Eike Sebastian Debus is Professor for Surgery and Chair of the Department of Vascular Medicine, University of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Sebastian Debus is the current Secretary General of the European Society for Vascular Surgery. He was President of the German Vascular Society 2013/2014, chairs the Northern German Society of Surgery since 2013 and is Secretary of the Northern German Society for Vascular Medicine. He was member of the presidium of the German Society of Surgery 2013/2014. He served as chief editor of the `Journal of Wound healing´ (2000-2005), Gefässchirurgie, Springer (2004-2013), founding Editor of GefäßmedizinScan (Thieme) since 2014 and is member of the editorial board of varios international journals. His main research interests are vascular epidemiology and vascular care, aortic pathologies and peripheral occlusive disease. He is cofounder of the german vascular registry program and is engaged in various projects of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, i.e. the VascuNet initiative, board of directors of the European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery and member of the esvs guidelines committee.
Dr Joseph L. Mills, Sr., is Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He previously was professor and chief of Vascular Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson from 1994 -2015, and was the Co-Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA). He has authored nearly 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Mills is co-editor of Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery (7th and 8th editions) and “Comprehensive Vascular and Endovascular Surgery”, and editor “Management of Chronic Lower Limb Ischemia.” He is also the Vascular Surgery Section Editor for UpToDate. He has been the principal investigator for over 40 clinical trials. He is Past-President of the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and also served as Treasurer of the SVS, Chair of the SVS Distinguished Fellows Council, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Western Vascular Society. A Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, Dr Mills is a director of the ABS, and the immediate past Chair of the Vascular Surgery Board (2010-2013). He is also Past-President of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS), the Rocky Mountain Vascular Society and the Western Vascular Society. He was recently selected to serve a 6-year term on the Surgery RRC of the ACGME. In June 2015, he assumed a new leadership position as the Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Dr Mills received both his bachelor’s and medical degrees cum laude from Georgetown University. He completed residency programs in general surgery at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center (Lackland AFB), vascular surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, and a Senior Endovascular Surgery Fellowship at Texas Tech University. He and his wife of 39 years, Margaret, are the proud parents of three sons, Joseph Jr., Daniel and Andrew; and grandparents of Edward Joseph Mills.
Bijan Modarai qualified in medicine from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in 1998 and obtained a PhD in 2006. He completed his vascular surgical training in London and as a visiting Fellow at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.
He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 2012. Since then he has led a translational programme of vascular research, funded by the British Heart Foundation, producing over 50 high impact publications with several national/international prizes awarded to his research team. He was made Reader in Vascular Surgery in 2015 and appointed as a Hunterian Professor by The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2016. In his role as lead for the complex endovascular aortic repair service at St Thomas’ he has introduced innovations that include endografting of the aortic arch and ascending aorta and investigated strategies to reduce radiation exposure during endovascular Interventions.
Mr Modarai sits on the Councils of the British Society for Endovascular Therapy and The Society of Academic and Research Surgery. He examines for the Fellowship of European Board of Vascular Surgery.
Dr Sista specializes in the endovascular treatment of venous thromboembolic disease (VTE). He is the Section Chief of the NYU-Langone Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and has a busy clinical inpatient and outpatient practice. He has significant experience with the morbidity and challenges associated with deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). He is recognized as a clinical expert in VTE, having given numerous invited talks at international meetings on the topic and served on national committees. He has authored or co-authored >30 peer-reviewed publications, including clinical practice standards in the medical and radiologic literature. As the site Principal Investigator for the ATTRACT trial, the PERFECT registry and Principal Investigator of the RESPECT pulmonary embolism registry, he is involved in national and local research looking into improving outcomes for patients with VTE. His research is also translational, as he received grant funding from the Radiologic Society of North America to investigate the physiologic consequences of submassive pulmonary embolism in a porcine model with an eye towards optimizing the safety and efficacy of catheter-directed therapy for submassive PE patients. He recently chaired a multi-disciplinary expert consensus panel, sponsored by the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation, tasked with identifying research priorities for submassive pulmonary embolism.
Anders Wanhainen is a professor of surgery at Uppsala University, Sweden, which is the oldest centre of higher education in Scandinavia. He is the head of vascular department at the Uppsala University Hospital. As an active and highly prolific researcher his work has been extensively published in relevant journals. Currently he mentors several PhD students.
He has been involved in multiple multicentre studies. His latest research focus was on mycotic aneurysms as well as the feasibility of aneurysm screening programs.
He is active in the Swedish Society of Vascular Surgery and represents Sweden in the Council of the European Society of Vascular Surgery.