ViTAA Medical

Scientific Advisory board

Dr. Ross Milner


Dr. Milner is a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has been the primary investigator on numerous endovascular device trials. He is the co-national principal investigator for the GREAT registry.


Dr. Milner has written more than 100 abstracts and manuscripts, as well as over 20 reviews and chapters in leading textbooks on endovascular therapies. He serves on the editorial board for several prominent scientific journals, including the European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, Vascular Disease Management and Endovascular Today. He also reviews manuscripts for many peer-reviewed journals, such as the American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Vascular Surgery, and is a member of the editorial board for Vascular and Endovascular Review Journal.

Dr. Mark Farber


Dr. Farber is the recipient of the 2020 UNC Health Care and UNC Faculty Physicians Award for Carolina Care Excellence. He specializes in minimally invasive aortic surgery, endovascular aortic repair, thoracic aneurysms, fenestrated aortic repair, branched aortic repair, aortic transections, aortic dissections, abdominal aortic aneurysms, aortic iliac occlusive disease, and carotid artery disease. His research interests include endovascular repair of aortic disease, as well as endovascular surgery, aortic aneurysm, carotid disease, aortic surgery, thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAA), and complex endovascular aortic repair.

Dr. Benjamin W. Starnes


Dr. Starnes is a board-certified vascular surgeon at Harborview Medical Center, a Professor of Vascular Surgery, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Washington School of Medicine. He also holds the Alexander Whitehill Clowes Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery. He is widely recognized for his work in complex aortic pathology and vascular trauma, most notably the management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms and acute aortic syndromes.


Dr. Starnes has spent a total of 15 years in the United States Army, serving three combat tours: one in Kosovo and two in Iraq. He is the principal investigator for one of only a handful of physician-sponsored Investigational Device Exemption studies in the United States, involving physician modified fenestrated endografts.


He has been the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, with a quarter as first author. He created and edited the only textbook solely dedicated to the management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. Dr. Starnes’ editorial review responsibilities with leading vascular journals include The Journal of Vascular Surgery, Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet.

Dr. Gilles Soulez


Dr. Soulez is a Professor in the Department of Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Nuclear Medicine at the Université de Montréal. He is also the Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Imaging Processing at the CHUM Research Centre.

Dr. Soulze’s research interests include:

  • Interventional Radiology
  • Imaging of vascular vulnerability (ultrasound and MRI)
  • Biological optimization of stent-grafts
  • Segmentation and biomechanical modelization of abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Endovascular navigation of therapeutic magnetic agents in MRI
  • Interventional management of vascular anomalies

Dr. Kent MacKenzie


Dr. Kent MacKenzie completed his General Surgery Residency at McGill University and his Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Chicago during which time he spent 6 months as an Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Radiology Fellow. His current clinical practice incorporates open and endovascular treatment for aneurysms of the abdominal and thoracic aorta, acute thoracic aortic emergencies, carotid occlusive disease, peripheral arterial occlusive disease and arteriovenous dialysis access. He actively participates in research within the Division of Vascular Surgery.


Dr. MacKenzie has been an Examiner for the Vascular Surgery Examination Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a former Chair of the Education Committee and Academic Program Chair for the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery (CSVS), and he completed a term on the Strategic Board of the Society for Vascular Surgery. He also completed a 10-year tenure as Program Director for the McGill Vascular Surgery Residency and served as President of the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery in 2018-2019. Dr. MacKenzie is the current Chief and Director of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the MUHC and McGill University.


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