Banff Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Stuart HutchinsonStuart Hutchinson

Gala Keynote Speaker - Friday September 9, 2016

Stuart Hutchison MD, FRCPC, FACC, FAHA, FASE, FSCMR, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Cardiac Sciences, Internal Medicine, and Radiology at the University of Calgary, and is a member of the Libin Institute and Stephenson Cardiovascular MRI Center.

He was educated in Cardiology at McGill University, acquired further sub-specialty training at the University of Southern California and at vascular physiology / pharmacology research fellowship at the CardioVascular Research Institute of the University of California at San Francisco. He was the Director of Echocardiography at St. Michael’s Hospital at the University of Toronto for a decade before moving to Calgary in Calgary in 2008.

He has written 80 articles, 15 book chapters, 72 abstracts, and 7 books with an 8th book in development, with interests in aortic diseases, pericardial diseases, complications of infarction, and multi-modality cardiac imaging. He has received Provincial Excellence in Teaching awards (PAIRO and PAIRA).

An avid sportsman, he has run twenty marathons, cycled through Europe and climbed the tallest peaks in the world across three continents. Having scaled the likes of K2 and having been within a few hundred feet of the summit of Mount Everest on his second expedition there, he points to some of the tallest in North America as his favorites and the scaling of Cho Oyo, the sixth tallest worldwide, as the most satisfying.

Benjamin StarnesBenjamin W. Starnes, M.D. FACS

Keynote Speaker

Alexander Whitehill Clowes, MD Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery
Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
Vice Chair, Department of Surgery

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.  He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in aortic pathology and vascular trauma, most notably the management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms and acute aortic syndromes.

Dr. Starnes received his undergraduate degree at Albright College in Reading, PA, his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his surgical training at Walter Reed in Washington, D.C.  Prior to accepting his position at the UW, Dr. Starnes spent a total of 15 years in the United States Army serving three combat tours, one in Kosovo and two in Iraq.   
Dr. Starnes’ current research activities focus on multi-branch and fenestrated endografting for complex aortic disease, vascular trauma and studying factors that influence outcomes for patients presenting with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. He currently serves as Principal Investigator on ten clinical trials and as Associate Investigator on an additional twenty-two clinical trials.  Dr. Starnes’ extensive research involvement combined with his clinical and technical abilities provides him with opportunities to speak regularly at medical conferences around the globe.  He has accepted fifteen national visiting professorships and lectured internationally in thirteen different countries including France, Belgium, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil and China.

In addition to clinical and research activities, Dr. Starnes is highly involved in the academic community of vascular surgery.  He has been author or co-author of over eighty peer-reviewed publications with a quarter as first author and written five book chapters.  Dr. Starnes’ editorial review responsibilities with the leading vascular journals include The Journal of Vascular Surgery, Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet.  He is an active member of Western Vascular Society, Western Surgical Association and the Society for Vascular Surgery and current President of the Pacific Northwest Vascular Surgery Society. In addition he served as an Associate Examiner of the American Board of Surgery Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination in 2012 and as an Examiner in 2014.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Masanori Aikawa PhDMasanori Aikawa PhD
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences, Yoshihiro Miwa Associate Chair, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, pathogenesis of atherosclerosis

Kayla Bayless PhDKayla Bayless PhD
Associate Professor Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, College Station, TX, USA, extracellular matrix biology

Francois Bernier MDFrancois Bernier MD
Associate Professor, Medical Genetics, Director of the Clinical Genetics Unit, University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital, Alberta, Canada. Research: genetics, sequencing, rare disease, childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, maternal and child health, congenital anomalies, aortopathies

Emma Birks MD, PhD, FRCPEmma Birks MD, PhD, FRCP
Professor, Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics, Surgery, Director, Heart Failure, Transplant, and Mechanical Support Program, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA. research: artificial organs and circulatory assist devices

Lauren Black PhDLauren Black PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA. Research: myocardium repair, biophysical signaling mechanisms in healthy and diseased myocardium, mechanical stress/strain, electrical stimulation, cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions.

