General Session

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Tuesday, February 6
2:20 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Great Hall 1-3

Shaun Samuels

Interventional Radiologist
Aventura Hospital

Shaun L. Samuels, MD, FSIR has been a Course Director for ISET/CIO for a decade, and he brings his own brand of creativity and originality to CIO, which he founded 10 years ago. He has been a leader in the world of interventional radiology, presenting all over the world, with particular interest in PAD, EVAR, and venous disease, in addition to Interventional Oncology. He has published several papers on these topics, authored book chapters, and been an invited lecturer and speaker at leading meetings including SIR, AIM, GEST, TCT, Synergy and WCIO. At SIR, he is well known for leading several plenary sessions in his entertaining and probing style. Currently an interventional radiologist at Aventura Hospital in South Florida, he is also Chief Medical Officer for EndoVention, a startup medical device company based on technology he invented and developed.


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Frank Arko

Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Co-Director, Center for Aortic Disease Professor, Cardiovascular Surgery
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute

Frank Arko, MD is currently Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and Co-director, Center for Aortic Disease at Carolinas Medical Center, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in Charlotte, NC. He received his B.S. from Texas A&M University graduating Summa Cum Laude and his M.D. with honors in 1994 from Texas A&M University. He completed his internship and his residency at Scott & White Hospital, Texas A&M University Health Science Center in 1999. Dr. Arko completed his Clinical Vascular Fellowship in 2000 and his Endovascular Fellowship in 2001 from Stanford University Hospital, CA. He completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from Stanford University Hospital in 2001.
Dr. Arko was an Assistant Professor, Director of Endovascular Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center from July 2001 to August 2004. Following this he was the Chief, Endovascular Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas from 2004-2011. His work has resulted in more than 150 scientific articles, abstracts, books, book chapters and numerous presentations.
Dr. Arko’s clinical expertise is in stent graft treatment of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysmal disease, stenting and endarterectomy in carotid arterial disease, renovascular hypertension, aortoiliac occlusive disease, mesenteric vascular and minimally invasive therapy in venous disease. His research interests include simulation-based medical planning for cardiovascular disease and aortic wall microarchitecture and cyclic strain as well as device development. He is involved with multiple clinical trials.


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John Fritz Angle

University of Virginia Health System
University of Virginia

Interventional Radiologists with 25 years experience in PAD and aneurysm disease. Research interests include clinical outcomes of PAD endovascular treatment, prevention of intimal hyperplasia, and mesenteric ischemia.


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Robert Bersin

Swedish Heart and Vascular
Swedish Medical Center (Emeritus)

Robert M. Bersin, MD, MPH is a native of California. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Stanford University in 1976. He then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, Schools of Medicine and Public Health and received a Doctor of Medicine and a Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration in 1981. His post-graduate training was in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also served as Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiology. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and has had involvement in the writing of clinical practice guidelines and credentialing documents for the Society and for the American College of Cardiology. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Andreas Greuntzig Society.
Dr. Bersin has a long history of basic and clinical research involvement. He was as a doctoral researcher at the World Health Organization in Lausanne, Switzerland and was a recipient of the Physician-Scientist Award of the National Institutes of Health, and of the National Center Research Award of the American Heart Association. He focused on endovascular therapies early in his career and is considered a pioneer in the development of endovascular interventions, including aortic endografts and carotid stenting. Dr. Bersin is also now focused on structural heart disease interventions, particularly TAVR.


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Daniel Clair

Chair, Department of Surgery
Palmetto Health - University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Dr. Clair Short Bio:

Daniel G. Clair is currently the Chairman of the Department of Surgery for the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group in Columbia, SC. He completed a general and vascular surgical training program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and subsequently served four years as a vascular surgeon at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland, completing his service as the chief of the vascular surgery section. He has served in roles as the chair of vascular surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center from 2002-2004 and was the chair of vascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic from 2006 to 2016. Dan has had extensive experience in endovascular and open vascular surgical techniques for dealing with complex aortic and lower extremity occlusive disease. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and holds four U.S. patents.


