1 - 3 December 2022 International Convention Centre Sydney Australia

International Faculty Members Include

Salma El Batti
Salma El Batti

Vascular Surgeon University Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris

Salma is a consultant and assistant professor in the Vascular Surgery Department Cardiovascular Surgery. She is working in complex abdominal aortic aneurysms program (open – endovascular); aortic, carotid and peripheral arteries: vascular and endovascular surgery and SOS aorta program: aortic dissections, ruptured aortic aneurysms, and blunt injuries.

Her current research projects are:- acute thoracic aortic dissection in ovine model and active endovascular fenestration a new model?; Aortic morphology and deformations; 3D deformable surface model and evaluation of aortic volumes and 3D anatomy.

Sven Braunlich
Sven Braunlich

Senior Consultant, Division of Interventional Angiology, University Hospital, Leipzig, Germany

Sven has been working with Dierk Scheinert since 2002. His focus is on state-of-the-art interventional therapy of all kinds of PAOD, especially lower extremeties, CTO’s, CLI and BTK in a high volume centre with more than 4000 interventions per year. His other interest is on all modalities of aortic repair, carotid artery stenting, renal artery stenting and denervation, as well as novel treatment options like drug eluting technology and atherectomy.

He has been a co-organiser of LINC, which now sees 5000 attending from more than 80 countries, and is a member of the faculty and co-organiser of LAP – LINC Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong. He is a live case operator and faculty at leading medical conferences, including LINC, LINC Asia-Pacific, VERVE, VIVA, TCT, NCVH, Cirse, and Charing Cross.

Marianne Brodmann
Marianne Brodmann

Vascular Specialist, Division of Angiology, Medical University,
Graz Austria

Since 2013 Marianne has been a member of the nucleus of the European Society of Vascular Medicine, is a longstanding member of the UEMS Board of Angiology and was President of the ÖGIA (Austrian Society of Angiology) from 2012 to 2014. Her research interests include anticoagulation and thrombolysis; new endovascular technologies in the peripheral field; and evaluation of nature of restenosis and has participated in 50 international clinical trials. She was President of the Working Group Peripheral Circulation of the European Society of Cardiology from 2014 to 2016.

Venita Chandra
Venita Chandra

Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery Division of Vascular Surgery Stanford USA.

Venita is also the Medical Director of the Stanford Advanced Wound Center, the Associate Program Director of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship and the Vascular Surgery Medical Student Clerkship Director.

She is the founder of the Stanford Extremity Preservation Program (StEPP), has substantial expertise in new and cutting edge peripheral vascular and limb salvage techniques, and works to optimize the management of patients and education of residents and fellows in this complex field.

Her research and clinical interests include limb salvage, technology development and treatment optimization for complex open and endovascular approaches to peripheral vascular and aneurysmal disease.

Edward Choke
Edward Choke

Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon Sengkang General Hospital Singapore

Edward is currently a Senior Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon having graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney and then undertaking specialist training in Oxford UK, completing his training in the Vascular Unit in Leicester Royal Infirmary. His training included complex tertiary level vascular and endovascular surgery, including difficult abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm repairs (open, endovascular or hybrid techniques) and complex carotid surgery. He is also passionate about clinical and basic science research as part of improving the quality of care for patients.

He was one of three UK trainees in 2012 to receive the competitive British Society of Endovascular Therapy Endovascular Fellowship which advanced his skills in peripheral angioplasties and hybrid techniques for complex multilevel occlusive or stenotic disease.

Brian DeRubertis
Brian DeRubertis

Chief of the Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City

Brian’s clinical interests include open and endovascular management of complex aortic aneurysms, lower extremity arterial occlusive disease, carotid artery disease and deep venous disease.

An active researcher, Brian has participated in more than 15 clinical research studies as Site or National Principal Investigato, including National Principal Investigator for the REALITY Trial, which has been completed and published, and for the LIFE-BTK Trial, which is an ongoing clinical trial evaluating the use of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds for arteries below the knee.

He is a member of multiple advisory boards and has acted as a physician educator in many industry / societal training programs. Additionally, he applies his medical knowledge and surgical expertise for consulting purposes with multiple medical device companies to help foster device development and clinical application of these new products.

Osamu Iida
Osamu Iida

Associate Director Cardiovascular Centre Kansai Rosai Hospital, Japan

Osamu is an established and highly skilled physician with over seventeen years of experience. He has a great deal of experience in the endovascular treatment, specifically vessels of thoracic, abdominal and lower limbs with more than 1,000 cases per year. He also serves as the Chief of Coronary, Endovascular, and Structure Treatments. He was selected Best Doctors in Japan 2016-2017 by Teradoc, Inc.

As a researcher, he has published 35 original papers as a first author and co-authored more than 150 papers. His main research interests are clinical research of SFA treatment using IVUS, research about angiosome (CLI single-site study), various studies which impact many treatment strategies (CLI multicenter study).

