Short Biographies

(In random order)

Kevin Mani | Martin Björck | Barry Beiles | Maarit Venermo | Ian A. Thomson | E. Sebastian Debus | Christian-Alexander Behrendt | Cristina López Espada | Matthew Joe Grima | Georg Heller | Zoltán Szeberin | Jonathan Boyle | Frederico Bastos Goncalves | Carlo Setacci | Kevin Cassar | Gabor Menyhei | Thomas Troëng | Alexei Svetlikov | Pius Wigger | Nikolaj Eldrup | Igor B. Koncar | Nicla Settembre | Paulo E. Ocke Reis

Without Short Biography: Dirk Grotemeyer | Gert J. de Borst | Elin Laxdal | Andreas Lazaris | Konstantinos Moulakakis | Thomas Lattmann | Turi Saltnes | Milijenko Kovacevic

Kevin Mani (Uppsala, Sweden)

Kevin Mani is professor of vascular surgery at Uppsala University, SwedenKevin leads an active research group focusing on pathophysiology, prevention and treatment of aortic disease.  He is the chair of the international vascular registry collaboration Vascunet, and has performed several national and international registry-based epidemiological studies on management of aortic disease. Kevin serves as the associate editor of the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

Chair Vascunet | Aortic Disease | Associate Editor EJVES

Martin Björck (Uppsala, Sweden)

Professor of Vascular Surgery, Institution of Surgical Sciences, Department of Vascular Surgery, Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden. (One of two full professors (chairs) in VS in the country.) Uppsala University, is the oldest University of Northern Europe, founded 1477. Publication of approximately 185 original articles as well as 90 review articles and book-chapters, 242 “hits” in Pub Med. Hirsch index = 37, six were cited >100 times. Supervisor of thirteen PhD students who completed their thesis, another twelve are underway. Member of six Editorial Boards including the British Journal of Surgery and the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, where he is associate editor. Research funds from the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Heart and Lung foundation, Uppsala University, and others. In all, approximately one million Euros/year. A member of the ethics committee of the Swedish research council, of the regional ethics committee, and has investigated suspected research misconduct. President of the ESVS 2016-2017. One of the founders of Vascunet in 1997, and was its chairman 2003-2006.

Past-President ESVS | Senior Editor EJVES | Founder Vascunet

Barry Beiles (Melbourne, Australia)

I am the administrator of the Australasian Vascular Audit and current Clinical director of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality till I retire in Dec 2017.  I designed and administered the Melbourne Vascular Association audit (the state of Victoria) from 1999-2009, which was the precursor of the Australian Vascular Audit.  I was head of the vascular unit at the Western Hospital from 2001-2011 and retired from clinical practice in 2015. I originally trained in general and vascular surgery in South Africa and immigrated to Australia in 1988, where I received further training and acquired the FRACS (Vasc) in 1994. I commenced public and private vascular surgery practice in 1995. My interests include audit, database design, biomedical statistics, and my hobbies are cycling and fingerstyle guitar playing.

Australasian Vascular Audit | FRACS | Biostatistics

Maarit Venermo (Helsinki, Finland)

Maarit Venermo is a professor of vascular surgery in Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, Finland (since 2014).  She is responsible for the local vascular register, Husvasc (since 2006). She has worked with vascular registries ever since she interested in vascular surgery, first in Tampere University Hospital during 1997-2006 and after that in Helsinki University Central Hospital. She finds registers a extremely important source of information and is happy that in Finland there are many nationwide comprehensive registers (wishing vascular registry would be one of them). In Vascunet Maarit has been since 2004 and she was chairing the team from 2014 to 2017. In addition to registry studies aiming to evaluate the quality of vascular surgical service as well as international variation in practice her main areas of interest are Critical limb ischemia, evaluation of perfusion in chronic limb ischemia, angiosome consept in CLTI,  Epidemiology and natural history of aortoiliac aneurysms, Natural history of the patients with peripheral arterial disease, the predictive value of ABI and toe pressure, influence of antithrombotic agents and statins to the prognosis, Aortic graft infections and mycotic aneurysms, treatment, pathogens, infection resistance of different graft materials. She has about 130 original publications and 100 review-articles, editorials and book chapters.

