2009 - Mauro Pittiruti

Congratulations to Mauro Pittiruti. MD

Winner of the 2009 Suzanne LeVere Herbst Award For Excellence in Vascular Access

The 2009 Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award and Lectureship was presented to Mauro Pittiruti, M.D. at the 23rd Annual AVA Conference in Las Vegas in recognition of his contributions to the science and practice of vascular access. Pittiruti was the award's first international recipient.

"It is an honor and a pleasure to present you with this award.  AVA history is being made today, as you are the first physician, as well first international member, to receive this award," Suzanne LaVere Herbst said in Italian to Pittiruti when he received his award.

Dr. Pittiruti, affiliated with Rome's Catholic University Hospital, was honored for his work with ultrasound (US) guided venipuncture of the brachiocephalic vein (BCV) in infants and children. Pittiruti and colleagues found that puncturing a vein by threading a needle through a probe, or "in plane," drastically reduces risks of complications among acutely ill pediatric patients.

The Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award recognizes health care professionals for their commitment to improving patient outcomes and contributions to the science of vascular access. Recipients of the award are provided travel and hotel accommodations to attend the annual AVA Scientific Meeting and an honorarium. Each award recipient delivers the commemorative lectureship during the Scientific Meeting and develops the lecture manuscript for publication in the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access (JAVA).

Pittiruti received his award the first day of the conference on Tuesday, September 15 2009 and gave his second lecture about peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) positioning using the electrocardiogram (ECG).