Procedures

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital provides leading vascular and endovascular surgical care.

Richard Cambria, MD

Meet the Team

Venous Surgery Program

Leading Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Expertise

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Vascular Center, 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 literally 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, Mass General has 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 largest cumulative stent graft experience in the region
  • The Vascular Division has the only program in the area of thoracic aortic stent grafting
  • The Vascular Division performs the largest number of aortic aneurysm and carotid artery repairs of any hospital in Massachusetts
  • The Vascular Division has the largest practice in the Northeast for complex (involving thoracic and/or abdominal aorta) aortic aneurysm disease and has developed a unique technique for spinal cord protection

Multidisciplinary Collaborative Care

Successful treatment of vascular disease requires a multidisciplinary approach. We work in collaboration with the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care to provide surgical options to help patients achieve their treatment goals. We offer the full spectrum  of diagnostic and interventional medical procedures including noninvasive vascular laboratory testing, state of the art axial imaging techniques, the latest minimally invasive technologies for aortic aneurysms and arterial occlusive disease of the carotid, renal/mesenteric and lower extremity arteries. We offer services and expertise in the following programs:

Minimally Invasive Treatment Options

Mass General vascular and endovascular surgeons treat an increasing percentage of patients with vascular disease by performing minimally invasive or endovascular surgical methods.

Our surgical team specializes in:

  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Aortic aneurysms, including our stent graft program
  • Complex aneurysm disease as an integral component of the Thoracic Aortic Center
  • Percutaneous endovascular therapies
  • Venous surgery through our comprehensive venous disease program

Patient-Centered Approach to Care

At Mass General, we enlist patients and their family 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.

Advancing the Field of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

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Advancing vascular and endovascular surgery

In addition to providing care to patients, surgeons within the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery conduct well-known innovative laboratory and clinical research, 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

Investing in Future Leaders

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery provides opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows to study under leading vascular surgeons. Our Fellowship in Vascular and Endovascular surgery, we offer a broad-reaching experience in the technical aspects of vascular surgery, development of surgical judgment and increasing knowledge about routine and complex conditions.

Through complex cases and hands-on training, fellows and residents develop skills centered on innovative patient care. Learn more about becoming a fellow

Mass General Difference

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 more than 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 benefit from shared expertise, leading research, and our commitment to quality and excellence.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a vascular surgeon, please contact the access coordinator at the Mass General Vascular Center. Our coordinator will help you schedule an appointment, explain how to receive a patient number and let you know what documentation is needed before your appointment. Schedule an appointment today

For Referring Physicians

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

Rethink Varicose Veins

Julianne Stoughton, MD, vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses options for treating varicose veins.

The Hidden Danger of Varicose Veins.

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.

Explaining 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

Dr. Richard Cambria, chief of vascular surgery at Mass General, says family history can provide clues.

Award-winning medical care

Massachusetts General Hospital is recognized as a leader in patient care, education and research, ranking among the most prestigious medical institutions.