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Michael Dake

Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor
Stanford Hospital and Clinics
Stanford University

Dr. Michael D. Dake received his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and graduated from
the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he completed an internship, residency, and
chief residency year in internal medicine before moving west. At the University of California
San Francisco, he did his fellowship training in pulmonary diseases and then, a residency and
chief residency in radiology as well as subspecialty training in vascular and interventional
radiology. He has served as section chief of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology at
Stanford University School of Medicine and co-director of the Catheterization and Angiography
Laboratories at Stanford University Hospital. Dr. Dake has pioneered many endovascular firsts,
including the first case of endovascular repair of a thoracic aortic aneurysm with a homemade
polyester graft and stainless steel stent combination which led to a landmark report in
the New England Journal of Medicine, followed by another in NEJM on stent graft treatment of
acute type B aortic dissection. Dr. Dake left Stanford to become the Chair of the Department
of Radiology at the University of Virginia Health System. In 2008, he was successfully recruited
back to Stanford into the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery where he currently continues
to pioneer innovative endovascular therapies for the thoracic aorta.


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Lindsay Machan

Interventional Radiologist
Vancouver Hospital
University of British Columbia

Lindsay Machan, MD FSIR is an interventional radiologist at the Vancouver Hospital and an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of British Columbia. He is a founding member of the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association and a past president of the Western Angiographic and Interventional Society. Current areas of active research in basic science include non-straightening angioplasty balloon, radiation reduction by dynamic coning and automated tracking, novel excipients for local delivery of insoluble drugs, and ballistic embolic particles. Most of Dr. Machan’s innovations are not used by anyone else. He has issued or in process approximately 140 patents. In 2006 he shared the Manning Innovation Principle Award for the paclitaxel eluting stent.


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Cynthia K. Shortell

Professor and Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Chief of Staff Department of Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
Duke University Medical Center

Cynthia K. Shortell, MD, FACS

A native of New York, Dr. Cynthia Shortell earned her AB from Dartmouth College and her MD from Cornell University. She was invited to join the University of Rochester (URMC)/Strong Memorial Hospital faculty following her fellowship where she remained until 2005. At that time she joined the faculty at Duke University Medical Center. Since then she has served as Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery as well as Associate Professor of Radiology, past Program Director of the Vascular Fellowship, and serves as Chief of Staff for the Department of Surgery. Her major areas of interests are open and endovascular management of aortic disease, cerebrovascular disease, vascular malformations, and venous disease. Her research interests include diagnosis and management of vascular malformations, open and endovascular aneurysm repair, cerebrovascular disease outcomes research, and venous disease.

She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, and is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of the Journal of Surgical Radiology. She is an active, involved member of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), having served on many committees including her roles as Chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues, and Chair of the Education Council. She has 118 peer-reviewed publications, is the author of three books, and has spoken extensively at national and international venues.


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Darren B. Schneider

Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Weill Cornell Medicine New York Presbyterian Hospital

Darren B. Schneider, M.D. is Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Director of the Center for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is a board-certified in both Surgery and Vascular Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Schneider is an internationally recognized expert in advanced minimally invasive treatment for vascular disease. He is a pioneer in the development and application of innovative endovascular techniques for the treatment of carotid disease, aortic aneurysms, and peripheral artery disease. His clinical research is focused on the design and development of endovascular devices for the treatment of patients with these conditions, and he is an investigator in numerous national and international clinical trials. Currently he is the lead-investigator of a single-center IDE study at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center evaluating the use of branched and fenestrated aortic stent grafts to treat thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms.

Dr. Schneider earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, and completed his residency at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. His fellowships in interventional radiology and vascular surgery were completed at UCSF Medical Center and he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Gladstone Institutes of Cardiovascular Disease. He is Associate Professor and Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Program Director in Vascular Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Co-Executive Director of the Vascular Service Line at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.


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Armando Lobato

Medical Director
São Paulo Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Institute

1. Medical director sao paulo vascular & endovascular surgery institute
2. Federal university of sao paulo (UNIFESP- EPM) post graduated professor
3. CICE president
4. Endovascular course coordenator
5. Vascular surgery fellowship coordenator
6. Endovascular surgery book editor
7. Advanced endovascular course coordenator
8. PhD in vascular surgery by sao paulo univerdity (FMUSP)
9. Post PhD in endovascular surgery by arizona heart institute
10. Scientific board of brazilian vascular surgery society (SBACV)
11. Scientific board of international society of endovascular specialists
12. Vice president of international society of vascular surgery


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Timothy Clark

Director, Interventional Radiology Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania - Penn Presbyterian
Penn Medicine

Timothy Clark, MD, MS, FSIR is Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and serves as Director of Interventional Radiology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Clark oversees the Peripheral Arterial Disease program of the Division of Interventional Radiology at Penn Medicine.


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