In addition to important clinical and educational commitments, our faculty is actively involved in a broad range of basic science and clinical research in vascular disease. The Section of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy is nationally recognized for both clinical and basic research and has major external and federal funding for its research program including awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association and American College of Surgeons. The section has a long history of investigations including investigations of atherosclerosis and intimal hyperplasia by molecular techniques, circulatory physiology, ischemia and reperfusion injury and endothelial cell receptor physiology.

Current research is focused on atherosclerosis, hemodynamics, intimal hyperplasia, circulatory physiology and venous hysiology. Specific projects are underway investigating the biomechanics of intimal hyperplasia, the imaging and molecular determinants of carotid atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability, and the use of HSV-1 eluting stents in the prevention of restenosis.

Basic Research Projects

Basic Science research in the Section of Vascular Surgery is well funded by the National Institutes of Health, The American Heart Association and the American College of Surgeons. Major research topics include intimal hyperplasia, advancing diagnostic technologies, gene therapy, and prevention of restenosis.