Keynote lectures


I. Benjamin W. Starnes: “Ruptured aneurysm protocol. Lessons from a busy aortic center”

Thursday, December 13th – 15:40-15:55

  • Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Washington
  • Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Harborview Medical Center
  • The Alexander Whitehill Clowes, MD Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery
  • Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Washington

II. Michel S. Makaroun: “Open conversion for failed EVAR”

Thursday, December 13th – 18:30-18:45

  • Co-Director, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Professor and UPMC Chair, Division of Vascular Surgery
  • Professor of Surgery and Clinical Translational Research at the University of Pittsburgh
  • President, Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS)

III. Alan Lumsden: “Imaging for advanced aortic interventions”

 Friday, December 14th – 10:30-10:45

  • Walter W. Fondren III Chair, MD of the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
  • Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital
  • He has contributed more than 200 papers to the medical literature, as well as numerous abstracts, books, and book chapters


IV. Gustavo S. Oderich: “Complex endovascular repair”

Friday, December 14th – 13:00-13:15

  • Professor of Surgery – Chair, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  • Director of Aortic Center, Program Director for Vascular Training
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Vascular Surgery
  • Author of more than 500 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, book chapters, editorials
  • Roy Greenberg SVS Lecturer
  • Author of the best-selling book: “Endovascular Aortic Repair: Current Techniques with Fenestrated, Branched and Parallel Stent-Grafts” 

V. Germano Melissano: “The STABILISE technique for acute/subacute Type B dissection”

Friday, December 14th – 17:04-17:19

  • Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery, “Vita-Salute” San Raffaele University, Milano – Italy
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor Stanford University and Washington University
  • Presidential Guest Lecturer at the Western Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Honorary Member of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
  • Co-founder and Co-chairman of the International Congress: “Aortic Surgery – How to do it”

VI. Alberto Corsini: “Cholesterol, arterial inflammation and destabilization of atherosclerotic plaque: new indications and new weapons”

Friday, December 14th – 18:55-19:10

  • Full Professor of Pharmacology – Chair of the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Milano
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis
  • Participation to the Editorial Board of: Clinical Therapeutics, Cardiovascular Drug and Therapy, Pharmacological Research, Cancer and Aging

VII. James H. Black III: “Surgical issues involving portal vein and IVC”

Saturday, December 15th – 10:30-10:45

  • Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • David Goldfarb, MD Endowed Research Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • President-Elect, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society
  • Distinguished Fellow, Society for Vascular Surgery

VIII. Joseph S. Coselli: “Aortic arch repair”

Saturday, December 15th – 13:30-13:45

  • Professor and Chief of Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at the Texas Heart Institute
  • Past President, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society and the Texas Surgical Society
  • Recipient of: Antoine Marfan Award, Francis Robicsek Award, Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award

IX. Eric Verhoeven: “Technical lessons learned in over 1000 complex aortic endovascular procedures”

Saturday, December 15th – 16:50-17:05

  • University Professor of Vascular Surgery, Klinikum Nuremberg, Paracelsus Medical University Nuremberg, Germany
  • Professor of Vascular Surgery, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Professor of Surgery, University of Lisbon, Portugal