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The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, part of the Fireman Vascular Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, has a long tradition of excellence in clinical care, innovative methods of evaluation and treatment, education and training, and clinical and basic research in the treatment of vascular diseases.
One of the first clinics for the evaluation and treatment of vascular diseases was established at Mass General in the 1930s when direct surgical repair was only possible for lower extremity venous disorders. Since then, we have been advancing the field of vascular surgery with a number of innovations, including pioneering techniques for noninvasive diagnosis of vascular disease and perfecting vascular and endovascular surgical options.
Multiple studies have documented the critical role that volume plays in successful patient outcomes. In terms of volume, technical complexity, improved patient management and successful outcomes, our surgeons have some of the most extensive vascular and endovascular surgical experience of hospitals nationwide. Our vascular surgeons established the first stent graft program for aortic aneurysms in New England and have the most cumulative stent graft experience in the region.
The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery:
Successful treatment of vascular disease requires a multidisciplinary approach. We work in collaboration with the Mass General Fireman Vascular Center to provide surgical options to help patients achieve their treatment goals. Our surgeons treat an increasing percentage of patients with vascular disease by performing minimally invasive or endovascular surgical methods.
We offer the full spectrum of diagnostic and interventional medical procedures, including noninvasive vascular laboratory testing, state-of-the-art axial imaging techniques and the latest minimally invasive technologies to treat conditions such as:
We offer surgical services and expertise through the following Mass General programs:
At Mass General, we enlist patients and their families as partners in our care. In so doing, we make education a cornerstone of the treatment plan. Patients and their families receive one-on-one information about their condition through their care team and available hospital-wide resources. As a result, patients and families make informed decisions about treatment options in a collaborative manner with their physician and other team members. We provide support at all points in patient care and work in partnership with community resources to make receiving follow-up care as seamless and convenient for the patient as possible.
Surgeons within the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery conduct well-known innovative laboratory and clinical research aimed to improve patient care. Our surgeons also serve in leadership positions at relevant medical societies, speak at national and international conferences, publish frequently, and teach courses on vascular and endovascular surgery. Learn more about the Vascular Biology Research Laboratory Qualified patients have the opportunity to participate in a research study or clinical trial. Patients should speak to their surgeon to learn about any prospective studies or trials. View our available trials
The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery provides opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows to study under leading vascular surgeons. Through complex cases and hands-on training, individuals develop skills centered on innovative patient care.
Our Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship offers a broad-reaching experience in the technical aspects of vascular surgery, development of surgical judgment and increasing knowledge about routine and complex conditions. Our Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Program enrolls trainees who desire to achieve a five-year general surgery residency program combined with an additional two-year specialty training in vascular surgery.
For more information about our educational opportunities, please email us
Appointments are available for patients at:
To schedule an appointment with a vascular surgeon, please request an appointment online
Learn more about our services available at Mass General Vein Care in Stoneham, MA.
Our surgeons are available to provide second opinions or discuss advanced vascular treatment options with you and your patient. Learn more about making a referral
Mass General is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our ranking is based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 different specialties. Our commitment to excellence means that we work to ensure that you receive the best care at all points during your visit.
As an academic center, Mass General invests in research to understand disease and develop new approaches in treatment. Our doctors are leaders within their respective fields, and collaborate with colleagues in various departments across the hospital. As a patient, you can benefit from shared expertise, leading research, and our commitment to quality and excellence.
Medical Director, Non-Invasive Vascular Lab
Director, Clinical Research
Medical Director, Fireman Vascular Center
Director, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Training Program
Director, Basic Research Lab
An abdominal aortic aneurysm, also called AAA or triple A, is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the aorta (the largest artery in the body) resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning greater than 50 percent of the normal diameter (width).
Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the opening of the heart’s aortic valve, which obstructs blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body.
Atherosclerosis is a thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a build-up of plaque in the inner lining of an artery.
Carotid artery disease, also called carotid artery stenosis, occurs when the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain, become narrowed.
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a slow and progressive circulation disorder. It may involve disease in any of the blood vessels outside of the heart and diseases of the lymph vessels - the arteries, veins, or lymphatic vessels.
Raynaud's phenomenon or, simply, Raynaud's, is a disorder characterized by decreased blood flow - usually to the fingers, and less frequently to the ears, toes, nipples, knees, or nose.
Renal vascular disease is the name given to a variety of complications that affect the arteries and veins of the kidneys.
A thoracic aortic aneurysm, also called TAA, is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the thoracic aorta (the largest artery in the body), resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning.
Thrombosis occurs when clots obstruct veins (blood vessels that carry blood from the body back into the heart) or arteries (blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the body).
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible through the skin and may appear as blue or purple twisted, knot-like cords.
Patients with carotid artery narrowing had been limited to endarterectomy or stenting, however a new approach allows for comparable results with less risk.
After renowned pianist Menahem Pressler suffered a life-threatening aneurysm, he entrusted his care to an Mass General surgeon Virendra Patel, MD, MPH, with an innovative grafting procedure.
After being diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, Christine Coyne stopped smoking and began an exercise regime on the advice of her physician to manage her symptoms. Today, she's swimming multiple times a week.
Sherry, Scovell, MD, vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, explains how the process of removing varicose veins has improved over the years.
Julianne Stoughton, MD, vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses options for treating varicose veins.
Julianne Stoughton, MD, explains how Mass General physicians identify varicose veins, which are enlarged veins visible through the skin, and use minimally invasive techniques to treat this condition.
Dr. Richard Cambria, chief of vascular surgery at Mass General, says family history can provide clues.
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