2 - 4 December 2021 Sydney Australia

International Faculty Members Include

George Adams
George Adams

Director of Cardiovascular and Peripheral Vascular Research Rex Hospital Raleigh NC USA

George shares a strong passion for limb salvage and is known for his expertise in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease in patients with critical limb ischemia. He is an avid speaker and well-published researcher and has served as the primary investigator for multiple clinical trials. He is involved in the development of regional systems of care for the treatment of CLI as well as device development for the management of coronary and peripheral vascular disease.

He earned his Masters of Health Sciences in Clinical Research and Fellowship in Cardiology from Duke University, is board-certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He is the recipient of an American College of Cardiology Young Investigator’s Award and has served on the Advisory Board and Selection Committee for the North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Recently, he earned his executive MBA from the University of North Carolina.

Ahmad Amer Zanabili Al-Sibba
Ahmad Amer Zanabili Al-Sibba

Francisco Álvarez Marcos, Sara Busto Suárez Vascular Surgery Department
Asturias University Central Hospital (HUCA), Oviedo, Spain

Ahmed is a vascular surgeon with specific interest in Short-term results in the treatment
of aneurysm of the abdominal aorta He has published widely and is associated with a number of trials.

Gary Ansel
Gary Ansel

System Medical Chief, Vascular Program – OhioHealth, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio, USA.

Gary is an internationally renowned interventional expert, both in peripheral vascular and cardiovascular procedures. An expert in his field, he continues to teach and share his knowledge with physicians in the US as well as in China, Japan, England, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand, to name a few, as well as a primary investigator and a national primary investigator for numerous research trials, enabling him to provide cutting-edge technology and the best patient care available to those suffering with peripheral and cardiovascular disease.

He continues to serve as a member of several professional societies, is a former member of the Peripheral Vascular Committee for the American College of Cardiology, and contributes to a number of journals as well as having authored many medical book chapters.

Frank Arko
Frank Arko

Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in Charlotte USA

Frank is Director of Endovascular Surgery and Co-director of the Aortic Institute at Carolinas Medical Center. He is an interventional vascular surgeon, specialising in vascular, cardiovascular and endovascular surgery, as well as critical care medicine. Skilled in Vascular, Critical Care Medicine, Market Research, Healthcare Management, and Healthcare. He is a member of numerous surgical societies and part of one of the largest practices in the US for complex aortic reconstructions with placement of first in man graft for complex aortic arch aneurysms.

Iris Baumgartner
Iris Baumgartner

Head of Angiology and Director of Vascular Research University Hospital Bern Switzerland

Iris is Professor for Internal Medicine with a focus on Vascular Medicine. Her particular research interst is in endovascular therapy, congenital vascular malformation and precision medicine with translation to vascular medicine.

She graduated in human medicine at the University of Hannover, Germany, in 1986 and was trained in Internal Medicine and Vascular Medicine at the University Hospital Zurich (Switzerland), Düsseldorf (Germany) and Bern (Switzerland). Since 2006, she has been the Director of the Division Angiology, Swiss Cardiovascular Center, at the Inselspital, University Hospital Bern and since 2012 Vice-Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University Bern.

She dedicates herself to the diagnosis and interventional treatment of congenital vascular malformations as part of the spectrum of rare vascular diseases.. The “Interdisciplinary Center for Vascular Interven-tions”, at the Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, was established on her initiative in 2009. Development of Vascular Research at the University Hospital Bern is coordinated by an independent “Clinical Investiga-tion Unit, Vascular Medicine” and supported by an “International Advisory Board”.

Iris is a member of various Editorial Boards (JACC, EHJ), has published widely.

Robert Beasley
Robert Beasley

Director of Vascular and Interventional Radiology & Vein Treatment Center
Director of Wound Healing Center
Mount Sinai Medical Center Miami Beach Florida USA

Robert is a board-certified vascular and interventional radiologist, joining the staff at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in 2006.

An expert in carotid artery stenting, he participated in a clinical trial that paved the way for Medicare to approve the treatment as a reimbursable procedure. He is also participating in the NIH-sponsored CREST-2 carotid stent trial. He has a robust vascular practice for the treatment of PVD, CLI and endovascular repair of Aortic Aneurysms and also specializes in uterine fibroid embolization and in the chemo embolization of inoperable liver tumors. In addition to being the Director of Vascular/Interventional Radiology, he is also Director of the Wound Healing Center.

