About 350,000 people in the United States may have an AVM. AVMs are defects of the circulatory system-short circuits- between arteries and veins that are generally believed to arise during embryonic or fetal development or soon after birth.
Dr. John Pile-Spellman is an international leader in Interventional Neuroradiology and has developed a number of innovative new approaches to the endovascular treatment of a variety of cerebral vascular disorders. He is affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Winthrop University Hospital. Therapies include active surveillance, medication, cerebral angiogram, and interventional neuroradiology.
The Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation helps to fund research of Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) at the Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCR) at The University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Mervyn Maze is the Acting Director of the CCR and Dr. Hua Su is the Associate Director for Basic Science Research of the CCR. Dr. Su and her fellow researchers are investigating the pathogenesis of AVM formation and progression. Understanding these mechanisms will help to develop therapies that will improve patients’ quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.
The ultimate goal is to find a cure and these exceptional Doctors are focusing their efforts on this mission.