institutions, please enter a number after co-author's first name initial that matches the number of the institution. Example: Co-authors: Horvat I1, Tomic L2, Kovac M2

Example: 1Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, Croatia, 2General Hospital Zadar, Croatia

I WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESS (please, choose one option) (Izaberite opciju)
oral presentationposter


Abstract submission deadline: September 10, 2019

Abstract acceptance deadline: October 1, 2019

The organizers will publish only the abstracts submitted by authors who will settle their registration fee by October 5, 2019


Submitting abstracts

• Authors are invited to submit abstracts on any of the given topics.
• Abstracts have to be written in English.
• Submitted abstracts must be original. Abstracts previously published or presented at an international scientific meeting cannot be submitted.
• While the names of five authors may be included on the title of the abstract, only one author will be allowed to give the oral presentation.
• Fill in the submitting author’s name and e-mail address properly – these contact details will serve for further correspondence with the author.
• All abstracts will be reviewed by the members of the Scientific committee.
• Accepted abstracts will be published in the Congress program with abstracts distributed to all congress participants.
• Each presenting author may submit up to 2 (two) abstracts.
• Please make sure to indicate the preferred presentation type on the abstract submission web site.
• The Scientific committee will determine whether the abstract will be accepted for an oral or poster presentation.

Method of submission

All abstracts must be submitted only via the online form that is accessible on congress web site:
• Please follow the instructions on the web site step-by-step. Please do not submit multiple copies of the same abstract.
• Authors will be notified about the delivery of their abstract by e-mail immediately. In case you will not receive confirmation within 24 hours, please check your spam folder and in case of no confirmation e-mail, please contact:
• All correspondence concerning the abstract will be sent to submitting author’s e-mail address.

Abstract submission deadline

• The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 10, 2019
• Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent electronically to the corresponding author by the October 1, 2019
• The organizers will publish only the abstracts submitted by authors who will settle their registration fee by October 5, 2019

Instructions for writing abstracts

• Abstract should be written in English.
• The length of the abstracts should not be more than 250 words.
• Abstract title should be written in capital letters; make the title of the abstract brief, clearly indicating the nature of the investigation.
• The name of the author who will present the paper should be capitalized.
• Author’s and co-author’s last name and first name initials without titles.
• Author’s and co-author’s name of institution, city and country.
• Author’s e-mail address.
• Text of the abstract: Aim of the study/Background, Materials and methods, Results, and Conclusion.
• Original abstracts will not be edited – linguistic accuracy is the responsibility of the author.

Instructions for speakers

• After receiving abstracts, the Scientific committee will decide whether a submitted paper will be selected for oral or poster presentation; a considerable part of the invited talks will be selected based on scientific merit of submitted abstracts.
• Please make sure to indicate the preferred presentation type on the abstract submission web site.
• The scheduled time for each oral presentation is 12 minutes, followed by a 3-minute discussion; with this in mind speakers are requested to stay within the time given.
• IUA Youth oral presentation: 7 min + 3-min discussion.
• Computers on-site will be PC’s; presentations should be in Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT), windows-based environment; Macintosh users who want to submit presentations must export their presentation as a MS PowerPoint file.
• File format: On-site organizers operating systems will include Microsoft Office 2016 and Windows 7; supported files: .ppt or .pptx
• Make sure that you compress the video; there are numerous different file formats and codecs, we recommend using .mp4 videos – H.264 video and AAC audio (MPEG-4 AVC); other supported file formats: .mpg, .wmv and .avi
• The standard format of the projectors in the congress halls will be 16:9
• Speakers are kindly asked to prepare their presentations at least 1 hour before their lecture and give them to the Congress agency’s technician.
• Speakers are kindly asked to give the technical personnel any special instructions they may have in advance, not during the lecture.


Poster dimensions: max. 90 cm (width) x 120 cm (height)
• At the top of poster, please provide the title of the paper, names of the authors and their affiliations, all in bold lettering of about 2.5 to 3 cm size. Artwork and lettering should be large and clear enough so that the poster is readable from a distance of 1.5 m.
• Posters will be displayed in the congress area on poster panelling during all days of the Congress.
• Participants will view posters during coffee and lunch breaks. Presenters are encouraging to be at their posters during coffee breaks, but this is not mandatory.
• Posters must be brought to the Congress by the presenting author and should not be mailed in advance.
• Supplies for poster mounting will be provided by the Congress agency.

