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.

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.


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