Benjamin Starnes, MD - Military experience, entrepreneurship in surgery, and IDE for treating aortic aneurysms

Dr. Starnes is a Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery for UW Medicine.  He received his undergraduate degree at Albright College in Reading, PA, his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his surgical training at Walter Reed in Washington, D.C.  Prior to accepting his position at UW Medicine, Dr. Starnes spent a total of 15 years in the United States Army serving three combat tours, one in Kosovo and two in Iraq.  

Disclaimer: Dr. Starnes is a co-founder of Aortica corporation where he holds patents and stock options

(0:22)  Academic bio

(0:55) Research interests

(1:23)  Western Vascular society

(5:25) Military experience

(17:29) Aortica Corporation

(29:00) Discussion on the widespread use of FEVAR

(33:15) IDE process

(33:58) Starnes FEVAR results prior to obtaining IDE

(38:30) The Bleeding Edge documentary

(38:38) Elizabeth Holmes

(40:25) Fenestrations for everyone!