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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 181-182

John anderson – Pioneer of complex aortic endovascular repair in Australia

Department of Vascular Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia

Date of Submission26-May-2022
Date of Acceptance26-May-2022
Date of Web Publication13-Jun-2022

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Albert A Kota
Department of Vascular Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital
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DOI: 10.4103/ijves.ijves_31_22

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Kota AA, Subramaniam P, Fitridge R. John anderson – Pioneer of complex aortic endovascular repair in Australia. Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2022;9:181-2

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John was a brilliant vascular surgeon – a pioneer of advanced endovascular interventions and a legend of his time.

John was born on May 14, 1943, in Glasgow, Scotland. He emigrated to Australia in 1951 and went to school in Adelaide. He had a short stint at the Royal Military College – Duntroon, as an army officer, which heleft to study medicine. Following graduation, John worked as a country general practitioner for a few years where he developed his passion for surgery.[1–3]

After undertaking training as a General and then Vascular Surgeon, he mastered minimally invasive techniques which were rare at that time. Endovascular procedures like angioplasties were popularized by interventional radiologists in Australia in the 1980s, although vascular surgeons showed early interest. The importance of these procedures and their relevance to the field of Vascular Surgery was appreciated by pioneers like John Anderson. Using an image intensifier, John performed his first peripheral angioplasty in 1984.[4],[5]

He was further attracted to the field of endovascular surgery during his time at the Bay Area Vascular Society, the USA, where he listened to a cardiologist talk about debulking procedures such as atherectomy. He was interested in the management of occlusive disease and was keen to embark on this minimally invasive approach. He pioneered different endovascular techniques and was a skilful surgeon par excellence.[3]

He was the first to perform successful clinical fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair in 1998 in Adelaide, Australia, in collaboration with Mr. David Hartley and Dr. Michael Lawrence-Brown (MLB) from Royal Perth Hospital, who developed the Cook Zenith device. John, David and Michael became close friends as well as colleagues. He then went on to master the techniques of complex aortic endovascular repair. His valuable experience and feedback to the Cook Medical team led to the concept that became the pre-loaded, three-piece Zenith Device. MLB fondly remembered John as his 'test pilot' during their early careers and also praised him as being a complete vascular surgeon having exceptional surgical skills both open and endovascular.[1],[4],[5]

John has also published his series of complex endovascular interventions in thoracoabdominal aneurysms. He disseminated his knowledge and experience so that others could benefit.[6],[7]

Numerous surgeons travelled to Adelaide to watch him perform difficult operations and were awestruck with his endovascular skills. He was a great teacher to many clinical fellows who visited and worked with him from different continents.

John was married to Marie and had three children. He passed away on February 3, 2016, in Adelaide, but his legacy endures in many of his mentees.

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