Welcome to the University of Chicago Medicine's Section of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, one of the most innovative vascular centers of Chicago.
We are proud of our section's long history of outstanding achievement in patient care, education, and research in the broad spectrum of vascular disease. With our current faculty of both full-time and part-time vascular surgeons, we provide clinical services at the University of Chicago's Hyde Park Campus and at our affiliate Weiss Memorial Hospital on the North Side.
The Section of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy is one of the leading vascular centers of Chicago. Our clinical faculty are involved in the non-invasive evaluation and medical management of patients with a wide variety of vascular problems including arterial occlusive disease, arterial aneurysms, and venous disorders.
We have special expertise in:
- Abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm treatment
- Aortic stent repair
- Advanced ischemic disease of the lower extremity
- Carotid and vertebral artery disease
- Carotid endarterectomy
- Carotid stent
- Dialysis access
- Endovascular treatment of obstructive arterial lesions and aortic aneurysms
- Iliac aneurysm
- Lower extremity atherectomy
- Lower extremity bypass
- Minimally invasive vascular therapy
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Reconstruction of the renal and intestinal blood vessels
- Renal artery stenosis
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Varicose veins
- VNUS closure
When needed, patients are also evaluated during our weekly conference with our multi-disciplinary team of physicians which includes colleagues from interventional radiology, cardiology, and neurology along with our associates in cardiothoracic surgery and neurosurgery.
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 studies 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 physiology. 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.
The University of Chicago Medicine's Vascular Surgery Fellowship program is dedicated to the training of surgeons who are interested in pursuing a career in academic vascular surgery. The program consists of 24 months of clinical training in vascular surgery with 12 months focusing on endovascular therapy of the aorta as well as visceral, renal and lower extremity arterial occlusive disease.