Vascular &
Endovascular Surgery

News & Events

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is pleased to announce a recent partnership with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. We have successfully completed contract negotiations, effective 9.12.14 which allows Stanford to provide vascular surgery services for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) beginning 3.1.15. The agreement provides for the delivery of high quality vascular health care for patients throughout Santa Clara County, as well as extended clinical opportunities for graduate and postgraduate medical education for Stanford students at all levels. We are proud to announce that we have recruited two very successful university surgeons (Dr. Manuel Garcia-Toca MD and Ehab Sorial MD) to the Stanford Vascular Surgery faculty, in order to fulfill the terms of the contact and enable this collaboration. We would like to thank the Office of Business Development, the Stanford Office of Legal Council, the Department of Surgery Leadership and the entire Staff and Faculty at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for their support. We are delighted to begin this mutually beneficial collaboration with our colleagues in Santa Clara/San Jose, and look forward to further opportunities to improve vascular care throughout Northern California in 2015 and beyond.


  • January 8, 2015 - The NIH/NHLBI awarded the CVI T32 training grant, "Mechanisms and Innovation in Vascular Disease" with a second five year period, extending it to 6/30/2020. The program is led by Ron Dalman, MD and Phil Tsao, PhD, and administered through the CVI. It trains six post-doctoral fellows each year in vascular medicine and research, including vascular reactivity and thrombosis; vascular regeneration and development; metabolic or lifestyle influences on vascular outcomes; proteomic markers and genetic determinants of vascular disease; gender and ethnicity differences in vascular disease, and vascular bioengineering. Thirty faculty mentors from nineteen different departments/devisions within the School of Medicine and the University provide a variety of angles from which to address fundamental questions about vascular disease. Applications for training slots with start date in the fall of 2015 will be accepted through our website in the spring.
    Further information and Application:
    Contact: David L. M. Preston (650) 725-7964;
  • January 7, 2015 - Stanford University has the largest aortic aneurysm practice by procedural volume of any medical center, public or private, in the state, according to the 2013 report of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (the most recent year for which complete data is available). Please see the report for more details. Taken together with our outstanding University Health Consortium vascular quality ratings, and tradition of seeking the most innovative and minimally invasive solution for every aortic problem, regardless of complexity, you can be assured that you or your loved one will receive optimal aortic surgical care at Stanford.
  • January 6, 2015 - In-Memorium: Professor Philip Walker was the current Chairman of the Department of Surgery of the University of Queensland. Dr. Walker was the Vascular Fellow at Stanford University in 1991-1992, and a lifelong collaborator and friend of our program. He had been battling cancer
    for many years. He sent many trainees to Stanford for varying periods of time for clinical and research opportunities. His good nature and academic curiosity will be sorely missed.
  • December 17, 2014 - Dr. Wei Zhou has been appointed to the Program Committee of the Western Vascular Society. Dr. Zhou's appointment extends the influence of the Stanford faculty on the WVS - Dr. Jason Lee is completing his fourth year on the Committee as Chair in 2015, and Dr. E. John Harris completed his three year assignment as WVS Secretary at the 2014 meeting in San Diego. Drs. Dalman and Olcott (Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Stanford) are Past Presidents of the WVS.
  • December 1, 2014 - The T32 training grant Mechanisms and Innovation in Vascular Disease co-directed by Dr. Ronald Dalman and Dr. Phil Tsao has been renewed from 2015 to 2020. This program provides mentored research training in vascular disease research managed through the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute . Our Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency includes two years as a CVI T32 fellow, with the ability to work in almost any research field related to vascular biology, vascular disease management, or population health.
  • November 19, 2014 - The Leeper lab receives an NIH R01 to study the genetic determinants of angiogenesis in peripheral vascular disease. The title of this R01 is The paradoxical role of CDKN2B in blood vessel sprouting and maturation.
  • October 21, 2014 - Stanford Health Care Opens Advanced Wound Care Center
  • October 16, 2014 - Stanford Surgery faculty member Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty has been awarded a National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Dr. Fogarty’s is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in Vascular Surgery since 2006. Prior to that, he served as a Professor of Surgery (Vascular Surgery) from 1995-2001. While retired from the active practice of Surgery, Dr. Fogarty remains actively involved in the Stanford Biodesign Program and continues as Founder, Director and Chairman of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation at El Camino Hospital. He will receive the award from President Obama at a ceremony at the White House later this Fall. All are invited on Friday November 14, 2014 at 4PM to congratulate Dr. Fogarty at the 16th annual Fogarty Lecture, which will be presented by Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, past Commissioner of the FDA, past Administrator of CMS and currently Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute.
  • October 2, 2014 - Please join on Thursday, October 23rd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the opening reception of the Advanced Care Center at the Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center in Redwood City. Click here for more details. The Advanced Wound Care Center will be providing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to optimal chronic wound care, with an emphasis on limb preservation for patients at risk for limb loss. We would like to congratulate Venita Chandra, MD, co-director of the Advanced Wound Care Center, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, for her leadership in bringing this project to completion. Learn more about the Advanced Wound Care Center.
  • September 26, 2014 - Brant W. Ullery, M.D. presented his collaborative research with Ga-Young Kelly Suh, Ph.D and the VIBE lab at the Western Vascular Society meeting in San Diego on September 21, 2014. Dr. Ullery was awared the 2014 Western Vascular Society Best Trainee Award for his presentation entitled "Geometry and Respiratory-Induced Deformation of Abdominal Branch Vessels Following Complex EVAR".

