National MALS Foundation Clinical Advisory Board

Christopher Skelly, National MALS Foundation

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.

David M. Dickerson, National MALS Foundation

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.

Gustavo Oderich, National MALS Foundation

Gustavo Oderich, MD

Gustavo Oderich, MD, FACS is Professor of Surgery and Chair of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).  He is also the Director of the Advanced Endovascular Aortic Program at the Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Oderich joined the UTHealth faculty in July 2020, after relocating from Minnesota, bringing over two decades of experience from his practice at the Mayo Clinic, where he practiced and served as immediate past Chair of the Vascular and Endovascular division. 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 a focus on open surgical and endovascular repair. He is a genuine academic surgeon who has become world-renowned for advancements in fenestrated and branched stent-graft technology to treat complex aortic aneurysms and dissections. He has edited three books on complex endovascular aortic repair, vascular disease, and mesenteric arterial disease. He serves as associate editor in two international journals and is a member of the editorial board of over 30 surgical and medical journals. Dr. Oderich bibliography is extensive with over 600 publications in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts and book chapters. He continues his research efforts on the treatment of complex aortic diseases, connective tissue disorders, and MALS. 

Kevin El-Hayak, MD, FACS

Kevin El-Hayek, MD, FACS

Kevin El-Hayek, MD, FACS is Section Head of Endoscopic Surgery and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery at the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and received an MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2006. He then joined the Cleveland Clinic for residency in general surgery followed by clinical fellowships in minimally invasive surgery/endoscopic surgery and hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery. He was on faculty at the Cleveland Clinic from 2013-2019 before moving to the MetroHealth System. Dr. El-Hayek is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is serving as the President of the Cleveland Surgical Society from 2021-2022. His clinical and research interests include endoscopic surgery, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery. He has published and presented extensively on numerous gastrointestinal disorders including MALS; with a particular interest in evaluating the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery. He currently serves as a deputy editor for Digestive Disease Interventions and is a reviewer for multiple journals. He treats both children and adults with MALS.