He has participated in more than 75 clinical trials, has authored many publications in peer-reviewed medical journals, and presented his work at numerous regional, national, and international medical meetings, and is a member of a number of associations.

Dittmar Bockler
Dittmar Bockler

University of Heidelberg Germany

Dittmar has since 2007 been an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Heidelberg and, in 2011 was made the Chairman of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. He has published widely.

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.

Jacques Busquet
Jacques Busquet

Clinique Chirurgicale Val d’Or, Saint Cloud Paris France

Jacques is currently coordinator of vascular and endovascular service in the Cardiovascular Department of the Clinique Chirurgicale Val d’Or – Saint Cloud, in Paris, France, part of the Vivalto Foundation Group.

In 1988, he set up one of the first endovascular programs in France using peripheral angioplasty and stents, after several post-residency trainings in USA (Los Angeles, Phoenix, New Orleans). Since this time, he is actively involved as speaker, moderator and scientific committee member of the major international vascular and endovascular meetings (Arizona Heart, Charing Cross, CEC, CICE , CIT, EuroPCR, Ochsner, Mayo, SITE, TCT, VEITH, VERVE, VIVA).
Jacques is a former board member of the French Society of Vascular Surgery and serves as an editorial board member in the Journal of Endovascular Therapy (USA), the Endovascular Today Magazine (USA), the Endovascular Today Magazine – Europe (USA) and Tecnicas Endovasculares (Spain).

In November 2010, he received the international vascular award “Pionner in Performance” in New York City during the Veith Symposium.

He is the co-founder of the International Council of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISES), as well a past executive board member and former chairman and president, and is now an ISES International Ambassador. This Society has 1600 members and is represented in 60 countries. He also serves as President of the Val d’Or Vascular Association, a French non-profit organization dedicated to research and development in cardiovascular medicine. Since 2006, under its auspices, he runs annually in Paris a successful vascular meeting on vascular diseases, cardio-vascular imaging and endovascular technologies open to cardio-vascular specialists.

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.

Michael Dake
Michael Dake

Sarver Heart Centre University of Arizona Tuscon USA

Michael is Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Professor of Medical Imaging, Surgery and Medicine. He is a leading researcher, clinician, teacher, and administrator at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, together with a new appointment of President of the Society of Interventional Radiology. He works collaboratively with teams throughout the University and with Banner Health to build the University’s competitiveness in education, clinical case and biomedical research.

He is internationally known for pioneering image-guided therapies and novel approaches in interventional therapy in the fields of vascular imaging, venous thromboembolic disease, aortic aneurysms, and dissection. He made medical history with the implantation of the world’s first thoracic stent-graft in 1992 and his ground-breaking research with CT angiography and stent-grafts has re-written medical and surgery textbooks.

Rick De Graaf
Rick De Graaf

Director Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology/Nuclear Medicine Clinical Center of Friedrichshafen Germany

Rick has been Chief of Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine since 2018, and is Coordinating Director of Vascular Medicine at the Clinical Centre of Friedrichshafen, Germany.

After clinical and research fellowships at renowned international institutes (Montefiore Medical Centre, dr. Frank Veith, NYC and Prof. Rene Chapot, Alfred Krupp Clinic, Essen), he focused on the minimal invasive treatment of (neuro-) vascular diseases.

In 2010 he started the endovascular treatment of deep venous obstructions at the interventional Radiology Department in Maastricht. This has led to international collaboration with the University Hospital in Aachen and the Angiology Department of the Arnsberg Clinic, Germany. His venous dedication is illustrated by the numerous invited lectures and visiting scholarships. He has published widely and through his strong focus on venous interventions he has become a very well respected physician in the community.

Jean-Paul De Vries
Jean-Paul De Vries

Head Department of Surgery University Medical Centre Groningen the Netherlands

Paul’s extensive experience is in open and endovascular treatment of complex thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms. The UMCG Department of Vascular Surgery is a tertiary referral centre for vascular –aortic- graft infections as well as carotid disease and complex peripheral arterial disease.

He has published widely, is the PI of the global ANCHOR registry regarding the use of EndoAnchors in EVAR. His main topics of research are tissue perfusion measurements in patients with PAOD, improved imaging techniques for determination of endograft apposition post-TEVAR and post-EVAR and the implementation of telemonitoring in vascular patients.

