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Craig Walker, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine
LSU School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

Clinical Professor of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

Founder, President and Medical Director
Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Houma, LA
Founder and Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Horizons International Peripheral Group
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Regional Meetings
Clinical Editorial Board Member, HIPG Global Vascular Digest


Dr. Craig M. Walker, a native of Bourg, Louisiana, is a graduate of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He began his postgraduate training with an internship and residency at Lafayette Charity Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. He continued his training with a cardiology fellowship at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans and a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1983, Dr. Walker returned to south Louisiana to establish the Houma Heart Clinic as a center for the development of new and improved techniques for the treatment of both coronary and peripheral arterial disease. The clinic grew to become Cardiovascular Institute of the South, a world-renowned practice with 37 physicians and nearly 500 team members in 13 locations through south Louisiana.

Dr. Walker co-founded one of the largest peripheral conferences in the nation, New Cardiovascular Horizons, to educate and train medical professionals on the latest techniques and technology in the field. He also maintains the distinct title of primary investigator for several cardiovascular and peripheral devices. Through his extensive knowledge and research in peripheral vascular disease (PVD), Dr. Walker provides comprehensive educational training courses to other physicians from around the world.

Kenneth Abreo, MD

LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine
Shreveport, LA
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Kenneth Abreo, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Chief Section of Nephrology & Hypertension, Acting-Vice Chairman Department of Medicine, Nephrology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, & Director DCI & Fresenius Dialysis Units, Shreveport. Training: MD, Bombay University, India, Internal Medicine Residency training at St. Barnabas Medical Center, NJ & Worcester City Hospital, MA, Fellowship in Nephrology at University of California, Davis, CA and University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Held a faculty position at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 1982-1985, and then recruited to LSU Shreveport in 1985.

Research interests: Interventional nephrology, vascular access management, biology of neointimal hyperplasia, vascular access surveillance techniques, placement of peritoneal dialysis catheters, bone and mineral metabolism, aluminum induced anemia & bone disease, cellular aluminum and iron transport, drug trials in vascular access, hypertension, CKD, and transplantation. Membership: International Society of Nephrology, American Society of Nephrology (ASN), American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN). Leadership: President-Elect of the ASDIN. Editorial Boards: Seminars in Dialysis and Journal of Vascular Access.

 

Amjad AlMahameed, MD

Novant Health and Presbyterian Hospital
Charlotte, NC
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. AlMahameed is located at the Novant Health and Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC. Prior to that, he joined the Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Houma, LA in 2015 as an interventional cardiologist. He received his doctorate from Damascus University School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine, followed by fellowship in vascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He then accepted faculty appointment within the section of vascular medicine, department of cardiovascular medicine, where he also directed the vascular medicine research program. Dr. AlMahameed received a master’s degree in public health from Cleveland State University in 2005.

Dr. AlMahameed subsequently received general cardiology and interventional cardiology training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2010, Dr. AlMahameed accepted faculty appointment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Harvard Medical School and served as an interventional cardiologist and endovascular specialist, director of the vascular medicine and co-director of the peripheral interventions. He is the recipient of several awards, a prolific author, and a passionate teacher. His clinical and research focus relates to minimal invasive catheter-based therapies for arterial and venous disease.

 

Robert Attaran, MD

Yale University
New Haven, CT
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Vein Forum
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr Attaran Asst Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease), at Yale University. He is site principal investigator in a number of multi-center arterial and venous intervention studies. He is a member of the NCDR Peripheral Vascular Intervention Research and Publications Committee.

 

Robert Beasley, MD

Mount Sinai Medical Center
Miami, FL
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Florida Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
Clinical Editorial Board Member, HIPG Global Vascular Digest


Dr. Beasley is a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, specializing in cardiovascular interventions. A graduate of Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, Dr. Beasley completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He also was a fellow in Vascular Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Beasley is a member of the Greater Miami Radiological Society, the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology, the Dade County Medical Association, SIR, SCAI and RSNA. Dr. Beasley, who has authored numerous presentations and articles on interventional radiology and cardiovascular care, also has an active interest in clinical research and teaching, as well as patient care.

