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Cardiovascular Surgeon at McLeod, Dr. Christopher G. CunninghamDr. Christopher G. Cunningham

As a member of McLeod's nationally recognized cardiovascular team, fellow-ship trained, board-certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Christopher G. Cunningham with his experience in both minimally invasive endovascular treatments as well as complex surgery is helping fight the battle against stroke, peripheral arterial disease and aneurysms.‬

With years of experience in both minimally invasive endovascular treatments, such as carotid artery stenting as well as complex surgery, Dr. Cunningham is also fellowship trained and board certified in vascular surgery.

‪Dr. Cunningham received his medical degree from the Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. His general surgery residency was completed at the Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, California and a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Cunningham also served as the Head of the Section of Vascular Surgery, NNMC-Bethesda Navy Hospital and the Assistant Professor of Surgery where his duties included instructing residents and medical students in vascular surgery.‬

‪Dr. Cunningham is a member of the American Medical Association, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, The International Society of Vascular Surgery, the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery and the International Society for Endovascular Surgery. He received a Navy Commendation Medal for outstanding emergency and trauma surgical contribution in Middle Eastern, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific deployment as Battle Group Surgeon, USS Ranger CV-61 Battle Group.‬

‪"There is a real need in this community for vascular care education and I want to do my part to help by teaching the sign and symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease, who is at risk and treatment options. The thing I enjoy the most about my work is taking care of my patients," said Dr. Cunningham.‬

 Please call 843-777-7043 for an appointment today.



Dr Winkler

Dr. Gabor A. Winkler

Vascular Surgeon Dr. Gabor A. Winkler is a leading surgeon with immeasurable experience. He is board certified in vascular surgery and has additional advanced interventional fellowship training.

Dr. Winkler received his medical degree from Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Medical School in Frankfurt, Germany. He completed a General Surgery Residency at the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining McLeod, Dr. Winkler served as the Vice President of Surgical Services and Chairman for the Department of Surgery for a large healthcare system in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Winkler has participated in several post market analysis trials in carotid stents for the improvement of patient care. He also participated in the development of a new device under investigation for dialysis access. Dr. Winkler is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is fluent in Hungarian, German and English.

Dr. Winkler's areas of expertise include: Carotid Surgery and Stenting for Stroke Prevention, Endovascular and Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Dialysis Access Surgery, and Advanced Minimally Invasive Limb Salvage Therapy.



Carmen M. PiccoloDr. Carmen M. Piccolo

Vascular Surgeon Dr. Carmen M. Piccolo is a skilled surgeon who is board certified in general surgery with vascular surgery fellowship training. A native of New Jersey, Dr. Piccolo joins McLeod having served as Chief Vascular Fellow for General Vascular Surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. During his education, Dr. Piccolo received training in advanced techniques using percutaneous methods for aneurysm repairs. Dr. Piccolo is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation.

Dr. Piccolo received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY. He completed his residency at General Surgery Consortium Program with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA and completed a General Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

His interest in medicine began with his experiences as an emergency medical technician in college. "I enjoy the fast paced environment of medicine, the science behind it, and the opportunities to take care of people," said Dr. Piccolo. "I chose vascular surgery because it allows the physician to treat a broad spectrum of patient's needs: chronic medical condition management, open surgeries, and a higher endovascular surgery - the total package for treating cardiovascular disease."

Dr. Piccolo's areas of expertise include: Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Carotid Surgery and Stenting for Stroke Prevention, Dialysis Access Surgery, Limb Salvage Intervention, and Peripheral Arterial Disease.



Dr David S BjerkenDr. David S. Bjerken

Dr. Bjerken comes to McLeod with 24 years of vascular surgery experience and a sub-specialty in dialysis access surgery and percutaneous intervention.

Dr. Bjerken received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA and completed a General Surgery Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

"I love the patients, the challenge, complexity and attention to detail required for vascular surgery," said Dr. Bjerken. "Dialysis access is also a very creative process. The patients are wonderful people in circumstances that can be challenging. I appreciate the opportunity to help them with my services."

Dr. Bjerken is a member of the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the Vascular Access Society of the Americas. His areas of expertise include: dialysis access surgery and intervention, carotid surgery for stroke prevention, lower extremity bypass, percutaneous endovascular and open aortic aneurysm repair.




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