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W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Joins Vascular and Endovascular Physicians in Honoring 2013 Pioneers in Performance Winners for Latin America



4/29/2013 12:07:24 PM

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. & SÃO PAULO—April 29, 2013—W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) today announced the launch of the Pioneers in Performance for Latin America awards program with the 2013 winners. Today’s announcement came at the Congreso Internacional Cirugia Endovascular 2013 (CICE) conference in São Paulo, Brasil. Each year, a distinguished group of physicians are honored with the Pioneers in Performance Awards sponsored by Gore. This is the first year that Gore has introduced the award to the Latin American vascular community which includes physicians practicing in Mexico and the countries across Central and South America. The winners can be viewed by visiting pioneersinperformance.com/la/. These physicians have been selected by their peers for their unrelenting dedication to advancing vascular and endovascular therapy and minimally invasive treatment options for patients worldwide, including aortic and lower-limb bypass and dialysis access surgery.

Physicians were chosen across four major categories that reflect a strong and ongoing commitment to improving clinical and patient performance through collaboration. Nominees have demonstrated collaboration as it relates to improving patient and clinical performance: a commitment to ongoing learning, dedication to sharing knowledge with peers and patients, dedication to creating consensus within the medical community, and a dedication to analysis of outcomes.

Commitment to Ongoing Learning:

• Pierre Galvagni, MD, Brasil

Dedication to Sharing Knowledge with Peers and Patients:

• Gustavo Rubio Arguello, MD, Mexico

Dedication to Creating Consensus within the Medical Community:

• Arno Von Ristow, MD, Brasil

Dedicatio to Analysis of Clinical Outcomes:

• Alberto Munoz, MD, Colombia

Dr. Juan Parodi of Argentina is a member of the Pioneers in Performance nominating academyand one of the first physicians to ever receive the honor of Pioneer in Performance, in 2009. “To have recognition is a big reward. When the recognition comes from qualified colleagues it represents a big deal in your life as a physician and human being. The idea is to show young colleagues that a good performance is possible and persistence and hard work gives you the chance to use your creativity on new achievements,” said Parodi.

“The vascular community in Latin America has greatly influenced endovascular and vascular therapy, beginning with one of the original pioneers of endovascular aortic repair, Argentina’s Dr. Parodi, whose achievement brought the groundbreaking treatment to patients 20 years ago,” said Ryan Takeuchi, Gore Aortic Business Leader. “We are thrilled to introduce our Pioneers in Performance program to this deserving group of physicians dedicated to driving medical innovation and improving clinical and patient outcomes across Mexico and South and Central America. We congratulate our winners and look forward to honoring this important community in future programs.”

The collaboration between Gore and physician pioneers has resulted in the development of minimally invasive treatment options for safely and effectively managing patients with aneurysms including the Conformable GORE® TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis and the GORE® EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis. These important partnerships have also yielded first-in-class products such as the GORE® VIABAHN® Endoprosthesis with CARMEDA® Bioactive Surface, which is used to treat patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD), and the GORE® PROPATEN® Vascular Graft for peripheral use, including lower-limb bypass and dialysis access surgery.

ABOUT W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES

The Gore Medical Products Division has provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for more than 35 years. During that time, more than 35 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide. The extensive Gore Medical family of products includes vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes for hernia repair, soft tissue reconstruction, staple line reinforcement and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac, and general surgery. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. For more information, visit www.goremedical.com.

GORE®, EXCLUDER®, PIONEERS IN PERFORMANCE, PROPATEN®, TAG®, VIABAHN®, and designs are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates. CARMEDA® and CBAS® are trademarks of Carmeda AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.



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