Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

About

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery provides cutting edge care to patients with vascular disease. We pledge to provide the highest quality care based on clinical standards rooted in applied research and outcomes, while maintaining respect for our patients and their families.

We have tremendous and broad experience in managing vascular problems ranging from the most common to the rare and complex. Our doctors are among the best in the country.  State-of-the art techniques of vascular surgery offered include angioplasty, intra-arterial stents, minimally invasive surgery, and fenestrated endografting. We perform over 900 major vascular operations a year.

Through our Heart and Vascular center, multidisciplinary, multispecialty teams, such as cardiovascular medicine and interventional radiology, work together in a single location to make the overall patient experience more enjoyable. Patients can also choose to get vascular studies and be seen by physicians in our outreach facilities. In addition, our vascular surgeons see patients at our outreach clinics 1 to 2 days a month.

From an institutional standpoint, we are witnessing a time of renewed interest and commitment to treating patients with vascular disease in as safe environment.  We are one of two centers in State of Virginia that has performed fenestrated endovascular grafts for abdominal aortic aneurysms.  We are one of the few centers in the country that treats vascular related sports injuries to high performance athletes, including external iliac arteriopathies. At our vein center, we perform a variety of medically necessary procedures, as well as, cosmetic treatment of varicose veins.  We offer vascular screenings at our Northridge facility to evaluate for carotid atherosclerosis, lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD), and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

In the summer of 2014, we opened our new state of the art endovascular suite to perform hybrid procedures. Furthermore, in the fall of 2014 an Aortic Alert for aortic emergencies was implemented. With this alert, our on call cardiac and vascular surgeons are connected immediately via telephone with physicians from outside hospitals to determine a plan and expedite transfers to our hospital if needed.  With high level coordinated care, advanced technology, and a multidisciplinary team at hand, we are able to treat very complex patients other centers choose not to.

We are leaders in reconstruction and treatment of aortic aneurysms.  We have a robust basic science vascular research lab with multiple RO1 grants to explore new treatment options for aortic aneurysms.  In addition, we have many clinical trials that are open for patients to participate should they wish.  We are excited about our offerings and look forward to serving our vascular population in the State of Virginia, as well as, nationally.

Because we are here for you, twenty-four hour consultation is available for urgent or emergency cases. Consultation after 5:00 pm weekdays or on weekends can be initiated through the Vascular Surgery Fellow by calling the hospital page operator at 434-924-0000

The Vascular Surgery residency program was established in 1997 by Dr. Irving L. Kron and is recognized as one of the top clinical residency programs in the country. Our current vascular surgery program director is Dr. Megan Tracci. The vascular surgery residency program is two continuous years (2) of clinical training in adult vascular and endovascular surgery. All of the vascular surgery training is based at the University of Virginia Medical Center. At the completion of clinical training, residents are eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery with specialty in Vascular Surgery.

The program spans the continuum of care: from pre operative assessment, plan and execution of operations, critical care management, post operative recovery, and post surgical follow up evaluation. Residents are exposed to a variety of surgical and endovascular surgical treatments- from standard surgerical to new and innovative technologies. The primary focus of our program is to produce vascular surgery surgeons that are competitive for both academic and private practice positions at the completion of their training. As a tertiary medical center, the vascular surgery service receives a high volume of diverse and complex cases which provides an excellent clinical experience for the residents. The emphasis of the program is to develop vascular surgeons who have superior technical skills and strong clinical judgment. The depth and variety of clinical volume precludes any time for basic science research, though clinical projects, papers, and presentations, along applications for RPVI exam, are strongly encouraged and supported. We offer two RRC-approved positions a year in the vascular surgery program. The case variety and clinical experience at the University is varied and robust. All residents will be exposed to and will perform, with appropriate supervision, open vascular cases (carotid endarterectomy, aortic aneurysms, mesenteric and renal, peripheral arterial, venous, and endovascular aortic and peripheral procedures).

Vascular Sonographers

IAC Accredited in: 1.Peripheral Arterial 2. Peripheral Venous 3. Extracranial (Carotid) 4. Visceral (Abdominal)

Photo: Michael K. Gyampoh MHS, RVT.

Michael K. Gyampoh MHSc, RVT

Michael Gyampoh joined the UVA Health System Vascular Ultrasound Department in August 2011. He graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Health Science and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Science and Management from Western Carolina University. He obtained his Registered Vascular Technologist credentials from American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in 2004.


Photo: Houston Richardson, RVT, RDCS, CCT

Houston Richardson AS, RVT, RDCS, CCT

Houston Richardson joined the UVA Health System Vascular Ultrasound Department in October 2003. He has an Associate Degree in a blended cardiovascular specialty of sonography. He obtained his Registered Vascular Technologist credentials from American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in 2004.


