National MALS Foundation Clinical Advisory Board

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Christopher Skelly, MD

Christopher Skelly, MD, is the Chief of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and is a national expert in minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS). He specializes in complex aortic and mesenteric pathology as well as minimally invasive approaches to treat vascular disease. In addition to his interest in MALS, Dr. Skelly's research interests include the study of blood flow and how arteries remodel in response to stress. Dr. Skelly has authored more than 35 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, many pertaining to MALS, and several book chapters and reviews. He is working on numerous clinical trials involving MALS and other vascular issues, and recently edited a book for clinicians entitled Difficult Decisions in Vascular Surgery: An Evidence-based Approach. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1997.

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David M. Dickerson, MD

David Dickerson, MD, is the Section Chief of Pain Medicine and the Medical Director of Anesthesia Pain Services at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to this he served as Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and as the Director of the Acute Pain Services at University of Chicago Medical Center where he worked extensively with MALS patients before, during, and after surgery. He has authored numerous articles on pain management and has held leadership roles with the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA). He received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Indiana Bloomington and his Doctor of Medicine from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

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Gustavo Oderich, MD

Gustavo Oderich, MD, FACS is Professor and Chair of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).  He is also the Director of the Advanced Endovascular Aortic Program at Memorial Hermann Hospital. His clinical expertise is focused on the management of complex aortic diseases such as aneurysms, dissections, trauma and aortic pathology. He specializes in the treatment of chronic mesenteric ischemia and median arcuate ligament syndrome, with focus on open surgical and endovascular repair using fenestrated and branched stent-grafts. He is also involved in the multidisciplinary care of patients with connective tissue disorders. The Mayo Clinic Aortic Center program, led by Dr. Oderich, has accumulated extensive experience with endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms and dissections using these devices, with significant reduction in mortality and morbidity compared to results of open surgical repair. Dr. Oderich received his medical degree at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul where he also held a residency in general surgery before moving to the University of Utah for a Research Fellowship in vascular surgery. He ultimately became Chief Resident at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and has continued his practice and research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


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