Husvasc | Co-Chair ICVR | Aortic Graft Infections

Ian A. Thomson (Dunedin, New Zealand)

Vascular Surgeon at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ and a founding member of the Vascunet Group since 1997 as representative of the Vascular Society of New Zealand He has been a member/associate of the European Society of Vascular Surgery (ESVS) since 1990 and member and past secretary of the Vascular Society of NZ (VSNZ) and member of ANZSVS and its predecessor since 1993.  He was Chair of the NZ Vascular Audit Committee 1994 to 2016 with special interest in vascular trauma, safety of surgery in the aged and rare conditions. Helped to get NZ involved in the web based Australasian Vascular Audit (AVA) which has been running since 2010.

Holds Fellowships in Surgery FRACS and Photography FPSNZ (over 7 million views at: FLICKR)

Vascular Society of New Zealand | New Zealand Vascular Audit Committee | Founder Vascunet

E. Sebastian Debus (Hamburg, Germany)

Eike Sebastian Debus is Professor for Surgery and Chair of the Department of Vascular Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Sebastian Debus is the current Secretary General of the European Society for Vascular Surgery. He was President of the German Vascular Society 2013/2014, chairs the Northern German Society of Surgery since 2013 and the Northern German Society for Vascular Medicine since 2017.  He was member of the presidium of the German Society of Surgery 2013/2014. He served as chief editor of the `Journal of Wound healing´ (2000-2005), Gefässchirurgie, Springer (2004-2013), founding Editor of GefäßmedizinScan (Thieme) since 2014 and is member of the editorial board of various international journals. His main research interests are vascular epidemiology and vascular care, aortic pathologies and peripheral occlusive disease. He is cofounder of the german vascular registry program and is engaged in various projects of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, i.e. the VascuNet initiative, board of directors of the European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery and member of the esvs guidelines committee.

Secretary General ESVS | Guidelines 

Christian-Alexander Behrendt (Hamburg, Germany)

Christian-Alexander Behrendt (M.D. | Doctor of Medicine) is member of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) and the Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS). He was elected SVS International Scholar 2019. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers between 2014 and 2019 (15 of them as first/last author in highly ranked journals). Christian leads the research group GermanVasc at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and works at the Department of Vascular Medicine as Vascular Surgeon, Hamburg, Germany. He is expert in real-world evidence using health insurance claims data and registry data for vascular research.  He is founding member of the International Consortium of Vascular Registries (ICVR) where he leads the peripheral arterial disease (PAD) branch. He is founding member and co-chair of the Medical Device Epidemiology Network (MDEpiNet) Chapter Germany. Christian also served as project lead of numerous registry studies in Germany (PSI-Registry, CORONA, EQS-Registry, L-ACMAG). He is currently leading a large multistage multimethodological project on the treatment of peripheral arterial disease in Germany (IDOMENEO, 2017-2021, NCT03098290) and a follow-up study developing a learning risk score for PAD using machine learning methods (RABATT, 2019-2022). As a spokesman for the department of vascular medicine of the Hamburg City Health Study (HCHS), he is also coordinating several vascular projects within the largest prospective regional health care study (Population-based screening on AAA and PAD in Germany, Sphingosin-1-Phosphat as predictor of AAA or PAD).

GermanVasc | Peripheral Arterial Disease | Health Insurance Claims | Secretary Vascunet | Editorial Board EJVES (since 2020)

Cristina López Espada (Granada, Spain)

Cristina López Espada is member of the European Society of Vascular Surgery (ESVS) and the Spanish Society of Vascular Surgery (SEACV).  Assistant professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Granada and member of the Vascunet Group since 2016 as representative of the Spanish Society of Vascular Surgery. She is the Coordinator of the Spanish Vascular Quality Group since 2012 with special interest in management by processes in Vascular Surgery and patient safety initiatives. Member of the editorial board of the Spanish Journal of Vascular Surgery (Angiología), she is also founder of several vascular registry programs in Spain in the last years.

Spanish Vascular Quality Group | Spanish Journal of Vascular Surgery | VASCUNExplants

Matthew Joe Grima (Malta)

Matthew is a senior vascular surgery trainee from Malta and is currently doing a fellowship at St George’s Vascular Institute in London. He is also reading for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Peter Holt, Professor Ian Loftus and Dr Alan Karthikesalingam. His PhD study area is EVAR surveillance. Other research interests include population outcomes and vascular quality improvement initiatives through collaboration between different institutions. Apart from research, Matthew has an interest in teaching. Besides participating in local teaching initiatives, he is also an online tutor for the Masters in Surgical Sciences run by the University of Edinburgh and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (ESSQ).