  • September 4, 2013 - The Division is delighted to announce that Dr. Matthew Mell has been promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery/Vascular Surgery in the Medical Center Line, effective August 1st, 2014 until July 31, 2019. Dr. Mell joined the faculty in December 2009 as Assistant Professor, after serving as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin from July 2006 to November 2009. Dr. Mell also serves as Director of the Vascular Lab and Clinic, Co-chair of the Clinic Advisory Council, which oversees all of ambulatory care, and is a Medical Director for Service for Stanford Health Care. Congratulations to Dr. Mell!

  • August 20, 2014 - James Hereford, Chief Operating Officer of Stanford Health Care (SHC), will recognize the Vascular Center this coming Friday, August 29th, with a certificate of accomplishment for achieving greater than 90% likely to refer (LTR) Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Scores for the last six consecutive months. In July 2014, despite seeing over 500 patients (26% new), the Vascular Center received 99% LTR ratings, at the top of all 88 specialty clinics in SHC. Ms. Tarina Kwong, Vascular Center Manager, and Dr. Matt Mell, Physician Director of the Vascular Center, will accept the award. Congratulations to Dr. Mell, Ms. Kwong, and all the staff and physicians affiliated with the Vascular Center for their timely and patient-centered provision of leading edge and coordinated care!
  • July 31, 2014 - Naoki Fujimura, third from the left, recently completed two very productive years with the Dalman Lab Group (see picture). He has presented his research at several important meetings, including the 2014 Vascular Annual Meeting in Boston. Dr. Fujimura is returning to Japan to join the Vascular Surgery faculty at Keio University." 

  • July 27, 2014 - Elsie Gyang : Stanford Vascular Surgery Resident was interviewed behind the scene at Big Data 2014. Watch Dr. Gyang's video, which emphasizes how the T32-enabled research time in the Integrated Residency will help our residents succeed in academic practice
  • July 22, 2014 - "The Vascular Quality Initiative at Stanford recently passed the milestone of over 850 procedural records initiated. The Stanford VQI registry was initiated in January 2012, and Stanford now participates in eight modules. Process enhancements and updates to the data entry and auditing systems have been ongoing since the first module was initiated.

    In 2013, in partnership with faculty member Matthew Mell, Charlene Kell RN and Scott Kronenberg (Stanford Cardiovascular Health) developed templated op-notes and data entry forms in EPIC to eliminate the need for double entry. Since July, 2013, 100% of eligible cases have been captured and included in the registry.

    Recently VQI provided Stanford with its first benchmarked reports, in this case comparing hospital length of stay following EVAR between participating hospitals in the NorCal Vascular Study Group and nationally. By the three year anniversary in January 2015, Stanford will have enrolled over 1,000 procedures in VQI."

