The PVD Channel Council

Following are the biographies of the members of The PVD Channel Council, who provide guidance and oversight to the initiative.

Paul J. Gagne, MD, FACS, RVT  — Chairman

Paul J. Gagne, MD, FACS, RVT — Chairman

Vascular Surgeon
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery
NYU School of Medicine, New York
Private Practice, Darien, CT, USA

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Dr. Paul J. Gagne is a board-certified vascular surgeon.

Dr. Gagne attended the NYU School of Medicine, and did his residency in General Surgery at NYU Medical Center. After residency, he served as a vascular surgeon in the US Navy and did a vascular fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Gagne was on faculty at NYU School of Medicine for 8 years before entering private practice in Darien, CT. Dr. Gagne is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Vascular Surgery, a member of the American Venous Forum and serves on the Board of Directors of OEIS.

On March 26, 2013, Dr. Gagne became the first surgeon in the State of Connecticut to implant a drug-eluting stent to reopen a blocked artery in the thigh of a patient with peripheral arterial disease.

Dr. Gagne is also an international leader in the treatment of acute DVT and chronic deep vein occlusive disease in the leg and the long-term complications of DVT.

Dr. Gagne’s research focuses on the deep vein system 1) following acute DVT, and 2) the use of IVUS for evaluating and treating chronic iliofemoral vein outflow obstruction. He was the Global Principal Investigator of the VIDIO trial and has completed or is currently the site Principal Investigator for the VIVO, VIRTUS, ACCESS, VERNACULAR, ABRE, VIVID, VICARES and Varithena trials, focused on all aspects of venous disease. He has also been a sub-investigator for the RANGER, REVEAL and Phoenix trials for the treatment of leg peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Gagne is an invited guest speaker at meetings all over the world to present his work on the treatment of deep vein disease.

Bryan T. Fisher, Sr., MD

Bryan T. Fisher, Sr., MD

Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center
The Surgical Clinic
Nashville, TN, USA

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Dr. Bryan T. Fisher is both an expert in limb preservation and a nationally recognized vascular surgeon at Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Uniquely qualified to address the challenges and solutions aimed at the delivery of high-quality patient care, Dr. Fisher is consistently recognized by his peers as a caring professional and respected colleague in the Nashville community.

Dr. Fisher graduated with honors from Tennessee State University and became a Ronald McNair and MARC Scholar. He was accepted into the UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, but deferred one year to teach elementary school in an underserved Virginia community. After medical school, Dr. Fisher completed a five-year general surgery residency at The Ohio State University under Dr. E. Christopher Ellison. He then culminated his surgical training at Vanderbilt University under Dr. Thomas C. Naslund.

Board-certified in Vascular Surgery, Dr. Fisher serves as the Chief of Vascular Surgery, Director of Wound Care, and co-Director of the Center for Limb Preservation HCA Healthcare's Centennial Medical Center, and is a member of The Surgical Clinic in Nashville. As Chief of Vascular Surgery at Tri-Star Centennial’s Heart and Vascular Center, Dr. Fisher provides his leadership and vision of providing cutting-edge, personalized, high quality care for patients with vascular disease.

Dr. Fisher specializes in complex open, endovascular and hybrid techniques in the treatment of aortic disease and lower extremity occlusive disease. Under Dr. Fisher's leadership, Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center has become a national leader in providing a multidisciplinary approach to vascular disease.

Michael Klaus William Lichtenberg, MD, FESC

Michael Klaus William Lichtenberg, MD, FESC

Chief Medical Officer
Angiology Clinic, Vascular Center
Arnsberg Clinic
Arnsberg, Germany

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Dr. Michael Lichtenberg is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Angiology Department and Vascular Center at the Arnsberg Clinic in Arnsberg, Germany.

Dr. Lichtenberg earned his medical degree from the Heinrich-Heine Medical University of Dusseldorf, and also studied at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas.

An esteemed Interventional Cardiologist and Angiologist with 20 years of experience in endovascular interventions, Dr. Lichtenberg was elected to serve as Managing Director of the German Society for Angiology in 2017. In 2019, he was elected to serve as the society’s President.

Dr. Lichtenberg’s areas of clinical interest include deep venous intervention, peripheral artery disease, coronary thrombosis, and atherosclerosis.

In addition to his day-to-day work in interventional care, his main interest is the evaluation of new devices, techniques and procedures for intervention of peripheral artery disease. Dr. Lichtenberg has performed a series of studies in this area and conducted many clinical trials.

Lorena C. Henderson, APRN, MSN, FNP-C

Lorena C. Henderson, APRN, MSN, FNP-C

Administrator and Clinical Director
PULSE Amputation Prevention Centers
Clinical Research Coordinator
El Paso Cardiology Associates
El Paso, TX, USA

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Lorena C. Henderson is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Administrator and Clinical Director of the Amputation Prevention and Patient Care Coordination Program at PULSE, a novel multidisciplinary program focused on wound and vascular management and limb preservation.

She also serves as Clinical Research Coordinator for El Paso Cardiology Associates, under the direction of Dr. Laiq Raja, MD.

Lorena earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso and completed her Masters of Science in Nursing as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas.

Credentialed at all of the Hospitals of Providence (Sierra, Memorial and Transmountain) and Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Lorena practices under the specialty of cardiology. She has focused specialization in the treatment and management of critical limb ischemia and amputation prevention under the direct supervision of Dr. Laiq Raja, MD, one of the country’s foremost experts in the treatment of critical limb ischemia, who is the director of the Amputation Prevention Program at the Hospitals of Providence as well as PULSE Amputation Prevention Centers.

A published author in Cath Lab Digest and Endovascular Today, Lorena has assisted in the development and initiation of a CLI and Amputation Prevention Treatment Program in collaboration with a local healthcare system as well as being a co-founder of PULSE Amputation Prevention Centers. Early in her career she was also involved in the development of heart failure program initiatives to establish dedicated heart failure clinics. Lorena is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.


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