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ANZSVS Conference 2022
ANZSVS Conference 2022
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Invited Speakers

Vascular Program - International Invited Speakers

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Dr Anahita Dua
Boston, USA

Anahita Dua, MD, MS, MBA, FACS, is a vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. At Mass General, she is the director of the Vascular Lab, co-director of the Peripheral Artery Disease Center and Limb Evaluation and Amputation Program (LEAPP), associate director of the Wound Care Center, director of the Lymphedema Center and associate director of the Vascular Surgery Clerkship and director of clinical research for the division of vascular surgery.

She specializes in advanced endovascular (minimally invasive) and traditional (open) limb salvage techniques for treating peripheral arterial disease and critical limb ischemia, diabetic limb disease, aortic disease, carotid disease, thoracic outlet syndrome and venous disease.

Dr Dua completed her vascular surgery fellowship at Stanford University Hospital, her general surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and her medical school in the United Kingdom. She has also completed a master’s degree in trauma sciences, a master’s in business administration in health care management and has a certificate in health economics and outcomes research as well as a certificate in drug and device development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is board-certified in vascular surgery, general surgery and advanced wound care and management.

Dr Dua has published over 140 peer reviewed papers and has edited five vascular surgery medical textbooks. She serves on multiple national vascular surgery committees through the Society for Vascular Surgery and other vascular organizations including the South Asian-American Vascular Society and American College of Surgeons.

Dr Dua's lab focuses on anticoagulation and biomarkers that are predictive of thrombosis and hemostasis in patients that have undergone revascularization. She is interested in creation precision, point of care medical approaches to anticoagulation for patients post revascularization. Her clinical and outcomes research focuses primarily on diseases involving peripheral vascular disease, limb salvage and critical limb ischemia. She is part of a technology development team that creates tools to increase walking distance and wound healing while decreasing pain in patients with peripheral vascular disease. Dr Dua is also involved heavily in surgical outcomes-based research using large medical databases to generate both quality outcomes and cost effectiveness data.

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Dr Sukgu Han
Los Angeles, USA

Dr Sukgu Han serves as a Co-director of Comprehensive Aortic Center at Keck Hospital of University of Southern California. He holds the title of Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Han completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated with magna cum laude honors in 2000. He obtained his M.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, where he was awarded a membership of Alpha Omega Alpha honors society as a third-year medical student. He completed general surgery training at our own University of Southern California, where he was voted the most outstanding chief resident by the faculty in 2012. During residency, he also obtained a master's degree in biomedical engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC. Dr. Han went on to complete vascular surgery fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Han obtained additional dedicated training in complex aortic repairs at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Since joining USC as faculty in 2014, Dr. Han has been instrumental in advancing the Aortic Center at Keck Medical Center of USC as one of the most robust programs in the country for care of patients with aortic emergencies and complex aortic pathologies. Dr. Han also serves as a principal investigator on numerous clinical trials on cutting-edge branched, fenestrated endovascular aortic stent grafts. Dr. Han is a frequent invited lecturer on complex aortic repairs at both national and international meetings. He maintains one of the busiest clinical practices at USC. Dr. Han is board certified in Vascular Surgery and General Surgery. 
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Professor Ross Milner
Chicago, USA
Ross Milner, MD, is an internationally recognized expert in vascular surgery. He specializes in the treatment of complex aortic diseases.
Dr Milner has been the primary investigator on numerous endovascular device trials.
He is the co-national principal investigator for the GREAT registry and TRIOMPHE trial.
He examined the use of remote pressure sensor monitoring for surveillance after endovascular aortic aneurysm repair as part of a research fellowship that he completed at the University Medical Center of Utrecht as the Marco Polo Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Since that time, he has been involved with many studies that evaluate endovascular devices for both thoracic aortic disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms.
A dedicated educator and mentor, Dr Milner teaches medical students, residents and fellows about vascular disease management, including the use of aortic stents. He has received numerous awards for his teaching. In addition, he is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences on Vascular Surgery and aortic aneurysms. He has been recognized as the first master clinician of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence.
A prolific author, Dr Milner has written more than 200 abstracts and manuscripts, as well as more than
20 reviews and chapters in leading textbooks on endovascular therapies. In addition, he is the Editor in
Chief of Vascular and serves on the editorial board for several prominent scientific journals, including
The European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Vascular Forum, Annals of Vascular
Surgery, and Endovascular Today.
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Professor Ross Naylor
Leicester, UK
Professor Ross Naylor is Professor of Vascular Surgery at the Leicester Vascular Institute,
Leicester, United Kingdom and is a Past President of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VASGBI; 2011-2012). He has coedited three textbooks of vascular surgery, authored 77 book chapters and co-authored 529 peer reviewed publications. His specialist clinical and research interests are in carotid and cerebral vascular disease. Professor Naylor has served on the Councils of the VSGBI, (2006-2012), the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS; 2010-2016) and the World Federation of Vascular Societies (2018-current). He has served on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Surgery (2000-2005), the Journal of Vascular Surgery (2003-2008; 2016- 2020) and the European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery (EJVES; 2006-2016). He is a past Editor in Chief of EJVES and was awarded an honorary membership of the ESVS in 2018. He has served as co-chairman of the 2017 and 2022 ESVS guidelines on the management of carotid and vertebral artery disease.
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Dr Arne Schwindt
Münster, Germany
Arne Schwindt is a vascular surgeon and endovascular interventionist having trained under Professor Giovanni Torsello since 2001 in one of Germanys leading vascular centers.  His focus is on critical issues in endovascular therapy as applied to arterial and venous pathologies spanning carotid artery disease including CAS, pedal arch interventions, aortic disease, acute and chronic DVT treatment, endovascular AV-access creation, PAD revascularization and embolization. He is a frequent live case primary operator and has participated in such transmissions from numerous international meetings including LINC, CharingX, TCT and JIM. 
Arne is a pioneer in intravascular image guided treatment of PAD.  He has recently performed the first-in-man OCT-guided atherectomy in distal BTK vessels. 
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Dr Benjamin Starnes
Seattle, USA
Benjamin W. Starnes, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a board certified vascular surgeon at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Starnes is a Professor of Vascular Surgery, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery for UW Medicine in Seattle, Washington.  He also holds the Alexander Whitehill Clowes Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery.
He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in complex aortic pathology and vascular trauma, most notably the management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms and acute aortic syndromes. Prior to accepting his position at the University of Washington, Dr. Starnes spent a total of 15 years in the United States Army serving three combat tours, one in Kosovo and two in Iraq. He is the principal investigator for one of only a handful of physician-sponsored IDE’s in the United States involving physician modified fenestrated endografts. Dr. Starnes’ extensive research involvement combined with his clinical and technical abilities provides him with opportunities to speak regularly at medical conferences around the world.  He has accepted twenty-five national visiting professorships and lectured internationally on five continents and in fifteen different countries including France, Belgium, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Japan and China. He has been author or co-author of over 140 peer-reviewed publications with halfas first or senior author.  He created and edited the only textbook solely dedicated to the management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. On 9/11/2001 Dr. Starnes was a first responder to the Pentagon and is featured in the book, American Phoenix; Heroes of the Pentagon on 9/11. Dr. Starnes’ editorial review responsibilities with the leading vascular journals include The Journal of Vascular Surgery, Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet and he won 2020 Reviewer of the Year for the Journal of Vascular Surgery.  He was President of the Western Vascular Society in 2020.
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Dr Jan Heyligers
Tilburg, The Netherlands
A vascular surgeon at Elisabeth TweeSteden Hospital, Tilburg, Netherlands.