 

James Bennett, MD

Jackson Heart Clinic
Jackson, MS
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Mid-South Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


A native Jacksonian and graduate of Jackson Academy with honors prior to completing his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University, Dr. Bennett earned his medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prior to earning credentials for interventional cardiology.

Under the guidance of Dr. David Faxon, a pioneer in the angioplasty arena during it's development in the 1970's and former President of the American Heart Association,he completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of Chicago.

During this time he also gained experience in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular disease (PAD). This allowed him to become board certified in interventional cardiology with additional credentials as a diplomate of Endovascular Medicine by the American Board of Vascular Medicine.

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

He has assisted Dr. Crowder in becoming more active in nationwide clinical trials for interventional procedures since joining the Jackson Heart Clinic and has been appointed the Director of the Peripheral Vascular Lab at the Mississippi Heart Institute.

He currently also serves as the chairman of the Cardiovascular Services section at the St. Dominic's Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bennett and his family are members of the Cathedral of St. Andrews and reside in Jackson. He enjoys all things Mississippi to include sports, outdoor events, and home cooking.

 

Alan Block, DPM


Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
Education Chairman, My Leg My Choice Foundation


Alan Block, DPM serves as a key physician leader for My Leg My Choice Foundation (MLMC), a non-profit foundation committed to educating patients and their families that have been diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) or are at risk for lower extremity amputations about their options.

Dr. Block is a Podiatrist and Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board, Kent State University; Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons; and Past President, The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association.

A graduate from California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1990 and Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1987, Block’s residency was completed at Circle City Hospital, Corona, CA and Medical Center Hospital, Portland, OR.

Recently, Dr. Block represented the MLMC at a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Hearing in June 2014. The Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee’s day-long hearing included an open public forum, during which Dr. Block addressed the need to look beyond amputation as a treatment option for patients with PAD.

Dr. Block is an active national lecturer and educator. MLMC is privileged to have a dynamic personality and knowledgeable physician as a member of the leadership team.

Frank T. Bunch, MD

Cardiology Associates of Mobile
Mobile, AL
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Mobile, AL Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
Education Chairman, My Leg My Choice Foundation


Dr. Frank T. Bunch is a board-certified interventional cardiologist practicing with Cardiology Associates of Mobile, in Mobile, Alabama. He received his cardiology training at Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana and interventional cardiology training at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, New Orleans, LA.

He has received certifications at the American Board of Internal Medicine and Subspecialty Board in Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Bunch is also a member of the American College of Physicians, Society of Angiography and Interventions, American Society of Internal Medicine, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, International Society for Endovascular Surgery and the Horizons International Peripheral Group.

He is a consultant to a multitude of medical device companies and has been involved in many clinical trials for major device firms.
 

James Caridi, MD

Tulane University Medical School
New Orleans, LA
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons CO2 Angiography Society Annual Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Jim Caridi MD FSIR, Professor of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Tulane University Medical School. Previously Chief of Interventional Radiology at the University of Florida where he studied and worked with I F Hawkins MD the “Father” of Carbon Dioxide angiography. With Dr. Hawkins the 2 collaborated on multiple studies and peer reviewed articles for the advancement of carbon dioxide as an imaging agent. Dr. Caridi is dedicated to both the proliferation of CO2 as an imaging agent to assist in diagnosis and treatment of various maladies as well as the elimination or at least the reduction of the incidence of contrast induced nephropathy.
 

Anil Chagarlamudi, MD

Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Houma, LA
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Anil Chagarlamudi joined Cardiovascular Institute of the South in 2003 to serve as an interventional cardiologist at the CIS Houma clinic.

Dr. Chagarlamudi received his undergraduate degree from Andhra Loyola College and his medical education from Guntur Medical College in his native India. He completed externships at Government General Hospital in India and at Fairview General Hospital in Ohio.

Dr. Chagarlamudi received his postgraduate training in general surgery at State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he also served as clinical instructor in surgery. He completed his cardiac surgery training and internal medicine training at Christina Care Health Services in Delaware, and received his fellowship in cardiology at Westchester Medical Center at New York Medical College. He was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from the Medical Center of Delaware in 1995.
 

