Deep Dive Session

Discussion and Q&A

Wednesday, February 7
2:03 PM - 2:10 PM
Location: Regency Ballroom 2

Alex Powell

Medical Director, Interventional Radiology
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
University of South Florida

Dr. Powell is a partner with Radiology Associates of South Florida and serves as the medical director of interventional radiology at Baptist Hospital of Miami.

Dr. Powell has served as a manuscript reviewer of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He has published peer-reviewed articles numerous times, including percutaneous ultrasound-guided thrombin injection for the treatment of pseudoaneurysms, and aneurysm treatment and outcomes as well as many articles on peripheral vascular interventions. Dr. Powell is also a regular speaker before the American Heart Association, the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, and the Radiological Society of North America.

Dr. Powell received an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MD from the University of Michigan's School of Medicine. He completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at the Henry Ford Hospital and a fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of California at San Diego.


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E. Brooke Spencer

Medical Director and CEO
Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists
Littleton Adventist Hospital

Dr Elizabeth “Brooke” Spencer is an interventional radiologist, and serves as the Medical Director and CEO of Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists in South Denver, Colorado. Dr Spencer is Chairman of Interventional Radiology at Littleton Adventist Hospital. She has recently founded Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists, an independent Interventional Radiology practice.

Dr Spencer completed her medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, then went on to do a general surgery internship at the University of North Carolina Hospital, and residency in diagnostic radiology at the Duke University Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in interventional radiology at Barnes Jewish Medical Center, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St Louis.

Dr Spencer treats a large number of patients with chronic DVT and PTS and performs all IR procedures. Her other main focuses outside of thromboembolic treatments include, pelvic venous congestion and uterine fibroids and she has a fairly large renal cryoablation and Y90 practice as well. Dr Spencer has been involved in several research programs over the years, has multiple publications and is a dedicated educator, speaking at society meetings across the country.


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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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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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Karl A. Illig

Professor of Surgery
USF Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida

Dr. Illig attended Harvard College, where he was a Division I All-Ivy springboard diver, and Cornell Medical College in New York, graduating AOA in 1984. He completed his general surgical residency, research fellowship, and vascular surgical fellowship at the University of Rochester, joining the faculty there in 1997. After serving as program director and division chief, he relocated to the University of South Florida in 2011, where he served as director of the division of vascular surgery and associate chair for faculty development and mentoring until a few months ago.
Dr. Illig’s major clinical and academic areas of interest are thoracic outlet syndrome and AV access, including treatment of advanced problems. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 40 chapters, multiple invited reviews and commentaries, and two books, including the definitive multi-author textbook on thoracic outlet syndrome. He’s one of the developers of the concept that the venous thoracic outlet plays a role in many patients with AV access dysfunction, and has surgically treated over 90 people with this condition, a procedure that is increasingly being performed elsewhere in the world. He’s an Academic Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, a member of the American Surgical Association, and served on the Vascular Surgery Board of the ABS, where he has been a senior board examiner for the past 9 years.


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Raghu Kolluri

System Medical Director, Vascular Medicine
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

Dr. Raghu Kolluri is currently the System Medical Director of Vascular Medicine at the Riverside Methodist Hospital/ OhioHealth System, where he is responsible for the non-invasive vascular medicine service line across 10 hospitals. He is also the Medical Director of 12 vascular labs across the OhioHealth System. His newest role is as the Medical Director of OhioHealth's vascular core lab. He currently serves on various advisory boards and committees.

After graduating from Armed Forces Medical College, India, Dr. Kolluri completed Internal Medicine Residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital, in Columbus Ohio followed by a Vascular Medicine fellowship training at The Cleveland Clinic. He then went on to develop and regionalize a non-invasive vascular medicine service line and vascular labs at HSHS system/ Prairie Cardiovascular consultants, IL. He also developed and served as the Director of SynvaCor, the core wound lab for several multinational CLI Trials, before moving back to Columbus.

He has been an invited speaker at several vascular and wound conferences. His clinical and research interests include non-invasive testing, CLI and chronic venous disease. He has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of Vascular Medicine.


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Brian J. Schiro

Interventional Radiologist
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

Dr. Schiro is a physician at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. He completed his fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at MCVI in 2010. He joined MCVI as a full-time staff physician in January 2015 after working with Interventional Radiology Specialists, Inc in Washington, PA. His current areas of expertise are in treating Peripheral Arterial Disease, Venous Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism, and Vascular Oncology. He has been an active faculty member in ISET yearly since his fellowship as a speaker and moderator and in performing live case demonstrations.


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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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Jose Almeida

Miami Vein
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

JOSE I. ALMEIDA, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT is a veteran academic vascular surgeon who practices Endovascular Venous Surgery in the comfort and convenience of a private practice in Miami, FL.

Dr Almeida finished his general surgery residency at the University of Miami- Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1996 and fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Missouri- Columbia in 1998. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Distinguished Fellow of the American Venous Forum.

From 1998-2002 he was in practice at the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute internationally recognized for its pioneering endovascular solutions to complex vascular problems. In 1999 he began to focus on venous disease and in 2002 limited his practice to Venous Surgery. In 2003, he introduced the International Vein Congress (IVC) – a global educational forum in venous disease management. He is the author and editor of the “Atlas of Endovascular Venous Surgery” textbook published in 2002.

Dr Almeida serves as Voluntary Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, sits on the American Venous Forum Board of Directors, and is Chairman of the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization Venous Quality Committee.

Dr Almeida has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters on vascular surgery and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery Venous and Lymphatic Disorders.


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