Nursing Program - Invited Speakers

Dr Harry Gibbs

Dr Harry Gibbs is a graduate of the University of Sydney. He trained in Cardiology and Vascular Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, with subsequent training at The Cornell University Medical Center, New York. He has been the Director of the Department of Vascular Medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, the Director of Cardiology at Lismore Base Hospital and is currently the Program Director of the Outpatients Program, Deputy Director of General Medicine at the Alfred Hospital and Director of Medicine at Sandringham Hospital in Melbourne. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Monash University. His interests are cardiovascular and general medicine, with a particular interest in thrombosis and anticoagulant therapy. 
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Joanne Gibbs

Jo has a lifelong career in healthcare. She is a hospital and university-trained registered nurse and trained counsellor, with a background in nursing, corporate sales, training and research.
Jo is the founder and director of Treat Healthcare and currently runs a variety of ‘Treat’ programs and sessions for hospitals, schools, and organisations including Beyond Blue and Safer Care Victoria. Jo is passionate about health and fatigue management and burnout awareness and prevention for staff.
Jo’s previous industry was Queensland Training Manager for Jurlique International, and Queensland Hospital Account manager for Bieresdorf (Smith and Nephew) and KCI Medical.
Jo is married to a hospital specialist doctor, has three active teenage children, and four rescue dogs and cats.
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Michelle Nicholson

Michelle is a current Health Promotion consultant and senior clinical social worker for THS north.  She began her practice in women’s services in 1994 after graduating from the University of Tasmania with honours. It was here that she first noticed the trajectory from people’s lived experience of historical adversity to the development of adult chronic disease.  Her interest in the connection between trauma and health resulted in her shift to the health department space in the early 2000’s and her passion for the biology of recovery and healing continued to grow.  

In 2011 Michelle led a multidisciplinary team in the development of the award-winning Overcoming Pain and Living Life (OPALL) program which is now a trauma informed best practice program run by THS north through Primary Health services. Her work in the pain and recovery space led to the offer of a scholarship and she completed post graduate certification in pain science and rehabilitation through the University of South Australia in 2019.   

Michelle remains passionate about working at the interface between the biopsychosocial effects of adversity, immune responses leading to chronic inflammation and the impacts on motivations for self-management, healing and recovery.  At 60 she sees herself as being in the last chapters of her formal working life but hopes to see THS services adopt trauma informed care as a best practice method for recovery before her retirement.   

One of the highlights of Michelle’s career was being asked to go to Papua New Guinea as a trainer for locals who were setting up the country’s very first crisis telephone service, for women and children torture and trauma victims.  There she saw the extreme end of what happens when the biology of healing and the biology of trauma interface.  
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