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Mission Statement of the Bay Area Endovascular Summit (BEST) and Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) Asia 2014

In 2010, BEST was founded with the grassroots goals of identifying uniquely Japanese forms of vascular intervention through routine medical care with firm regional roots, and providing patients in Japan with the best possible treatment available worldwide. This year will mark the fifth year anniversary celebration with Asian and Western colleagues.

Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is a major area of focus for BEST. We have always advocated the importance of a comprehensive approach that includes endovascular revascularization and wound care for the treatment of CLI. The engaging discussions that we had on this topic are still fresh in our memories. Epidemiological data suggests that the number of patients with diabetes will increase rapidly, especially in Asia and including Japan. Given this trend, diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial disease and CLI will become ever more important. This year, as before, we have invited endovascular and wound experts all over Asia and United States to share the current status of vascular disease treatment in their countries, and we hope to hold lively discussions again. Also, we are willing to call for your BEST endovascular or limb salvage cases from your clinical practice.

BEST and CLI Asia will always remain innovative, stimulating and patient-centered. On December 6, we will gather to discuss the direction in which to steer endovascular therapy and comprehensive wound management in Asia. Please save the date.

BEST Course Directors
Osami Kawarada
Kan Zen
Hideaki Obara