Frank J. Veith graduated from Cornell University Medical School before completing an internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York and residency training at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In the 1970s and 80s he turned his attention toward vascular surgery with an emphasis on lower extremity revascularization procedures and the endovascular graft repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Frank Veith’s group was the first to perform an endovascular aneurysm repair in the United States. Frank Veith held positions as Chief of Vascular Surgery and Chairman of Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine for many years. Moreover, he has held the William J. von Liebig Chair in Vascular Surgery and has been the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery. In 1995 he was elected President of the Society for Vascular Surgery, and is past Chairman of the American Board of Vascular Surgery. He is chief-editor of VASCULAR and is organizing the VEITH Symposium in New York for 40 years.
Ale Algra trained in physics at Utrecht University and obtained a BSc in 1975. He continued training at the Medical School of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (MD 1981). In the meantime he worked at the Thoraxcenter on the computer analysis of 24-hour ECG recordings, originally on technical aspects of ECG-analysis. Later he studied predictors for sudden cardiac death from 24-hour ECG, resulting in his doctorate thesis in 1990. In 1984-85 he trained at the Harvard School of Public Health for an MSc in Epidemiology. From 1990 on he works at the University Medical Center Utrecht, halftime in the department of Neurology, and half-time in the Julius Center. In 1999-2000 he spent a sabbatical year as Visiting Professor at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, with the research group of Barnett and Hachinski. As of 2005 he works one day per week as professor of clinical epidemiology in the department of Clinical Epidemiology of the Leiden University Medical Center. Since October 1st, 2015 he was appointed professor of Clinical Epidemiology of Cerebrovascular Diseases at University Utrecht.
Everard Vincent Braganza, trained to become a doctor in the UK and following posts in England, Scotland and Germany was appointed Head of Vascular Surgery at St Martinus Hospital in Olpe. In this lecture Dr. Braganza will describe his "pro bono" surgical activities in the fledgling democracy of Timor-Leste, one of the poorest countries worldwide. Economic constraints make modern interventional vascular medicine impossible in such countries. Our "conventional" vascular know-how must be passed on before these skills become redundant.
Gerhard A. Holzapfel is Professor of Biomechanics and Head of the Institute of Biomechanics at Graz University of Technology (TUG), Austria, since 2007. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, and Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Until 2013 he was Professor of Biomechanics and Adjunct Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden for 10 years. After his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in Graz he received an Erwin-Schrödinger Scholarship for foreign countries to be a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (1993-95). He achieved his Habilitation at TU Vienna in 1996 and received the START-Award in 1997, which is the most prestigious research award in Austria for young scientists. In the following years (1998-2004) he was the Head of the research group on "Computational Biomechanics" at TUG. Among several awards and honors in the past years he is listed in "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014" (Thomas Reuters) and he received the Erwin Schrödinger Prize 2011 from the Austrian Academy of Sciences for his lifetime achievements. Professor Holzapfel’s research includes experimental and computational biomechanics and mechanobiology with an emphasis on soft biological tissues, the cardiovascular system including blood vessels in health and disease, therapeutic interventions such as balloon angioplasty and stent implantation, polarized light and second-hormonic imaging microscopy, magnetic resonance imaging and medical image processing; nonlinear continuum mechanics, constitutive (multiscale) modeling of solids at finite strains such as cross-linked actin networks, growth and remodeling, nonlinear finite element methods, fracture and material failure.
Professor Martin Björck holds one of two chairs in vascular surgery in Sweden, Uppsala University (founded 1477). His research focuses on abdominal aortic aneurysm, intestinal ischaemia, carotid artery surgery and vascular trauma. Epidemiological, clinical and translational research methods are used. He is the tutor of 20 PhD students (of whom 13 finished their theses). Clinical focus on complex open surgery, in particular uncommon diseases (large CBT, vascular TOS, popliteal artery aneurysms and other pathologies, intestinal ischaemia, including MALS, etc). Member of several Editorial Boards and Associate editor of Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. Researchgrants from the Swedish Research Council, among others. Publications: 166 original articles, >100 book-chapters and review-articles, 223 hits in PubMed, Hirsch-index 35. Acting president of the ESVS from September 2016.
