Clotcast: Season 2 Episode 3

Talking to Your Doctor about PAD

Drs. Lee Kirksey, Samir Shah, and Chloé Powell provide guidance on how to talk to your doctor or healthcare team about PAD. Key discussion points include:

  • How to recognize and talk about risk factors
  • Questions to ask if you’ve recently been diagnosed with PAD and are determining treatment options
  • Keys to open communication and building trust with your doctor

Moderator: Lee Kirksey MD, MBA
Special Guests: Samir Shah, MD, MPH and Chloé Powell, MD

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Dr. Lee Kirksey is a board-certified vascular surgeon. He joined the Department of Vascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart, Vascular, and Thoracic Institute at The Cleveland Clinic in 2011. Dr. Kirksey holds the Walter W. Buckley Endowed Vice Chairman position and is the Chief Equity and Community Engagement Officer at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Kirksey’s clinical areas of interest include minimally invasive and hybrid approaches to complex vascular disease. His research areas include the investigation of solutions that address healthcare disparities in underserved and minority groups and the delivery of value-based population healthcare. He is co-author of the book Your Guide to Optimal Health, which, contrary to his clinical practice as a surgeon, details an evidence-based prescription for a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. He resides in Solon, Ohio with his wife Seema, and two sons Shyar and Nikash. 

Dr. Samir K. Shah is a vascular surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.  He completed his general surgery training at Cleveland Clinic and his vascular surgery training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has a broad clinical practice with a focus on complex open and endovascular interventions for peripheral arterial disease.  Dr. Shah’s research interests focus on decision-making around surgery and outcomes after vascular disease treatment, particularly in vulnerable populations. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the AGING Initiative, and the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers.

Dr. Chloé Powell is a vascular surgery resident at Michigan Medicine. Originally from Detroit, MI, she completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan where she obtained a BSE in Biomedical Engineering. She attended Harvard Medical School. She has an interest in understanding the multilevel factors contributing to inequities (race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status) in vascular surgery outcomes, especially for peripheral artery disease (PAD). In the long term, she plans to develop strategies to mitigate these inequities through community and practice-based interventions by targeting early detection among patients and providers, as well as, minimizing interventionalist contributions to inequities in clinical/surgical decision-making.

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