  • July 15, 2014 - The Division of Vascular Surgery will be represented at the Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 27th, 2014 with two posters from Dr. Christopher Cheng's lab . Dr. Kelly Suh (Postdoctoral Fellow) will present, "Geometric Parameters of Complex Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair" and Kelsey Hirotsu (2nd year Medical Student) will present, "Quantifying In Vivo Three Dimensional Geometric Changes and Deformations of the Thoracic Aorta and Branching Vessels Following Thoracic EndoVascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)".
  • July 2, 2014- Stanford Cardiovascular Institute Quarterly: Summer 2014
  • June 19, 2014- A third patient has been enrolled in the N-TA3CT : Non-Invasive Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Clinical Trial. The purpose of the study is to determine whether doxycycline administration can decrease the rate of growth of small abdominal aortic aneurysms, as demonstrated in preliminary findings in animal models of AAA and in human aneurysm tissue. The effect of doxycycline may be to decrease circulating MMP-9 levels, which weakens the strength of the wall of the aorta.

    N-TA3CT is a randomized, placebo-controlled trial: neither the patient nor the research team will know whether they are receiving the drug being tested or a placebo (inert substance with no biological effect), manufactured to look and taste exactly like the drug being tested. There is a 50-50 chance of getting the drug or the placebo.

    The drug being studied is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a different indication/purpose and has an excellent safety and tolerance profile reported in worldwide use. This drug is not experimental or investigational – this study is considered to be “research” only in that the drug is being tested to treat a new problem, AAA disease, and we will be collecting data on how it affects aneurysm growth.

    The extent of participant involvement is one out-patient visit every three months for up to 3.5 years. The patient should not join unless he/she is prepared to continue for at least two years, and preferably the full period of time the study is on-going. As long as they are in the study, they will be seen in our clinic every three months. Each visit will take about half an hour (for 3-month visits) to 3 hours (for baseline visit).

    Twice a year patients will fill out a survey about their quality of life, take a CT scan to measure the size of the bulge in their aorta, and provide a blood sample to be sure that treatment is safe, check blood for levels of the study drug, or learn what the blood findings have to do with the growth of blood vessel bulges. (Note: 9, 15, and 21-month visits may be conducted by phone with FedEx delivery of study medication.)

    The potential benefit is that aneurysm growth may be reduced. It may take some months for a beneficial effect to be noticed, if a beneficial effect exists. The inherent variability in rate of aneurysm growth may increase or decrease independent of any treatment effect. There is a small risk of aneurysm rupture, which is not thought to be altered by treatment.

  • June 12, 2014- Trit Garg, BA; Laurence C. Baker, PhD; Matthew W. Mell, MD MS won the Best Student Poster Presentation for “Overutilization of routine postoperative surveillance after endovascular aortic aneurysm repair among Medicare beneficiaries: opportunity for significant cost savings” at the Academy Health Meeting in San Diego on June 8, 2014
  • May 30, 2014- Dr. Dalman has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, a journal of the American Heart
    Association. ATVB has an impact factor of 6.3, ranking #4 in all journals
    for peripheral vascular disease, and #5 in hematology journals.
  • May 29, 2014- ValleyCare to merge with Stanford Hospital & Clinics
  • May 27, 2014- Fellowship Match News! We are thrilled to announce that Andy Lee, M.D. will be our new vascular surgery fellow beginning in July 2015.
    Andy received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rochester in 2000 and an MSc degree from NYU in 2004. He graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School at Peoria in 2008 and and is currently a general surgery resident at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School) in Boston. Congratulations and welcome Andy!
  • May 8, 2014- Stanford Hospitals and Clinics attended the 2014 American Heart Association Research Roundtable this year, where Silicon Valley Board President Nick Leeper and the regional American Heart Association Board raised over $600,000 for cardiovascular research and mission purposes.
  • May 7, 2014- Congratulations to Ellen Kettler who received a UAR Major Grant from Stanford University. Major Grants are awarded to undergraduates completing independent research projects. Her research project will be investigating the connections between Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms and Diabetes. Specifically, She will be testing the hypothesis that Diabetes medication, Metformin, provides protection against AAA.
  • April 29, 2014- The University of Michigan Department of Surgery, Section of Vascular Surgery, held the Milton F. Bryant Lecture on April 25, 2014. Ronald L. Dalman, MD, Dr. Walter C. Chidester Professor of Surgery, served as the 21st Bryant lecturer and presented "The Pathogenesis and Progression of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Disease"
  • April 23, 2014