Koen Deloose
Koen Deloose

Head of Vascular Surgery Department AZ Sint-Blasium Dendermonde Belgium

Koen is a vascular surgeon and currently Medical Director of the Diabetic Wound Clinic and Assistant Director of the Department of Surgery and Vascular Surgery at AZ Sint-Blasium Dendermonde Belgium.

As an active researcher, Dr Deloose has authored and co-authored more than 60 peer reviewed medical journals, contributed to more than 10 chapters in orthopaedic, vascular, and endovascular books as well as many posters and papers in conference proceedings. He is a member of the International Editorial Board, Endovascular Section of the Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery and Editorial Advisory Board Member of Endovascular Today. He is also a teacher and proctor for several medical device companies in-hospital and in his co-owned animal lab in Belgium. He is a member of many committees and boards including the Royal Belgian Society of Surgery and Treasurer of the Belgian Society of Vascular Surgery. He is founding President of the Belgium Young Flownmasters, a Belgian working for young and ambitious vascular surgeons.

Brian DeRubertis
Brian DeRubertis

UCLA Medical Centre Los Angeles USA

Brian is Associate Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery. His current surgical practice involves the application of the newest minimally invasive technology for the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease of the carotid arteries and lower extremities, and venous disorders including deep venous thrombosis, Paget-Schroetter’s Syndrome, and May-Thurner’s Syndrome. He has a particular interest in innovative device technology, and has introduced the practice of percutaneous EVAR and the use of fenestrated aortic endografts to his institution.

Konstantinos Donas
Konstantinos Donas

St Franziskus Hospital, Munster University Hospital Munster Germany

Konstantinos is Chief of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Vascular Surgery. His clinical interests include stents, endovascular surgery, and aortic aneurysm. He has served on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cardiovascular Research and written numerous peer-reviewed articles in his specialty.

He is a co-author of Endovascular Treatment of Aortic Aneurysms.

Fabrizio Fanelli
Fabrizio Fanelli

Careggi University Hospital University of Florence Italy

Fabrizio is Professor and Director of the Vascular and Interventional Radiology Department. He is involved with a number of experimental studies for the evaluation of new materials and devices in clinical practice.

He has authored two books and co-authored a further fifteen as well as numerous papers relating to radiological, surgical and clinical fields.

Lawrence Garcia
Lawrence Garcia

Chief of the Section of Interventional Cardiology & Associate Director of the Vascular Medicine Program
St Elizabeth’s Medical Centre Boston, USA

Lawrence received his training as an interventional cardiologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Further, continuing with his peripheral vascular training at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tuft’s University, Boston, Massachusetts. He then served as the Chief of Vascular Medicine and Peripheral Vascular Interventions for the Florida Heart Group in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Garcia returned to Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital as a full time interventional cardiologist and Director of the Peripheral Cardiovascular Program and Peripheral Interventions at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as well as the Director of the Interventional Fellowship Program.

This program developed into one of the busiest in the city of Boston, performing over 600 peripheral procedures per year.

His work has largely focused on arterial occlusion-reperfusion models and the efficacy of therapeutic modalities or interventions, with regard to free radical generation or endovascular stenting outcomes. He continues his research interests in a wide variety of studies including acute MI studies, unstable angina studies, interventional trials, peripheral interventional trials, angiogenesis trials, imaging modality studies, and numerous device trials for both the coronary and peripheral circulations. His work has been presented in numerous manuscripts, abstracts, textbooks and textbook chapters.

Yann Goueffic
Yann Goueffic

Service de Chirurgie Vasculaire, Hopital Nord Laennec, Nantes France

Yann is the Professor and Chief of the Department of Vascular Surgery Service de Chirurgie Vasculaire, Hopital Nord Laennec, Nantes France. Since Sept 2007, he has also been the Senior University Lecturer and Hospital Practitioner in the Vascular Surgery Department at the University Hospital of Nantes.

He has extensive clinical studies experience, continues his research interests and has published widely.

Peter Goverde
Peter Goverde

ZNA part of the Hospital Network of Antwerp Belgium

Peter is a vascular and endovascular surgeon, senior staff member of the Vascular Clinic ZNA, part of the Hospital Network of Antwerp, Belgium, as well as Co-director of the ZNA Multi-Disclipinary Diabetic Foot Clinic and of the ZNA Chronic Wound Clinic. He also coordinates the surgical training program and vascular fellowship in the hospital.
His special interests besides endovascular treatment are diabetic foot problems, vascular access surgery and the development and amelioration of new technologies and techniques.