Photo: Christopher Morris, RVS, CCT.

Christopher T. Morris RVS, CCT

Christopher T. Morris joined the UVA Health System in 1987. He joined the Vascular Ultrasound Department in 2011. He obtained his Certified Cardiographic Technician credentials in 2000 and Registered Vascular Specialist in 2013 from Cardiovascular Credentialing International.


Samapti Patel BS, RVS

Samapti Patel BS, RVS

Samapti Patel joined the UVA Health System Vascular Ultrasound Department in November 2013. She graduated from Rutgers School of Health Professions with a Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Technology and from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor’s of Science. She became a Registered Vascular Specialist from Cardiovascular Credentialing International in December 2010.


Photo: Robert S. Goins, BSc., RVT

Robert Shane Goins BS, RVT

Robert Goins joined the UVA Health System Vascular Ultrasound Department in March 2014. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. After attending the Heart and Vascular Institute of Ultrasound in Mobile, Alabama he obtained his Registered Vascular Technologist credentials from American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in 2013.


Photo: Scarlett Clark, BS, RVT

Scarlett Clark BS, RVT

Scarlett Clark joined the UVA Health System Vascular Ultrasound Department in April 2015. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She attended the Heart and Vascular Institute of Ultrasound in Mobile, Alabama and has been a registered vascular technologist since December 2014.


Photo: Mark Heberling RDMS., RVT

Mark Heberling RVT, RDMS

Mark Heberling joined UVA Health System’s Vascular Ultrasound Department in July 2017. He graduated from Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in 2012. He obtained his Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) credentials through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in 2013.


Photo: Anthony Dobeck Bsc, RVT

Anthony Dobeck BS, RVT

Anthony joined the UVA Vascular Lab in February of 2019. He graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Biology. He attended Rutgers School of Health Professions to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Medical Imaging Sciences in 2018. He obtained his RVT credentials from ARDMS in 2018.


Photo: Kimberly Joinville BSc, RVT

Kimberly Joinville BS, RVT

Kimberly graduated from Briarcliff College in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management and obtained her Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) credentials through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in 2006. She obtained her clinical experience at Brooklyn Hospital Center and worked at Bellevue Hospital Center for 10 plus years. Kimberly joined the UVA vascular lab in August 2019.

 

Administrative Support

Photo: Tammy Leconte

Tammy Leconte

434.924.0389


Photo: Gail Turner

Gail Turner

434.924.5824

For a complete list of diagnostic services offered please visit: Diagnostic Vascular Laboratory

Culpeper

UVA Heart and Vascular Surgery at Culpeper – 501 Sunset Lane, Culpeper VA 22701

Augusta

UVA Specialty Care Augusta Cardiology and Vascular

Fishersville

UVA Medical Park Beam – Suite 20557 Beam Ln. Fishersville, VA 22939

Becker’s Hospital Review has once again ranked UVA among the top 100 hospitals and health systems in the country with great heart, neurosurgery, spine and orthopedics programs. This is the third consecutive year the heart program has received this recognition and the fifth consecutive year the orthopedics, neurosurgery and spine programs have been honored.

To compile its list of hospitals with top heart programs, Becker’s looked at a host of rankings and ratings for heart care, including U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UVA 44thnationally for cardiology & heart surgery in its 2018-2019 “Best Hospitals” guide. UVA also received the best possible rating – “high performing” – from U.S. News for common procedures and conditions that included abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery and heart failure. In addition, UVA received three awards earlier this year from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology for its heart attack care, along with two American Heart Association awards for its heart failure care.

“I am delighted to see our entire team receive this national recognition for all their hard work and dedication to provide the highest-quality care for patients across an array of serious and complex heart conditions,” said Brian Annex, MD, Chief of UVA Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical Director of the UVA Heart and Vascular Center.

Quality Orthopedic Care

In choosing UVA Orthopedics, Becker’s highlighted the role of the UVA sports medicine team in caring for UVA student-athletes, as well as the more than 1,000 joint replacement surgeries – many done using minimally invasive techniques – and 1,500 spine surgeries performed each year at UVA. The publication also highlighted health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield designating UVA as a Blue Distinction Center for its expertise in knee and hip replacements.

“This honor from Becker’s Hospital Review highlights both the high quality and the wide range of orthopedic care we provide here at UVA,” said Bobby Chhabra, MD, chair of UVA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “Providing excellent care to our patients is a true team effort, and I want to thank everyone at UVA Health System that works together with our department to serve our patients.”

