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Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

 Upchurch    From the Chief  

Gilbert R. Upchurch, M.D.

Professor of Surgery

Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery

 

Welcome. The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of Virginia provides cutting edge care to patients with vascular disease. Our hope is to deliver excellent, compassionate, and timely care to every patient every day with vascular disease. We pledge to provide the highest quality care based on clinical standards rooted in applied research and outcomes, while maintaining respect for our patients and their families.  In doing this, we hope to elevate the care of patients with vascular disease while making this Division one of the best in the country.

We have tremendous and broad experience in managing vascular problems ranging from the most common to the rare and complex. Our doctors are among the best in the country.  State-of-the art techniques of vascular surgery offered include angioplasty, intra-arterial stents, minimally invasive surgery, and fenestrated endografting. We perform over 900 major vascular operations a year.

Through our Heart and Vascular center, multidisciplinary, multispecialty teams, such as cardiovascular medicine and interventional radiology, work together in a single location to make the overall patient experience more enjoyable. Patients can also choose to get vascular studies and be seen by physicians in our facilities at Zion’s Crossroads or Northridge, if they wish.  In addition, our vascular surgeons see patients at our outreach clinics 1 to 2 days a month in Fishersville, Hot Springs, Lexington, Zion’s Crossroads, and Culpeper, Virginia, as well as, Lewisburg, West Virginia. 

From an institutional standpoint, we are witnessing a time of renewed interest and commitment to treating patients with vascular disease in as safe environment.  We are one of two centers in State of Virginia that has performed fenestrated endovascular grafts for abdominal aortic aneurysms.  We are one of the few centers in the country that treats vascular related sports injuries to high performance athletes, including external iliac arteriopathies. At our vein center, we perform a variety of medically necessary procedures, as well as, cosmetic treatment of varicose veins.  We offer vascular screenings at our Northridge facility to evaluate for carotid atherosclerosis, lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD), and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). 

In the summer of 2014, we opened our new state of the art endovascular suite to perform hybrid procedures. Furthermore, in the fall of 2014 an Aortic Alert for aortic emergencies was implemented. With this alert, our on call cardiac and vascular surgeons are connected immediately via telephone with physicians from outside hospitals to determine a plan and expedite transfers to our hospital if needed.  With high level coordinated care, advanced technology, and a multidisciplinary team at hand, we are able to treat very complex patients other centers choose not to.

We are leaders in reconstruction and treatment of aortic aneurysms.  We have a robust basic science vascular research lab with multiple RO1 grants to explore new treatment options for aortic aneurysms.  In addition, we have many clinical trials that are open for patients to participate should they wish.  We are excited about our offerings and look forward to serving our vascular population in the State of Virginia, as well as, nationally.

Because we are here for you, twenty-four hour consultation is available for urgent or emergency cases. Consultation after 5:00 pm weekdays or on weekends can be initiated through the Vascular Surgery Fellow by calling the hospital page operator at 434-924-0000

Best Wishes,