The 2nd Annual Taheri Memorial Lectureship

Thank you Dr. Steven Elias for speaking at the 2nd Annual Syde A. Taheri Memorial Lectureship

Dr. Steven Elias with the Division of Vascular Surgery
Dr. Steven Elias with the Division of Vascular Surgery

Syde A. Taheri

January 23, 1927 – July 5, 2017

Dr. Taheri is known nationally and internationally for his multiple inventions. He is one of the co-inventors of the Talent endovascular aoritc stent grafts, primarily now used in its Thoracic role, as well as significant contributions of venous valve surgery and disease.

Dr. Syde Taheri was born in the desert city of Yadz, Iran. He began his training in Tehran, receiving his MD from the University of Tehran in 1951. He then moved to the United States where he completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston Texas, under the aegis of Dr. Michael Debakey. He then completed a fellowship in surgical research at the University at Buffalo, prior to embarking on a career in private practice in 1961. He began his practice primarily out of the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital.

He received over 70 patents throughout his career. He had a vision of minimally invasive surgery for aortic disease, and patented his concept in 1987 for implanting a tubular graft through a blood vessel. The first clinical research on this concept was done at UB in 1991 and the first human implant was in Australia in 1995. Clinically, he was known for his rapid handling of ruptured aneurysms, and the phrase “big bites.”

He received numerous honors including from the International Symposium of Endovascular Treatment of Aortic Diseases for invention of Talent thoracic stent graft which he co-invented with Howard Leonhardt at SVS of South America in Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2005, the Award for Achievement in Health Care from D’Youville College, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western New York Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He also founded a local medical journal, Tracks, which he edited for 10 years, and served as an Associated Editor for the International Journal of Angiology. He was the President of the Western New York Vascular Society. He authored over 60 manuscripts in peer reviews journals.

He was an “out of the box” thinker, coming up with many concepts in and out of medicine. His research primarily focused on venous valvular disease and aortic aneurysms in the medical fields. His thinking, however, was not limited to medicine. He envisioned injecting French fries with other vegetables to make them healthier, and patented that concept in 2000. Thinkers as brilliant and unique as Taheri are few and far between, he will be greatly missed.

Steven Elias

Steven Elias, MD, FACS is Director of the Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. He is the Founder of the American Venous Forum Fellows Course in Vein Disease which educates graduating physicians about the management of vein disease.

His clinical interests include all aspects of minimally invasive vein care, both procedure development and teaching. Venous education of new and current practitioners has been the cornerstone of his commitment to modern vein care and its impact on patient outcomes. Dr. Elias has lectured, written and taught about vein disease both nationally and internationally. He is also the Founder and Course Director of the annual Expert Venous Management Summit. He is the Medical Director of VEIN Magazine and the Medical Editor of the American Venous Forum’s Newsletter, Vein Specialist. He has been Principle Investigator/Investigator in multiple clinical trials and performed the first in man ClariVein procedure.

Societal memberships include:

  • American Venous Forum and Distinguished Fellow of the American Venous Forum
  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • American Vein and Lymphatic Society
  • American College of Surgery
  • Fellow of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

He has been the Director of Mount Sinai Vein Center and Columbia University Vascular Vein Programs. Dr. Elias is a fellowship trained vascular surgeon, board certified in venous and lymphatic medicine and general surgery.