Dr Frank Arko
Carolina Medical Center, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute
Frank Arko, MD is currently Director, Endovascular Surgery and Co-director of the Aortic Institute 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.
Dr. Arko is on the Editorial Boards of Endovascular Today and Journal of Endovascular Therapy and is a distinguished reviewer for the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. He is a member of numerous surgical societies including: The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Homeostasis, Society for Vascular Surgery, International Society of Endovascular Specialists, Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and American College of Surgeons.
Professor Iris Baumgartner
Swiss Cardiovascular Canter, Division of Angiology, University Hospital
Professor Iris Baumgartner obtained her medical degree at the University of Hannover. Worked in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Currently she is Head of Clinical and Interventional Angiology, and Director of Vascular Research at the University Hospital Bern. Prof. Baumgartner is a member of the Swiss Society of Angiology, the Swiss Society of Microcirculation and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, as well as the Working Group on Microcirculation of the European Society of Cardiology. She has also been an investigator on several trials including gene therapy, secondary prevention and interventional studies. Prof. Baumgartner’ s chief topical research interests areendovascular therapy, vascular malformations and venous thromboembolism
Dr Frank Criado, MD, FRCS, FSVM
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
Dr. Frank J Criado is a Board-Certified Vascular Surgeon and Endovascular Specialist at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland – USA. He trained in general surgery in Baltimore, and then moved to Houston, Texas in the early 1980s to become a Fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine-Methodist Hospital under Drs. Michael DeBakey and Stanley Crawford. Dr Criado is widely recognized to be a pioneer in endovascular therapy, and a major presence at most major vascular and endovascular congresses and events in the U.S. and around the world. He has contributed extensively to the literature with more than 150 peer-review publications – mostly on various vascular and endovascular subjects, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Vascular Disease Management (VDM) from its inception in 2004 until December 31, 2013. He has also been very active in clinical research, with a major focus on aortic stent-graft and carotid interventions, and endovascular technologies in general. He was the U.S. National Principal Investigator (P.I.) for the Medtronic Talent AAA clinical trials, and a member of the Executive Committee for the Medtronic Valor and Valor II Thoracic TAA trials. Additionally, he has been a Site-Principal Investigator
for multiple other clinical studies testing aortic endografts and carotid-stent systems.
He is a founding member and past President of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISES), founder and past President of the Endovascular Surgery Society of Latinamerica (CELA), and a member of all major US and international vascular and endovascular societies. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a Fellow of the Society of Vascular Medicine (FSVM), and a former member of the Board of Directors (2007-2009) of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS).
Professor Jane Powell
Professor Powell studied medicine in the USA (after obtaining a PhD in Biophysics in London), before returning to Britain where she completed clinical training in pathology, specialising in cardiovascular risk. Initially her research interests were confined to the laboratory but soon extended from bench (vascular biology) to bedside (clinical trials). The cause and management of abdominal aortic aneurysms continue to be her major research interest and this is an area where there has been a long and productive collaboration at Imperial College London with Professor RM Greenhalgh (since 1983). Other interests include the pathogenesis of aneurysms, embryological origins of cardiovascular disease, best medical therapy for vascular surgical patients and the interaction between smoking and other risk factors for peripheral arterial disease as well as smoking-endothelial interactions. Perhaps my greatest pleasure is stimulating young vascular surgeons to start, continue and enjoy doing research, particularly to collect the evidence for their clinical practice.
Her strong interest in evidence based medicine extends to international collaborations in systematic and Cochrane reviews (2 published in 2012) and the 2011 ESVS guidelines for clinical practice relating to abdominal aortic aneurysm. In total she has more than 200 original papers listed in PubMed, including one in Nature and 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
She is an associate editor of the European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery and Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology and on the Editorial Board of Circulation. Professor Powell stopped full-time work in early 2004 and this has permitted her family and other recreational interests to flourish and enabled her to spend more time outside: She grows all her own vegetables and is a footpath warden.