Vascular Disease

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Home to one of the top vascular programs in the country, the University of Chicago Medicine provides state-of-the-art care for conditions of the blood vessels and lymphatic system. Our experts treat all vascular conditions, offering non-surgical, minimally invasive and traditional surgical options to deliver the highest level of patient care.

Comprehensive Care for Complex Conditions

Our highly trained vascular surgeons are dedicated to diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the blood vessels. We regularly treat patients with complex conditions and those that are considered high-risk, such as the elderly, patients with co-existing diseases, hereditary disease such as Marfan syndrome, and people requiring re-operation to repair previous procedures. We also offer specific treatment strategies for Jehovah's Witnesses to reduce the need for blood transfusions.

A Collaborative Approach to Medicine

At the University of Chicago Medicine, each patient is unique and is treated according to their individual diagnoses. To provide comprehensive treatment, we work closely with experts across the institution, ensuring that each patient receives relevant, multidisciplinary care. Our vascular surgeons can consult across fields and determine the best treatment plan and deliver personalized care.

A History of Pioneering Vascular Treatments

As a research-based institution, we are continuously striving to improve the management of vascular and aortic disease. During his tenure at the University of Chicago, Alexis Carrel, MD, experimented with blood vessel surgery and laid the groundwork for what would become modern day vascular surgery. He was later awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on vascular repair.

Our experts have made many important discoveries with regards to atherosclerosis and other disorders that affect the blood vessels.

  • We often participate in clinical trials of new treatments.
  • Our surgeons are instrumental in developing and using both endovascular and traditional open operative techniques for vascular reconstruction.
  • We have a history of pioneering efforts in vascular surgery. Our physicians have been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association to investigate innovative approaches to the treatment of vascular disease.