Faculty & Research Interests

Our faculty comprises a wide range of backgrounds and interests with many holding dual certifications or other advanced degrees. In addition to providing hands-on, 24-hour department supervision and teaching, all faculty members share a commitment to creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the advancement of our specialty.

Faculty members also participate in regional and national professional organizations and research endeavors. Many also serve on national committees and organizations dedicated to the growth and development.

The members of the Vascular Surgery Service have long-standing research interests in several fundamentally important areas within the field. Given the importance of distal bypasses, members have worked on the biology of the saphenous vein, with a focus on the preservation of endothelium of the arterialized conduit. Other interests include the process of severe degenerative atherosclerosis and the pathophysiology of atheroembolism.

Some faculty have investigated the biology of acute arterial occlusion and the prevention of complications from this clinical problem. Current basic science research is done in conjunction with the cardiovascular research group at AMC. The focus of the current basic science research involves the contribution of matrix molecules to the production of arterial restenosis following arterial surgery or angioplasty. These current projects involve both small animal and cell culture research and the direction of this research includes altering the production of matrix by injured cells through molecular biological techniques.

Additionally, the Institute maintains a large database which includes all surgeries performed within the Institute over the last 25 years. Thus, when clinical questions do arise, this allows ample material for the design and completion of clinical research manuscripts.

Publications and Meetings
The vascular surgery group at AMC has a long and successful history of participation in regional, national and international vascular societies and in publishing fundamentally important studies within the discipline. The vascular resident is expected to join in this endeavor by attending meetings with the faculty and by joining in the writing of several papers. There is full access to computerized databases, word processing equipment, access to the Internet and web-based information as well as editorial assistance is provided.



Paul Kreienberg, MD

Benjamin Chang, MD



R. Clement Darling, MD

Katheleen Ozsvath, MD



Sean Roddy, MD

Dhiraj M. Shah, MD



Yaron Sternbach, MD

John Taggert, MD


Chin Chin Yeh, MD