Andy Campbell PEAndy Campbell PE
Vice President, Research and Development, Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA. Focus: development of surgical valve technology

Paul Fedak MD, PhD, FRCSCPaul Fedak MD, PhD, FRCSC
Associate Professor, Department of Cardiac Sciences, University of Calgary; Cardiac Surgeon, Alberta Health Services, Surgical Heart Failure Program, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, Calgary, AB Canada, advanced heart disease surgical therapies, regenerative medicine

Steven Greenway MD, MScSteven Greenway MD, MSc
Assistant Professor and Paediatric Cardiologist, Departments of Paediatrics, Cardiac Sciences, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital, Alberta, Canada. Research: diagnostic genomics, next-generation sequencing, congenital heart disease, transplantation, stem cells, immunosuppression of microbiome, metabolic cardiomyopathies

Rachael Hagan, MScRachael Hagan, MSc
Senior Program Director, Coulter Translational Partnership Program, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering and Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Interests: medical product marketing, regulatory affairs, technology transfer, commercialization, entrepreneurship.

Shawna HagenShawna Hagen
Coulter Program Manager, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering and Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Igor Kovalchuk PhDIgor Kovalchuk PhD
Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Research: epigenetics, plant response to pathogen stress, DNA integration mechanisms, genome stability, chromatin remodeling

Olga Kovalchuk PhDOlga Kovalchuk PhD
Professor, Board of Governors’ Research Chair, Biological Sciences, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Research: epigenetics, genome stability, carcinogenesis, cancer treatment, oncogenic signaling.

Michael Laflamme MD, PhDMichael Laflamme MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. Research: stem cells for cardiac repair, preclinical development of cardiac therapies

Richard Leask PhDRichard Leask PhD
Associate Professor, William Dawson Scholar, Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Research: vascular mechanics, pathobiology of cardiovascular disease, biomedical devices, biomaterials, metabolomics of xenobiotics

Rebecca Levit MDRebecca Levit MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. Research: stem cells, cardiovascular disease, medical devices

Scott LeMaire MDScott LeMaire MD
Director of Research and Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vice Chair for Research-Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA, thoracic aortic repair, genetic factors, and pathobiology

Joy Lincoln PhDJoy Lincoln PhD
Associate Professor, Center for Cardiovascular Research, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA, molecular and cellular processes for heart valve structures

Associate Professor, Vascular Surgery, Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary, Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Alberta Health Services, Peter Lougheed Centre, Calgary, AB Canada. Clinical and research interests: endovascular aortic and thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair, extracranial carotid artery disease, renovascular hypertension, peripheral arterial disease and bypass, and clinical research trials with interest in vascular hemodynamics

Dianna M. Milewicz,MD, PhDDianna M. MIlewicz MD, PhD
President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of the Division of Medical Genetics, Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, USA. Research: genetic predisposition to vascular diseases

Ed O'Brien, MD, FRCPCEd O'Brien MD, FRCPC
Chief of Cardiology and Professor, Department of Cardiac Sciences, Director, Vascular Biology Laboratory, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, Calgary, AB, Canada. Research: atherosclerosis, heat shock protein 27, estrogens, PCSK9/p>

Rifat PamukcuRifat Pamukcu
Rifat Pamukcu, President & CEO, Midway Pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Consultant to Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

Milica Radisic PhD, PEngMilica Radisic PhD, PEng
Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, cardiac tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Frederick J. Schoen, M.D.,Ph.D.Frederick J. Schoen, M.D.,Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School, Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Research and Clinical Interests: cardiac pathology, heart valve structure, cell/matrix biology, tissue engineering and calcification, development of heart valve replacements, transcatheter aortic valves, technology innovation, mentoring for physicians and scientists/engineers in translational research


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