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Professor, Chief
Amy B. Reed, MD

Professor, Fellowship Program Director
R. James Valentine, MD

Our Specialties

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Open and endovascular surgery at the University is an area of expertise for the
faculty. These minimally invasive procedures spare patients discomfort and
shorten recovery times.

Endovascular Repair of Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Disease

Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms are the 13th leading cause of death in the United States. Our program for endovascular repair of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms is rapidly expanding. This is a minimally invasive technique to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms which can result in shorter hospital stays and easier recovery for patients.

The University of Minnesota is one of the top 20 institutions in the world that enrolls the most patients in the International Registry of Aortic Dissection. Novel and unique treatment strategies continue to emerge to manage this condition impacting men and women alike from ages 30 and on.

Conditions We Treat

Carotid Artery Disease

  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Dissection
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Carotid Aneurysms

Aortic Disease

  • Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (open and endovascular)
  • Aortic Occlusive Disease
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Congenital / Acquired Aortic Sydromes in Children

Lower Extremity Disease

  • Lower Extremity Occlusive Disease
  • Claudication (Conservative / Endovascular / Operative)
  • Critical Limb Ischemia (Conservative / Endovascular / Operative)
  • Traumatic
  • Lower Extremity Aneurysm Disease
  • Pseudoaneurysms
  • Deep Venous Disease (Conservative and complex reconstructions)
  • Post-phlebitic syndrome
  • Ulceration

Upper Extremity Disease

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in Children, Teens and Adults
  • Arterial (Occlusion and aneurysm)
  • Venous (Paget-Schroeder Syndrome)
  • Neurogenic

Visceral Artery Disease

  • Celiac / Superior Mesenteric Artery / Renal Artery Stenosis
  • Celiac / SMA / Renal / Hepatic / Splenic Aneurysms

Great Vessel Disease

  • Innominate Artery Occlusive / Aneurysm Disease
  • Subclavian Artery Occlusive / Aneurysm Disease


  • Lower Extremity / Upper Extremity Arterial Wounds
  • Lower Extremity / Upper Extremity Venous Wounds


  • Arteritis
  • Raynaud's


The Fellowship program at the University of Minnesota, Division of Vascular Surgery is a fully accredited two-year training program in vascular surgery. We accept one fellow per year via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Upon completion, fellows will be eligible for the Certificate of Special Qualifications in Vascular Surgery granted by the American Board of Surgery.

Fellows will receive training in open vascular surgery, endovascular procedures, and the management of patients with hemodynamic instability, multiple organ system failure, complex co-existing medical problems. Noninvasive vascular interpretation training is also included.

Go to the Vascular Surgery Fellowship page for program and application information.


The ACGME-approved, five-year residency program at the University of Minnesota leads to certification in vascular surgery. We are approved for one slot in each year of the program, and our first resident began training in July 2020. The program is designed to train expert vascular specialists proficient in medical, endovascular and open surgical treatment of patients over the entire spectrum of vascular disease. The finishing vascular resident will have had broad exposure to cutting edge technologies and research. Graduates will be well prepared to enter practice in the private or academic setting.

Go to the Vascular Surgery Residency Page for program and application information.