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Aortic story


Cook Medical has a rich heritage of partnerships, innovation, quality, and value. We use our expertise and products to help patients get back to living.

Aortic disease is currently an incurable,
progressive condition with many complexities.

Left untreated, it can be life-threatening.

Because every patient is unique, disease progression is influenced by a variety of factors.

When you need more than our diverse portfolio, we create a customized approach to fit each unique patient anatomy.

Managing aortic disease requires
more than just products.

Cook offers a complete aortic therapies program, which provides a portfolio of endovascular products and services that assist physicians in the management of aortic disease.


A device designed to fit the patient

early innovators in patient-specific technology
30 years of experience
Over 70,000 patient-specific cases planned
Experience from the aortic valves to the iliacs

Partners and pioneers

1963 | Cook
Cook Medical founder Bill Cook meets Dr. Charles Dotter at a Radiology Society of North America conference, sparking the beginning of a new era of minimally invasive medicine.
1964 | Dotter
Dr. Dotter is the first to perform peripheral angioplasty using a Cook wire guide and coaxial catheter system. This leads to his early work in vascular stenting.
1984 | Gianturco
Dr. Cesare Gianturco works with Cook R&D head Tom Osborne to invent the first self-expanding Z stent, the platform on which most stent grafts are based today.
1990 | Parodi
Dr. Juan Parodi combines surgical graft material and a balloon-expandable stent to perform the first AAA endovascular repair, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1991 | Chuter
Dr. Timothy Chuter develops the first unibody, bifurcated aortic graft. Dr. Michael Lawrence-Brown and David Hartley collaborate with Dr. Chuter to incorporate his design.
1992 | Parodi
Dr. Parodi presents at the International Endovascular Symposium (IES). Dr. Lawrence-Brown is inspired and works with Hartley to build a prototype of a modular endovascular design.
Mid-1990s | Ivancev
Dr. Krassi Ivancev plays a major role in the advancement of endovascular devices by teaching, including by training Drs. Roy Greenberg and Chuter.
1994 | Lawrence-Brown
Dr. Lawrence-Brown and Hartley develop the original preloaded graft.
1997 | Anderson
Drs. John Anderson, Tom Browne and Lawrence-Brown, along with Hartley, work with Cook Australia’s research team to develop the first fenestrated endovascular graft.
1997 | Hartley
Radiographer David Hartley and Lawrence-Brown design the first delivery system to use trigger wires for controlled deployment, the basic design which is still used in the Zenith introduction system.
1998 | Stelter
Prof. Wolf Stelter successfully implants the first fenestrated device in Europe. A few months prior, Dr. Anderson performs the first successful fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair with a Cook device in Adelaide, Australia.
Early 2000s | Greenberg
Drs. Roy Greenberg and Chuter spearhead the development of branched grafts to treat more extensive aortic disease, including thoracoabdominal and aortic arch aneurysms.


For over 30 years, Cook has partnered with physicians to create innovative solutions that help manage aortic disease.
We provide a comprehensive portfolio of durable products and unrivaled services that, together, deliver value to our customers.

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