Malta | EVAR surveillance | Masters in Surgical Sciences

Georg Heller (Graubünden, Switzerland)

Georg Heller works as consultant vascular surgeon at the Kantonsspital Chur, Graubünden, Switzerland. He is together  with Pius Wigger, M.D. responsible for the swissvasc register, the swiss vascular register ( This register has data and experience for ten years time. Together representatives of Switzerland in the European vascular register, the vascunet. Georg Heller had working places as trainee in general surgery in Wattwil, Münsterlingen, Chur and the University Hospital Basel from 1990 to 1998. Short experiences in anaesthesiology and gynaecology during the surgery training. Graduation as general vascular surgeon and dissertation  „Aorto-caval Fistula, a rare entity“. 1998 decision for a training as vascular surgeon first at the university hospital Basel, then at the Kanstonsspital Lucerne from 1998 to 2001 as assitant doctor. From 2001 at the cardiovascular unit of the university hospital in Berne as senior physician. 2003 european certification EBSQ-VASC as vascular surgeon. 2006 elected as consultant physician for vascular surgery at the Kantonsspital Chur, Graubünden.

Swissvasc | Switzerland | European Certification EBSQ-VASC

Zoltán Szeberin (Budapest, Hungary)

Zoltán Szeberin is an associate professor of vascular surgery at Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary He is the general secretary of the Hungarian Society for Angiology and Vascular Surgery. Zoltán is an ESVS member and he was the national representative of Hungary in the ESVS Council between 2013-2016. He is an examiner at the European board exam of vascular surgery and a council member of the UEMS Section and Board of Vascular Surgery. He has a special interest in treating aortic diseases and is committed to improve the poor national results for critical limb ischemia. Zoltán is involved with the Hungarian Vascular Sugery registry and the Vascunet since 2013.

Aortic Disease | Critical Limb Ischemia | Hungarian Vascular Registry

Jonathan Boyle (Cambridge, UK)

Qualified from the University of Leicester in 1991. He trained in Leicester, Southampton and Portsmouth and was involved in the early development of EVAR within the UK, work that led to his MD thesis. He undertook a year of endovascular training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital prior to his appointment as Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge in 2002. He has active research interests in EVAR, outcome modelling and renal injury in vascular surgery, publishing extensively on these subjects. He has established an endovascular service for ruptured aneurysms in Cambridge and runs successful courses on EVAR for both elective and ruptured AAAs. He served as BSET President from 2013-2015 and is a current Member of the Vascular Society Council. He is an Associate Editor of European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and also a long-standing member of the Editorial Board of the JEVT. Furthermore he is enthusiastic about training, he was TPD for Core Surgical Training in the East of England from 2007-2012, and is the current Chairman of the Vascular Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) overseeing vascular training in the UK and Ireland.  His is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge.

Editorial Board JEVT | Vascular Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC)

Frederico Bastos Gonçalves (Lisbon, Portugal)

Frederico Bastos Gonçalves, MD, PhD, FEBVS, was born in Lisbon, Portugal.  In 2010 he concluded the specialization in Angiology and Vascular Surgery. Since 2014 he is an Auxiliary Professor at the NOVA Medical School, in Lisbon. He has authored several original publications on vascular disease, and is actively involved in clinical research with focus on aortic pathology. He is Secretary-General of the Portuguese Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery and Editorial Board member of the EJVES.

Portuguese Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery | Editorial Board EJVES

Carlo Setacci (Siena, Italy)

