New Directions in Coronary, Peripheral, and Cardiac Structural Interventions


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Atman Shah, MD

Atman Shah, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Coronary Care Unit
Co-Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Atman P. Shah, MD, is an interventional cardiologist who specializes in utilizing minimally invasive, catheter-based techniques. Dr. Shah performs angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy and thrombectomy procedures to treat patients with heart disease. He specializes in caring for patients with complex structural heart disease including atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, patent foramen ovale and aortic valve stenosis. Dr. Shah also uses catheter-based treatments to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Jonathan Paul, MD

Jonathan Paul, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

An interventional cardiologist, Jonathan D. Paul, MD, uses minimally invasive, catheter-based techniques to diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases. In particular, he provides care for patients with coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, aortic disease, and structural heart disease.

Dr. Paul currently is involved in several clinical trials, ranging from invasive treatment of patients with uncontrolled hypertension to evaluation of new medications for the treatment of heart attack. Dr. Paul's research interests also include regenerative therapies for cardiovascular disease.

Alice Perlowski, MD

Alice Perlowski, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

An interventional cardiologist, Alice A. Perlowski, MD, FACC, performs cardiac and vascular procedures utilizing minimally invasive, catheter-based techniques. Dr. Perlowski specializes in caring for patients with structural and congenital heart disease, including: aortic stenosis (balloon aortic valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement); mitral valve disease; atrial septal defects; patent foramen ovale; and paravalvular leaks.

Dr. Perlowski also has an interest in clinical management and peripheral interventions for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and venous disease, as well as patients with atrial fibrillation requiring left atrial appendage occlusion. She performs angioplasty and stenting procedures for patients with heart and vascular disease.

Ross Milner, MD

Ross Milner, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Co-Director, Center for Aortic Disease

Ross Milner, MD, is an internationally recognized expert in vascular surgery. He specializes in the treatment of complex aortic diseases.

Dr. Milner has been the primary investigator on numerous endovascular device trials. In one study, he examined the use of remote pressure sensor monitoring for surveillance after endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. He also is working on the development of a prosthetic vein valve. His research has been funded by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

Robert Steppacher, MD

Robert Steppacher, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery

Robert Steppacher, MD, is a vascular surgeon. His clinical expertise lies in the care of peripheral vascular disease, including: leg pain, chronic wounds and diabetic foot ulcers, cerebrovascular disease, including stroke and transient ischemic attack. Dr. Steppacher has extensive experience in the endovascular treatment of renal artery (kidney) and mesenteric artery (intestines) occlusive disease.

As a member of the University of Chicago Center for Aortic Diseases, Dr. Steppacher provides specialized care for patient with aortic and peripheral aneurysms. He also specializes in the treatment of venous diseases, such as varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, venous ulcers and blood clots. Dr Steppacher also has extensive experience in the creation and maintenance of dialysis access.

Husam Balkhy, MD

Husam Balkhy, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery

Husam H. Balkhy, MD, is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery. He specializes in the treatment of coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, atrial fibrillation and other cardiac diseases, using robotic and less invasive techniques in order to reduce pain, disability, and recovery time. Through education, he empowers his patients to take an active and informed role in their care. Dr. Balkhy is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world with extensive experience in performing robotic totally endoscopic beating heart coronary bypass grafting (TECAB). He also has a large experience with robotic mitral valve surgery, and robotic atrial fibrillation surgery as well as minimally invasive (port access) aortic valve surgery.

Dr. Balkhy has served as the primary investigator on several innovative studies designed to improve robotic assisted cardiac surgery. He has contributed to the development of coronary anastomotic connectors, and has the world’s largest experience in the use of these devices that eliminate the need for large incisions and sutures during coronary surgery. He actively trains other physicians on how to use these devices.

Darwin Eton, MD

Darwin Eton, MD
Professor of Surgery

An internationally known expert in vascular surgery, Darwin Eton, MD, has broad operative experience, especially in the most complex vascular procedures. Throughout his career, Dr. Eton has contributed to the rapid evolution of vascular care, using the newest, state-of-the-art technology while working to reduce risks and improve outcomes.

Dr. Eton has a strong interest in limb salvage strategies for elderly and fragile patients with critical limb ischemia (insufficient blood supply to the extremities, particularly common in patients with diabetes). He is currently investigating a non-invasive, outpatient approach to treating this condition.

Christopher Skelly, MD

Christopher Skelly, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Chief, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program
Director, Vascular Lab

Christopher Skelly, MD specializes in vascular surgery. He performs a full range of open and endovascular procedures, including the treatment of carotid disease, complex aortic pathologies and peripheral vascular disease. In addition, he performs minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of median arcuate ligament syndrome.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Skelly directs a research laboratory aimed at improving outcomes and durability of vascular graft repairs. As a 2008 recipient of the NHLBI Jointly Sponsored Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award, his research is funded by the American Vascular Association (AVA)/American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Skelly has authored more than 35 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and several book chapters and reviews. He is working on numerous clinical trials, including a below-knee arterial bypass trial, for which he serves as site-principal investigator.

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