The Division Chief Welcomes You
I welcome you to the new Case Western Reserve University Vascular Surgery website. The Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy provides comprehensive care for patients with diseases of the vascular system. Our goals are to reduce morbidity and mortality from these diseases, and improve the quality of life of patients afflicted with atherosclerosis, aneurysms, vascular anomalies and venous disease. Our mission mirrors University Hospitals’ overarching mission: “To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.” We fulfill this mission by delivering the highest quality clinical care employing the latest advanced techniques and technology. We educate the future leaders in vascular disease and participate in multiple research studies to further care and innovate new treatments. More than half of our procedures are now exclusively or partially catheter-based and minimally invasive. This has greatly broadened the scope of our clinical activities and is reflected in the name, “Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy.”
As one of the Divisions within the Department of Surgery, we participate fully in its academic and educational programs. The Division is also an integral component of the Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC), working closely with colleagues from cardiovascular medicine, cardiac surgery and radiology to create system-wide integration and improvements in cardiovascular care. Vascular medicine focuses on the non-surgical and non-interventional management of a wide variety of vascular disorders including wound care, lymphedema, arteriovascular risk factor modification and clinical thrombosis.
The Division supports highly successful and competitive Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved training programs. The Fellowship in Vascular Surgery is a two-year program and is approved for one fellow each year, leading to certification in Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. This has been in place since 1991. We also have a Vascular Surgery Residency (0-5) Program since 2012. Both of these programs recently underwent review by the ACGME and have been successfully accredited for another 10-year cycle. In addition, we actively participate in the education of general surgery residents and medical students from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
I hope that you are able to appreciate the breadth of activities we engage in through the web pages and links here. Welcome!
Vikram S. Kashyap, MD FACS
Professor of Surgery, Case Western Reserve University
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Co-Chair, Clinical Executive Committee, Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center