Professor Ian Spark
MBChB(Leeds, UK), BSc(Medical Ultrasound), MD(Leeds, UK), FRCS, FRACS

Professor Ian Spark undertook his undergraduate medical training at Leeds University (UK). His general and vascular surgical training continued in Leeds, North America and Australia. Professor Spark obtained research experience as part of his MD thesis titled “understanding and modification of ischaemia reperfusion injury”, and his ongoing commitment is illustrated by presentations at international and national meetings, as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals.

He started as Professor of Vascular Surgery at Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University in 2008, and works as a Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at Flinders Medical Centre, Flinders Private Hospital and Glenelg Day Hospital. In addition to providing a high-quality clinical service, his principal aspiration is to improve management of peripheral vascular diseases. He has gained external grant support from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Foundation of Australia, and Veteran Affairs Foundation for his research into these areas.

His research involves both basic science, in collaboration with SAHMRI and Flinders Cancer Centre, biomedical science and clinical research. He is currently supervising four PhD candidates and three MD students. He is principal investigator on several multi-centre trials including SHIELD, In-Pact Global, Illuminate Global, Illuminate ISR and Illuminate BTK. All of these have focused on saving limbs with the use of new devices and stents. He is also involved in, and has published results from, the GREAT registry and Engage registry, which focus on examining the durability and cost effectiveness of stent graft repair of aortic aneurysms.

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