Peter has been involved in research, education and clinical assessment related to new medical devices and new approaches in the endovascular field. He developed new techniques for the treatment of aortoiliac (i.e. CERAB & Chimney-CERAB) and femoropoliteal occlusive disease, and is taking part in a number of national and international organised studies and is a member of numerous national and international vascular and interventional societies.

Bill Gray
Bill Gray

Division of Cardiovascular Disease Main Line Health Philadelphia USA

Bill is an interventional cardiologist, board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine and endovascular medicine.

He specialises in cardiac/structural and peripheral arterial disease diagnosis and treatment with a special interest in new, non-surgical modalities for stroke prevention (carotid stenting and left atrial appendage occlusion devices), and research into preventing the reoccurrence of disease following successful angioplasty or stenting. He has also dedicated a significant portion of the past decade of his career to the non-surgical management of mitral regurgitation.

He has been principal investigator for numerous clinical trials and has also been a consultant and device/procedure proctor for numerous medical corporations.

Osamu Iida
Osamu Iida

Cardiovascular Centre Kansai Rosai Hospital, Japan

Osamu is the Associate Director of the Centre and 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).

Michael Jaff
Michael Jaff

Vice-President of Clinical Affairs, Technology and Innovation at Boston Scientific Corporation USA

Michael is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and was the President of Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Prior to that, he was the inaugural Paul and Phyllis Fireman Endowed Chair of Vascular Medicine and Medical Director of the Fireman Vascular Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is an expert in all aspects of vascular medicine, including peripheral artery disease, venous thromboembolic disease, aneurysmal diseases, and all diagnostic strategies in vascular medicine. Michael founded VasCore, the Vascular Ultrasound Core Laboratory, the largest of its’ kind in the United States. The laboratory has participated in trial design and independent analysis of vascular laboratory images for over 200 prospective multicenter peripheral vascular device and pharmaceutical trials across 66 countries.

Michael has published extensively, in the field of Vascular Medicine with over 300 peer-reviewed publications and 10 textbooks, is the Past-President of the Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology and was the first physician to have received the designation as Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine.

Tilo Kölbel
Tilo Kölbel

Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Hamburg, Germany

Tilo trained as a general surgeon in Berlin, working as a fellow and later staff member in vascular surgery and interventional radiology at Malmö University Hospital in Sweden from 2004-2009. He then established endovascular therapies in the Department of Vascular Medicine with Prof. Sebastian Debus at the University Heart Centre Hamburg in 2009 and has been Head of the German Aortic Centre since 2012.

Today his main clinical and scientific interest lie in aortic disease with a focus on complex endovascular techniques, aortic dissection, aortic arch interventions and development of new endovascular treatment strategies and devices.

He is a member of a number of European societies and a reviewer for major North American, European and Asian vascular and interventional radiological journals and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Endovascular Therapy.

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.

Ralf Langhoff
Ralf Langhoff

Department of Vascular Medicine Academic Teaching Hospital of the Charité-University Berlin Germany

Ralf is Head of the Department of Angiology, Vascular Centre Berlin and in 2004 was made Head of the Department of Interventional Therapy at the Vascular Centre Berlin, followed by in 2013 he became the Senior Consultant at Department of Angiology/Vascular Medicine at Sankt Gertrauden Hospital, Vascular Centre Berlin and is a member of the Board of Directors. Since 2017 he has been a Board Member of the German Society of Angiology (DGA)

He is a member of the German Society of Angiology (DGA), International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISES) and the German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM)

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).

Ian Loftus
Ian Loftus

St George’s, University of London UK

Ian is Professor of Vascular Surgery; President of the British Society for Endovascular Therapy. Other roles include Regional Director of the National Aneurysm Screening Programme, past Clinical Tutor for Critical Care at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Chair of the Vascular Society Committee for Audit and Quality Improvement, lead for the London Aneurysm Quality Improvement Programme, and member of the Department of Health working party on peri-operative care.

He has been involved in the development of the UK National Vascular Registry including publication of surgeon and unit level outcomes for vascular surgery.

He runs a clinical research unit at St Georges Hospital and has a track record in clinical and scientific research into vascular disease. He has published extensively and contributed to numerous books relating to vascular disease. He is co-author of the 2018 European Guidelines for the management of aortic aneurysms.

