Minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of vascular diseases are constantly evolving. These diseases are among the most prevalent medical problems today including stroke, myocardial infarction, pulmonary emboli, hemorrhage and aneurysms. I will review current approaches to vascular embolization and thrombosis, the challenges they pose and the limitations of current devices and end with patient inspired engineering approaches to the treatment of these conditions.
Biography: Rahmi Oklu received his bachelor's degree in Biology from Yale University, his PhD in Biochemistry from University of Cambridge, UK and his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his surgery and radiology training at Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital. Following his clinical fellowship in Vascular Imaging and Interventions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, he remained at MGH as medical staff. After 6 years at MGH, he moved to Mayo Clinic Arizona where he is a Professor and Chair of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Chair of Research, Director of NIH funded Minimally Invasive Therapeutics Laboratory and the Director of Medical 3D Printing. He spends half his time in the clinic and the remainder of the time in the laboratory.