The PVD Channel is pleased to welcome Frank Arko, MD for a detailed exploration of treatment for complex aortic aortopathy. Join Dr. Arko as he discusses the key challenges facing clinicians and the complex treatment strategies that can help improve patient outcomes, focusing on endovascular aneurism repair (EVAR) and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and their role in the treatment of a range of aortic disease states. Replete with challenging, real-world cases, Dr. Arko shares his extensive experience as well as the tools and techniques that can help achieve improved results for our patients.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Describe the ways in which EVAR and TEVAR have shown efficacy in treating a variety of aortic disease states
- Identify cases that warrant complex treatment at specialty facilities
- Select optimal imaging modalities at each stage of patient management
The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of Interventional Radiologists, Vascular Surgeons, Vascular Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Radiologic Technologists, and Vascular Allied Health Professionals involved in the treatment of patients with peripheral vascular disease.
Frank Arko, MD
Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute
Charlotte, NC, USA
Dr. Frank Arko is currently Chief of Endovascular Surgery and Co-director of the Aortic Institute at Atrium Health, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Arko earned his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) and his medical degree with (with honors) at Texas A&M University. He completed his internship and his residency at Scott & White Hospital, Texas A&M University Health Science Center in 1999. Dr. Arko completed his Clinical Vascular Fellowship in 2000 and his Endovascular Fellowship in 2001 at Stanford University Hospital in California. He completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Stanford University Hospital in 2001.
Dr. Arko is a member of numerous surgical societies including: The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Homeostasis, Society for Vascular Surgery, International Society of Endovascular Specialists, Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Arko has authored 15 book chapters and has more than 140 articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals including the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Journal of Endovascular Therapy, and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Arko is part of one of the largest practices in the US for complex aortic reconstructions with placement of first-in-man graft for complex aortic arch aneurysms.
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This activity was released on August 15, 2022 and is valid for one year. Requests for credit must be made no later than September 1, 2023.
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|Frank Arko, MD
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Contracted Research: Vesper Medical, Philips, Medtronic, Boston Scientific
Speaker’s Bureau: Philips, Cook Medical, Medtronic, Boston Scientific
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