  • April 14, 2014- On April 23, 2014, MED 223 - Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Sciences Seminar will talk about “Complex Endovascular aneurysm repair” as presented Jason Lee, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery (Vascular Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center
  • April 1, 2014- In Grand Rounds this morning were three firsts - Drs. Reed, Zhou, and Chandra were the first women to finish vascular fellowships at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Methodist/Baylor SOM in Houston, and Stanford - all three firsts in the same audience.
  • April 1, 2014- Dr. Amy B. Reed, MD, FACS, from Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center visited us on March 31 and April 1 and gave the following talks: "Readmission in Vascular Surgery" and "Vascular Disease in Women: We Aren't Just Little Men"


  • April 1, 2014- Congratulationsto Peter Chang, MD! His abstract, “The clinical utility of a simple question quantifying physical activity sufficiently intense to induce diaphoresis in the prediction of future risk for PAD and all-cause mortality,” has been selected as one of five finalists in the Jay D. Coffman Young Investigator Award (YIA) Competition
  • March 24, 2014- Match 2014 news! We are thrilled to announce that Patrick C. Thompson, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will be our new resident in July 2014! Patrick will be the seventh resident to join our integrated vascular surgery training program since its inception in 2008.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College in 2007 and is expected to receive his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts in June.  Patrick was also recently inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. Congratulations and welcome Patrick!
  • March 23, 2014- Congratulations to Dr. Mohamed Zayed, who won the Karmody poster competition at the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. Dr. Zayed presented promising initial analysis on "Direct Angiosome Imaging Using Laser-Assisted Fluorescent Angiography in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia" from the initial data in an ongoing clinical study at Palo Alto VA under the supervision of Dr. Zhou.
  • March 5, 2014- Congratulations to Sharla Powell White PhD for receiving a 2014 Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) Postdoctoral Travel Award. Dr. White presented her abstract Modulation of the PKC epsilon pathway affects macrophage expression at the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology of Macrophages in Human Diseases in Santa Fe, New Mexico, February 9-14, 2014. This work was completed under the direction of Wei Zhou MD; Dr. White is also supported by the Stanford CVI T32 training grant (co-PIs Dalman and Tsao).
  • March 3, 2014- Dr. Gustavo S. Oderich, from Mayo Clinic visited us on February 24 and 25 and gave the following talks: "Current status of mesenteric revascularization for chronic mesenteric ischemia" and "Evolution of side branch incorporation". See the full Stanford Vascular Surgery Visiting Professor Series 2013-2014...
  • February 21, 2014- Dr. Nicholas Leeper's recent published study: Damage To Dead Cell Disposal System May Increase Heart Disease

  • January 17, 2014- Dr. Nicholas Leeper has been invited to serve as a member of the Editorial Board of Vascular Medicine, the official journal of the Society for Vascular Medicine, and the premier ISI-ranked peer-reviewed journal in this field.

  • December 12, 2013- Dr. Jason Lee has been invited to be the US Principal Investigator for the Medtronic Abdominal Branch Global Clinical Trial.  The purpose of the study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Abdominal Branch Stent Graft System for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms in patients with short infrarenal necks. The 1st human implant is likely to take place in summer 2014. Anyone with questions should refer to our clinical trials page.
  • December 11, 2013- Congratulations to Dr. Ronald L. Dalman who has been appointed to a three year term as Chairman of the Program Committee for the Society for Vascular Surgery, and in this role will lead the effort to create the program for the Vascular Annual Meeting from 2015 to 2018.

  • December 11, 2013- Congratulations to Drs. Matthew Mell and Ronald Dalman for being elected to leadership roles in the Northern California Vascular Study Group, the regional affiliate of the nationwide Vascular Quality Initiative.    Dr. Mell has been elected to a three year term as Director of Research, and Dr . Dalman has been elected as Medical Director.       