Robert Coronado, MD

Northern Heart and Vascular Institute
Redding, CA
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons California Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr. Coronado is an interventional cardiologist and vascular specialist. He graduated medical school from the esteemed Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico City. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan followed by the residency program at the University of Arizona, where he also graduated from the nephrology program. Dr. Coronado completed his cardiovascular disease fellowship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He completed his coronary interventional fellowship followed by a fellowship in peripheral vascular disease at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Louisiana.

Dr. Coronado is recognized as a thought leader in the field of cardiovascular medicine. He has previously directed peripheral interventional programs and is a former chief of cardiology at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, California. His passion resides not only in the evaluation treatment of cardiovascular disorders but also disorders related to venous disease. He is the president and founder of Northern Heart & Vascular Institute in Redding, California as well as the Coronado Vein Center which is currently one of the leading cardiovascular venous centers on the West Coast.

Dr. Coronado is the vice president and co-founder of the American Society of Cardiovascular Phlebology and has been elected to the Board of Directors of the California chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
 

William Crowder, MD

Jackson Heart Clinic
Jackson, MS
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Mid-South Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


William Crowder graduated medical school from the University of Mississippi in 1999. He did his medical residency and general cardiology fellowship at that same institution completing these in 2005. He did his interventional cardiology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, finishing this in 2006. He is starting his 10th year of private practice at the Jackson Heart Clinic in Jackson, MS. He serves as the director of the cardiac cath lab at St. Dominic's Hospital. He is active in research and serves at the co-principal investigator of the Avinger Vision study. He is part of a busy TAVR program at St. Dominic's hospital as well.
 

Jeff Davis, RRT, RCIS

Florida SouthWestern State College
Fort Myers, FL
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Jeff has served as the Program Director of the Cardiovascular Technology Program at Florida SouthWestern State College for over twenty years. Jeff has also served on the board of directors for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT). He also serves as a site visitor and self-study reader for the JRC-CVT as Cardiovascular Technology Programs undertake the accreditation process. Jeff is on the leadership team and the Speakers Bureau for the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP). He also teaches RCIS Review Courses.
 

Thomas P. Davis, MD

St. John Hospital and Eastlake Cardiovascular
St. Claire Shores, MI
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Detroit, MI Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr. Thomas Davis is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Director of Peripheral Interventions and Disease at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. In a rapidly changing field where emerging technologies and innovative medications change the landscape, Dr. Davis navigates the innovations to ensure top quality patient care. Finding great interest in the changes of heart care, Dr. Davis looks for the best treatment options to achieve the best outcomes for his patients.

Finding his passion, Dr. Davis specializes in peripheral arterial disease non-surgical limb salvage. A pioneer in lower extremity arterial disease and stenting as well as carotid artery stenting, Dr. Davis participates on scientific advisory boards for interventional device development, and he is involved in multiple clinical trials for new technology in endovascular therapies. Dr. Davis also shares his vast knowledge through lectures he gives across the country. A true advocate, Dr. Davis is also the Director of the Detroit Chapter "Save a Limb, Save a Life".

Dr. Davis received his medical degree from St. George's University in Grenada, and he completed his residency in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Davis is board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology.
 

Eric J. Dippel, MD

Vascular Institute of the Midwest
Davenport, IA
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
Co-Chief Clinical Editor, HIPG Global Vascular Digest


Eric J. Dippel, M.D. is a private practice-based cardiovascular and peripheral vascular interventionist with Cardiovascular Medicine P.C., Davenport, IA. Dr. Dippel is also is the President of Midwest Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

Dr. Dippel received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. He completed his medical school and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. He completed his general fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. An advanced fellowship in coronary and peripheral vascular intervention was completed at the Ohio Heart Health Center, and the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Dippel is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Medicine, and Interventional Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and member of the American Heart Association Council of Clinical Cardiology, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Dippel has been the principle investigator in a number of clinical trials and published articles in journals such as Catheterization and Cardiovascular Intervention, the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In addition, Dr. Dippel has several patents pending for medical devices.
 