Degree in Medicine at Siena University in 1971, post-degree in Vascular Surgery in 1981 at Roma “La Sapienza” University. Carlo Setacci, MD, is full Professor of Vascular Surgery, University of Siena, ItalyChief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Unit, Policlinico “Santa Maria alle Scotte, Siena”, Italy, where about one thousand vascular and endovascular arterial reconstruction per year are performed. Chairman of the Department of General and Specialistic Surgery of the “Azienda Ospedaliera-Universitaria Senese” Siena, Italy (2005-2008). General Secretary of the Italian Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (1998-2000). President of Full Professor of Italian board of Vascular Surgery (2004-2007). Vice-President of the Italian Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (2007-2009). President of Italian Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (2010-2012). President of European Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (2012). Honorary member: Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS). Member of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS), International Society for Vascular Surgery (ISVS), International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISES), Italian Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (SICVE). Author of more than 400 scientific publications including original articles in peer reviews journals, book chapter and extended abstracts. Associate Editor of the Italian Journal for Vascular Endovascular Surgery (IJVES). Member of the Editorial Board for several leading peer review journals (Stroke, European Journal of Neurology, Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of Endovascular Therapy, Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal of Internal Medicine, World Journal od Cardiology, Annals of Medicine and Surgery, Eurointervention). He has been Italian Responsible of a large number of research projects (CNR and MIUR). President of Full Professor of Italian board of Vascular Surgery (2004-2007). President of Full Professor of Italian board of Vascular Surgery (2015-2017). President of Italian Chapter of the American Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS)

Italian Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery | Editorial Board Stroke

Kevin Cassar (Malta)

Prof Kevin Cassar is Consultant vascular surgeon and clinical lead of the vascular unit at Mater Dei Hospital, Malta a post he has held since 2007.  He is also Foundation School Director for Malta Foundation school since 2008.  He is associate professor of surgery at the University of Malta.  Prof Cassar completed his medical training at the University of Malta medical school in 1993 and subsequently proceeded to surgical training in the North and North East of Scotland.  He was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Senior Lecturer with the University of Aberdeen after completing higher surgical training in vascular surgery.  He was awarded an MD from the University of Aberdeen for his research into platelet function in peripheral arterial disease. He completed a Masters in Medical Education with the University of Dundee.  He has published in various journals including the JVS, the EJVES, the BMJ, the British Journal of Surgery and Medical Teacher. He authors the peripheral arterial disease section of the BMJ clinical evidence. He is a member of the Diabetic foot research group of the University of Malta. He is also an e-tutor with the University of Edinburgh and tutors on the Masters in Vascular Surgery offered by the same university. He has tutored several Masters and PhD students. His current research interests include the use of thermography in vascular disease particularly the diabetic foot.

Peripheral Arterial Disease | Diabetic Foot Syndrome | University of Malta

Gabor Menyhei (Pecs, Hungary)

Gabor Menyhei, Professor of Vascular Surgery and Head of the Department at the University Medical School of Pecs, Hungary and Past President of the Hungarian Society for Angiology and Vascular Surgery He was the Councillor for Hungary in the ESVS  between 2007 and 2010 and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committe of the ESVS Annual Meeting in Budapest in 2013. He has been an active member of the Vascunet Group since 2006 and Chairman of Board of  the Hungarian Vascular Registry.

Hungarian Society for Angiology and Vascular Surgery | ESVS Councillor for Hungary | Hungarian Vascular Registry

Thomas Troëng (Karlskrona, Sweden)

Thomas Troëng is a vascular surgeon, mainly with county hospital experience, now retired from clinical practice. He is associate professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Lund University, Sweden, and affiliated to the Vascular Research Group at Uppsala University, Sweden.
 Thomas is a founding member of The Swedish Vascular Registry – Swedvasc 1987 and he served as secretary for its steering committee until 2002. He is also a founding member of the Vascunet Collaboration, Lisbon 1997, convening annual meetings during the early years.
Clinical epidemiology of vascular surgery, audit of vascular care, medical decision analysis and trauma care are Thomas’ main research interests. He is currently serving as senior consultant at the Regional Quality Registry Centre of Southern Sweden.

Vascular Research Group at Uppsala | Founder Swedvasc | Founder Vascunet

Alexei V. Svetlikov (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Alexei Svetlikov was graduated from St. Petersburg State Medical Academy in 1993. He did his PhD Fellowship in 1995-1998 with special interest on: atherogenesis, vascular biology, early and late complications of peripheral vascular surgery. Since 2004 until now – Chief, Vascular and endovascular surgery Department Hospital N122, Stroke and MI prevention Center, Thrombosis and Hemostasis Center and Associate professor at Division of Heart and Vascular Surgery, The I.I. Mechnikov North-Western Medical University. 
In 2001-2002 he did have fellowship of International Society on thrombosis and haemostasis at Boston University Medical Center (fellowship Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Massachusetts General Hospital). Since 2002-till 2004 he was trained in St-Mary’s Hospital (London), the General Hospital of Vienna University Hospital (Austria) and Karolinska Hospital (Sweden). He was awarded with ESVS Marco Polo fellowship (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston) Deaconess и St-Mary’s hospitals (Evansville, Indiana) (2006-2007). In 2002-2006 – Council member of European Society for Vascular Surgery, Secretary General of European Association for vascular surgeons in training. In 2006-2009 – Editorial Board member of European Journal of Vascular and endovascular surgery. Currently, he has about 110 publications.

