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VASCULAR SURGERY

DIVISION OVERVIEW

The Division of Vascular Surgery recognizes three inter-related major goals: Clinical Excellence, Education, and Research. The primary goal of the Division of Vascular Surgery is to provide the highest quality medical care to patients with a broad variety of vascular problems, including arterial, venous, and lymphatic disease.

The Division of Vascular Surgery supports a broad range of clinical and basic science research programs. Current clinical research activities include long-term studies of carotid artery atherosclerosis, renal artery stenosis, lower extremity bypass grafts, and using duplex ultrasound. In the realm of basic science, research activities are focusing on mechanisms of healing in the arterial wall, and pharmacological control of the vascular response to injury.

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Meet the UW Medicine Vascular Team at Harborview Medical Center and learn about the leading edge work of three world class UW Medicine physicians. In this Inside Access program, we follow two patients whose lives have been saved by employing endovascular techniques to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms. One patient suffered a life-threatening ruptured aneurysm while the other underwent minimally-invasive surgery to repair a complex aneurysm that, in the past, would have required open surgery. Meanwhile, the vascular team is revolutionizing new ways to characterize plaque in the carotid artery using ultrasound technology.

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Dr. Benjamin Starnes Is Testing a New Way to Fix Aortic Aneurysms

A ticking time bomb sums up an aortic aneurysm. Worse yet, they usually have no symptoms. Except for one: they rupture and then it's often too late. However Dr. Benjamin Starnes is one of the few surgeons in the country testing a less invasive repair and the only one authorized to make emergency alterations...

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Dr. Gale Tang Receives 2011 Wylie Scholar Program Award

Dr. Gale Tang, Assistant Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery, has been selected as the 2011 Vascular Cures' Wylie Scholar Program Award recipient for “demonstrating...

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Research Highlights

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Arterial Vibrometry

By Kirk W. Beach, PhD, MD

Half a century ago: when D. Eugene Strandness joined the University of Washington (UW) Department of Surgery as the Vascular Surgeon, Robert Rushmer, founder of Bioengineering at UW, was exploring cardiovascular physiology and Don Baker, using a newly available transistor, had just developed a portable ultrasonic Doppler for studies of blood flow at UW....

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The Latest in Vascular Disease

Interview with Dr. Benjamin Starnes Vascular disease is the biggest cause of mortality across the United States. However, many people are still confused about what vascular disease is and are unfamiliar with the all-too-common...

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Preparing For Dialysis: A Vascular Surgeon's Advice

Most people with failed kidneys undergo dialysis, an artificial blood-cleaning process. The management of dialysis is a challenge for many patients. There are important questions to ask your doctor to make sure you’re getting...

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The Vascular Surgery Division has experienced unprecedented growth in volume over the past years due to a combination of an aging population and new, minimally invasive treatment options. Read More >>
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Vascular Division Central Academic Office
410 Ninth Ave.
Box 359908
Seattle, WA 98104
206-744-8041

Chief of Vascular Surgery
Benjamin Starnes, MD
206-744-3370

Administrator
Joseph Meno, MBA
206-598-7087
Email: jmeno@uw.edu


 

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Residency Program

Vascular Residency

Program Contacts
Benjamin Starnes, MD, Director

Anne G. Wallace, Manager
206-744-3370
206-744-6794 (Fax)
Email: agw3@uw.edu

Fellowships

Vascular Fellowship

Program Contacts
Benjamin Starnes, MD, Director

Anne G. Wallace, Manager
206-744-3370
206-744-6794 (Fax)
Email: agw3@uw.edu

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