Raghu Kolluri
Raghu Kolluri

Syntropic Core Lab at Ohio Health Research and Innovation Institute USA

Raghu is Director of the Vascular Medicine Service Line and Vascular Laboratories across 12 hospitals in central Ohio. As the Director of Vascular Medicine, at Prairie Cardiovascular, he established and regionalized vascular laboratories and also established a Wound Core Lab.

Known as a vascular educator, Raghu has been invited to organize and lecture at several cardiovascular conferences across the world. He co-founded The VEINS meeting in 2011, founded the SVM Fellows and SVM Advanced Practice Provider review courses. He is currently President of the Society for Vascular Medicine, serves as a reviewer for several cardiovascular journals and is on the editorial board for Vascular Medicine Journal and Annals of Vascular Surgery. His clinical and research interests include non-invasive testing, deep venous thrombosis, critical limb ischemia, and chronic venous disease.

Steven Kum
Steven Kum

Director of Vascular Surgery at Department of Surgery Changi General Hospital Singapore

Steven has widely travelled in gaining fellowships to enhance his clinical and surgical expertise, including Sydney, Leipzig and Milan as well as being a certified wound specialist physician with the American Board of Wound Management.

He a clinical lecturer in both Yong Loo Lin and Lee Kong Chian Schools of Medicine in Singapore and a faculty member for General Surgical Residents for Singhealth. He regularly proctors physicians in endovascular procedures in Europe and Asia and is currently President of the Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgeons of Singapore (SVESS).

Steven has a keen interest in clinical research revolving around diabetic limb salvage. He is an advocate for percutaneous deep arterialization for no-option critical limb ischemia for which he has authored or co-authored numerous papers. He is the PI or co-PI for several industry or physician led studies and is also a keen innovator currently working on several disruptive technologies.

Michel Lichtenberg
Michel Lichtenberg

Chief Medical Director Vascular Clinic Klinikum Arnsberg Germany

Michel received his medical degree from the Medical University of Dusseldorf in 1999 after his medical education in Dusseldorf and the Texas Heart Institute, USA. He is certified by the German Medical Board in angiology and cardiology, with a certificate of special qualification in interventional angiology. Since 2013, he has been the Chief Medical Director of the Vascular Clinic of Arnsberg Germany, which is one of the largest interventional angiology clinics in Germany. At the Arnsberg Vascular Centre Michel initiated the establishment of a deep venous intervention program which grew to be one of the largest in Germany. The scientific work in the venous and arterial field by Michel and his team is extensively published. He presents his research at conferences around the world. In 2012, he was awarded the Fellowship of the European Board of Cardiology. In 2017 he was elected as Executive Secretary of the German Angiology Society (DGA).

Bijan Modarai
Bijan Modarai

King’s Chair in Vascular Surgery and a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Senior Clinical Research Fellow London UK

Bijan works with a multi-disciplinary group of health professionals to develop novel diagnostics and advanced therapeutics for vascular disease. Specific areas of interest include functional assessment of the ischemic limb (e.g. using MRI based oxygenation and perfusion imaging) and refining novel cell-based treatments for limb ischaemia in patients who would otherwise require amputation. Another main area of focus aims to improve management of aortic aneurysms using minimally invasive stent graft technologies. Translational research straddles the boundaries between underpinning basic science, imaging sciences and surgical interventions.

He is a Council member of the British Society for Endovascular Therapy, examines for the Fellowship of European Board of Vascular Surgery, co-leads the GSTT Biomedical Research Centre School of Translational & Experimental Medicine and is an INSPIRE programme lead for King’s.

Tatsuya Nakama
Tatsuya Nakama

Tokyo Bay Uravasu Ishikawa Medical Centre Japan

Tatsuya moved from Chief of Cathererization Laboratory, Department of Cardiology at the Miyazaki Medical Association Hospital in 2018 to his new position as Chief Physician in the Department of Cardiology at the Tokyo Bay Uravasu Ichikawa Medical Centre.

He has published widely, participated in numerous conferences and is a member of many LINC faculties.

Jorge Fernández Noya
Jorge Fernández Noya

Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Department at the University Hospital A Coruña Spain

Jorge is a vascular and endovascular surgeon that performs as a first operator EVAR, TEVAR, Ch/B/FEVAR, peripheral aneurysms treatment, aortic and iliac-femoro- popliteal, and BTK revascularization, diabetic foot procedures, carotid artery stenting, PTA and stenting of visceral arteries. He has organised many basic and advanced international training courses on EVAR and TEVAR and involved in clinical research as well as authoring many articles and books on surgery.

Gustavo S. Oderich
Gustavo S. Oderich

Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Centre Houston USA

Gustavo is a vascular and endovascular surgeon who serves as professor and chief of vascular and endovascular surgery and director of the Advanced Endovascular Aortic Program.

