Production Bios

Eight, Arizona PBS
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Chris Wooley

Dr. John Pacanowski
Dr. Pacanowski is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Arizona and Chief of Vascular Surgery at Tucson Medical Center. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Genetics and Developmental Biology. He then attended St. George's University in Grenada to complete his medical degree. Dr. Pacanowski finished his surgical internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he also concluded his vascular fellowship in 2003. In addition, Dr. Pacanowski is an accomplished research scholar receiving many academic awards including the Endovascular Fellow's Research Award in 2002 and 2003, as well as the Southern Association of Vascular Surgery, Founders Award in 2003. He is the author of numerous journal publications and has co-authored several text book chapters. Dr. Pacanowski is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general and vascular surgery and has advanced qualifications in endovascular surgical procedures.


Chris Wooley

Dr. Luis Leon
Dr. Luis Leon attended the Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University and obtained his medical degree in 1996. He received surgical training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and San Joaquin General Hospital in California from 1997 to 2003. In addition, Dr. Leon completed a vascular and endovascular fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center in 2005. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general and vascular surgery. He has been a registered vascular technologist since 2004 and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2008. Dr. Leon served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tucson from 2005 until 2008. During his tenure at the VA hospital, he belonged to several committees, including the Research and Development, Limb Preservation and Peer Review Committees. Dr. Leon has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and more than 10 book chapters. He serves as a reviewer for several specialty journals, including the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Annals of Vascular Surgery. He is a member of several professional societies, including The Society for Vascular Surgery and The International Society for Vascular Surgery. His academic productivity has earned him a number of awards, including the Charles C. Guthrie Award from the Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society in 2004 and the very prestigious E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship Award from the American Vascular Association in 2007. His productivity also earned him an associate professor of surgery degree at the University of Arizona, tenure-eligible, since April 2008. He has a strong interest in both the research and clinical aspects of carotid, aortic and venous disease.


Chris Wooley

Dr. Miguel Montero-Baker
Dr. Miguel Montero-Baker is a vascular and endovascular surgeon. He graduated with honors from his residency in vascular surgery at the University of Costa Rica. As he finished his residency, he was awarded a DAAD scholarship to further pursue his interest in interventional therapies in Leipzig, Germany. There, he completed a peripheral vascular ultrasound fellowship and an advanced peripheral vascular interventions fellowship. Today, he is a well-recognized opinion leader for the Latin American medical community and member of The International Society for Vascular Surgery, The Society for Vascular Surgery and Horizons International Peripheral Group. His main clinical interests are critical limb ischemia and aortic aneurysms. The American Board of Vascular Surgery granted him advanced placement in a vascular surgery residency, which he is currently finishing at the University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ.


Chris Wooley

Chris Wooley
VAS Communications
Chris Wooley is a 25-year veteran of healthcare-related documentary and educational television programs. Among his works are In the Heart of China and A Woman's Heart with Joanne Woodward, which aired on PBS, Medical Innovations with Cliff Robertson, which aired on the Discovery Channel, and Let's Face the Fats airing on CNBC. One of Wooley's first jobs was as a production intern with VAS Communications, the group that co-produced The Operation with Eight, Arizona PBS in the early 1980s. His professional work has won him numerous broadcasting awards including gold medals at the New York and Chicago Film Festivals.


Wayne Dickmann

Wayne Dickmann
Even Keel Productions, Inc.
Wayne Dickmann is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in healthcare-related films. He also produced a local travel series for Eight, Arizona PBS entitled Arizona State of Mind in 2008 and was named Arizona Filmmaker of the Year for his feature film The Sum of One in 2002. Dickmann worked for VAS Communications from 1995 to 2003 where he produced numerous educational, documentary and short films. Those films obtained him several awards including first place in the US International Film Festival for his short film The Silence. Dickmann graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1994.


Jim Cissell

Jim Cissell
Talent and Host
Jim Cissell has voiced, written and produced over 10,000 commercials, TV shows, films and videos. His work includes movie trailers for Disney, infomercials for Johnny Carson and Sonny & Cher, and a long list of national commercials for companies like Dairy Queen, California Avocados and PETsMART. His list of accomplishments has obtained him several major awards – CLIO’s, Addy’s, Telly’s, EFFY’s, Golden CINE, Peabody’s, Hugo’s and the Mercury’s. Additionally, his voice-overs and on-camera work have been featured on Oprah, The World’s Funniest, and Now A Word from Our Sponsor – as well as in the White House.


Production Credits

The Latest Procedure: Endovascular Leg Therapies

Executive Producers
Wayne Dickmann
Chris Wooley

Chris Wooley

Writer & Editor
Wayne Dickmann

Jim Cissell

Guest Physicians
John Pacanowski, MD
Luis Leon, MD
Miguel Montero-Baker, MD

Medical Illustration
Mike Austin

Wayne Dickmann

Engineer in Charge
Jeff Martin

Audio Sound Mixer & Robotic Camera Operator
Dave Winn

Directors of Photography
Wayne Dickmann
Robert Flowers

Camera Operator & Field Sound
Eddie Valencia

Production Administration
Dawn Brummett

Pedal Access Animations provided courtesy of:
COOK Medical

Atherectomy Animation provided courtesy of:

Special Thanks:

PIMA Vascular
Tucson Medical Center
Agave Surgical Associates

Edward B. Diethrich, MD

Dana Rigdon

Alicia Moura, Tucson Medical Center

Polly Rodriguez
Agave Surgical Associates

Vanessa Urrea
PIMA Vascular

Robert Horvath, MD
Douglas Jacobson, MD
John Lowry
Donna Riesgo
William Wallace
Judith Wallace
Sarah Wistnek, RN BSN
Staci Dominguez
Nathan Greene, RVT
Camilla Kelly
John Lowry
Robert Mayam
Julie Monoyoqu
Sylvester Palomino
Edward Salazar

And to all the patients who allowed us to film their procedure


For Eight, Arizona PBS

Art Director
Mark Harms

Associate Producer
Suzanne Guery

Bryan Jackson
Charles Wren
Karl Voss

Jen Burke
Colleen Pierce
Sondra Mesnik

Web Site
Sinan Yucel

Executive Producer
Nancy Southgate

Executive in Charge of Production
Kelly McCullough

The Latest Procedure: Endovascular Leg Therapies
is a production of Eight, Arizona PBS.

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