W. Britton Eaves, MD

Willis Knighton-Bossier
Bossier City, LA
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Shreveport Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr. Eaves is a native of Merryville, LA and a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. He attended LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport where he also completed his fellowship in cardiology. Dr. Eaves began his private practice in Bossier City, LA with Cardiovascular Consultants, LLC and is credited with starting the first interventional peripheral vascular disease program in the area. He is the Head of Cardiology at Willis Knighton-Bossier and serves as Chairman of Endovascular Treatment for Willis Knighton Health System.

Dr. Eaves developed an interest and subsequently a passion for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease after working with Dr. Craig Walker in Lafayette, LA. He has been on faculty for New Cardiovascular Horizons, New Orleans for five years. He is also a member of the Horizons International Peripheral Group where he currently serves on the research committee. Dr. Eaves recognizes the importance of quality research and has participated in many clinical and interventional trials for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
 

Robert Foster, MD

Birmingham Heart Clinic
Birmingham, AL
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Birmingham Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr. Robert Foster was born in Texas and grew up in LaGrange, Georgia. After graduating from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Dr. Foster earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and won two awards for medical student research competition. His Internal Medicine training was at the University of Texas Southwestern Health Science Center in Dallas where he received the John S. Miller Award for outstanding performance as a House Officer. Dr. Foster completed his cardiology training at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham.

After a year as a UAB faculty member, Dr. Foster joined Birmingham Heart Clinic in 1997 where he has been an interventional cardiologist for 12 years and specializes in peripheral artery disease.

Dr. Foster and his wife, Donna, have three children. The family is active in numerous missionary activities through their church at Liberty Park Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon. Dr. Foster enjoys hunting, cycling and running.
 

Jaafer Golzar, MD

Advocate Medical Group
Oak Lawn, IL
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Golzar is an interventional cardiologist at Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Trinity Hospital specializing in the treatment of complex peripheral arterial and venous disease. His special interests include limb salvage and amputation prevention. He has published multiple articles and has been involved in numerous clinical trials to help progress the field of endovascular therapy.

Dr. Golzar attended medical school at the University of Arkansas and received his MD in 1999. He completed his internship and residency at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He continued at East Carolina University for his Cardiology fellowship. Dr. Golzar completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology.
 

Larry Hollier, MD

LSU Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Larry H. Hollier is a practicing vascular surgeon, and serves dual roles as Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans and Dean of its School of Medicine. A native of Crowley, LA, Dr. Hollier was President of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York before being recruited to lead his alma mater-the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, where he earned his medical degree in 1968, was named Chief Resident in Surgery in 1974, and entered academic medicine with an appointment to the LSUHSC faculty in 1975.

Following a brief stint in the U.S. Air Force, in 1980 Dr. Hollier joined the faculty and staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he helped develop the hospital's vascular surgery service and training program. In 1987, he was named Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Ochsner Clinic Foundation and served as a member of the Board. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Hollier served as the Chair of Surgery and Executive Director of Clinical Affairs at the former Health Care International Medical Centre near Glasgow, Scotland, a tertiary care hospital specializing in cardiac surgery, cardiology, bone marrow transplantation, orthopedics and ophthalmic surgery, an operation he was recruited by Harvard to build.

Dr. Hollier is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is certified in General Vascular Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland.
 

Osama Ibrahim, MD

North Memorial Health Care
Robbinsdale, MN
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Minneapolis Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr Ibrahim currently serves as Director of Peripheral Endovascular Therapies and Director of Limb Salvage/Amputation Prevention Program at North Memorial Heart and Vascular Institute in Minneapolis, MN. He is Co-founder of the Twin Cities Vascular Forum (TCVF) and is Chairman of the NCVH Minnesota Chapter. Dr Ibrahim also serves on the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Minnesota Board of Counselors. Dr Ibrahim's primary focus is promoting awareness to PAD both for healthcare providers and the community.

 

Richard C. Kovach, MD

Deborah Heart and Lung Center
Browns Mills, New Jersey
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons New Jersey Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr. Kovach is currently Chair of Interventional Cardiology at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, NJ, where he is also Director of The Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program. He completed his Interventional as well as his General Cardiology Fellowship training at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also attended Medical School. Undergraduate work was completed at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Kovach's specific interests include peripheral vascular intervention, as well as structural heart disease and clinical research. Currently at Deborah Heart and Lung Center there are over 30 protocols actively enrolling or in follow-up.
 

