General Session

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Monday, February 5
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Great Hall 1-3

D. Chris Metzger

Director of Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Cath Labs, Medical Director Clinical Research
Wellmont CVA Heart Institute/Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital
Wake Forest Medical Center


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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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Anthony J. Comerota

Adjunct Professor of Surgery
University of Michigan
University of Michigan

Anthony Comerota, MD, FACS, FACC, received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, general surgery residency at Temple University Hospital and vascular surgery fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital. He served as a faculty member, Chief of Vascular Surgery, Program Director in General and Vascular Surgery at Temple University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Comerota served as Director of the Jobst Vascular Institute from 2002-2015 and Executive Director of Research, ProMedica and Jobst Vascular Institute from 2015-2016.


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Robert Lookstein

Vice Chair, Radiology, Interventional Services
Mount Sinai Health System
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Robert A. Lookstein - Biography
Robert A. Lookstein, MD MHCDL FSIR FAHA FSVM, is Professor of Radiology and Surgery in the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). In 1995 he graduated from the State University of New York and completed his radiology residency and fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at ISMMS. In 2002 Dr. Lookstein joined the ISMMS division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology as Faculty.

Dr. Lookstein is the Clinical Director and Chief of the Division of Interventional Radiology serving on committees within the Mount Sinai Health System related to patient safety and quality, novel procedure oversight, cardiovascular disease intervention value analysis and performance improvement.

Lecture topics include: peripheral arterial imaging and intervention, endovascular interventions, aortic stent-grafts and deep vein thrombosis. He is recognized as an innovator in the field of peripheral vascular disease and noninvasive vascular imaging. His clinical practice focuses on diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular disease.

Dr. Lookstein is a Member of the Steering Committee of the American Heart Association's Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease and serves as the Chair of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) service line for peripheral arterial disease. Meeting participations include: The International Society of Endovascular Therapy, Advanced Interventional Management, The Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting, The Radiologic Society of North America, VIVA and Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics. He is the Program Director of national education courses including Lower Extremity Arterial Revascularization (LEARN) and TransRadial EndovAscular Therapy (TREAT).


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Kenneth Rosenfield

Section Head Vascular Medicine and Intervention
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Rosenfield is an interventional cardiologist and vascular specialist performing complex cardiac and vascular interventions. He is Section Head for Vascular Medicine and Intervention in the Division of Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a masters degree in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College. In addition to being a master clinician and interventionalist, Dr. Rosenfield has dedicated much of his career to educating fellows, residents, students, and colleagues. He is the recipient of the distinguished Laennec award for his outstanding teaching and mentorship. He is also a researcher and clinical trialist. He designed and served as national principle investigator for several landmark studies, including Aspire 2, Levant 2, Superb, ACT 1, and NIH BEST-CLI trial. He is a leader in the cardiovascular world, having been elected to the Board of Governors of American College of Cardiology, immediate past-President of the MA ACC Chapter, and immediate past-President of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). Dr. Rosenfield is a founding member of VIVA, a 501c3 organization, and sits on its board of directors. At Massachusetts General Hospital, he is the Medical director of the PERT Program, which he founded with his colleagues; he also founded the National PERT Consortium, a 501c3 organization dedicated to improving management, outcomes, and awareness of Pulmonary Embolism, and he served as its initial President; he remains a member of the PERT Consortium Executive Committee.


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Frank J. Veith

Professor of Surgery
New York University (New York, NY) and The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
New York University and the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Veith graduated from Cornell with Honors and completed his residency at the Brigham Hospital and Harvard. In the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Veith succeeded with his pioneering work in lung transplantation. His clinical interest always involved Vascular Surgery with an emphasis on limb revascularizations. He and his colleagues were the first to advocate an aggressive approach to saving threatened limbs when most patients with this problem underwent amputations. In the late 1980s, Dr. Veith became increasingly involved with endovascular treatments. His group performed the first endovascular aneurysm repair or EVAR in the US. They also were the first to treat a ruptured AAA by EVAR. Dr.Veith has been a leader in every national and international vascular society. He has also been a leading advocate for the recognition of Vascular Surgery’s recognition as a separate, distinct specialty and Chaired the American Board of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Veith has received numerous honors as a leader and innovator. He is now Professor of Surgery at New York University and the Cleveland Clinic where he is the von Liebig Chair in Vascular Surgery. Dr. Veith also leads the largest Vascular Surgery meeting held annually in New York City. In 2010, Dr. Veith received the SVS Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 an endowed Veith Chair was established in his honor at New York University.


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Thomas Zeller

Director Department Angiology
Angiology Universitaets-Herzzentrum Freiburg - Bad Krozingen
University Freiburg

Dr. Thomas Zeller is an Associate Professor in the Angiology Division of the Universitaets-Herzzentrum Freiburg ∙ Bad Krozingen, Germany. He performs interventional angiology with more than 20 years of experience in this field. 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, Vascular Medicine, Catheterization Cardiovascular Interventions, Journal of Endovascular Therapy, He is the author of more than 200 peer reviewed original and review articles, editor of the textbook Vascular Medicine – Therapy and Practice as well as reviewer for European Heart Journal, Journal of American College of Cardiology and sub-journals, Circulation and sub-journals, The Lancet and others.


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Barry T. Katzen

Founder & Chief Medical Executive
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

Barry T. Katzen is the founder and chief medical executive of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, which has served as a national model of success in multidisciplinary cooperation. He is clinical professor of radiology and surgery, Associate Dean Clinical Affairs Baptist Health, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University; as well as at University of Miami, School of Medicine and University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine.

Dr. Katzen graduated from the University of Miami, School of Medicine in 1970, completed his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital, residency at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Rome.

Dr. Katzen is one of the pioneers of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, peripheral thrombolysis for less invasive treatment of vascular disease and was part of the investigative team that lead to the approval of the first intravascular stent. He performed the first renal angioplasty in the United States and is considered one of the founders of interventional radiology as a specialty of medicine. He is credited with being the first to use “live patient demonstrations” in the USA, which became the benchmark for procedural education in endovascular.

Among his awards, Dr. Katzen received the Society of Interventional Radiology's (SIR) Gold Medal; the Annual Gold Medal award from the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE); and the Career Achievement Award from Trans-Catheter Therapeutics (TCT).


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