Vascular Surgery

vascular surgery

Our Specialties

Endovascular Surgery

Endovascular Surgery at the University is an area of expertise for the faculty. These minimally invasive procedures spare patients discomfort and shorten recovery times. We perform both diagnostic arteriography as well as interventional procedures for both occlusive and aneurysmal disease.

Procedures performed include:

  1. Diagnostic arteriography
  2. Intra-arteriography angioplasty
  3. Intra-arterial stenting
  4. Endograft repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm

Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms are the 13th leading cause of death in the United States. Our program for endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms is rapidly growing. This is a minimally invasive technique to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms which can result in shorter hospital stays and easier recovery for patients. With our unique two surgeon approach, we are able to repair not only technically easy abdominal aortic aneurysms, but we have been able to expand the technology to include those individuals previously considered not to be candidates for this technique.

Conditions We Treat

Carotid Artery Disease

  • Carotid Endarterectomy for occlusive disease
  • Carotid Dissection
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Common Carotid Disease
  • Carotid Aneurysms

Aortic Disease

  • Infrarenal Aortic Aneurysm (open and endovascular)
  • Paravisceral Aortic Aneurysms
  • Thoraco-Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Occlusive Disease
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Congenital / Acquired Aortic Disease in Children

Lower Extremity Disease

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

Upper Extremity Disease 

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • Arterial (Occlusion and aneurysm)
    • Venous (Paget-Schroeder Syndrome)
    • Neurogenic
  • Occlusive disease
  • Aneurysm Disease

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

Wounds

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

Miscellaneous

  • Arteritis
  • Raynaud's

Clinic Information

Vascular Surgery & Interventional Radiology Clinic

University of Minnesota
Clinics and Surgery Center
4th Floor
909 Fulton St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Clinic Appointments: 612-626-6752, option 1

Directions & Parking

For Patients

Vascular Surgery and Interventional Radiology Clinic: 612-626-6752, Option 1

Vascular Surgery Office at: 612-625-1485

For Referring Physicians

Patient Referral Services: 612-672-7000

Fairview-University Direct (Admissions):
612-672-7575 or 1-800-536-1732

Vascular Surgery and Interventional Radiology Clinic: 612-626-6752, Option 1

Vascular Surgery Office: 612-625-1485

Quality & Outcomes

Quality of care is dependent upon several factors but is measured by outcome criteria. Most procedures in vascular surgery are preventative in nature and therefore the operation must improve upon the natural history of the disease process.

To justify an operation: 1) Carotid endarterectomy performed for stroke must have a very low complication rate (stroke or death rate), 2) Aortic aneurysm repair must prolong the life of a patient, and 3) Lower extremity bypass for gangrene, a non-healing wound, or claudication, must have low graft failure and limb loss rates. The vascular surgeons in the Vascular Surgery Section have recorded the outcomes of all procedures performed over the last 7 years and have this data readily available for review.

Fellowship Program

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 two fellows 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.

Faculty & Administration

Professor, Chief
Amy B. Reed, M.D.

Professor, Fellowship Program Director
R. James Valentine, M.D.

Associate Professor
Rumi Faizer, M.D.

Administrative Contact

Shameka Gherau
Division Administrator
612-625-1485
jaija001@umn.edu