Arthur C. Lee, MD

The Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Gainesville, FL
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Florida Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr. Lee is an interventional cardiologist specializing in endovascular interventions. Dr. Lee finished his internal medicine residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and then went on to complete his Cardiology and Interventional Fellowships at Beth Israel Medical Center also in New York City. He is currently practicing in Gainesville, Florida where he is the Director of Peripheral Vascular Services as The Cardiac & Vascular Institute. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Vascular Medicine.

Dr. Lee specializes in complex interventional procedures for the heart and peripheral vascular disease. His focus and special emphasis is on amputation prevention with clinical interests in critical limb ischemia, venous disease, and high risk coronary intervention. Dr. Lee has participated in multiple clinical trials and has been author on several abstracts and papers. He has presented at many vascular congresses both nationally and internationally.
 

William Lombardi, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

After completing his M.D. at Tulane Medical School, Bill Lombardi went on to the University of Utah, Salt Lake City for his Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowships in Cardiology, Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant, and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Lombardi then returned home to Washington State and joined St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham. During the 13 years that he was at St. Joseph’s, Dr. Lombardi helped to develop novel CTO techniques and technologies and was fundamental to the inception of the “hybrid algorithm” to facilitate reproducibly successful outcomes in chronic total occlusion and complex lesion PCI. During this time he was also active in physician training, CME courses and proctoring.

Dr. Lombardi joined the University of Washington Medical Center in 2014 as Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Complex Coronary Disease Therapies Program. In addition to his clinical work, he continues to travel around the world to teach techniques for treating Chronic Total Occlusions. Dr. Lombardi has focused much of his vast research efforts on developing and refining CTO and complex coronary artery procedures with great efficacy and reproducibility.
 

Carlos Mena, MD

Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Fellows Course
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
Clinical Editorial Board Member, HIPG Global Vascular Digest


Dr. Carlos Mena, a native of Medellin, Colombia, is a graduate of the University of Antioquia School of Medicine. He began his postgraduate training at Yale University where he completed his internship and residency in addition to his Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Fellowships. His hard work and dedication has been recognized as he earned both the John W. Brackett Award for Resident Teacher and the Ralph I. Horwitz Research in Residency Award.

In addition to his busy practice, Dr. Mena is a well published physician with a wide range of article publications and book chapters through the contribution of his expertise in Oxford American Handbook of Cardiology. Dr. Mena served as a Course Director for New Cardiovascular Horizons 2012 and is actively involved in local, national and international conferences through his many diverse presentations.

He maintains many professional associations including the Society of Vascular Medicine, American Heart Association, Fellow of Society Cardiac Angiography and Intervention (F.S.C.A.I.) and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (F.A.C.C.). Dr. Mena is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology.
 

D. Christopher Metzger, MD

Wellmont CVA Heart Institute
Kingsport, TN
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Metzger is a board-certified interventional cardiologist practicing with Cardiovascular Associates, P.C. in Kingsport, Tennessee. This is a 32-member group comprised of cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeons. He received his internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology training at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Metzger is the Medical Director of the Cardiac and Peripheral Cath Labs at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center and is the Medical Director of the Clinical Research Department.

In addition to cardiac interventions, he performs a high volume of all peripheral procedures, including carotid stenting. He is very active in clinical research, being one of the leading enrollers in multiple trials including ACT-1, Sapphire-WW, Create-PAS, Exact, CORAL, Horizons and the SUPERB Trial.
 

Jihad Mustapha, MD

Metro Health Hospital
Ada, MI
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Mustapha is a board-certified interventional cardiologist. He specializes in minimally invasive, non-surgical therapy for heart and peripheral vascular disease. He has advanced training in coronary stent and complex peripheral vascular disease treatments including laser, atherectomy, and totally occluded arteries. Dr. Mustapha graduated from Wayne State University and St. George University School of Medicine. He has completed Fellowships in both Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mustapha is currently in practice at Metro Health Hospital - Metro Heart and Vascular in Wyoming, Michigan, where he is the Director of Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratories, Director of Endovascular Interventions and Director of Cardiovascular Research. Dr. Mustapha is the Founder and Director of the AMPutation Prevention Symposium (AMP). He has multiple publications, including those on critical limb ischemia and amputation prevention.
 