He is recognized for his work in minimally invasive endovascular surgery and research in fenestrated and branched stent-graft technology to treat complex aortic aneurysms and dissections.

Gustavo is also the editor of the “Endovascular Aortic Repair: Current Techniques of fenestrated, branched and parallel grafts”, and an Associate Editor of the Annals of Vascular Surgery and of the Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery.

Anna Prent
Anna Prent

Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon The Royal Free Hospital London UK

Anna’s main NHS appointment at The Royal Free Hospital where she is part of the complex aortic team and the deep venous team since 2017.

She emigrated to the UK from The Netherlands following the completion of her training. She undertook a senior clinical fellowship at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in complex aortic surgery, open and endovascular. She also developed a special interest in the management and treatment of complex venous diseases. She emigrated to the United Kingdom and practices exclusively as a vascular and endovascular surgeon and offers the full repertoire of vascular treatment for arterial and venous disease.

Anna is an active contributor to on-going medical research and a member of the Abstract Board of the Annual Charing Cross Vascular Symposium and co-organiser of the program of the Aortic Village. She also has an interest in training and teaching, contributing to workshops in international conferences and is the main organiser of deep venous courses at The Royal Free Hospital.

Maria Antonella Ruffino
Maria Antonella Ruffino

Vascular Interventional Radiologist, Head of the Service of Interventional Radiology at the Ticino Vascular Center in the EOC – Regional Hospital of Lugano

Maria Antonella performs as a first operator EVAR, TEVAR, Ch/B/FEVAR, peripheral aneurysms treatment, aortic and iliac-femoro- popliteal, and BTK revascularization, diabetic foot procedures, carotid artery stenting, PTA and stenting of visceral arteries (renal celiac trunk, superior mesenteric artery), PTA and stenting of renal and hepatic artery in transplanted patients, AVM embolization, emergency endovascular procedures for trauma (bleeding, pseudoaneurysm treatment), vena cava filter implantation and removal, deep venous stenting.

She is a member of the Italian Society of Medical Radiology (SIRM), of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and of Cardiovascular Society of Interventional Radiology (CIRSE). She is fellow of the European Board of Interventional Radiology (EBIR).

Peter Schneider
Peter Schneider

Professor of Surgery in the Division of Endovascular Surgery University of California San Francisco

Peter was the founding member and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii from 1994-2018. At Kaiser, he helped to develop a Diabetic Limb Treatment Program and a surveillance program for patients with aneurysms and a registry for patients with carotid disease used for surveillance. He oversaw the development of the first endovascular operating room in the Kaiser system.

He has served on numerous committees for the Society for Vascular Surgery and is the Past President of Western Vascular Society where he also served on a number of its committees. He authored “Endovascular Skills,” the 4th edition, to be published in 2019, and has co-authored three other books on various aspects of vascular surgery. Dr. Schneider founded two medical device companies, served as an adviser to many others, and has been awarded numerous patents.

Arne Schwindt
Arne Schwindt

Franziskus Hospital Munster Germany

Arne is a senior consultant at St. Franziskus Hospital Münster, Dortmund, Germany. His interests are Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), Stroke, Venous (PVD), and Aortic Pathology.

Brant W Ullery
Brant W Ullery

Medical Director Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and Co Director Providence Aortic Centre Heart and Vascular Institute Portland Oregon USA

Brant is a general and vascular trained in all areas of vascular and endovascular surgery, with special emphasis on complex aortic disease and critical limb ischemia. His primary clinical and academic interest involves the development of complex endovascular aortic interventions, as well as identifying and improving failure mechanisms of such aortic and branch vessel reconstructions.
He also has an MBA in healthcare management.

An accomplished clinician and researcher, he is a regular contributor to multiple premier medical and surgical journals, serving as Principal Investigator in numerous clinical trials, authored many book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is a regular presenter at international and national vascular and endovascular conferences.

Hence Verhagen
Hence Verhagen

Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam The Netherlands

Hence is Professor and Chief of Vascular Surgery. He has developed a special interest in minimal-invasive endovascular therapies and, in particular, endovascular aneurysm treatment. He is an internationally renowned expert in advanced endovascular therapies. He has organised many basic and advanced international training courses on EVAR and TEVAR and is the founder of the Dutch practical course (basic and advanced) on peripheral percutaneous vascular interventions for Vascular Surgeons in which he still participates as convenor. He has performed several “first in Man” implantations of aortic endografts and is global Principal Investigator (PI) of several Aortic Stentgrafts.

He has a special interest in Aortic pathology and interventions, including cutting-edge endovascular technologies. He has specific expertise in carotid surgery, chronic bowel ischaemia, peripheral interventions and vascular imaging (dynamic, peri-operative and post-processing). He has published widely and is a member of many international vascular societies.