  • December 11, 2013- Dr. Elsie Gyang, a third year Integrated Vascular Resident, has started her professional development participation in the Cardiovascular Institute T32 Training Grant, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Gyang will be pursuing her research project entitled "Use of unstructured clinical, radiographic and biologic data to predict risk, presence and progression of peripheral artery disease."   
  • October 23, 2013- Congratulations to Vascular Medicine Fellow Dr. Peter Chang for his achievement as the recipient of Stanford Cardiovascular Institute Postdoctoral Travel Award for his application “Socioeconomic Barriers to the Diagnosis of Peripheral Arterial Disease “, which he will be presenting at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2013.
  • October 11,2013- Congratulations to Vascular Medicine Fellow Dr. William L. Bennett  for his achievement as the recipient of this year's American Heart Association Peripheral Vascular Disease Travel Award to attend the PVD Fellows in Training Workshop at Scientific Sessions 2013 in Dallas, Texas. 

  • September 30, 2013- Congratulations to Dr. Nick Leeper on his achievement as the recipient of the “Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Research Award” at the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum, which took place in Chicago September 19-22, 2013!
  • September 23, 2013- Cardinal athlete dives back in, thanks to Stanford Vascular Surgeon, Jason T Lee, M.D. The full story...

  • September 16, 2013- Congratulations to Drs. Jason Lee and Nick Leeper who won CVI seed grants this year. Dr. Lee’s project entitled "A Novel Approach for Studying the Mechanical Behavior of Atherosclerotic Plaque" and Dr. Leeper’s proposal, "The paradoxical role of Cdkn2b in vessel sprouting and vessel maturation in atherosclerosis" were among the recipients for the 2013 (FY14) CVI Seed Grants.

  • September 10, 2013- The Division of Vascular Surgery is pleased to introduce two new members of our faculty team.  


    VenitaChandra_VSDr. Venita Chandra was appointed to Clinical Assistant Professor effective August 12, 2013.  She will practice at SHC and serve as Co-Medical Director of the Stanford Wound Care Center, opening May 2014 at the Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center in Redwood City. Dr. Chandra earned her B.S. degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota in 1999. In 2004, she received her medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.  Dr. Chandra completed her General Surgery residency at Stanford in 2011 and is a graduate of the Stanford Biodesign program.  She continued on to the Stanford Vascular Surgery Fellowship and finished in June 2013.  Dr. Chandra can be reached by email at



    Dr. George K. Lee was appointed to Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) effective September 1, 2013.  He will join the Vascular Surgery team at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Dr. Lee earned his B.S. degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the honors program in Allied Medical Professions from Ohio State University, in 2001 and his medical degree from Emory University in 2007.  Dr. Lee completed the Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Program at Stanford in 2013.  Dr. Lee can be reached at

  • August 26, 2013- Congratulations to Dr. Wei Zhou on receiving the AAS/Taiwan Surgical Association International Visiting Professorship Award. As the recipient of the award, Dr. Zhou will receive support to travel to Taipei, Taiwan, to attend the Annual Meeting of the TSA on March 15-16, 2014. The AAS International Visiting Professorship is designed to help foster the AAS’ relationship among the international community.

  • July 18, 2013- Kevin Casey's update from Afghanistan:

    (Kevin completed his fellowship in 2011)

    Dr. Dalman –

    Thanks to each of you for your contribution to my education as a surgeon and person.  In this way, you have each been an indirect part of saving the limbs and lives of many of our young soldiers defending our country.

    Please pass along my sentiments to the team.


  • July 10, 2013- Congratulations to Dr. Venita Chandra as the first woman vascular surgeon to finish our program, and Dr. George Lee as the first graduate of our Integrated Residency Program, initiated in 2008. Both Drs. Chandra and Lee have joined our faculty as Assistant Professors, increasing the total number of vascular faculty to ten.

  • June 21, 2013- The AHA Heart Ball was a big success this year. They raised over a million dollars to help the American Heart Association fight heart disease.

    For more coverage, click on the link here.

  • June 17, 2013- On May 28th, the 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting Reception was successfully held in AT&T Park. Click here for the recap from the VAM Reception.

  • May 24, 2013- Stanford researchers use data mining to show safety of peripheral artery disease treatment

  • May 22, 2013- Interested in a simple and inexpensive tool to help predict mortality risks? Check out here and see what our medical student, Kevin Nead, has found out in his study.

  • May 15, 2013- We are thrilled to announce that Marcus Kret, from Oregon Health and Science University, will be our new fellow in July 2014! Marcus received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his M.D. from the Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  In 2007, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. Marcus is currently a 4th year general surgery resident at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations and welcome Marcus!

