Meet the Faculty!

Xavier Berard is Professor of Vascular Surgery in the University of Bordeaux.

Xavier Berard, Bordeaux
Xavier Berard

I am a French vascular surgeon, senior consultant in the department of Vascular Surgery in Bordeaux University Hospital since 2010 and an ordinary Professor of Vascular Surgery in the University of Bordeaux since 2016.

I have obtained my medical degree in Bordeaux University in 1999 and consecutively fulfilled my internship between 1999 and 2005 and my residency between 2005 and 2009 in the Vascular Surgery Department of Bordeaux University Hospital. In the following 4 years I have completed a PhD thesis in vascular biomaterials and worked as a research fellow in Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland, in 2010.

I am board certified from the French College of Vascular and Endovascular Surgeons since 2008 and from the European Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (FEBVS exam) since 2010.

I have been an examiner of the FEBVS exam since 2014, reviewer of the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery since 2016, and a board member since 2017. I am also a member of the ESVS guideline committee for vascular graft infection. I have participated in 42 publications indexed in PubMed

I am currently working with Professor Eric Ducasse, head of our department, in the management of complex endovascular procedures. My personal surgical interest is focused in infections in Vascular Surgery, Redo aortic surgery, EVAR explantation and biomaterials.

Martin Björck is Professor of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, Section of Vascular Surgery, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Martin Björck, Uppsala

Martin Björck

I am a Member of six Editorial Boards including the British Journal of Surgery and the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, where I also was an associate editor. Research funds from the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Heart and Lung foundation, Uppsala University, and others. I am a Member of national and regional ethics, and have investigated suspected research misconduct. I served as President of the European Society of Vascular Surgery 2016-2017 and have been one of the founders of Vascunet international registry collaboration in 1997, and was its chairman 2003-2006.

I have a long experience of open and hybrid surgery of uncommon vascular surgical pathology, such as paraganglioma of the neck, vascular TOS, mesenteric ischaemic conditions, popliteal entrapment syndrome and pediatric vascular problems.

My main research interests are aortic aneurysm (translational research, epidemiology, treatment), mesenteric vascular disease, vascular trauma, carotid artery disease and acute limb ischaemia. I published approximately 200 original articles, 100 review articles, guidelines and book-chapters: 268 “hits” in Pub Med. Hirsch index = 40, 9 cited >100 times. I have been supervisor of 17 PhD students who completed their thesis, plus nine that are underway. I am co-author of seven clinical practice guidelines.

Sebastian W. Carpenter is Senior physician and Medical Specialist in Vascular Surgery at the Department of Vascular Medicine, University Heart Center Hamburg, Germany

Sebastian W. Carpenter, Hamburg

Gert J. de Borst is full Professor of Vascular Surgery and Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Gert-Jan de Borst, Utrecht
Gert J. de Borst

After medical school I started Residency in general surgery at the University Medical center of Utrecht, followed by a fellowship Vascular Surgery (2007-2009). In January 2009 I was appointed as a staff member department of vascular surgery and in 2012 I became associate professor. In July 2015 I was appointed as the chair of Vascular Surgery and full professor.

My areas of research are carotid artery revascularization and aortic arch branch vessel revascularization and biobanking. I have a special interest for uncommon vascular pathologies without clear treatment algorithms, such as Extracranial carotid artery aneurysms and arterial and venous thoracic outlet compression syndromes (such as Paget Schroetter disease).

I have served as director of Education and research within the four headed management team of the division of surgical specialties, and as a Board member of the Dutch society for vascular surgery (secretary 2012-2018).

I defended my thesis on carotid artery revascularization in August 2007, and have since then supervised on 19 PhD candidates who finished their degree, in part in collaboration with the Universities of Oxford, Milano, Michigan and Boston.

I serve in four editorial boards, as associate editor European Journal, and currently as chair of the Guideline Committee of the European Society for Vascular Surgery.

I am a strong proponent of team building and (inter)national collaboration which remain key for success in our field, and I would like to thank in particular the team of vascular surgeons in Utrecht for their support and friendship!