Pradeep Nair, MD

Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Houma, LA
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Pradeep Nair joined Cardiovascular Institute of the South in 2015 as an interventional cardiologist. He graduated with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Psychology. He earned his doctorate at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He went on to complete his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Nair previously served as the director of interventional cardiology at Somerset Hospital in Pennsylvania while also working as an interventional cardiologist for the Heart and Vascular Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Additionally, he worked as a course instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he held the title of clinical instructor of medicine.

Dr. Nair is licensed by the State Board of Medicine in Pennsylvania and Louisiana. He is currently board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology and adult echocardiography. Dr. Nair is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions and the American College of Physicians. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed research publications and presented many abstracts at national cardiovascular meetings. He was recognized with several first place awards at the University of Pittsburgh for his research. Currently, he is a reviewer for the Journal of Invasive Cardiology and on the editorial board for Vascular Disease Management.
 

Seshadri Raju, MD


The Rane Center for Venous and Lymphatic Diseases
Jackson, MS
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Raju specializes in venous and lymphatic diseases at The Rane Center at St. Dominic’s. He is widely recognized for his landmark contributions to the hemodynamics, diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. He is a pioneer of venous stenting procedures which has revolutionized care of venous disease. He is founding member, past President, and distinguished fellow of the American Venous Forum, the pioneer organization for venous disease. He is also a distinguished fellow of the Society of Vascular Surgery. He has 75 book chapters, 2 books and nearly 200 peer reviewed publications in immunology, vascular surgery, transplantation surgery and venous disease.

 

Louis Salvaggio, MD

Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Lafayette, LA
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Lafayette Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Louis Salvaggio, MD Interventional Cardiologist Medical Director of Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program

Dr. Louis Salvaggio, a native of Chalmette, Louisiana, joined Cardiovascular Institute of the South in 2012 as a cardiologist in Lafayette. He serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program at Regional Medical Center of Acadiana.

Dr. Salvaggio earned his doctorate at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his internal medicine residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Baton Rouge, and continued his studies at Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, where he completed his cardiology fellowship. Lastly, he completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California.

Dr. Salvaggio is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, American College of Cardiology, and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He was also named the Ochsner Medical Center Fellow of the Year in 2010.
 

Thomas Shimshak, MD

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Racine, WI
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Shimshak is an interventional cardiologist and has been in practice for 25 years. He received his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1980. He also completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology at the Medical College from 1980-1987 and an Advanced Angioplasty Fellowship at the prestigious Mid America Heart Institute, St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO in 1987-1988. For the past 8 years he has been affiliated with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and practices in Milwaukee and Racine, WI. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints.

Dr. Shimshak is recognized as a national and international expert and thought leader in his field. He specializes in clinical cardiology and interventional therapy of advanced coronary and peripheral vascular diseases. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Shimshak has distinguished himself throughout his career by his interests in physician education, clinical research and as a consultant to industry. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, and The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He is a member of the American Medical Association and a supporter of the American Heart Association. He has been listed in "The Best Doctors in America" and Who's Who in America annually since 2008 and 2009, respectively.
 

David P. Slovut, MD, PhD

Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
Clinical Editorial Board Member, HIPG Global Vascular Digest


David Paul Slovut, MD, PhD, is an interventional cardiologist specializing in cardiac catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention, as well as the diagnosis and management of cerebrovascular and peripheral arterial disease.

Dr. Slovut earned his medical degree, completed his internship and residency in general surgery, and earned his doctorate in cellular and integrative physiology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He subsequently completed fellowships in both cardiology and interventional cardiology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Slovut is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, with additional certifications by the American Board of Vascular Medicine in general vascular medicine and endovascular medicine. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Vascular Medicine and an ex officio member of the Board of the Society for Vascular Medicine.
 

