Dr. Illig attended Harvard College and Cornell Medical College, graduating AOA. He completed his general surgical residency and vascular surgical fellowship at the University of Rochester, and served as Professor and Chief of Vascular surgery at both Rochester and the University of South Florida before relocating to the Dialysis Access Institute in Orangeburg, SC, in 2018, where in 3 years he performed approximately 2,100 dialysis access procedures. He has now joined FLOW Vascular Institute in Houston, TX, and practices at five access centers. Dr. Illig’s practice is exclusively devoted to arteriovenous access and AV access-associated venous thoracic outlet syndrome. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 50 chapters, multiple invited reviews and commentaries, and three books, including two editions of the definitive multi-author textbook on thoracic outlet syndrome. He’s one of the developers of the concept that the venous thoracic outlet plays a role in many patients with AV access dysfunction, and has surgically treated over 100 people with this condition. He’s an Academic Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, a member of the American Surgical Association, and a former member and senior board examiner of the Vascular Surgery Board of the ABS.