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Physician Leaders Conference Chairmen, New Cardiovascular Horizons


New Cardiovascular Horizons Leadership

  • Dr. Craig M. Walker, MD

    Craig M. Walker, MD
    FACC, FACA, FACP, FSCAI,
    FASCI, FCCP, FICA


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    FACC, FSCAI


    Cardiology Associates of Mobile
    Mobile, AL

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Mobile, AL Regional Conference
    Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
    Clinical Editorial Board Member, HIPG Global Vascular Digest

     

    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.

  • Nick Cavros, MD
    FACC


    Cardiovascular Institute of the South
    Lafayette, LA

    Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

    Dr. Nick Cavros is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is presently on the medical staff of the Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Lafayette, LA and enjoys serving the local community through promoting the concept of total vascular care.

    Dr. Cavros has extensive experience in the treatment of both coronary and peripheral vascular disease and has participated in many landmark clinical trials. He lectures at national conferences as well as various practices/hospitals regarding various aspects of treatment of both coronary and peripheral arterial disease. He serves as a consultant to major medical device companies and enjoys hosting proctoring courses for some of those companies.

  • 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.

  • 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
    FACC


    Genesis Heart Institute
    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
    FACC, FSCAI


    Willis Knighton-Bossier
    Bossier City, LA

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Shreveport, LA 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
    FACC, FSCAI


    Birmingham Heart Clinic
    Birmingham, AL

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Birmingham, AL 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.

  • 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.

  • Luis R. Leon, MD
    FACS


    University of Arizona Health Science Center
    Tucson, AZ

    Course Director, New Cardiovascular Horizons Tucson, AZ Regional Conference
    Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
    Clinical Editorial Board Member, HIPG Global Vascular Digest

    Community Outreach Chairman, My Leg My Choice Foundation

    Dr. Luis Leon attended the Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, obtaining his Medical degree in 1996. He received surgical training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and San Joaquin General Hospital in California, from 1997 to 2003. In addition, Dr. Leon completed a Vascular and Endovascular Fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center in 2005. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General and Vascular Surgery. He has been a Registered Vascular Technologist since 2004 and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2008. Dr. Leon served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tucson from 2005 until 2008. During his tenure at the VA hospital, he belonged to several committees, including the Research and Development, Limb Preservation and Peer Review Committees.

    Dr. Leon has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and over 10 book chapters. He serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Annals of Vascular Surgery. He is a member of several professional societies, including The Society for Vascular Surgery and The International Society for Vascular Surgery. His academic productivity has earned him the very prestigious E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship Award from the American Vascular Association in 2007. His productivity also earned him an Associate Professor of Surgery degree at the University of Arizona, tenure-eligible, since April 2008.

  • Carlos Mena, MD
    FACC, FSCAI


    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.

  • Miguel Montero-Baker, MD

    Pima Vascular and Tucson Medical Center
    Tucson, AZ

    San Juan de Dios Hospital
    San Jose, Costa Rica

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Latin America International Conference
    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Tucson, AZ Regional Conference
    Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

    Dr. Miguel Montero-Baker is a Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon. He graduated with honors both from medical school and his residency in Vascular Surgery. As he finished his residency, he was awarded a DAAD scholarship to further pursue his interest in interventional therapies in Leipzig, Germany. There, he completed a peripheral vascular ultrasound fellowship and an advanced peripheral vascular interventions fellowship.

    Dr. Montero-Baker is a well-recognized opinion leader for the Latin American medical community and active member of the Horizons International Peripheral Group. His main clinical interests are critical limb ischemia and aortic aneurysms.

  • 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.

  • Raghotham R. Patlola, MD
    FACC, FSCAI, FSBM


    Cardiovascular Institute of the South
    Lafayette, LA

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Hattiesburg, MS Regional Conference
    Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

    Dr. Raghotham Patlola received his undergraduate degree and medical education from B.L.D.E. Association’s Medical College Hospital and Research Center, Karnatak University in his native India. His postgraduate training included an internal medicine internship and residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn and a cardiology fellowship through the Beth-Israel Medical Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York. Dr. Patlola continued his interventional cardiology training at Maimonides Medical Center State University of New York in Brooklyn.

    Dr. Patlola is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and endovascular medicine. He is designated as a Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Medical Association.

    Dr. Patlola is a well-published author in numerous articles and he is involved in several clinical and interventional device based trials as the primary or sub investigator.

  • Guy R. Pupp, DPM

    Residency Training Committee
    Providence Hospital
    Dearborn, MI

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Detroit, MI Regional Conference
    Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

    Dr. Guy Pupp's career which spans over 30 years has helped revolutionize foot and ankle care, especially for those with Diabetes and related co-morbidities. He was a former Section Editor for The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery and has been involved in Residency and Fellowship training of over 180 physicians.

