Updates from the Chief

Updates from the Chief


Welcome to the new Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery webpage at the University of Virginia! I hope it is easy to navigate and that you can find the information you need in less than a three clicks. Please feel free to email me at gru6n@virginia.edu with comments to let me know what you think about it and we will do our best to make your suggested changes, or you can contact us at 434-243-6333 or 855-450-6333 Fax: 434-244-9430.

When I arrived here, I did a little “secret Santa” exploring our website on the internet using various platforms. I believe this new web page is much improved and should allow our patients and referring physician’s easier access to all of us. We are proud of the care we provide patients with vascular disease and want to make the ability to get in and see us a pleasurable experience.

While this website does not have a lot of moving parts, we will do our best to place timely information on it. This is especially true for individuals who are interested in coming here to train. Chris Morrison is our residency coordinator and she can be reached at CCM6B@virginia.edu. Dr Ken Cherry remains our Fellowship Director and he can be reached at KJC5KH@virginia.edu. We would all be glad to talk with you or exchange emails if you have an interest in our program. We had a record number of applications for our Fellowship Program this year and plan on developing a Vascular Surgery Residency tract in the very near future. We feel like we have a lot to offer potential trainees.

We have had a number of exciting hires since my last posting on the website. First Julie Armatas NP has joined us from the cardiovascular ICU. Julie brings an enormous amount of clinical experience and a strong work ethic into this new position which will primarily be to help serve our outpatients. We need at least 1 more and probably 2 mid level providers (NP or PA) for the inpatient service which runs a daily census of close to 25 patients.  We also have hired Michael Rich to help with our local Vascular Surgery database, as well as other planned databases focused on aortic dissections and improved quality. We are also in the process of interviewing for another full time database person who will help us go forth and lead the Vascular Study Group of Virginia and West Virginia.

Finally, we are actively in the process of creating an interactive Vascular Center. Our goal is for patients with vascular disease to come to the University of Virginia and have all of their studies and tests done, and also see the needed physicians, in a single visit. Through the Center, we will develop multidisciplinary, multispecialty teams that are brought together in a single location to make the overall patient experience more enjoyable and less fragmented.

Overall, from an institutional standpoint, we are witnessing a time of renewed interest and commitment to treating patients with vascular disease. We are pleased with the progress we are making here in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Our overriding goal is make this Division one of the very best in the country. This new website will be a small step in that direction.


Gilbert Upchurch, M.D.