Thomas Bürger is Chief of the department of vascular- and endovascular surgery at Agaplesion-Diakonie-Clinic, Kassel, Germany.
Thomas Bürger, Kassel
Thomas Bürger

I am from Kassel which is a city nearby the Fulda River in Northern Hesse, Germany. For almost 15 years I am managing the department of vascular- and endovascular surgery at Agaplesion-Diakonie-Clinic. For more than 30 years the clinic itself is an established and internationally recognized treatment centre for thoracic-outlet-syndrome with more than 1.000 surgical procedures to date. My medical training as a vascular surgeon began in 1989 with positions encompassing roles such as head of the department of vascular surgery in Stendal and medical university in Magdeburg. My professional path also led me to a 13-month consultation at Berlin Charité whereas I incorporated my particular interest in endovascular therapies such as the complex treatment for AAA in my post-doctoral dissertation in 2001. As a qualified general- and visceral surgeon I did publish 83 scientific papers and held 317 lectures up until today. I am also a member of several national and international expert associations which led me being appointed as a chairman of commission guidelines for the German association of vascular and endovascular surgery in 2007.

Tina Cohnert is full Professor of Surgery and Vascular Surgery and Chair of the Department of Vascular Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Austria.
Tina Cohnert, Graz

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Tina Cohnert, FEBVS (Graz, Austria)

Tina Cohnert is a full Professor for Surgery and Vascular Surgery at the Graz University Hospital, Medical University of Graz, Austria, and Chair of the Department of Vascular Surgery/ Vascular Center at the Medical University of Graz.

Dr. Cohnert served as President of the Austrian Society for Vascular Surgery (2015/2016). She served as Council member representing Austria from 2009-2011 and as Treasurer on the Board of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) from 2012 -2016. Dr. Cohnert is a honorary member of the Hungarian Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Cohnert initiated the first externally certified interdisciplinary Vascular Center in Austria. She is a dedicated academic vascular surgeon with a special interest in clinical trials and translational research. Main focus in the area of aortic diseases are biomechanical studies in cooperation with Graz Technical University. Clinical focus is open vascular surgery in all territories with emphasis on open abdominal aortic surgery, carotid surgery, and paraganglioma surgery.

Eike Sebastian Debus is full Professor for Surgery and Chair of the Department of Vascular Medicine, University of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany.

E. Sebastian Debus, Hamburg

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eike Sebastian DEBUS, FEBS, FEBVS (Hamburg, Germany)

I started my professional training in general surgery, beginning at the University of Marburg, and then at the University of Wuerzburg (both Germany), where I completed my training as general and vascular surgeon. After completion of my PhD thesis and appointment as associate professor, I concentrated my work in vascular surgery. In 2003 I was appointed as Head of the Surgical Department at the “Allgemeines Krankenhaus Harburg” (a community hospital in Hamburg, Germany), before I moved to the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf in 2009, where I was appointed as full professor and head, to build up the newly introduced department for vascular medicine, which incorporates vascular surgery, vascular medicine and endovascular interventions. Currently, I am serving as Secretary General of the European Society for Vascular Surgery. Besides, I was appointed as President of the German Vascular Society 2013/2014, now being President of the Northern German Society of Surgery (since 2013) and the Northern German Society for Vascular Medicine (since 2017). I served in several editor positions, including Editor in Chief of the `Journal of Wound healing´ (2000-2005), Gefässchirurgie, Springer (2004-2013), founding Editor of GefäßmedizinScan, Thieme (since 2014). Additionally, I am a member of the editorial board of various international journals.

My specific Surgical Expertise apply to Innovations in open and hybrid vascular procedures and devices. I have extensive operative expertise in all vascular territories, and I am Investigator/Operator for ACST1 and 2 for our center in Hamburg.

My Research interest are vascular epidemiology and vascular care, aortic pathologies and peripheral occlusive disease. As the Co-founder of the german vascular registry program (GermanVASC®) and I am engaged in various projects of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, i.e. the VascuNet initiative, the International Collaboration of Vascular Registries and the MDEpiNet device program, and I am serving in the board of directors of the European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery and member of the esvs guidelines committee.

Hans-Henning Eckstein is a full Professor for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany.

Hans-Henning Eckstein, Munich
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Henning Eckstein, FEBVS (Munich, Germany)

I served as president of the UEMS Board and Section of Vascular Surgery (2014-2015), the German Vascular Society (DGG, 2009-2010) and the VASCULAR INTERNATIONAL Foundation (2012-2015). I am a honorary member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VSGBI), the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS, USA) and the Hungarian Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery. I was awarded an honorary doctorate by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece in 2017 and by the Medical School of the University of Thessaly, Greece in 2018.