    He was recently named one of America's 175 Most Influential Podiatrists by his peers at Podiatry Management Magazine. Dr. Pupp is very involved with the American Diabetes Association named to the Board of Directors for the Michigan Leadership Council. He has published over 35 papers and has lectured both nationally and internationally. One of his studies over 15 years ago advocated a Team Approach to Diabetic Limb Salvage, now an accepted norm. He has studied external fixation technique both in the U.S. and Europe utilizing these techniques in Complex Limb Salvage cases.

  • Oscar Rosales, MD

    Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC
    Houston, TX

    Chairman, Horizons International Peripheral Group Research Committee

    Dr. Oscar Rosales is a board-certified interventional cardiologist and currently the President of Medical Staff for Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. He completed his medical training at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana; Yale University, New Haven, CT and University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas. Dr. Rosales is also the Medical Director of the Memorial Hermann Hospital Cath Lab.

    Dr. Rosales founded the Houston Center for Vascular Health, a non-profit foundation devoted to the dissemination of knowledge about PVD, training of physicians and the investigation of new treatment modalities for PVD. He has participated in many clinical trials and has served on the Medical Advisory Board of several medical device companies. He has pioneered the use of stents in tibioperoneal vessels to treat refractory Critical Limb Ischemia.

    Dr. Rosales has also received the following awards Humanism in Medicine Award, 2002, Alpha Omega Alpha Teacher of the Year as well as multiple teaching awards from the Tulane, Ochsner Clinic and UT Medical School in Houston.

  • 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.

  • Michael T. Simpson, MD
    FACC


    Birmingham Heart Clinic
    Birmingham, AL

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Birmingham, AL Regional Conference

    Dr. Michael T. Simpson was born in Gainesville, Georgia, graduated from Georgia Southern University and the Medical College of Georgia where he was President of his Junior and Senior classes. In medical school he received the Walter L. Shepard Achievement Award for Excellence in the School of Medicine. Dr. Simpson completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine, and his fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). After starting practice in LaGrange, Georgia, he returned to Birmingham, where, in 1994 he founded Birmingham Heart Clinic. The practice has grown to its present number of ten cardiologists.

    At St. Vincent’s East in Birmingham, Dr. Simpson has been Chairman of the Cardiovascular Committee, has served on the hospital Board of Directors, and been named “Outstanding Teacher” by the Family Practice resident physicians. He currently serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at UAB. He has been repeatedly named to “Birmingham’s Best Doctors” and “America’s Top Cardiologists.” He continues to be an investigator in numerous research and clinical trials involving carotid artery stenting, myocardial infarction, and various cardiac drugs and devices.

    Dr. Simpson is married, has three children and five grandchildren. He enjoys sports, music, humor, and spending time on his farm in St. Clair County.

  • 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.

  • Zaheed Tai, DO

    Bostick Heart Center
    Lakeland, FL

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Florida Regional Conference
    Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

    Dr. Tai is currently in private practice in Winter Haven Hospital and Heart of Florida Hospital. He has been in practice in Florida since 2008, prior to that he was practicing in New York. He currently is a clinical proctor for Spectranetics, Boston Scientific, Abbott and Terumo teaching several courses on the transradial approach and utility of atherectomy in the coronary and periphery. He completed his Interventional and General Cardiology Fellowship training at St. Vincent Hospital in Manhattan (New York Medical College). He completed his residency at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, IL and medical school and Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in south Florida.

    Dr. Tai's specific interest include peripheral vascular disease (in particular limb salvage) as well as coronary CTOs and clinical research. He is currently involved in several trials and has published in various journals.

  • Deepak Thekkoott, MD
    FACC, FSCAI, FACP, FRCP


    Cardiovascular Institute of the South
    Zachary, LA

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Baton Rouge, LA 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, MO 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.

  • Salvatore J. Tirrito, MD

    Pima Heart Associates
    Tucson, AZ

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Tucson, AZ Regional Conference
    Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

    Dr. Salvatore Tirrito is a Tucson cardiologist who has dedicated his career to promoting healthy lifestyles in the community and believes in a more whole body approach to medicine. He is director of echocardiography and the co-director of vascular ultrasound at Pima Heart Associates in Tucson, Arizona and director of medical Cardiology at Tucson Medical Center.

    He specializes in primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, advanced cardiovascular imaging and vascular medicine. Dr. Tirrito is board certified in cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine. He holds a level III certification in cardiovascular computed tomography and has completed a fellowship in Integrative 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

    Temple University School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA

    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.

  • Wayne Zhang, MD

    LSU Health Sciences Center
    Shreveport, LA

    Co-Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference
    Clinical Editorial Board Member, HIPG Global Vascular Digest

    Wayne Zhang, MD is Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport.

    Dr. Zhang graduated Henan Medical University in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. He completed both a surgical residency and vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship from State University of New York at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y. Dr. Zhang was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center before joining the Department of Surgery.

    Dr. Zhang is board certified in both general surgery and vascular surgery. He has extensive research and clinical experience.

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