His major clinical interest is the endovascular management of complex aortic disease and has personal experience of over 500 fenestrated, branched, chimney and thoracic cases.

Alan Lumsden
Alan Lumsden

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center Houston USA

Alan is Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, having developed an international reputation as a leader in the field of endovascular surgery. As Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, he has research interests in restenosis and developing newer methods of minimally invasive therapy. He has received more than US6 million in support for his research from the National Institutes of Health. His work has resulted in more than 200 scientific articles, abstracts, books, book chapters and more than 100 presentations.

His clinical expertise is in stent graft treatment of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), stenting and surgical treatment for disease of the carotid arteries, and minimally invasive therapy for venous disease.

Antonio Micari
Antonio Micari

University of Messina, Messina Italy

Antonio is Associate Professor and Director of the Interventional Cardiology Unit. He is an experienced cardiovascular interventionalist with competence in coronary, peripheral and structural heart disease interventions. In the last 13 years his research interest has been mainly focused into the “Panvascular Disease Approach” and in 2016 he has been recipient of the prestigious “Young Vascular Career Advancement Award” from VIVA and LINC associations (Las Vegas, 2016). He has a strong commitment to post-graduate medical education, as well as being an active researcher.

He is member of the main PCR Board (Responsible for Stroke Track) and has been elected as member of the Nucleus of Working Group for Aorta and Peripheral Disease of the European Society of Cardiology.

Ross Milner
Ross Milner

Professor of Surgery, The University of Chicago, USA

Ross is a board-certified general and vascular surgeon. In addition, he is the Vice-Chair of Clinical and Peri-operative services and serves as Co-Directory for the Centre of Aortic Diseases. He is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of complex aortic aneurysmal disease and endograft surveillance paradigms and has been a leader in training other physicians in these areas.

He has been the primary investigator on numerous endovascular device trials and currently serves as the co-national principal investigator for the GREAT registry.

A dedicated educator and mentor, Ross teaches medical students, residents, and fellows about vascular disease management, including the use of aortic stents. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and has been recognized as the first master clinician of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago. He is also a reviewer for many journals and is an editorial board member for Endovascular Today and Vascular Disease Management.

Frans Moll
Frans Moll

University Medical Center Utrecht The Netherlands.

Frans is Professor in Vascular Surgery and besides his interest in carotid surgery and thoraco-abdominal aneurysms, he is actively involved in research of minimal invasive endovascular vascular procedures, being the inventor of the Moll-RingCutter for Iliac and SFA remote-endarterectomy and member of the team which developed the AneuRx stentgraft. Endovascular venous interventions belong to his field of research.

His invention of the Percutaneous Venous Valve Bioprothesis became the model for the sutureless percutaneous implantable aortic valve prosthesis. Since 2009 he is program co-chair of one of the most prestigious international vascular congresses Charing Cross London and is a longstanding member of the Scientific Faculty of the VEITH meeting New York and the LINC meeting Leipzig.

Miguel Montero-Baker
Miguel Montero-Baker

Baylor College of Medicine Houston Texas USA

Miguel is an Associate Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, specialising in diabetic foot amputation prevention and limb salvage.

He is author of numerous journal publications, has co-authored several textbook chapters and is a well-recognized opinion leader for the Latin American medical community. His main clinical interests are critical limb ischemia, implantable micro-technology and endovascular carotid disease management.

Stefan Muller-Hulsbeck
Stefan Muller-Hulsbeck

Deaconess Hospital Flensburg – Academic Hospital of Kiel University Germany

Stefan is Professor of Radiology and Head of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology / Neuroradiology at the Deaconess Hospital Flensburg – Academic Hospital of Kiel University, Faculty of Medicine, Germany.

He is a board certified Radiologist and Neuroadiologist active in endovasclular therapy for almost 20 years covering the whole spectrum of vascular and non-vascular interventional therapy. He is a passionate clinical researcher as PI, Co-PI and investigator in numerous clinical trials. Live-case transmissions, national and international workshops held in Flensburg as well as may lectures, publications, book-chapters and book project on complications in interventional therapy complete the spectrum.

Stefan received several awards, holds membership in several editorial boards and is responsible for on-line education as the current program director of ESIR-online and member of the CIRSE executive committee. His special interest is in endovascular drug therapy (DCB, DES), carotid disease and stroke management.