The best oral presentation by young researcher (up to 45 years) will be awarded with the “Tomislav Sosa” award. The prize is € 700,00, awarded by Croatian Society for Vascular Surgery.


Registration is required for all Congress participants and accompanying persons.

Online registration is possible via Registration form on the Congress web page:


2019 MLAVS participants Registration fee paid until 5/10/19
Registration fee paid after 5/10/19
Registration fee on-site payment
MLAVS member* € 300,00 / 2.250,00 kn € 350,00 / 2.625,00 kn € 400,00 / 3.000,00 kn
HDVK/CSVS member € 300,00 / 2.250,00 kn € 350,00 / 2.625,00 kn € 400,00 / 3.000,00 kn
MLAVS non-member * € 400,00 / 3.000,00 kn € 450,00 / 3.375,00 kn € 500,00 / 3.750,00 kn
IUA Youth member* / doctor under 45 years € 100,00 / 750,00 kn € 150,00 / 1.125,00 kn € 200,00 / 1.500,00 kn
Resident € 100,00 / 750,00 kn € 150,00 / 1.125,00 kn € 200,00 / 1.500,00 kn
Student** € 100,00 / 750,00 kn € 150,00 / 1.125,00 kn € 150,00 / 1.125,00 kn
Accompanying person € 120,00 / 900,00 kn € 130,00 / 975,00 kn € 140,00 / 1.050,00 kn
Exhibitor’s firm representative € 140,00 / 1.050,00 kn € 140,00 / 1.050,00 kn € 140,00 / 1.050,00 kn

VAT is included.

*MLAVS & IUA Youth members: in order to apply for this category, please ensure your membership is approved and fees are paid for 2019 before you start the registration process. Registration will not be confirmed otherwise.
**does not apply to students of masters and doctoral studies

Full registration fee for MLAVS members, MLAVS non-members, IUA Youth members/doctors under 45 years and students includes:
• Admmision to all congress sessions, poster and exhibition areas
• Congress bag with congress materials (Final Program, Book of Abstracts)
• Admission to Welcome reception, Opening ceremony
• Coffee during the breaks
• One lunch (November 8, 2019)
• Certificate of attendance

Registration fee for accompanying persons includes participation in the social program:
• Sightseeing of Zagreb
• Admission to Welcome reception, Opening ceremony
• Conference Dinner

Note: Payments must be received by the corresponding deadlines (early or late), otherwise the subsequent rate will automatically apply.


MLAVS member (350,00 € / 2.625,00 kn)HDVK/CSVS member (350,00 € / 2.625,00 kn)MLAVS non-member (450,00 € / 3.375,00 kn)IUA Youth member* / doctor under 45 years (150,00 € / 1.125,00 kn)Resident (150,00 € / 1.125,00 kn)Student (150,00 € / 1.125,00 kn)Accompanying person (130,00 € / 975,00 kn)Exhibitor’s firm representative (€ 140,00 / 1.050,00 kn)



Payment of registration fees (in EURO) can be made:
• By Bank transfer


After completing the Registration form, you will receive an automated e-mail verification certificate. The registration certificate is not a payment confirmation. For more information on registration, please contact us at e-mail:
After the payment has been made, the invoice will be sent to the payer's address.

Please enter "0" (zero) for all fields that you do not know how to fill.
Be sure to fill in all fields marked with an asterisk.


By registering for the Congress, I give my permission to BTravel Ltd. to contact me about the Congress news, notification and information. You will be able to contact BTravel Ltd. and withdraw this permission at any time.


Terms of cancellation:

• All cancellations of Congress registration, which must include your full bank account details, should be sent in writing to the Congress agency BTravel Ltd. Cancellations received no later than September 9, 2019 will be refunded in full except for the administrative fee of 50,00 EUR after the Congress.
• Cancellations received after September 9, 2019 will not be refunded.


The accommodation is organized in Hotel International with special congressional prices.

