Amir Ghaffarian, MD, BE

Dr. Amir Ghaffarian


Salt Lake City, UT

Medical School:

University of Utah School of Medicine


I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT, where I went to college and medical school. I was a biomedical engineering graduate with a focus in cardiovascular imaging innovation. I eventually decided to apply to medical school after I really my volunteer experiences at a local hospital and shadowed numerous physicians, realizing that direct patient care is what I found most gratifying.

Personal Interests:

Spending time with family and friends, sports (basketball, tennis, soccer, snowboarding), traveling, and boating.

Clinical Interests:

Complex aortic disease, cerebrovascular disease, vascular trauma, peripheral artery disease, dialysis access, medical device innovation.

Professional Activities:

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Why UW?

In addition to being considered one of the strongest vascular surgery training programs in the country, I was also attracted to the culture and camaraderie among faculty and residents at this institution. The faculty genuinely care about resident education and well being, and that was important to me.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Organization and efficiency is key during your intern year. Make sure you write down your list of tasks to do every day – without a checklist, you can easily delay or even forget to do a task given how busy our work flow can become during the day!

What do you like best about living in Seattle?

In the summer: boating with my co-residents on Lake Union or Lake Washington.
In the winter: snowboarding


  1. Ghaffarian Amir, Unangst J, Bartek MA, Newhall K, Kang PC, Shalhub S, Sweet MP. Sarcopenia Predicts Long Term Survival in Patients with Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysms Undergoing Operative and Non-Operative Management. J Vasc Surg. 2021 Sep 7:S0741-5214(21)02007-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2021.08.065. PMID: 34506897.
  2. Ghaffarian, Amir & Foss, Wylie & Donald, Graham & Kraiss, Larry & Sarfati, Mark & Griffin, Claire & Smith, Brigitte & Brooke, Benjamin. (2019). Prognostic implications of diagnosing frailty and sarcopenia in vascular surgery practice. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 70. 10.1016/j.jvs.2018.11.025.
  3. Ghaffarian, Amir & Brooke, Benjamin & Rawles, Jay & Sarfati, Mark. (2018). Repair of a symptomatic true radial artery aneurysm at the anatomic snuff box with interposition great saphenous vein graft. Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques. 4. 292-295. 10.1016/j.jvscit.2018.08.005.
  4. Ghaffarian, Amir & Al-Dulaimi, Ragheed & Kraiss, Larry & Sarfati, Mark & Griffin, Claire & Smith, Brigitte & Donald, Graham & Brooke, Benjamin. (2018). Clinical effectiveness of open thrombectomy for thrombosed autogenous arteriovenous fistulas and grafts. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 68. 10.1016/j.jvs.2017.12.050.
  5. Ghaffarian, Amir & Griffin, Claire & Kraiss, Larry & Sarfati, Mark & Brooke, Benjamin. (2017). Comparative effectiveness of one-stage versus two-stage basilic vein transposition arteriovenous fistulas. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 67. 10.1016/j.jvs.2017.07.115.
  6. Donald, Graham & Ghaffarian, Amir & Isaac, Farid & Kraiss, Larry & Griffin, Claire & Smith, Brigitte & Sarfati, Mark & Beckstrom, Julie & Brooke, Benjamin. (2018). Preoperative frailty assessment predicts loss of independence after vascular surgery. Journal of vascular surgery. 68. 10.1016/j.jvs.2018.02.044.
  7. Brooke, B.S. & Beck, Adam & Kraiss, L.W. & Hoel, Andrew & Austin, A.M. & Ghaffarian, A.A. (2018). Association of Quality Improvement Registry Participation With Appropriate Follow-up After Vascular Procedures. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 67. 356-357. 10.1016/j.jvs.2017.11.030.