Meet the Chief Medical Editors
Endovascular Today is proud to have three of the nation’s top endovascular specialists as our Chief Medical Editors. To ensure that our focus encompasses all specialists who participate in endovascular therapies, we have chosen Chief Medical Editors from the fields of interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, and vascular surgery.
Takao Ohki, MD, PhD, is Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the world-renowned Montefiore Medical Center and is Associate Professor of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
Dr. Ohki has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and contributed chapters to more than 30 books. He has served on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals, including the Journal of Endovascular Therapy and Annals of Vascular Surgery. He is a scientific advisory board member or consultant for more than 10 medical companies, and has given lectures and performed live case demonstrations throughout the world. In addition, Dr. Ohki has been the principal investigator for a wide variety of studies involving abdominal aortic aneurysms and carotid artery stenting, among other topics. He is considered one of the pioneers of endovascular therapy for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms and anti-embolization devices.
Dr. Ohki received his MD and PhD from the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan, in 1987. He completed an internship and general surgery residency at the Jikei Hospital, University Hospital in Tokyo, and served as Attending Vascular Surgeon and Director of Vascular Research. He came to Montefiore Medical Center in 1995, and became Chief of the Endovascular Program in 1998 and Chief of Vascular Surgery in 2002.
John R. Laird, Jr, MD, FACC, FACP, is Director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions at the Cardiovascular Research Institute and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is also the Codirector of the Center for Vascular Care at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Laird is a leader in the field of peripheral vascular intervention and has published extensively on the subject. His research interests include new stents for peripheral vascular applications, laser recanalization of long femoral occlusions, radiation therapy for the prevention of restenosis, stent-grafts for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, gene therapy/therapeutic angiogenesis, and carotid artery intervention.
Dr. Laird joined the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in 1996. He completed his undergraduate education at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1980 and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, in 1984. He finished his internship and residency in 1987 at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology in 1990 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He served as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Director of Interventional Cardiology at Walter Reed from 1991 to 1996. In addition, he was Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Barry T. Katzen, MD, FACR, FACC, FSIR, is the Founder and Medical Director of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, an affiliate of Baptist Health Systems of South Florida, and is a Clinical Professor of Radiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Katzen has authored approximately 53 textbooks and book chapters and more than 153 peer-reviewed articles. He is considered one of the pioneers of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (balloon dilation). Dr. Katzen is the Editor-in-Chief of Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, and he has given lectures throughout the world. With his colleagues, Dr. Katzen created the Endovascular Forum, an interactive Web site for physicians about circulatory diseases.
He has served as Chairman of the American Heart Association’s Council of Cardiovascular Radiology and is a past president of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, participating as an executive committee member for several years. He was recently awarded the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology’s Gold Medal for lifetime achievement.
Dr. Katzen graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He was honored with the Gold Medal of The Alumni Association, and entered into the “Hall of Fame” at the medical school, only the fourth such honoree in the school’s history. He completed an internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital and a radiology residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Katzen was awarded a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York, where he became Chief of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.