Ariel Soffer, MD

Soffer Health
Aventura,FL
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Vein Forum
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


The Soffer Health Institute, with offices throughout Miami-Dade and Broward County, Florida, is dedicated to making you feel at home throughout your medical evaluation and treatment procedures. We will thoroughly evaluate your condition with the latest research and techniques available, answer any and all questions that you may have, and present you with a carefully considered customized treatment plan that best suits your individual needs. We are here to help you. It is our motto that “Home is where the Heart (and Veins) are!”and we strive to treat you like family every step of the way.

Dr. Ariel SofferDr. Ariel Soffer, MD, FACC – Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease

Dr. Ariel Soffer, MD, FACC, set out to create a place where patients can not only get the finest cardiovascular care and preventive treatment that the world has to offer, but to do so in a setting that allows every patient to feel like part of his family. Dr. Soffer began his cardiovascular journey at the age of 16 when he finished highschool and enrolled in Pre-Med Studies, always wanting to be a cardiologist. After graduating medical school at the University of Miami with Distinction, he was accepted to the prestigious Cedars Sinai/UCLA residency program in Beverly Hills, California, one of the top cardiology programs in the world and published several articles on a wide range of cardiovascular topics.
 
 

Deepak Thekkoott, MD

Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Zachary, LA
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Baton Rouge Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr. Deepak Thekkoott, a native of India, joined Cardiovascular Institute of the South in 2008 as an interventional cardiologist. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in Kerala, India where he also received his Doctorate in Medicine. He then completed extensive training in cardiology and cardiac transplantation at the Imperial College of Medicine (Hammersmith Hospital) in London, and practiced as a staff cardiologist in the United Kingdom at the University Of Wales College Of Medicine at Cardiff, UK.

Dr. Thekkoott undertook further cardiovascular training in Brooklyn, New York at Maimonides Medical Center, where he completed his internal medicine residency, cardiology fellowship, and interventional cardiology fellowship. Dr. Thekkoott continued his training at Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York in cardiovascular computed tomography (CT).

Dr. Thekkoott is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, cardiovascular computed tomography, and endovascular medicine. He has received numerous awards including the John Goodwin Award for the best outgoing cardiologist from London University. He has also held the honor of Chief Resident elect and Chief Fellow. Additionally, much of Dr. Thekkoott’s work has been published and presented to various national societies including the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He has also served on multiple, national panels to discuss interventional methods and procedures.
 

Anish Thomas, MD

SSM Heart Institute
St. Louis, MO
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons St. Louis Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Dr. Thomas earned his medical degree from Christian Medical College Ludhiana, India, in 1999. He completed his residency at Saint Vincent Hospital, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass. He served fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Saint Vincent Hospital, and a fellowship in peripheral endovascular intervention and vascular medicine at The Miriam Hospital, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

Dr. Thomas is board certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular computed tomography, nuclear cardiology, adult comprehensive echocardiography and internal medicine.
 

Frank J. Tursi, DPM

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Voorhees, NJ
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
Clinical Editorial Board Member, HIPG Global Vascular Digest
Industry Relations Chairman, My Leg My Choice Foundation


Dr. Tursi graduated from Temple University Medical School, School of Podiatric Medicine and completed his surgical residency at Atlanta Hospital and Regional Diabetes Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He has extensive experience in complex foot and ankle traumatic injuries and the management of diabetic wounds and foot care. He is board certified and is a fellow in American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is the Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and is part of the podiatric staff at Virtua. He also earned the position of Assistant Clinical Professor at UMDNJ.

Dr. Tursi is Hyperbaric Medicine trained and also earned the position of Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the University of Pennsylvania/Presbyterian Podiatric Residency. Dr Tursi has served as foot and ankle consultant to the Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and LA Kings for the last 20 years.
 

Grayson Wheatley, III, MD

Centennial Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
Co-Chief Clinical Editor, HIPG Global Vascular Digest


Dr. Wheatley earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Florida State University and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Ohio State University, where he was awarded the Department of Surgery Teaching Award 2001. Dr. Wheatley was one of only four selected residents, from all of the resident house staff, to be awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the graduating medical school class of 2001 of Ohio State University.

Dr. Wheatley completed a two year NIH sponsored research fellowship with the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He completed a three year residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Wheatley is a former President of the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association, is currently a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Endovascular Task Force and Course Co-Director of the STS Thoracic Endovascular Symposium. He was the 200-2005 Chair of the Organization of Resident Representatives of the American Association of Medical Colleges.