The room reservation and payment is only available through the online form on the Congress web site:

Miramarska 24, Zagreb, Croatia

Hotel International is located in the center of Zagreb’s business zone. All the main attractions, museums and other cultural sightseeing points are in the hotel’s close proximity. Featuring 207 spacious, elegant and modernly-furnished rooms, Hotel International is a perfect destination for both business travellers and guests visiting Zagreb on their vacation. Guests are invited to enjoy the modern lounge bar and the delicious culinary specialities in the hotel’s main restaurant. Hotel International is the ideal place for meetings, seminars, conferences, gala receptions. All conference facilities feature natural light, air-conditioning and modern tech equipment.

SGL room – 660,00 kn (88,00 EUR) per room per night, breakfast and all taxes includedDBL room – 765,00 kn (102,00 EUR) per room per night, breakfast and all taxes included

The accommodation contingent is full.
For further inquiries, please contact BTravel, contact person Goran Grbić –


During the Congress, an industrial exhibition of medical manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies will be organized in the congress area.

Companies are invited to apply for various sponsorship opportunities and exhibition. Reservations and allocation of space will be accepted on a first come – first served basis.

We are pleased to inform you that our congress is – COMPLIANT by MEDtech association

More information about the participation options are available in the Offer for sponsors and exhibitors.




The world you may have believed to be a thing of the past you will find right here.
It is a world of beauty, of unspoiled nature, of the charm of town squares, of the
taste of wholesome Mediterranean cuisine, of the joy of night strolls unburdened
by fears of possible unpleasant surprise and, always, at all times, there are friendly
people and an open welcome which instantly eliminates all the barriers, thus making
you aware that you have found the place – and that regardless of which part of the
country you are in – where you will be able to combine business with pleasure.

Situated in part of the world exposed to many different influences and interests,
Croatia has built its own rich cultural heritage and artistic tradition, often enriching
the world’s heritage with her own valuable contributions. The spirit and culture of the
Croatian people can be seen not only in museum collections, at exhibitions, classical
music concerts and theatre performances, but also in folk customs which are still vibrant
and are particularly alive during festivities, or in towncum-museums where life has been
flowing down the same cobbled streets, in the same churches, in the same shops…

Being both a Central European and Mediterranean country, Croatia is the vital link
between Central Europe and South – East Europe and Asia. With an area of around
90,000 km2, some two-third of which is land and one-third sea, ranking it among the
medium-sized countries of Europe, Croatia is replete with natural characteristics of
the most diverse kind. It is not only the beauty of each of the completely differing
landscapes but the swiftness with which they change, all creating a harmonious

The authentic Mediterranean atmosphere, rarely found elsewhere, is a peerless tourist
attraction. Close to the idyllic nature and the towns and cities of the Croatian Adriatic
and its one thousand islands, a whole world opens out, a world of mountains and submarine
caves, of white waters that dare you to negotiate them. And then there are the Slavonian
plains to rest one’s eyes upon, lush and seemingly boundless. It is therefore no surprise that
to those who know her, Croatia is indeed one of the most beautiful gardens of Europe.
…experience genuine, untarnished beauty….
…the blue, the green and the white……

Could it be more delightful?
We extend this invitation and would be pleased to welcome you to Croatia.


City of Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and with its location and culture belongs to the Central Europe. Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of the Republic of Croatia, and is home to the Croatian Parliament, Government and President. Its favourable location between the Pannonian plain, the edge of the Alps and the Dinaric range has allowed it to become a crossing point for mass international communication. Interesting history and continuous development brought to the town many landmarks, architectural monuments, and rich cultural offer that attracts many tourists.

From the historic neighborhoods of the Upper Town and Lower Town, numerous religious buildings, cultural and secular institutions, parks and natural attractions, to the modern part of Zagreb, there are beautiful sights that leave you speechless.

Zagreb is a safe city whose doors are always open; a city with a tumultuous history teeming with interesting personalities; a city that warmly invites all those who wish to get to know it, and a city that will surely fulfill your expectations. In this city, you can easily meet remarkable people, make new friends and enjoy special moments.

Zagreb is a city that always holds a special place in the hearts of those who visit it.


