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Walid Alami, M.D.
Dr Alami is an interventional cardiologist at Heart, Arteries &Veins a cardiology practice in Scottsdale. Dr. Alami received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. He completed fellowships in cardiology, heart failure and transplantation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He also completed an interventional fellowship in cardiology and peripheral vascular intervention at St. Vincent’s Heart Institute in Portland, Oregon. Practicing in Scottsdale since 1996, Dr. Alami has a special interest in coronary and peripheral vascular diagnosis and intervention and is a specialist in varicose vein treatment with minimally invasive techniques using laser technology. He has given lectures to the community on various topics such as Women & Heart Disease and the Peripheral Artery Disease.

 

Glenn C. Cook, M.D.
Dr. Cook has practiced interventional radiology in the Scottsdale Healthcare system for more than 25 years. He is an associate of Scottsdale Medical Imaging, Ltd.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Utah College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He served as chief resident and as a cardiovascular and interventional fellow during his final year of training.

The doctor is board certified as a diagnostic radiologist by the American Board of Radiology and has a certificate of added qualification in vascular and interventional radiology.

Dr. Cook was an assistant professor of radiology at the University of Arizona following his residency and before entering private practice. He has a long history of successful vascular intervention and is trained in the newest modalities to achieve optimum results.

He has served as chairman of the department of radiology at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn and is currently a member of the medical staff’s credentials and peripheral vascular committees.

 

Curtis A. Erickson, M.D.
A surgeon with Southwest Heart and Lung PC in Phoenix since 1995, Dr. Erickson is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general surgery and vascular surgery.  He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, where he also served his general surgery residency. His general vascular surgery fellowship was at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  

Dr. Erickson has practiced in Tucson, where he was chairman of vascular surgery at Eldorado Hospital and chairman of surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was a clinical assistant professor in the department of surgery at the University of Arizoma Health Sciences Center for more than five years.

 

Nassim Haddad, M.D.

Dr. Haddad practices at Heart, Arteries & Veins a cardiology practice in Scottsdale.

He is board certified in seven medical specialties – Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Nuclear Cardiology, Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography, Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Haddad received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Damascus, Faculty of Medicine, in Damascus, Syria. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Michigan State University, Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, where he also was an instructor in clinical medicine at the College of Human Medicine. He fulfilled a geriatric medicine fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Dr. Haddad completed both his cardiovascular medicine fellowship (chief fellow) and his interventional cardiovascular medicine fellowship at Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Michigan.

 

Dr. Rolf K. HultschRolf K. Hultsch, M.D.
Dr. Hultsch has been practicing interventional radiology in Scottsdale since 2005. He is a partner of Scottsdale Medical Imaging, Ltd., which provides radiology services for Scottsdale Healthcare.

He received his undergraduate degree with high honors in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia. Following four years working in industry, he attended and graduated from medical school at Ohio State University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. A fellowship in interventional radiology followed at the same institution.

Dr. Hultsch performs a wide range of interventional radiology procedures including peripheral vascular interventions. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology and earned a certificate of added qualification in interventional radiology.

 

Jason R. Kerr, M.D.
Dr. Kerr has been practicing interventional radiology in Scottsdale since 2007. He is a partner of Scottsdale Medical Imaging, Ltd.

He graduated magna cum laude in anatomy and physiology from Brigham Young University and attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a transitional medicine internship at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

The doctor completed a four-year residency and became board certified in diagnostic radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He then completed a one-year fellowship in interventional radiology at the same institution.

Dr. Kerr performs a variety of minimally invasive procedures within the field of interventional radiology, including many diagnostic and interventional procedures involving the peripheral vascular system.

 

John M. Neil, M.D.
A specialist in vascular and interventional radiology, Dr. Neil is the medical director for radiology at all three Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals. He also serves as chairman of the radiology department at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea, co-chairman of the peripheral vascular committee and vice chairman of the interventional radiology program at all Scottsdale Healthcare facilities. He has practiced vascular and interventional radiology locally since 1999. 

The doctor received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Kansas and his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He completed his radiology residency and vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at the Mallinkrodt Institute of Radiology (Washington University School of Medicine). During his fellowship, he collaborated with interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons and received training in peripheral endovascular treatments. 

Dr. Neil is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and was awarded a certificate of added qualification in vascular and interventional radiology. He is an active member of the Society of Interventional Radiology, the American College of Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Radiology Society of North America. 

Dr. Neil has numerous interests pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of both arterial and venous disease. By virtue of his radiology training, he has a strong focus on using appropriate non-invasive methods to diagnose vascular disease, with particular focus on ultrasound, CT angiography and MR angiography techniques.  

Alessandra Puggioni, M.D.
Dr. Puggioni graduated from the University of Rome in 1994 and received her 5-year General Surgery education at the University of Hawaii, where she trained with surgeons who pioneered venous valve repairs and deep venous reconstructions. She won several awards during her residency, including "Best Resident's Chairman Award" for 2 consecutive years, due to superior surgical skills, patient management and team leadership.

She completed a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. At that time she won the BSN Research Fellowship of the American venous Forum for her original experimental research. The following year Dr. Puggioni was awarded the Marco Polo Fellowship by the Society for Vascular Surgery, which she spent in Dendermonde, Belgium with the world-leaders in cutting-edge endovascular procedures.

After fellowship Dr. Puggioni worked as an academic vascular surgery attending at Maimonides Medical center in New York, where she held a position as Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr Puggioni is a fully-trained vascular and endovascular surgeon, board-certified by the American College of Surgeons in both General and Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Puggioni is a member of numerous Vascular societies committees and a reviewer for scientific publicatons. She regularly presents her research work at major vascular society meetings in the US and abroad, and has authored over thirty peer-reviewed articles as well as twelve book chapters in the field of arterial and venous vascular diseases.

Her expertise encompasses the full range of vascular disorders, including aneurysm repair, carotid surgery, bypass for limb salvage, as well as the treatment of venous thrombosis and varicose veins.

 

Gavin P. Slethaug, M.D.
Chairman of Interventional Radiology at all three Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals and a partner at Scottsdale Medical Imaging Ltd., Dr. Slethaug has practiced vascular and interventional radiology in Scottsdale since 1999. 

He is board certified in radiology by the American Board of Radiology and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He pursued undergraduate studies at McGill University and received his medical degree from the University of Toronto. His did his radiology residency at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis. He then did a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology, also at the Mallinckrodt Institute. 

Dr. Slethaug has numerous interests in the field of interventional radiology/endovascular intervention. His practice involves arterial and venous intervention including angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy and embolization. 

He serves on the Scottsdale Healthcare peripheral vascular committee and was a founder of the aortic stent-graft program at Scottsdale Healthcare in 2002, which currently treats both abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms.

The doctor has interests in interventional oncology including chemoembolization and cryoablation/radiofrequency ablation of tumors. He also has interests in women’s health including uterine artery embolization for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids.  

 

Stephen T. Smith MD,FACS
Vascular Surgery

Dr. Smith is a vascular surgeon with Cardiovascular Consultants, Ltd. in Scottsdale. Dr. Smith is board certified in vascular surgery and has advanced training in endovascular and minimally invasive vascular surgery. After receiving his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 2001, Dr. Smith completed his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at UT Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. Following the completion of his training, Dr. Smith was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern and the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Smith has advanced training and special interest in the endovascular treatment of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms and lower extremity peripheral arterial disease. He performed academic research in the area of deep venous thrombosis and has extensive experience in its minimally invasive treatment. He was selected to be a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is an active member of this organization and the Society of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Smith is certified by the American Board of Surgery in the specialties of Surgery and Vascular Surgery.