Author of numerous journal articles and a frequent conference presenter, Dr. Wheatley has a special interest in cardiovascular surgery, minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery, valve repair, in addition to resident and student education.
 

Jason Yoho, MD

New Braunfels Cardiology
New Braunfels, TX
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Texas Regional Conference
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


Jason A. Yoho, MD specializes in minimally invasive, non-surgical therapy for heart and peripheral vascular disease. He has advanced training in complex coronary stent, carotid artery stent, and abdominal aneurysm stent-grafts interventions. He has training in complex peripheral vascular disease treatments including laser, atherectomy, and chronic totally occluded arteries (CTOs). He is experienced in Pacemaker, AICD, and Bi-Ventricular AICD implantation as well. He is involved in clinical research. He is also involved in clinical education in helping other physicians learn new and advanced techniques. He is the Principal Investigator in a multitude of studies involving coronary and peripheral interventions. Dr. Yoho resides in New Braunfels, however he is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. He completed his medical residency at Johns Hopkins University / Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD, from 2002 until 2005; and was selected as a Chief Medical Resident in 2006. He then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at The University of Texas in Houston from 2006 until 2009. He served as Chief Cardiology Fellow in 2009; completed a super fellowship in interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular disease from 2009 until 2010.
 

Mary Yost, MBA


The Sage Group
Beaufort, SC
Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Business of Peripheral Interventions
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference


After a successful career as a Wall Street medical device analyst, Mary Yost co-founded THE SAGE GROUP to specialize in what was at the time a little known, but widely prevalent cardiovascular problem, peripheral artery disease (PAD). Over the past decade THE SAGE GROUP has become a leader in PAD research and consulting.

Ms. Yost’s training as an economist at the University of California Berkeley has led to extensive research on the economic and societal costs of PAD and critical limb ischemic (CLI) as well as on the costs and consequences of dysvascular amputation.

Other areas of focus include the epidemiology of PAD and CLI, ischemic diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) and acute limb ischemia.

Ms. Yost developed the Diabetes Method, a population-based projection model to estimate the number of people with PAD, CLI, intermittent claudication (IC) and asymptomatic disease. To date the Diabetes Method has been employed to estimate PAD in the US, Western Europe, India, Mexico and South America.

Currently a member of the Horizons International Peripheral Group (HIPG) and Save A Leg Save A Life (SALSAL), Ms. Yost previously served on the Board of the Vascular Disease Foundation.
 

Thomas Zeller, MD

University Heart Center Freiburg - Bad Krozingen
Bad Krozingen, Germany
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Thomas Zeller is an Associate Professor in the Angiology Division of the Universitaets-Herzzentrum Freiburg ∙ Bad Krozingen, Germany. He performs interventional angiology with more than 20 years of experience in this field. His main research interest is diagnostic and therapy of renal artery stenosis, optimization of endovascular therapy methods of peripheral arterial occlusive disease and optimization of non invasive diagnostic methods in vascular medicine. He has performed a series of studies in these areas and has conducted numerous clinical trials. Furthermore he is editorial board member of various scientific journals, e.g. VASA, EUROIntervention, Vascular Medicine, Catheterization Cardiovascular Interventions, Journal of Endovascular Therapy, gefaessmedizin.net. He is the author of more than 200 peer reviewed original and review articles, editor of the textbook Vascular Medicine – Therapy and Practice as well as reviewer for European Heart Journal, Journal of American College of Cardiology and sub-journals, Circulation and sub-journals, The Lancet and others.
 

Wayne Zhang, MD

University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

Dr. Wayne Zhang is a Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery. He offers a full range of vascular surgery to his patients, specializing in open and endovascular treatments of aortic, carotid, visceral, lower extremity arterial diseases; dialysis access; and venous disorders. He is also interested in teaching medical students, residents and fellows in clinic and operating room.

Dr. Zhang received his medical degree from Henan Medical University in China and completed General Surgery Residency and Vascular/Endovascular Surgery Fellowship at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Zhang is board certified in Vascular Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery.