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