Shaping the Innovation Era: The Panel Weighs In

Monday, February 5
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Great Hall 1-3

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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James F. Benenati

Medical Director, Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

James F. Benenati, M.D., FSIR, is a practicing Interventional Radiologist, Medical Director, Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory and Fellowship Program Director at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital in Miami, Florida.

He is a Clinical Professor of Radiology at Florida International University College of Medicine and Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He is past President of SIR. He served as President of the Vascular Division for the Intersocietal Accreditation Committee (IAC) and served for over a decade on their board. He served as the annual meeting chairman for SIR in 2005. He was the recipient of the SIR Charles T. Dotter Award in 2014.

He has participated in numerous clinical research projects and national trials. His interest include peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm and management of pulmonary embolism. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific publications. He has been a Program Director of ISET for over 20 years.

He attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Indiana University and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins.


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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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William A. Gray

System Chief of Cardiovascular Services
Main Line Health


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Michael R. Jaff

Newton-Wellesley HospitalHarvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School

Michael R. Jaff, DO, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, became the President of Newton-Wellesley Hospital in October 2016. Prior to that, Dr. Jaff 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 remains an active clinical consultant in all aspects of vascular medicine, including peripheral artery disease, venous thromboembolic disease, aneurysmal diseases, and all diagnostic strategies in vascular medicine.
He is the founder of VasCore, the Vascular Ultrasound Core Laboratory, the largest of its’ kind in the United States. VasCore has participated in trial design and independent analysis of vascular laboratory images for over 180 prospective multicenter peripheral vascular device and pharmaceutical trials across 66 countries.
Dr. Jaff has published extensively in the field of Vascular Medicine with over 210 peer-reviewed publications and 9 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. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, and is a registered physician in vascular interpretation (RPVI).
In November 2011, Dr. Jaff became an alumnus of Harvard Business School after completing the General Management Program.


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Martin B. Leon

Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy
Columbia University Medical Center
Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Martin B. Leon, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy (CIVT) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Leon was also the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and currently he serves on the Executive Board of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Heart Valve Center. Dr. Leon was the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) in New York City and is currently CRF’s Co-Director, Medical Research and Education Division. CRF is the largest independent not-for-profit cardiovascular research center in the United States.
A distinguished pioneer in interventional cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Leon has been the national principal investigator for over 50 clinical trials that have helped shape the field including STRESS, STARS, Gamma-one, SIRIUS, ENDEAVOR, and most recently, the PARTNER trial, studying the value of transcatheter valve therapy for patients with aortic stenosis. He has co-authored almost 2,000 peer reviewed scientific publications and abstracts, which have appeared in the most prestigious medical journals. As a practicing interventional cardiologist, Dr. Leon has performed over 10,000 procedures during his career.
He is the Founder and Director of Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), the world’s premier scientific symposium dedicated to interventional cardiovascular medicine, which celebrated its 28th anniversary last year. He has also been the Director or Co-Director of more than 100 international educational programs in the field.


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Bertalan Mesko

The Medical Futurist Institute

Dr. Bertalan Mesko, PhD is the Director of The Medical Futurist Institute analyzing how science fiction technologies can become reality in medicine and healthcare. As a geek physician with a PhD in genomics, he is also an Amazon Top 100 author.

With 500+ presentations including courses at Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities, Singularity University's Futuremed course at NASA Ames campus and organizations including the 10 biggest pharmaceutical companies, he is one of the top voices globally on healthcare technology.

Dr. Mesko was featured by dozens of top publications, including CNN, the World Health Organization, National Geographic, Forbes, TIME magazine, BBC, and the New York Times. He publishes his analyses regularly on


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Richard Neville

Associate Director, INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute
INOVA Health system
George Washington University MFA

Richard F. Neville, MD, FACS is Director of Vascular Services for the INOVA healthcare system in northern Virginia, as well as Associate Director of the INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute, and, Vice-Chairman for Surgical Sub-specialities. Dr. Neville’s prior positions include Professor of Surgery and the Ludwig Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at George Washington University, and, Chief of Vascular Surgery at Georgetown University. He completed medical school at the University of Maryland and a general surgery residency at Georgetown University before moving on to a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in endovascular device development. Dr. Neville then completed a vascular surgery fellowship under the direction of Dr. Robert Hobson. Dr. Neville is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of many other societies including the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Neville is a national and international lecturer having published of over 100 manuscripts, 200 abstracts and 150 invited lectures while remaining actively involved in research and the education of students, residents, fellows, and other physicians. He has consistently been named to the Best Doctors in America and Washingtonian Top Docs. His clinical interests include lower extremity revascularization, wound healing, amputation prevention, carotid artery treatment for stroke prevention, as well as hemodialysis access.


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