Currently I am a member of the Document Oversight Committee (DOC) of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS, USA) and belong to the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery respectively. Between 2013 and 2015 I served as chief editor of GEFAESSCHIRURGIE, the official journal of the vascular surgical societies of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

I am a dedicated academic vascular surgeon with a special interest in clinical trials, the vascular provision in Germany, and translational research of carotid and aortic diseases. I am one of the primary investigators of the SPACE trials and I am an active member of the ACST-2 Trial, the Carotid Stenosis Trialist Collaboration (CSTC) and the International Registry of Aortic Dissections (IRAD). I authored and co-authored more than 400 scientific articles, my citation rate is >5.700, the H-factor is 37 (Web of Science, October 2018). Currently I am the speaker of the German-Austrian Carotid Guideline working group and I was elected to co-chair the Carotid Guideline Group of the European Stroke Organization (ESO).

I have organized the Munich Vascular Biobank and the Section for Vascular Biology (head: Prof. Dr. L. Maegdefessel) at the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery/Vascular Center at the “Klinikum rechts der Isar”. I am also accredited as a scientist at the Munich Heart Alliance (MHA), which is one of the strongest partner sites of the state financed Deutsches Zentrum für Herz-Kreislauf-Forschung (DZHK).

Based on my strong interest in academic vascular surgery/medicine, I am organizing the multidisciplinary MUNICH VASCULAR CONFERENCE (MAC) since 2010. This international symposium is a platform for mutual exchange of vascular clinicians, basic and translational vascular researchers and specialists in innovative concepts of vascular imaging.

Gustav Fraedrich is full Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Vascular Surgery, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Gustav Fraedrich, Innsbruck

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gustav FRAEDRICH

I started my professional training in surgery 1976, beginning at the University of Giessen where I completed my training as general, vascular, and cardiothoracic surgeon. In 1985 I moved as staff surgeon to the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Freiburg. In 1996 I was appointed as full professor and head of the Department of Vascular Surgery, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. My specific surgical expertise apply to the entire field in arteriel and venous vascular surgery. I have extensive operative expertise in all vascular territories.

My actual scientific interest focuss on the pathophysiology and the treatment of carotid artery stenoses, thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, and microcirculatory disorders as well as the epidemiology of atherosclerotic diseases. My previous scientific work concentrated on blood saving procedures and foreign body activation.

I am steering board member of carotid artery disease trials (SPACE/CSTC) and I was member of several European and national guideline committees. I served in several editorial boards, and I am reviewer in different vascular medical journals.

I was appointed as President of the European Society for Vascular Surgery 2009/2010, of the Austrian Vascular Society 2005/2006, and of the Austrian Union of Vascular Medicine 2010 & 2015. I am a honorary member of the vascular societies of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and North America.

Mauro Gargiulo is a full Professor of Vascular Surgery, University of Bologna, Chair of the Vascular Surgery Unit University of Bologna – Policlinico S. Orsola, Director of the Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Speciality Medicine (DIMES) University of Bologna, Italy

Mauro Gargiulo, Bologna

Prof. Dr. Mauro Gargiulo, PhD (Bologna, Italy)

I started and completed my professional training in Vascular Surgery at the University of Bologna Italy. After completion of my PhD thesis I concentrated my work in Vascular Surgery in a community hospital in Rimini (Italy) and subsequently in the University Hospital of Modena (Italy). In 2005 I was appointed as Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery University of Bologna and in 2012 as a Full Professor of Vascular Surgery University of Bologna. In 2015 I was appointed as Director of the Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Speciality Medicine of the University of Bologna and in 2018 Chair of the Vascular Surgery Unit of Bologna which incorporates all vascular and endovascular surgical activities of the Bologna‘s metropolitan area. Currently, I am serving as Chairman of the FEBVS examen.

My specific Surgical Expertise apply to innovations in endovascular treatment of vascular (arterial and venous) disease. I have extensive operative expertise in all vascular territories and I am Investigator for Great Registry 10-12, Principal Investigator of Expand Registry and Principal Investigator of Italian Registry of Alfa Abdominal.

My Research interest are arterial diseases and in particular the endovascular treatment of aneurysmatic and obstructive aortic pathologies, the surgical and endovascular treatment of chronic critical limb ischemia and the surgical and endovascular treatment of supraaortic arterial diseases. A particular subgroup of patients in which my research is carried out is that of patients with end stage renal disease in hemodialysis treatment with peripheral arterial occlusive disease and that nead arterio-venosu fistula for hemodialysis.

Alison Halliday is Professor of Vascular Surgery and Honorary Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals
Alison Halliday, Oxford

Alison Halliday

I am Professor of Vascular Surgery and Honorary Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals. I am Lead Researcher in the ACST Trials and I am the recent ESVS President.

