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Expert in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Expert ID: 729553 Wisconsin, USA

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Expert has over 30 years of clinical experience in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. He is experienced in coronary artery bypass, initially performing it with cardiopulmonary bypass, but now doing over 80% "off-pump". He developed the largest beating heart surgery program in Wisconsin over the last ten years. Other areas of cardiac surgery are also relevant in that he does aortic root and valve replacements, mitral valve repair, and cardiac ablations for atrial fibrillation.
Expert has also developed skills in minmally invasive thoracic surgery, including VATS lobectomy, and management of lung cancer. He has experience with the Electro-magnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy System, as well as Cyberknife therapy.
In clinical research, he was a principal investigator for Thoratec Laboratories in the implantation of the Thoratec Ventricular Assist Device in the 1990's. He also assisted in the product development of the Coalescent U-Clip anastomotic device, and has given numerous presentations in the U.S. and Europe on the utility of the device. He is currently a consultant to Medtronic in its peer-to-peer surgeon education program, providing training in off-pum coronary artery bypass surgery.
Additionally, he has done medical-legal case review and acted as an expert witness.

Consultant to Medtronic for peer-to-peer training of cardiac surgeons in off-pump coronary by-pass surgery.
Consultant to Medtronic for development and modification of cardiac stabilizing device.Consultant to Coalescent Surgical for the development and modification of an anastomotic device, the U-Clip.Participant in the Prevent-4 trial by Corgentech to assess novel treatment of saphenous vein grafts.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - Waukegan, Illinois - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Green Bay, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1979 Degree: M.D Subject: Medicine Institution: University of Florida College of Medicine
Year: 1975 Degree: B.S. Subject: Biology Institution: Georgetown University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2000 to 2011 Employer: West Suburban CardioThoracic Surgery Title: President/ CardioThoracic Surgeon Department: Responsibilities: Principal owner of corporation
Years: 1995 to 2000 Employer: Infinity Heart Institute Title: CardioThoracic Surgeon Department: Responsibilities: One of seven Milwaukee-based CardioThoracic surgeons. Full service cardiothoracic practice, plus cardiac transplantation in a private practice corporation.
Years: 1986 to 1995 Employer: Cardiac Surgery Associates Title: CardioThoracic Surgeon Department: Responsibilities: Initial position after fellowship; one of 3 surgeons in a private practice group in Milwaukee.
Years: 2012 to 2016 Employer: MCW Community Physicians Title: CardioThoracic Surgeon Department: Cardiothoracic Surgery Responsibilities: Community hospital based Cardiothoracic Surgeon

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Europe Summary: Presentation of the U-Clip anastomotic device to surgeons in Holland, Belgium, and Greece (May, 2005). Presentation at EACTS, September, 2005, of the U-Clip experience.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow, American College of Surgeons;
Diplomate, American Board of Surgery;
Diplomate, American Board of Thoracic Surgery;
Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Licenses / Certifications
Medical license - Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Professional Appointments
Clinical Professor, Marquette University;
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois (not current).
Medical / Professional
Internship in Surgery, University of Illinois and Cook County Hospital;
Residency in Surgery, University of Illinois and Cook County Hospital;
Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Univ. of Illinois and Cook County Hospital.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 15 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has acted as an independent medical examiner for review of medical disability cases as well as malpractice cases. Consultant for case review of various medical-legal cases; occassional expert witness in selected malpractice cases.
Training / Seminars
Peer-to-peer surgeon training for off-pump coronary bypass surgery for Medtronic.
Multiple presentations on the utility of the Coalescent (Medtronic) U-Clip anastomotic device.
Marketing Experience
Participated in the design and modications to the Coalescent U-Clip and Medtronic cardiac stabilizing platforms.

Fields of Expertise

assisted circulation, cardiac surgery, cardiopulmonary bypass surgery, cardiovascular surgery, coronary artery bypass surgery, minimally invasive surgery, myocardial revascularization, surgical implant device, thoracic surgery, anastomosis, thymectomy, thoracotomy, thoracostomy, thoracoplasty, mediastinoscopy, reoperation, postoperative care, perioperative care, intraoperative care, surgical hemostasis, left heart bypass, cardiopulmonary bypass, heart-assist device, right heart bypass, cardioplegic solution, cerebral revascularization, blood vessel prosthesis implantation, myocardial reperfusion, pericardiocentesis, pericardectomy, pericardiostomy, heart valve prothesis transplantation, cardiac massage, deep hypothermic circulatory arrest, reperfusion, bronchoscopy, aortic valve stenosis, aortic valve insufficiency, cardiovascular intensive care unit, cardiac ablation, coronary blood flow, perioperative nursing, cardiovascular nursing, cardiac critical care, cardiac care, peripheral vascular surgery, pulmonary surgery, oncologic surgery, lymph node excision, ligation, over-the-wire catheter, cardiopulmonary disease, cardiovascular research, preoperative preparation, revascularization, annuloplasty, saphenous vein graft, saphenous vein, vascular anatomy, cardiovascular diagnostics, left ventricular assist device, vein graft, vein grafting, extracorporeal circulation, oxygenator, endarterectomy, hypothermia, cardioplegia, bypass surgery, thoracoscopy, blood oxygenation, cardiovascular physiology, cardiovascular pharmacology, surgical care, coronary artery, hemostasis, sternotomy, redo sternotomy, suturing, artery, suture thread, vascular surgery, vascular disease, surgery, mitral insufficiency, life support system, heart-lung machine, heart transplant, heart disease, heart, coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, cardiovascular system, cardiovascular drug therapy, cardiovascular disease, cardiology, cardiac valve disease, cardiac arrest, blood pump, blood flow, arteriosclerosis, aortic disease, aneurysm, anatomy

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