Erin Murphy
Erin Murphy

Sanger Heart and Vascular Atrium Health Carolina USA

Erin is Director of the Venous and Lymphatic Institute and specialises in venous and lymphatic disease and performs the breadth of vascular surgery related to this specialisation and is dedicated to the advancement of the field.
She has extensive research experience in the field of vascular surgery and has authored over 50 medical journal articles, book chapters and editorials.

Erin has presented at numerous national and international meetings and has received a number of awards for her contributions. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Endovascular Therapy (JEVT), is actively involved in ongoing clinical trials and is currently serving as the US national primary investigator for the Medtronic Abre Stent.

Jihad Mustapha
Jihad Mustapha

Metro Health Hospital Wyoming Michigan USA

Jihad is a board-certified interventional cardiologist who specializes in endovascular revascularization for critical limb ischemia (CLI). He is co-founder and CEO of Advanced Cardiac and Vascular Centers for Amputation Prevention. He serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, speaks internationally, participates in clinical research and publishes on the topics of CLI and limb salvage. He has a special interest in innovation and holds many patents. He is the Founder and Director of the AMPutation Prevention Symposium and is a Founding Board Member of the CLI Global Society.

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.

Joakim Nordanstig
Joakim Nordanstig

Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gottenburg Sweden

Joakim is an Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery; certified through the National Board of Health. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Swedish National Registry Vascular Surgery, and a member of the European Society of Vascular Surgeons.

Gerry O’Sullivan
Gerry O’Sullivan

University Hospital Galway Ireland

Gerry is an interventional radiologist – 70% of his practice would be in interventional radiology. He has been involved with a number of medical start-ups in the Galway area.
He is been interested in venous disease for a number of years and says he is still learning. He concentrates exclusively on IIio-femoral deep vein thrombosis and reconstruction.

Mariano Palena
Mariano Palena

Unit Maria Cecilia Hospital Cotignola Italy

Mariano trained as a radiologist and is now Director of the Endovascular Surgery Unit. He has published widely with some articles describing new advanced and extreme techniques for the revascularization of the vessels of the legs and feet, developed and described for the first time by his working group. He is actively engaged in advanced clinical research in the endovascular treatment of lower limb Arterial Disease and the treatment of diabetic foot. In particular, his interests focus on the treatment of chronic arterial occlusions of the femoral, tibial and foot arteries as well as the development and description of new techniques (extreme retrogrades) and new treatments combining new technologies and new medical devices.

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Mahmood Razavi
Mahmood Razavi

Director of the Center for Clinical Trials and Research at St Joseph Heart and Vascular Center in Orange, California

Mahmood has had two subspeciality fellowship trainings at Stanford Unversity and UCLA and has continued to be associated with the University in Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

He is considered ot be an authority in the field of minimally invasive therapies and has published and authored widely as well as being the recipient of many honors and awards from various professional medical societies. Mahmood has served as the Editor and on the Editorial Boards of several prestigious scientific journals and his scientific work has featured in over 100 national and international radio, television and press news articles and programs.

Hei is the co-founder of five start-up companies and has served on the Board of Directors and the Scientific and strategic Advisory Boards of several device and biotechnology companies.

Michel Reijnen
Michel Reijnen

Consultant Vascular Surgeon Rijnstate Hospital,
Arnhem, The Netherlands

Michel Reijnen completed his (endo)vascular training in January 2004 and joined the Rijnstate Hospital in Arnhem, The Netherlands in 2007, where he works in a team of 5 vascular surgeons and 4 interventional radiologists. He is involved in multiple trials in the endovascular area and initiator and principal investigator of various (inter)national multicentre randomized trials and Registries. There is a close collaboration with the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in the field of Vascular Imaging and Innovation. He has published over 150 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and is reviewer of several journals and a regular faculty member of several international symposia. As the course director of surgical residents until 2017 and, having organized multiple workshops in the endovascular field, he has a profound interest and experience in surgical training.

Robert Rhee
Robert Rhee

Maimonides Medical Center New York USA

Robert is Director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery of the Aortic Center and an international leader in the treatment of complex aortic diseases. He has extensive experience in both direct surgical and endovascular management of complex abdominal, thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms and dissections. He has been involved with, and has led, significant vascular device trials since 1995 and continues to bring state-of-the-art technologies to residents of Brooklyn and NYC by offering the latest minimally-invasive treatment options not generally offered at most local hospitals, including: fenestrated and branched graft aortic endovascular repair.