My work has contributed to NICE and to the National and International Stroke Guidelines. I have contributed to the ESVS European Guidelines Committee for Extracranial Vascular Disease and I am the member of the European Society for Cardiology, Council on Stroke.

Stéphan Haulon is full Professor of Surgery and Chairman of Aortic Centre at Hôpital Marie Lannelongue, Université Paris Sud, France.

Stephan Haulon, Paris

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stéphan HAULON

After graduating from medical school at the Paris VI University in 1994, I started a general and vascular surgery residency at the Lille University Hospital. This was followed by a vascular surgery fellowship in 2000. In 2002 I defended my PhD-thesis in Biomaterial research and then left France to do a research endovascular fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, under the supervision of Dr. Roy K. Greenberg. In 2003 I returned to Lille as a staff vascular surgeon at the University Hospital. In 2006 I was appointed Professor of Vascular Surgery. In 2009 I was invited to chair the vascular surgical department in Lille, and in 2017 I was appointed chairman of the Aortic Centre at Hôpital Marie Lannelongue, Université Paris Sud.

My main interest is in aortic surgery, particularly the endovascular treatment of complex thoraco-abdominal, arch aortic aneurysms and dissections, and intra-operative imaging applications. I have published extensively in the international peer review literature and I am considered a key opinion leader on these subjects.

I am a co-director of the CACVS meeting, of the Critical Issues in Aortic Endografting Expert Symposium, and of the annual Charing Cross Symposium.

I was elected councilor at the board of the European Society for Vascular Surgery and at the board of the French Society for Vascular Surgery, and a SVS member. I am on the editorial board of the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, the Journal of Endovascular Therapy, and the Annals of Vascular Surgery.

Finally, I am the president elect of the European Society for Vascular Surgery for 2019-2020.

Tilo Kölbel is Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Hamburg and head of the German Aortic Center Hamburg, Germany.
Tilo Kölbel, Hamburg
Tilo Kölbel

I am professor of vascular surgery at the university of Hamburg, Germany. I am board certified in Germany, Sweden and Denmark as a specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. Memberships include the German Society of Vascular Surgery, North German Society of Surgery, European Society of Vascular Surgery, The International Society of Vascular Surgery and International Society of Endovascular Specialists. I am a reviewer for major North American, European and Asian vascular and interventional radiological journals and I am an editorial board member of the Journal of Endovascular Therapy.
I have been trained as general surgeon in Berlin, worked as a fellow and later staff member in vascular surgery and interventional radiology from 2004-2009 at Malmö University Hospital in Sweden. I have established endovascular therapies in the department of Vascular Medicine with Prof. Sebastian Debus at the University Heart Center Hamburg since 2009 and there I am head of the German Aortic Center since 2012.
Today my main clinical and scientific interest lays in aortic disease with a focus on complex endovascular techniques, aortic dissection, aortic arch interventions and development of new endovascular treatment strategies and devices.

Axel Larena-Avellaneda is Professor of Vascular Surgery and Deputy director of the department of Vascular Medicine at the University Heart Center Hamburg, Germany.

Axel Larena-Avellaneda, Hamburg

Manuel Miralles MD, MB, PhD. MD degree (University of Valencia, UV)

Manuel Miralles, Valencia

Manuel Miralles MD, MB, PhD.

MD degree (University of Valencia, UV). PhD Universidad de Barcelona (UB) 1994. Accredited training (MIR) in Angiology and Vascular Surgery, Hospital Princeps d´Espanya (Bellvitge, Barcelona). Certificate of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Fellowship for extended studies (BAE) of the Ministry of Health (Washington Univ 1996-1998). Research Fellow, Washington University (1996-1997). Master degree in Biology (Mollecular Biology), Washington University 1996-1998. Acredited Clinical Fellowship in Vascular Surgery, Barnes Hospital, St Louis, Mo (1997-1998). Certification of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Diploma in Design and Statistics for Research (Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona, UAB) and Clinical Management and Organization of Health Care Services (School for High Direction and Adminitration, EADA). Attending Physician in Hospital de Bellvitge (Barcelona), Son Dureta (Palma de Mallorca) and Hospital del Mar (Barcelona). Head of the Department of Angiology and Vascular Surgery, Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe (Valencia). Associate Professor of surgery (UAB) and Professor of Surgery (Vascular Surgery) (Universidad de Valencia, UV). Associate Editor of  Annals of Vascular Surgery and Chief Editor of the journal Angiologia. Former member of the Council of the European Society of Vascular Surgery.  Former President of the chapter of non invasive Vascular Diagnosis of the Spanish Society of Angiology and Vascular surgery (SEACV). Former President of the National Committee for the specialty of the Ministry of Health and ex member of the Executive Committee of the Section and Board in Vascular Surgery of the European Union of medical specialties (UEMS). Current member of Commission for CME credits of the UEMS-SBVS.

