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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

    New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference Founder and Chairman

    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.

  • Frank T. Bunch, MD
    FACC, FSCAI


    Cardiology Associates of Mobile
    Mobile, AL

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Mobile, AL
    Co-Chaiman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Annual Conference

    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.

  • Robert Coronado, MD

    Northern Heart and Vascular Institute
    Redding, CA
     

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons California

    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.  It has been designated as a training center of excellence for colleagues in cardiovascular medicine.
     
    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

    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.

  • W. Britton Eaves, MD
    FACC, FSCAI


    Willis Knighton-Bossier
    Bossier City, LA

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Shreveport, LA

    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

    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.

  • Richard C. Kovach, MD

    Deborah Heart and Lung Center
    Browns Mills, New Jersey

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons New Jersey

    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.

  • Luis R. Leon, MD
    FACS


    University of Arizona Health Science Center
    Tucson, AZ

    Course Director, New Cardiovascular Horizons Tucson, AZ

    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 several specialty journals, including 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 a number of awards, including the Charles C Guthrie Award from the Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society in 2004 and 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.

    He has a strong interest in both the research and clinical aspects of carotid, aortic and venous disease.

  • Carlos Mena, MD
    FACC, FSCAI


    Yale School of Medicine
    New Haven, CT

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Fellows Course

    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. With a strong desire to provide quality clinical research, Dr. Mena leads many studies in his duty as Principal Investigator. 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • John P. Pacanowski, MD


    Agave Surgical Associates
    Tucson, AZ

    Course Director, New Cardiovascular Horizons Tucson, AZ

    Dr Pacanowski graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/ Genetics and Developmental Biology. He then attended St. George's University in Grenada to complete his Medical degree. Dr. Pacanowski finished his surgical internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he also concluded his Vascular Fellowship in 2003.

    In addition, Dr. Pacanowski is an accomplished research scholar receiving many academic awards including the Endovascular Fellow's Research Award in 2002 and 2003, as well as the Southern Association of Vascular Surgery, Founders Award in 2003. He is the author of numerous journal publications and has co-authored several text book chapters.

    Dr. Pacanowski is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General and Vascular Surgery and has advanced qualifications in Endovascular surgical procedures.

  • Guy R. Pupp, DPM

    Residency Training Committee
    Providence Hospital
    Dearborn, MI

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Detroit, MI

    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.

  • Michael T. Simpson, MD
    FACC


    Birmingham Heart Clinic
    Birmingham, AL

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Birmingham, AL

    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.

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


    Cardiovascular Institute of the South
    Zachary, LA

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Baton Rouge, LA

    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.

  • Salvatore J. Tirrito, MD


    Pima Heart Associates
    Tucson, AZ

    Chairman, New Cardiovascular Horizons Tucson, AZ

    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.

NCVH 2015 Annual Conference Co-Chairmen

  • Charles Andersen, MD
    FACC


    Madigan Army Medical Center
    Milton, WA

    After Graduating from Utah State University, Charles Andersen, earned his medical degree at the University of Utah where he also completed an internship and one year of Surgical Training.  He then entered the military where he completed his surgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and a Vascular Surgery fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He remained in the military where his positions included program director in General Surgery and Chief of the Department of Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center for 20 years. 

    After retirement from the Army he remained at Madigan Army Medical Center as a Civilian Physician.  He has spoken nationally and internationally on Vascular Surgery, Limb Preservation and Wound Care.  He has over 100 peer reviewed publications. Currently he is Chief of the Vascular/Endovascular/Limb preservation Service and Medical Director of the Wound Care Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma Washington. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at  the University of Washington and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
     

  • Robert Beasley, MD

    Mount Sinai Medical Center
    Miami, FL

    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

    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, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics 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.  He obtained the Advanced Ankle Surgery and Sports Medicine Fellowship, Hayward Foot and Ankle Clinic, Hayward, CA with Steven I. Subotnick, DPM, MS.

    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.

  • Nick Cavros, MD
    FACC


    Cardiovascular Institute of the South
    Lafayette, LA

    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.

  • Edward B. Diethrich, MD

    Medical Director and Founder of the Arizona Heart Institute and Arizona Heart Hospital
    Phoenix, AZ

    Dr. Edward B. Diethrich, an internationally renowned cardiovascular surgeon who has practiced for more than 40 years, is regarded as one of the world’s pioneers in heart disease diagnosis and innovative cardiovascular and endovascular treatments.

    In 1971, Dr. Diethrich founded the Arizona Heart Institute and Foundation the nation’s first freestanding outpatient clinic devoted solely to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and blood vessel disease.

    Dr. Diethrich is the Medical Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Arizona Heart Hospital, where he performs state-of-the art cardiovascular and endovascular procedures using the latest devices, many of which he helped design and test in clinical trials.

    Dr. Diethrich’s professional accomplishments are diverse and include the development of the sternal saw used for open chest surgery and the establishment of the nation’s first outpatient cardiac catheterization laboratory. An advocate for patient education, Dr. Diethrich appears weekly on a television news program answering call-in questions and is interviewed frequently by the media.

    A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Diethrich did his surgical residency training at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. After completing a two-year thoracic and cardiovascular surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine under the tutelage of famed heart surgeon, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and Dr. Denton Cooley, he remained at Baylor as assistant professor in surgery for six years.

    Dr. Diethrich is board certified in general, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, and is a fellow of the American Colleges of Angioplasty, Cardiology, Surgery, Chest Physicians and the International College of Angioplasty. He is a member of numerous societies such as the Michael E. DeBakey International Cardiovascular Society, the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, Society of Academic Surgeons, and is Council on Cardiovascular Disease for the American Heart Association. He is also a past president and current chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists. An active member of the interventional medicine community, he belongs to more than 25 organizations, has received numerous awards and has authored several books and hundreds of scientific articles.

    He lectures and operates worldwide teaching many of the procedures developed at the Arizona Heart Institute. He provides consultation and second opinion services in addition to his operative work in all areas of cardiovascular surgery and intervention.

    Dr. Diethrich is an enthusiastic educator and an advanced scientific researcher. He is the Scientific Director of the new Arizona Heart Institute Translational Research Center. In that capacity, he guides the Institute’s investigative progress and assures that the Institute and Arizona Heart Hospital will always be on the cutting edge of cardiovascular scientific innovations, advanced patient care and human applications.

  • Eric J. Dippel, MD
    FACC


    Genesis Heart Institute
    Davenport, IA

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

    Dr. Dippel received his undergraduate degree with departmental honors in biomedical engineering 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’s research interests include: adjunctive pharmacology including anti-platelet and anti-thrombin therapy, vascular inflammation, endothelial function, and new devices. He has been the principle investigator in a number of clinical trials, presented abstracts and lectured at national meetings and international meetings, 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 medial devices.

  • Richard Kovach, MD

    Deborah Heart and Lung Center
    Browns Mills, NJ

    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.

  • Carlos Mena, MD
    FACC, FSCAI


    Yale School of Medicine
    New Haven, CT

    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. With a strong desire to provide quality clinical research, Dr. Mena leads many studies in his duty as Principal Investigator. 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

    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

    University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ

    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.

  • Thomas Shimshak, MD

    Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
    Racine, WI

    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.

  • Grayson Wheatley, III, MD

    Temple University School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA

    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.

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