Residents/Fellows Experience

Discussion and Q&A

Wednesday, February 7
2:00 PM - 2:10 PM
Location: Regency Ballroom 3

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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William A. Gray

System Chief of Cardiovascular Services
Main Line Health


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Maureen Kohi

Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, San Francisco

Maureen P. Kohi, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology in the Vascular and Interventional Radiology division of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kohi received her medical degree from New York Medical College with honors and completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at UCSF. While a resident, Dr. Kohi completed a one-year research fellowship as the recipient of the NIH/NIBIB T32 Training Grant (2008-2009). Following her residency, Dr. Kohi completed a fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at UCSF, followed by a second fellowship in Women's Imaging at UCSF. She then joined the faculty in the Vascular and Interventional Radiology division at UCSF.

Dr. Kohi's primary research interest is in the field of women's health and interventions. Her research focuses on evaluating different minimally invasive treatment options for symptomatic uterine fibroids, optimizing the management of patients presenting with invasive placenta, and evaluating gender differences in vascular and oncologic diseases. Her clinical research and interests also include interventional oncology, hepatobiliary disease interventions, and inferior vena cava filters.


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Italo Linfante

Medical Director, Interventional Neuroradiology
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Florida International University

Italo Linfante M.D, FAHA

Dr. Linfante is Medical Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute. He is also Clinical Professor of Radiology and Neuroscience at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University.

MD degree from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy. Residency in Internal Medicine at George Washington University and Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He was on Faculty of Neurology at Harvard Medical School where he trained in Interventional Neuroradiology and Neuro Endovascular Surgery.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board Neurology, Vascular Neurology and Neuroendovascular Surgery from the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Dr. Linfante has performed over 10,000 Endovascular Neurosurgical procedures, treated over 1,000 cerebral aneurysms. He has participated in major clinical trials in medications and device related technology to treat stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases.

He is the author of more than 120 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals He has published numerous book chapters and books in Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Specialties in Neurology, and Vascular Neurology and Diplomate in Neuroendovascular Surgery from the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

He has received numerous awards such as the Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and Stroke Council, Cum Laude Award of the American Society of Neuroradiology, Cor Vitae Award from the American Heart Association and others.

Dr. Linfante is President-Elect for the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology.


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Rahul Patel

Assistant Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai School of Medicine


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Akhilesh Sista

Section Chief, Associate Professor
New York University Langone School of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Sista is an Associate Professor and the Section Chief of the NYU Langone Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He completed his Radiology residency at UCSF in 2009 and his IR fellowship at Stanford in 2011. He was an Assistant Professor in the IR Division of Weill Cornell Medical College from 2011-2016, and joined NYU in March of 2016.

Dr. Sista specializes in the endovascular treatment of venous thromboembolic disease (VTE). He has given >70 invited talks at international meetings on the topic and served on national committees. He has authored or co-authored >50 peer-reviewed publications, including clinical practice standards in the medical and radiologic literature. He is on the Editorial Board of Vascular Medicine and Seminars in Interventional Radiology. He is the national Principal Investigator (PI) for the EXTRACT-PE study, sponsored by Penumbra, Inc, and is on the national steering committee for the NIH-sponsored C-TRACT trial for chronic DVT. He chaired a multi-disciplinary expert consensus panel, sponsored by the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation, that identified research priorities for submassive pulmonary embolism. As the prior site PI for the ATTRACT trial, ACCESS-PTS, and the PERFECT registry, he is involved in national and local research looking into improving outcomes for patients with VTE. His research is also translational, as he received grant funding from the Radiological Society of North America to investigate the physiologic consequences of submassive pulmonary embolism in a porcine model with an eye towards optimizing the safety and efficacy of catheter-directed therapy for submassive PE patients.


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Scott Trerotola

Associate Chair and Chief, Interventional Radiology
Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania

Scott O. Trerotola, MD, FACR, FSIR, is the Stanley Baum professor of radiology and professor of radiology in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he is also Associate Chair and Chief of Interventional Radiology as well as Vice Chair for Quality and Safety.
Dr. Trerotola pursues research in hemodialysis and venous access, IVC filters and PAVM embolotherapy, among other topics. He holds eight patents on devices for interventional procedures. He has developed multiple techniques in widespread use in IR including balloon-assisted placement of large bore gastrostomy, ultra-high pressure angioplasty, forceps removal of inferior vena caval filters, and backbleeding treatment for arterial emboli during dialysis declotting to name but a few.
Dr. Trerotola is a strong advocate of research in IR and evidence-based practice; among his more than 250 research and educational publications are multiple prospective randomized trials.
Dr Trerotola has received tremendous recognition for his achievements, including awards for teaching, distinction in reviewing and for patient advocacy. He regularly appears on Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in Philadelphia lists. In 2010, he received the Louis Duhring Outstanding Clinical Specialist Award from his institution, reflecting peer recognition of the strong clinical thrust now ingrained in IR. In 2015, he received the Alfred Stengel Health System Champion Award from his institution for his efforts in system-wide coordination of patient quality and safety. He has given invited lectures worldwide, and in 2015 he gave the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Dotter lecture.


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Suresh Vedantham

Professor of Radiology & Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Vedantham, Professor of Radiology & Surgery and Assistant Dean for Clinical Research at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is an experienced Interventional Radiologist who specializes in the delivery and clinical investigation of image-guided therapies for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Dr. Vedantham serves as National Principal Investigator of the NHLBI-sponsored ATTRACT and C-TRACT Trials, which are rigorously evaluating the role of endovascular interventions in patients with DVT. Dr. Vedantham is also currently the President of the Society of Interventional Radiology. He is recognized as a highly collaborative leader of multidisciplinary endeavors aimed at improving the care of venous thrombosis, and has served on the executive boards of multiple organizations in this space.


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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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