Ross Naylor is Professor of Vascular Surgery
Ross Naylor, Leicester
Professor A. Ross Naylor MD, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Eng)

I graduated MBChB from Aberdeen University in 1981 and was awarded my MD in 1990. My vascular surgery training was undertaken at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Leicester. I was appointed consultant vascular surgeon to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1993, before returning to Leicester Royal Infirmary as consultant vascular surgeon in 1995. I was appointed Reader in Vascular Surgery in 2002 and Professor of Vascular Surgery in 2003.

My main research interest relates to the management of carotid artery disease and stroke prevention, with a specific interest in strategies for preventing peri-operative stroke during carotid surgery and for developing novel antiplatelet and antithrombotic strategies aimed at reducing peri-operative cardiovascular risks. I have supervised 22 MD, PhD, BSc and post-Doctoral students since 1992 and have (co)-authored 501 publications (H Index = 58) and 73 book chapters, as well as co-editing two text-books of vascular surgery.

I served on the Executive Council of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (2010-2016) and the Council of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VSGBI) from 2006-2012, serving as President of the VSGBI from 2011-2012. I have served on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Surgery (2000-2005), the Journal of Vascular Surgery (2003-2008, and 2016-current) and the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (2006-2016). I was Senior Editor (2010-2013), then Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery from 2013-2016. I am a (co)-author of 11 sets of guidelines and was (co)-chairman of the 2017 ESVS guidelines on the management of carotid and vertebral artery disease. In 2017, I was awarded honorary membership of the ESVS.

Jukka Putaala is a stroke physician at Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.

Jukka Putaala, Helsinki
Jean-Baptiste Ricco is full professor and Medical Director of the Department of Clinical Research and Innovation at the University Hospital of Poitiers and Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery
Jean-Baptiste Ricco, Poitiers
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jean-Baptiste Ricco

Past-President of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS). I served as President of the French Society for Vascular Surgery (2009-2010) and held the position as General Secretary of the French Society for Vascular Surgery (1995-2000).

After my residency at the University of Paris where I received my Medical Diploma, I completed a fellowship in Vascular Surgery in 1982-1983 at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA. After finishing a Master of Science and Biostatistics, I was elected as Professor of Vascular Surgery of French Universities.

In 2013, I was awarded as Officier de la Légion d’Honneur.
Of note, I have been the Senior Editor of the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (2010-2012) and the Editor-in-Chief of this journal (2013-2015). Since 2015 I have been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Case Report. I have authored more than 200 articles in peer review journals.

Eero Sihvo is Surgeon-in-Chief, Central Finland Central Hospital, Jyväskylä, Finland
Eero Sihvo, Helsinki

Eero SIHVO, MD, PhD

I completed my training in general surgery in 1999 and in thoracic and vascular surgery in 2002 both in Helsinki University Hospital. I finished my PhD thesis in 2003. From 2002 to 2007, I worked in Helsinki University Hospital as a consultant thoracic surgeon. In 2007, I was appointed as Assistant Chief of Division of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery and also as associate professor in Helsinki University. In 2010 and 2011, I worked in Toronto General Hospital as Thoracic and Lung Transplant Fellow. After returning back to Finland, I worked in my previous possion until the fall 2012. Then I was appointed as Surgeon-in-Chief in the Central Finland Central Hospital located in middle Finland, Jyväskylä, where I built up large minimal invasive lung and esophageal cancer programs. My specific surgical expertise apply both to open and minimal invasive surgery of these diseases. I have, however, developed a minimally invasive approach to thoracic outlet syndrome, as well. First results of this approach has been published. My main research interest are lung and esophageal cancer and the surgical treatment of these diseases.

Henrik Sillesen is Professor and Head of Department of Vascular Surgery at Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen

Henrik Sillesen, Copenhagen

Henrik Sillesen

I am currently the President of European Society of Vascular Surgery which followed my activities as Secretary General and President and President Elect. Priori to this I was President of the World Federation for Vascular Specialists and the Danish Heart Foundation.

I have been trained at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen where I completed my residency in vascular surgery as well as my research fellowship. Since 2004 I have been holding the Chair of the Vascular Surgery Department at Rigshospitalet.