Federal State Institution of Healthcare | Federal Medical-Biological Agency of Russian Federation

Pius Wigger (Winterthur, Switzerland)

Pius Wigger works as consultant vascular surgeon at the Cantonal Hospital in Winterthur, Switzerland since 1995. From 2000-2013 he was a council member of the Swiss Society for Vascular Surgery (  From 2009-2011 he was president of this society. From 2004-2007 he was Councillor for Switzerland in the ESVS. He is responsible for the national vascular registry “Swissvasc” since its start in 2004. Together with George Heller he represents the Swiss registry in VASCUNET since 2005. In 2017 Swissvasc Registry was completely rebuilt in a new matrix structure, which allows now to register all vascular operations and interventions with the same questionnaire and improves the possibilities for analysing their data for each hospital. The registry also gives trainees the possibility to extract their own logbook of their interventions.

Nikolaj Eldrup (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Vascular surgeon and Associate Professor at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. Chairman of the Danish Vascular Registry since 2013.  Areas of interest are: Atherosclerosis impact on blood vessels and muscle function, and the association to cardiovascular events. Epidemiological studies using vascular registries investigating both national and international trends in indications and outcome, and by cross linkage of registries investigating impact of medical treatments in vascular patients and influence of other diseases.

Igor B. Koncar (Belgrade, Serbia)

Graduated at Medical Faculty University of Belgrade (2002), and since then work at the Clinic for vascular and endovascular surgery of the Serbian Clinical Center, Belgrade.  Also, works as assistant at the Belgrade Medical School, University of Belgrade. Finished Master thesis „Early and long term results of carotid graft replacement“, PhD thesis „Biomechanical and Biochemical Basis of AAA Rupture“ on Medical School of Belgrade University. Fellowship at University hospital of Barcelona (Prof Dr V.  Riambau) and Pisa (prof M.Ferrari). INTERNATIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY: More than 100 Pubmed publications; Member of the Guideline committee of the ESVS; Chair of the vascular scientific committee of the ESCVES;  Editorial board member and reviewer of the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (EJVES);Collaborator of the ACST-2 study and INOVATE-HF(FDA study). Investigator in BIOLEAK and PRINCLIPLES study; Collaborate in national projects: Horizon 2020 (Taxinomisis project); III41028 (INGEMA_S), III41007; AWARDS: Serbian Medical Society: The best medical article about “Usage of Recombinant factor VIIa in non hemophiliacs”. European Society for Cardiovascular and Endovascular Surgery (ESCVS) – Young vascular surgeon prize for Scientific and Clinical achievements in 2011.

Nicla Settembre (Nancy, France)

Nicla Settembre is associate professor of vascular surgery at Nancy University Hospital, University of Lorraine, Nancy France.  She is member of the French Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (ESVS) and the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS). Nicla leads an active research focusing on critical limb ischemia and limb salvage. She is member of Vascunet group since 2017.

Paulo Eduardo Ocke Reis (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

Paulo Eduardo Ocke Reis, MD, PhD (born in São Paulo, Brasil) is currently Professor of Vascular Surgery at Antonio Pedro University Hospital, Federal Fluminense University, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (since 2011). Paulo Ocke Reis is responsible for the Vascular Surgery Service at the Antonio Pedro University Hospital (since 2001). Specialist in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery (since 1996), and member of the Brazilian Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery, SBACV (since 1997). Member of the certification committee of the Area of Expertise in Angio-radiology and Endovascular Surgery board at SBACV (since 2018). Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Therapy, open access. Associate Editor of the European Journal Vascular Endovascular Surgery Short Reports (EJVESSR) Editorial Board. (since 2016). Main areas of interest are Endovascular Therapy, Aortic Aneurisms, Carotid Artery Therapy, Visceral artery Aneurisms, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Aortoiliac Atherosclerotic Disease.