Marc Schermerhorn
Marc Schermerhorn

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre Boston USA

Marc is Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery as well as the George H A Clowes Jr Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

He is President Elect of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery. He is a member of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, American College of Surgeons, and American Heart Association and serves as a member of the Medical Devices Advisory Panel for the FDA and consultant for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is a member of three editorial boards and a reviewer for 13 other major journals. In addition, he has an NIH funded lab, has authored peer-reviewed articles, case reports, book chapters and reviews, including original manuscripts in the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has lectured at many national and international forums. He is mentor to numerous surgical residents interested in pursuing careers as clinical investigators

Peter Schneider
Peter Schneider

Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Honolulu Hawaii

Peter practices in Honolulu and has a strong interest in education and training in vascular and endovascular techniques. He has been in practice for 23 years and is Chief of Vascular Therapy at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Honolulu and has worked with many residents and fellows. He attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and then University of California San Francisco for general and vascular surgery training.

He has served on many committees for the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Western Vascular Society, been invited to many visiting professorships, and served as Faculty or Course Director for specialty courses. He authored Endovascular Skills, now in its 3rd edition, and co-authored two other vascular books.

He is currently President of the Western Vascular Society and VIVA. Roles within the Kaiser organization have included Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer.

Arne Schwindt
Arne Schwindt

Clinic of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery University of Münster and Department of Vascular Surgery St. Franziskus Hospital Münster Germany

Mehdi Shishehbor
Mehdi Shishehbor

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Ohio USA

Mehdi is the Co-Chair of the Clinical Executive Committee, Director of the Cardiovascular Interventional Center, Co-Director of the Vascular Center, and the Medical Director of UH CMC Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. His area of expertise includes vascular medicine and minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures such as angioplasty, stent grafts, stenting, atherectomy and intravascular ultrasound to treat coronary, carotid, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and peripheral arterial and venous diseases.
He is an expert on minimally invasive approaches to reconstruct lower extremity arteries in order to treat critical limb ischemia and prevent amputation. His work in this area has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining University Hospitals, he directed the Endovascular Program at the Cleveland Clinic from 2009 to May 2017 and trained over 40 interventional fellows and over 400 physicians nationally on advanced techniques for limb salvage.

Benjamin Starnes
Benjamin Starnes

Department of Surgery, University of Washington USA

Benjamin is a Professor of Vascular Surgery, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery for UW Medicine. Prior to this, he He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in aortic pathology and vascular trauma, most notably the management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms and acute aortic syndromes.

His current research activities focus on multi-branch and fenestrated endografting for complex aortic disease, vascular trauma and studying factors that influence outcomes for patients presenting with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. He currently serves as Principal Investigator on ten clinical trials and as Associate Investigator on an additional twenty-two clinical trials.

In addition to clinical and research activities, Benjamin is highly involved in the academic community of vascular surgery. He has been author or co-author of over eighty peer-reviewed publications with a quarter as first author and written five book chapters. He is associated with a number of editorial review committees with leading international journals including The Journal of Vascular Surgery, Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet. He is an active member of Western Vascular Society, Western Surgical Association and the Society for Vascular Surgery and current President of the Pacific Northwest Vascular Surgery Society. In addition he served as an Associate Examiner of the American Board of Surgery Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination in 2012 and as an Examiner in 2014. He travels widely presenting regularly at medical conferences around the globe.

Ta-Wei Su
Ta-Wei Su

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou Medical Center, Taiwan

Ta-Wei is Assistant Professor in the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. He is an established vascular surgeon, having focused on the field of “open vascular surgery” and “endovascular intervention” for more than 12 years with the experience of more than 800 cases per year, widely involving in aortic diseases, peripheral arterial disease, hemodialysis access, and venous disorders. Today his main clinical and scientific interest lies in aortic intervention with new endovascular treatment and devices, such as endoanchor and iliac branch endoprosthesis.

Apostolos Tassiopoulos
Apostolos Tassiopoulos

Stony Brook University Medical Center New York USA

Apostolos is Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Division. He is a board-certified vascular surgeon with clinical specialties including open and endovascular management of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms, lower extremity arterial disease, carotid disease, and venous disease. He has extensive experience with advanced techniques in the management of aortic aneurysms and dissections.

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of many professional societies in the US, Europe and Greece. In addition, he has been included repeatedly on New York magazine’s “Best Doctors” list and named among America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Matt Thompson
Matt Thompson

Cleveland Clinic Ohio USA

Matt recently joined the Clinic’s Department of Vascular Surgery having brought a depth of clinical research expertise in endovascular care with a fresh perspective.