As a qualified vascular surgeon and researcher I published 209 peer-review, published papers (pubmed) and I was cited over 8.000 times with a H-index of 40. Until today I was invited to lecture at 225 international meetings in 32 countries.

Maarit Venermo is Professor of Vascular Surgery and Head of the Department at the Helsinki University Hospital, University of Helsinki
Maarit Venermo, Helsinki
Pirkka Vikatmaa is a vascular consultant from Helsinki University Hospital
Pirkka Vikatmaa, Helsinki

Adjunct Professor Dr. Pirkka Juha Vikatmaa, MD, PhD

After having completed my MD in Helsinki University I started my surgical career in ENT in -95 and general surgery in -97. From my early surgical steps I had the priviledge to be mentored and inspired by the first professor in vascular surgery in Finland, Mauri Lepäntalo. His enthusiasm, wide contacts and visions took me to an exhausting but extremely stimulating journey in the field, both in Finland and abroad. In 2003 I had the opportunity to be taught by the most experienced UK vascular surgeons in Manchester, Liverpool, London, Exeter and Sheffield as an honorary fellow at NHS, stationed at Manchester Royal Infirmary. After a long lead in period to research, consentrating mainly on developing my clinical skills, I finally defended my thesis on carotid surgery, opposed by prof AR Naylor and continued with a broad scientific interest to adjunct professor in vascular surgery at Helsinki Univeristy in 2015. During my career as a consultant in Helsinki University Hospital I have widened my perspective with numerous short visits to hospitals in Finland and globally. Our team led by adj prof Anders Albäck and prof Maarit Venermo has nurtured the legacy of prof Lepäntalo by systematically growing in both clinical and academic production. Our active clinical friendship with university clinics in Bern, Copenhagen and St Petersburg have given the whole team myriad inspiring moments. Looking back I notice that it has been important for me give my time to the common interest in the Finnish Society for Vascular Surgery (co-chair, secretary general), the Finnish Society of Surgery (secretary general, treasurer), Finnish Trauma Association (board member), founding member of “Special competence of wound management” given by the Finnish Medical Association and of course ESVS (LOC member in Helsinki 2005, EVST Finnish representative and current treasurer) to name some. Counterbalancing these I do have a weekly private practice and am appointed as director of surgery of the Helsinki University Hospital Private services.

Clinically carotid surgery has been a special area of intrest for me and I have been developing the service in Helsinki University Hospital with our world class stroke team since 2005. Along with training growing surgical talents my focus has been on patient selection, treatment quality, result reporting and benchmarking. Oncovascular surgery, ie surgery of tumors invading arteries all over the body, mainly retroperitoneal, has been a growing field for me while open aortic surgery has been diminishing. Working 18 years in and developing an active academic unit, today with almost 20 vascular consultants, has left me with a wide toolbox in open-, hybrid- and endovascular surgery from extensive diabetic foot treatment experience to intravenous techniques and rupture EVAR emergencies.

In research (and patient work) I believe in team work. By inspiring each other we get much better results than with competition. The competitive mind seems to be a preresquisite to become a vascular surgeon anyway. I have had the priviledge to join teams from top class basic research to critical clinical research and international collaboration. As for most academic surgeons with a variety of publications, one would see me as an expert in most fields from rct´s on varicose veins and bacterial impact on carotid plaques to international carotid surgery benchmarking and clinical analysis extensive aortic operations. My three main areas of interest have been basic research collaboration in carotid disease i.e. translational medicine, implementation of treatment guidelines (registry work, result analysis and benchmarking) and analysis of perioperative results and problems like myocardial infarction.

Associate Faculty

Andrew Batchelder 
Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester/UK

Dr. med. Caner Curuk
Department for Vascular Surgery, Agaplesion Diakonie Kliniken Kassel/Germany

Dr. med. Alexandra Gratl
Department of Vascular Surgery, Medical University Innsbruck/Austria

Minna Isola
Keski-Suomen Sairaanhoitopiiri, Helsinki/Finland

Dr. med. Michael Kallmayer
Klinik und Poliklinik für Vaskuläre und Endovaskuläre Chirurgie, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich/Germany

Krista Ketola
Keski-Suomen Sairaanhoitopiiri, Helsinki/Finland

Dr. med. Hans Prescher
Department for Vascular Surgery, Agaplesion Diakonie Kliniken Kassel/Germany

Dr. med. Susana Soler
Hospital La Fe de Valencia, Valencia/Spain

Jo Walker
University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester/UK

Jan-Hendrik Buhk
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany