London Aortic Symposium 2016

The London Vascular Units at St Thomas’, St Mary’s, St George’s and the Royal Free London will host the 2nd London Aortic Symposium on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October 2016 at RSA House.

This meeting will bring together leading experts in all areas of aortic intervention and will focus on:

  • Aortic dissection
  • Open Aortic Surgery
  • Protecting the brain and spine
  • Training and simulation for aortic surgery
  • Aortic trauma
  • How best to treat the visceral segment
  • Radiation protection
  • Cutting edge treatments
10.5 hours CPD awarded by RCS(Ed) - Recognition number - RCSEd01789

Organising Committee:

Mike Jenkins, St Mary's Hospital

Rick Gibbs, St Mary's Hospital

Rachel Bell, Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital

Bijan Modarai, Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital

Ian Loftus, St George's Hospital

Tara Mastracci, Royal Free London

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee.


The following hotels are near to the venue:

Strand Palace Hotel

372 Strand, London, WC2R 0JJ
Reservations: +44 207 379 4737
Switchboard: +44 207 836 8080


Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
200 Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7UT

T: +44 84 4415 6782



RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

Tel: +44(0)20 7930 5115




Download the final programme here


Highlights of this year's programme include:

Guest Lectures

  • The future shape of aortic surgery
  • Durability and surveillance: the long-term implications of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

 Aortic Dissection

 Open Aortic Surgery

 Protecting the brain and spine

 Training and Simulation for Aortic Surgery

 Aortic Trauma

 How best to treat the visceral segment

 Radiation Protection

 Cutting edge treatments


 10.5 hours CPD awarded by RCS(Ed) - Recognition number - RCSEd01789


Registration is now open.


Consultants: £150 up to 29th September: £180 from 30th September

Trainees: £75 

Nurses: £75

This fee allows entry on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October, and includes lunch, tea/coffee on both days, and drinks reception on Thursday 6th.

It does not include overnight accommodation or dinner

John Yap is the Lead surgeon for complex aortic service at the new Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.  Barts Heart Centre is poised to be the busiest cardiothoracic centre in UK. 

Kevin Mani is associate professor of vascular surgery at Uppsala University, Sweden, and the scientific secretary of the Swedish Society for Vascular Surgery.  His clinical and research interest is endovascular aortic repair, where he has performed several national and international registry based outcome studies. Ever since his fellowship at St Thomas’ hospital, he has a fascination for aortic dissections, and the role of endovascular techniques in how to best provide care for this complex group of patients.

Miss Rachel Bell is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Lead at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She is the Network Director for the South East Vascular Network, Council member of the Vascular Society & Secretary of BSET. She has been in post for 10 years and has a special interest in open and endovascular aortic aneurysm repair.

Morad Sallam has been a Consultant vascular surgeon at GSTT since Feb 2013, Lead for vascular postgraduate training. Special interest in Aortic surgery (complex open repair, and paediatric vascular surgery).  From 2010 to 2013 he completed 4 fellowships in London teaching hospitals St Marys, St Thomas, Royal London and Brighton University Hospital, completed research work  MSc 2009, MD 2011. Before coming to the UK in 2010, he completed full training in General and Vascular surgery at Cairo University Hospital and was appointed as Lecturer of Vascular Surgery. Graduated from Cairo University Medical School with Honours in 2003.

Martin Malina is a Swedish vascular surgeon who presented a Doctoral Dissertation entitled “Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms” at Lund University in 1998 and was assigned Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery at Lund University in 2000.  Dr Malina was the founding director of the Vascular Centre Malmö-Lund until 2015. This department integrates vascular surgery, interventional radiology and angiology in southern Sweden. He is now Clinical Director of the West London Vascular and Interventional Centre at Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospital.  Dr Malina has published about one hundred scientific articles and fifty book chapters. He is past president of the Swedish Society for Vascular Surgery and past vice president of the International Society for Vascular Surgery. His main interests are endovascular surgery, particularly of the aorta.

Rick Gibbs is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Lead at the Imperial Vascular Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in London. His surgical training was at St Barts and Charing Cross Hospitals, and he was appointed at St Mary’s in 2005. Key clinical areas of interest are the treatment of complex aortic pathology and the setting up of the UK’s first Type B dissection multidisciplinary clinic. Research interests are currently centred on computational fluid modelling of Type B dissections and prevention of stroke during arch and thoracic stenting.

Robert Fisher is a vascular surgeon at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and is part of the Liverpool Vascular and Endovascular Service. He has a specialist interest in treating complex aneurysms through endovascular and open techniques and works collaboratively with the Liverpool Heart and Chest  Hospital  Aortic team on complex Thoraco-abdominal branched grafts. He is a founder member of the Liverpool Aneurysm Research Collaboration with particular interest in clinical outcomes after complex AAA and flow dynamics.

Keith Jones is a Consultant Vascular Surgery at St George’s. He is the lower limb lead and has a particular interest in surgical revascularisation of patients with Diabetes, and the training to undertake these as London’s Vascular Surgery Training Programme Director.

Chris Aylwin qualified from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1999. His vascular training was in North East Thames and St Thomas’ Hospital. He was trained in trauma surgery in London and Cape Town, South Africa. He was appointed as a Vascular & Trauma Surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in 2013.

Jan Jansen is a consultant general surgeon and intensivist in Aberdeen, and a consultant trauma surgeon in London. He is also a consultant in the reserve forces, and was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 2009, for his service in Afghanistan. Jan Jansen’s undergraduate training took place in London, and his postgraduate training in Scotland, with fellowships in Johannesburg and Toronto. His research interests include the organisation of trauma services, and trauma resuscitation.

Janet Powell is Professor of Vascular Biology & Medicine at Imperial College. She studied medicine in the USA (after a PhD in Biophysics in London), but completed clinical training in pathology in Britain, specialising in cardiovascular risk.  Initially her research interests were confined to the laboratory but soon extended from bench (vascular biology) to bedside (clinical trials).  The cause and management of abdominal aortic aneurysms continue to be Professor Powell’s major research interests, using randomised trials to address the grey areas of aneurysm management.

Ian Loftus is a Consultant and Honorary Professor of Vascular Surgery at St Georges NHS Health Care Trust, London. He is Chair of The Audit and Quality Improvement Committee of the Vascular Society of Great Britain, National Lead for Revalidation in Vascular Surgery and President of the British Society of Endovascular Therapy (BSET). He runs a clinical research unit at St Georges and has published over 200 papers and book chapters in vascular surgery.

Michael Jenkins qualified from the Middlesex Hospital as the Broderip Scholar and trained in London before being appointed as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at St Mary’s in 2002. He has since developed an interest in all aspects of aortic surgery and receives tertiary referrals from all over the UK.  In his clinical practice he treats thoraco-abdominal aneurysms and dissections using both open and endovascular technique and is a regular contributor to meetings and journals on these topics. He is currently President of BSET and a council member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Celia Riga is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Imperial College, based at St Mary's and Charing Cross Hospitals. She is the Unit Training Lead for Vascular Surgery. Her research interests focus on endovascular techniques for the treatment of arterial and venous disease, incorporating new advances in technology and works closely with the engineering group at the Hamlyn Centre. She has won 20 national and international prizes. She has jointly-led the translational endovascular robotic research theme at Imperial, publishing the first pre-clinical evidence for the advantages of robotic technology in complex endovascular tasks such as supra-aortic branch intervention and fenestrated endografting.

Bijan Modarai trained in the UK and subsequently at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia as an endovascular fellow. His clinical practice centres on treatment of aortic pathologies and he is the Lead for Complex Endovascular Aortic Intervention at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. He is a Reader in Vascular Surgery at King’s College London, and leads a research team developing novel therapeutic, diagnostic and preventative strategies for arterial disease.

Dr Tara Mastracci is a vascular surgeon with an interest in complex aortic repair.  She completed general and vascular surgery training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and moved on to a superfellowship in complex aortic repair at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  Dr Mastracci’s first consultant position was at the Cleveland Clinic, where she also held a position as assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University for seven years.  Dr Mastracci moved to the Royal Free London in October 2014 to lead the aortic team.

Dr. Mastracci is a clinical epidemiologist by training and focuses most of her research in clinical outcomes related to disease of the aorta.  She has a specific interest in endovascular aneurysm repair, stent graft design and development, the genetics of aortic disease, and the advancement of new intraoperative imaging techniques.  Recently Dr Mastracci has partnered with the radiation physics department at the Royal Free Hospital to improve radiation safety in the field of vascular surgery.



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