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Aorta Treatments
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Federico Parodi, MD

  • Vascular Surgeon

Eric Roselli, MD

  • Director, Aorta Center

At Cleveland Clinic’s Aorta Center, our mission is to bring together a knowledgeable and experienced multidisciplinary team of cardiology and vascular doctors and surgeons and other experts to provide a thorough evaluation of patients using state-of-the art diagnostic testing, ongoing comprehensive care of patients with disease of the aorta, connective tissue disorder and Marfan Syndrome, genetic screening for families of patients with genetic disorders, and ongoing research and education to provide patients with high quality and innovative therapies. Please join us to have your questions on Aorta Disease answered by Vascular Surgeon Federico Parodi, MD, and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Aorta Center, Eric Roselli, MD.

The aorta is the body’s main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The section of the aorta that starts with the aortic valve in the heart and goes to the diaphragm is called the thoracic aorta. The part of the aorta that extends from the diaphragm through the abdomen is called the abdominal aorta.

The aorta can become damaged and weak, causing it to become wider (aneurysm) or torn (dissection). It can also, in rare cases, become blocked (stenosis or occlusion). These problems increase your risk of having a life-threatening event. Damage to your aorta can be caused by an injury or certain diseases and health conditions. These include atherosclerosis, medial degeneration, hypertension, genetic conditions, and other connective tissue disorders.

Many patients with thoracic aorta conditions also have problems with the aortic valve. This requires having the aortic valve repaired or replaced at the same time the problem with the thoracic aorta is corrected. Patients with abdominal aorta conditions may also have problems with the blood vessels that are attached to the aorta and need additional treatment.

Federico Ezequiel Parodi, MD, is a vascular surgeon in the Department of Vascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He is board certified in vascular surgery. Dr. Parodi has special interest in aortic aneurysms, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, and endovascular surgery.

Dr. Parodi earned his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He relocated to the United States to accept a research fellowship in vascular surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo. He subsequently completed a general surgery internship at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla., followed by vascular surgery residency at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.

Eric Roselli, MD, is Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery, Director of the Aorta Center and a Staff Surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and on the teaching faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Roselli did his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, where he received the David J. Hallisey Memorial Academic Scholarship. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, graduating in 1997 "with distinction." He completed residencies in both surgery and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic, followed by additional training in catheter-based interventions and endovascular surgery. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 2005 in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dr. Roselli's specialty interests include Adult Cardiac surgery, surgery for thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection including endovascular treatment, Aortic valve repair and replacement including minimally invasive and percutaneous treatment, high-risk reoperation surgery, and surgery for cardiovascular tumors.

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