Leading the Way In Neurosurgery and Spine Care

Recognizing the novel treatments and cutting-edge research offered at UVA, Becker’s specifically cited the Health System’s work with Gamma Knife radiosurgery and focused ultrasound.

UVA neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists are leaders in the use of the Gamma Knife, which helps protect healthy tissue and structures in the brain and spine by using high-energy focused beams of Gamma radiation instead of open surgery to treat patients. The UVA Gamma Knife Center has treated more than 10,000 patients since its opened in 1989.

UVA is also pioneering the use of focused ultrasound, a scalpel-free surgical approach that uses focused sound waves to provide treatment. Clinical trials led by UVA neurosurgeon Jeff Elias, MD, have resulted in U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for focused ultrasound as a treatment for essential tremor and to treat tremors in patients with medication-resistant Parkinson’s disease. Additional clinical trials are ongoing at UVA to evaluate focused ultrasound for other conditions that include breast cancer, brain tumors, epilepsy and pain.

To refer a patient to UVA Health System, call 800.552.3723.

 

Support Our Mission

Every Vascular Surgery researcher is dedicated to better results for patients in our clinic. Your contribution, whatever its size, can help ensure we are able to offer the best care based on advanced medical research.

Faculty

Division Chief W. Darrin Clouse

Dr. Clouse was most recently an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and an associate visiting surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). There, he served as medical director of the MGH noninvasive diagnostic vascular laboratory and associate program director of the MGH vascular surgery fellowship and residency. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Vascular Surgery. His clinical and research interests include carotid artery and aortic branch problems as well as aorta-iliac occlusive and aneurysmal disease.

Dr. Clouse was the United States Air Force Surgeon General’s consultant on vascular and endovascular surgery for six years and retired at the rank of colonel in 2014. During active duty, he helped develop military vascular and endovascular surgery programs in San Antonio, Texas, and Sacramento, California. He was director of endovascular surgery at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (formerly known as Wilford Hall Medical Center) and chief of vascular surgery at San Antonio Military Medical Center. He was the first director of the Northern California Federal Vascular Surgery Service and co-director of the Heart, Lung and Vascular Center, integrating federal cardiovascular care in the VA Northern California Health Care System and regional Department of Defense.

After receiving his medical degree from Mayo Clinic, he completed general surgery training at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center. He served as a general surgeon in the U.S. Air Force before completing his vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at MGH. He served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star.

To refer a patient to Dr. Clouse, call 434.243.1000. Learn more about Dr. Clouse at uvahealth.com/clouse.

 

Sincerely,

Martha Zeiger, MD

W. Darrin Clouse, MD

Professor of Surgery Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Phone:

John A Kern, MD

Professor of Surgery
Phone: 434.982.4301

Margaret C Tracci, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Phone: 434.243.9493

Carlin A. Williams MD

Assistant Professor Surgery
Phone: 434-243-2950

Interventional Radiologists with Appointments in Vascular Surgery

John F. Angle, MD

Professor of Radiology
Phone: 434.924.9401

Alan H Matsumoto, MD

Professor of Radiology
Phone: 434.924.9401

Cardiovascular Medicine MDs with Appointments in Vascular Surgery

Brian H Annex, MD

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Phone: 434.243.1000

Aditya M Sharma, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Phone: 434.243.1000

Kanwar P Singh, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Phone: 434.243.1000

Certified Physician Assistants

Danielle Moses, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Phone: 434.243.0836

Certified Nurse Practitioners

Julie K Armatas, ACNP-BC, RN, CCRN

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 434.243.9494

Julia Gyampoh, RN MSN ACNP-BC

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 434.760.3596

Brenda Lee J Hudson, RN, MSN, AG-ACNP

In-Patient Nurse Practitioner
Phone:

Barbara Mailing PhD, RN, MSN, MA, ACNP-BC

Acute Care Nurse Practicioner
Phone: 434.243.5731

Catherine Ratliff, PhD, APRN-BC, GNP-BC, CWOCN

Vascular Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 434.924.5641

David V Strider, RN, ACNP-BC, MSB, CCRN, DNP

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 434.243.6333

Vascular Nursing Staff

Joan Alexander, RN, BSN

Phone: 434.924.9260

Kerry Lehere, RN, BSN Phone: 434.243.0123

Principal Investigators


Gorav Ailawadi MD
Professor of Surgery

Faculty and Staff


Post-Doctoral Research Fellows


Residency

At the University of Virginia we participate in the vascular surgical match coordinated through the NRMP. We have (2) two positions annually and accept applications via ERAS system during the fellowship match season which runs December – April.

Current Residents

We participate in the vascular surgical match coordinated through the NRMP. We have (2) two positions annually and accept applications via the ERAS system.