Philip Tsao is a Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at Stanford University School of Medicine and is Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. After receiving his Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Physiology from Thomas Jefferson University,he completed post-doctoral training in cellular and molecular biology at Stanford University and subsequently joined the faculty. Dr. Tsao's laboratory investigates the molecular underpinnings of vascular disease using a range of biochemical, molecular and physiological techniques. Specific research interests include (1) mechanisms regulating atherosclerotic and abdominal aortic aneurysm disease, (2) role of insulin resistance in cardiovascular disease, (3) genomic and transcriptomic discovery in human cardio-metabolic disease, and (4) biomarker identification (including genetic) for risk prediction.
Professor Armando Mansilha is currently the Professor of Angiology and Vascular Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto. He is also Head of the Department of Angiology and Vascular Surgery at Hospital CUF in Porto and Head of Angiology and Vascular Surgery at Porto Clinica. He was graduated with the title of Fellow of the European Board of Vascular Surgery in 2002. He was awarded research grants from the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery and the European Society for Vascular Surgery and participated in several clinical trials in the field of venous thromboembolism and peripheral arterial disease. Prof. Mansilha is a member of several societies including the European Society for Vascular Surgery, the International Union of Angiology and the European Venous Forum. He is currently the Secretary General of the Section and Board of Vascular Surgery of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and the national delegate at the council of the International Union of Phlebology. He is also a reviewer for several international and local scientific journals and won several scientific prizes.
Ulf Hedin did his PhD in vascular cell biology 1989, joined Prof. Jesper Swedenborg at Karolinska University Hospital, for training in vascular surgery in 1991 and completed a fellowship with Prof. Alexander W Clowes, Seattle, WA, USA in 1995-1996. After his return to Karolinska, he started an independent research group and a prospective biobank of carotid endarterectomies (BiKE), an effort which has been recognized world-wide and today enrol centres in the US (Stanford), Canada (Ottawa) and Europe (Germany, Holland, UK) with recent collaborative publications in Nature, Nature Medicine and Nature Communications. The group is dedicated to translational research on cellular and molecular processes in peripheral vascular disease, with focus on mechanisms related to thromboembolic carotid disease. Hedin was appointed professor in 2003, holds the academic chair of vascular surgery since 2005 and is senior consultant in vascular surgery at the Karolinska University Hospital. He has been on the ESVS council, served on the Swedish Research Council, European Vascular Biology Association, the Research council of Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, and he is a member of the International Surgical Group and the Research Council of the Lundbeck Foundation.
Dr. Michel Makaroun received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, where he also completed a surgical internship and residency programme, before coming to the University of Pittsburgh for a fellowship in vascular surgery. Dr. Makaroun is certified by the American Board of Surgery in surgery, with a certificate of special qualification in vascular surgery, and has a primary interest in the endovascular and surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. He has served as the president of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, the Eastern Vascular Society, and the Association of Programme Directors in Vascular Surgery. Dr. Makaroun is extensively published, presenting his research at conferences around the world. He has been at the University of Pittburgh School of Medicine and UPMC for over 30 years. Dr. Makaroun sees patients at the UPMC Shadyside and Monroeville offices.
Mr. Stephen Black qualified from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in 1998 and moved to the UK in 2001. He obtained an MD in simulation based training from Imperial College London and completed his higher surgical training with placements at St Thomas', St George's and St Mary’s Hospitals, London. In 2010 he was appointed as a consultant vascular surgeon and honorary senior lecturer at St George's Hospital and Medical School. At St George's Mr. Black led the establishment of a programme for deep venous intervention which grew to be one of the largest in Europe. In 2012 he was awarded the Fellowship of the European Board of Vascular Surgery and in 2014 he moved to Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. Mr. Black is a programme director for the Charing Cross Venous Meeting and is on the organizing committee of the European Venous Forum Hand on Workshops. He is also on the organizing committee and is an examiner for the Fellowship of the European Board of Surgery.