Arriving by plane
Zagreb International Airport, with a new Passenger Terminal opened in 2017, is located just 17 km from the centre of the city, or 20-25 minutes by bus and by car. There are direct, scheduled flights to Zagreb from numerous European cities. Information on take-off and landing of aircraft can be found at The scheduled airport shuttle “Pleso prijevoz” is operating between the Airport and the Zagreb Central Bus Terminal on Marin Držić Avenue.

This shuttle service is organized in such way that it follows the airport timetable.
All additional information regarding the airport shuttle timetable, prices and tickets you can find on website

The taxi stand for arriving passengers is available at the Passenger Terminal, located in the vicinity of the Ground Floor, Arrivals level of the Terminal. Please follow signs for Taxi. Rent-a-car service is available for all passengers.

Arriving by train
The Main Railway Station is located in the centre of the City, at King Tomislav Square, just 10 minutes walk from the central city square.
The main railway lines:
• Trieste – Ljubljana – Zagreb
• Graz – Maribor – Zagreb
• Klagenfurt – Ljubljana – Zagreb
• Budapest – Varaždin – Zagreb

Arriving by car
Major international road routes are: Trieste – Ljubljana – Zagreb, Graz – Maribor – Zagreb, Klagenfurt – Ljubljana – Zagreb, Budapest – Varazdin – Zagreb.

Distances: Amsterdam 1412 km, Berlin 1434 km, Bratislava 397 km, Brussels 1963 km, Budapest 372 km, London 1678 km, Ljubljana 135 km, Milan 672 km, Paris 1574 km, Prague 949 km, Vienna 371 km.

Arriving by bus
The bus terminal, Zagreb Bus Station is on Marin Drzic Avenue, and it’s only a few minutes away from the central city square (Ban Josip Jelacic Square, by tram – line 6). It is the biggest and most up-to-date bus station in this part of Europe, enabling fast and safe transport to all its passengers. From 44 platforms, buses connect Zagreb with other parts of Croatia, as well as with most other major cities in Europe.
Information about arrivals and departures of buses can be found at


Miramarska cesta 24, Zagreb, Croatia

Hotel International Zagreb is situated in a prime location in the business center of Zagreb. It is 4 stars hotel, very well connected with the Zagreb airport (Franjo Tuđman Airport Zagreb – Hotel International, 10 km), railway and bus station. In its near proximity are National and University library, Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall, City municipality, Zagreb fair and Importane shopping center.

From the Franjo Tuđman Airport Zagreb to the Hotel you can arrive by taxi (regular daily rates range from 200-250 HRK) or by regular bus line from Croatia Airlines to the main bus station in Zagreb for 35 kn. From main bus station take tram number 5.

You can reach Hotel International with tram lines 3, 5 and 13. It is necessary to leave the tram at Miramarska station. Hotel International is located 50 m from station to the south and is immediately visible. Taxi station is in front of the Hotel so we can provide you with transportation in a few minutes.

To find out more about the wide range of services and references, please visit: http://


The Registration Desk will open an hour before the beginning of the sessions and close after the end of the sessions.


Official language is English.


Organizing committee will issue the Letter of invitation upon request, to be used for visa application and for your employer. Please send your request to the Congress agency at


All registered participants with registration fee paid will get Congress badges and are obliged to wear them during the scientific and social program.


The Organizing committee cannot accept responsibility for accidents or damage to participants or accompanying persons before, during or after the Congress. Participants are urged to make their own arrangements with respect to travel and health insurance. Upon registration, the participant accepts this provision.


Participants are kindly requested to keep their mobile phones in off position in the rooms where scientific sessions are being held.


Internet services will be available to all participants during the Congress.


A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all registered participants.


Participants who require a visa to enter Croatia need to request a letter of guarantee, which will be issued by the Congress agency. The letter of guarantee is issued exclusively for the purposes of visa arrangements and does not imply provision of any financial or other support.

Information on visas and addresses of embassies is available on the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia web site:


Congress dates: November 7 – 9, 2019
Abstracts submission deadline: September 10, 2019
Abstract acceptance deadline: October 1, 2019
Lower registration fee deadline: October 5, 2019
Accommodation reservation deadline: October 1, 2019


Registration, accommodation, Congress information for participants, exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors, technical organization:

Congress agency

Maksimirska cesta 112a
10 000 Zagreb

Contact person: Goran Grbić
M +385 99 4926 679
T +385 1 6661 151