As one of the founders of the British Society of Endovascular Therapy and recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland. He has helped innovate new endovascular technologies for aortic disease and guided clinical trials and comparative international outcomes research. For much of his career, he was a prominent figure at St. George’s Vascular Institute in London, where he helped grow the vascular unitcular unit into one of the world’s leading vascular surgery centers.

Giovanni Torsello
Giovanni Torsello

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Ohio USA

Giovanni Torsello has, since 1996, been the Chief of the Department of Vascular Surgery at St. Franziskus Hospital Muenster Germany and, since 2008 he has been Director of the Clinic of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of Muenster. He graduated from the University of Perugia Italy in 1977, completed his residency at the University Hospital Duesseldorf in 1995 and was awarded with a professorship at the University of Duesseldorf in 1995.

Giovanni is a well-respected teacher, researcher and international lecturer. He has authored and coauthored more than 300 articles in prestigious medical journals and is an expert in the treatment of vascular and endovascular diseases. He is Director of the German Vascular Academy and Past President of the German Vascular Society.

His particular fields of scientific and medical interest include treatment of complex disease of the thoracic and abdominal aorta and of the renal and visceral arteries, treatment of the “diabetic foot” and minimally invasive treatment of venous disease.

Jos Van den Berg
Jos Van den Berg

St Antonius Hospital Utrecht The Netherlands

Jos’ main interest is in interventional and vascular radiology. He successfully defended his thesis entitled “Groin hernia: the role of diagnostic imaging” dealing with the role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the diagnosis of groin hernia in April 2001. Since July 2001 he has been the Head of the Department of Radiology of the St. Antonius Hospital and is also Head of the Service of Interventional Radiology in the Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, Switzerland, is Associate Professor of Radiology (Privat Dozent), as well as a lecturer in the Medical Faculty at the University of Bern. Jos is also Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Pisa, Italy.

He is a past-president of the Dutch Endovascular Forum, is an active member of the Dutch Society of Radiology (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Radiologie), the ECR (European Congress of Radiology), CIRSE (Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe) and the SSCVIR (Swiss Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology), Jos is a reviewer for a number of vascular and interventional radiology journals.

Marc Van Sambeek
Marc Van Sambeek

Eindhoven University of Technology Eindhoven The Netherlands

Marc is a part-time professor of Application of Engineering in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at the Cardiovascular Biomechanics Research Group of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His main affiliation is with the Catharina Hospital Eindhoven where he works as a vascular surgeon. He has an interest in minimally invasive vascular surgery (endovascular treatments) and as a surgeon specializes in aortic aneurysm, carotid artery stenosis and thoracic outlet syndrome. At TU/e, his research is focused on improvement of clinical decision making and intervention. This is based on the application of mathematical models that are able to predict the course of a vascular disease and/or the outcome of proposed intervention scenarios. These models need to be personalized and will use patient specific input data acquired by means of imaging (preferably non-invasive), as well as functional measurements.

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.

Eric Verhoeven
Eric Verhoeven

Klinikum Nürnberg Süd in Nürnberg Germany

Eric is Chief of the Department of Vascular Surgery and a most well-respected vascular surgeon. His main interest, both clinical and scientific, continues to be the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms with fenestrated and branched grafts looking at new technologies, follow-up methods and focusing on the need for individualised patient care.

John Winscott
John Winscott

University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson USA

John is Professor and head of he Department of Medicine, and Division of Cariology. He is an interventional cardiologist and endovascular specialist. He is Program Co-Chair for the Chicago Endovascular Conference (CVC). He has received several awards for research and teaching, including being named All Star Teacher of the Year by the Department of Medicine at University of Mississippi. He is a member of a number of medical vascular and cardiac associations.

Thomas Zeller
Thomas Zeller

Universitaets-Herzzentrum Freiburg Bad Krozingen Germany

Thomas is Associate Professor in the Angiology Division. His main research interest is diagnostic and therapy of renal artery stenosis, optimization of endovascular therapy methods of peripheral arterial occlusive disease and optimization of non invasive diagnostic methods in vascular medicine. He has performed a series of studies in these areas and has conducted numerous clinical trials. Furthermore he is editorial board member of various scientific journals, e.g. VASA, EUROIntervention, JEVT, and many more.