  • April 12, 2013- Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Mell who has been chosen to be the 2013 ACS/SVS Scholar for Vascular Surgery Health Policy.  The Scholarship includes a “Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management” course offered at Brandeis University’s Heller School this June. Dr. Mell will also travel to Washington DC for the Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit in Spring 2014. 

  • March 21, 2013- We are very pleased to announce that Nathan Itoga, from the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, will be our new resident beginning in June. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the Brigham Young University in 2008. Congratulations Nathan and welcome to Stanford! 

  • March 20, 2013- Dr. Jonathan Golledge wrote an editorial comments on the MKEY paper from Dr. Dalman's lab published in ATVB in January 2013.

    For more information, please refer to the ATVB website.

  • March 20, 2013- Dr. Andrew Tambyraja, an awardee of the SVS International Scholarship 2013 and a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at The University of Edinburgh, will visit us on May 28-29, 2013.

  • March 20, 2013- Dr. Clement Darling, Division Chief of Vascular Surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital, will visit us on Monday, March 25, 2013. He will give a special lecture on "How Albany Vascular LLC Managed To Corner The Market And Stay On Top" from 7-8 am in the Vascular Surgery Conference Room, H3632.

  • March 14, 2013- Dr. Nicholas Leeper chaired a Vascular Medicine session at the ACC (American College of Cardiology) meeting last weekend with some of the leadership from the SVM (Society for Vascular Medicine).

  • March 13, 2013- Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Leeper who has been named President of the American Heart Association Board of Directors, Silicon Valley.

    Click here for the press release.

    This is also in today's Silicon Valley Business Journal.
  • February 22, 2013- Congratulations to Dr. Wei Zhou who has been selected for the 2014 American College of Surgeons Traveling Fellowship to Australia and New Zealand!

  • February 7, 2013- Drs. Matthew Mell and Nicholas Leeper are featured in the Stanford Your Health videos discussing Vascular Diseases.

    Your Health: Stanford's Matthew Mell, MD, Discusses Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

    Your Health: Vascular Disease with Stanford cardiologist Nicholas Leeper, MD

  • January 22, 2013- The recently published study, “Loss of CDKN2B Promotes p53–Dependent Smooth Muscle Cell Apoptosis and Aneurysm Formation” was selected as the American Heart Association Journals “Editors’ Pick” this month.  This article, co-authored by Division investigators Nick Leeper and Ron Dalman describes the role of a new gene identified through genome-wide association studies, and its role in heritable AAA disease.

  • December 20, 2012- Dr Mohamed A. Zayed, our PGY-4 resident with staff surgeons at McMaster University

    With our integrated “0+5” Vascular Surgery Residency Program, the residents have a unique opportunity to spend a 3-month rotation at McMaster University (Ontario, Canada) during their 4th year of training.

  • October 18, 2012- Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2012 American Heart Association Silicon Valley Heart Walk. This event was sponsored by Stanford University Hospital and organized in part by Nick Leeper of the Stanford Division of Vascular Surgery.  This year’s walk was a huge success which raised $510,000 for vascular disease research. We hope you enjoyed the walk and see you again next year!

  • October 3, 2012- Congratulations to Dr. Wei Zhou on successfully securing NIH funding (R21) involving both the Stanford Lucas Center and Palo Alto VA. The project, entitled "Neuroimaging Correlates of Memory Decline Following Carotid Interventions", aims to measure cerebral perfusion and cognition changes following carotid revasculization procedures.

  • September 20, 2012- Former faculty member Dr. Edmund J. Harris, Sr. dies at age 92 
Dr. Edmund J. Harris, Sr.

Dr. Edmund J. Harris, Sr. was a true pioneer in our specialty; one of the founding members of what is now called the Northern California Vascular Society. For several years in the mid-1990s, Ed returned to Stanford to join our Division and help establish our vein practice. Although Ed had built and enjoyed a strong, broad-based vascular practice in his younger years, in middle age his visual acuity had diminished somewhat and limited his practice to vein surgery. Chris Zarins recruited Ed to return to Stanford to build a venous practice (with E John Jr.), and we all benefited greatly from Ed's nuanced understanding of venous anatomy and pathophysiology. His precise and uncompromising approach laid the foundation for our successful vein practice today. When Ed moved his family to the Bay Area from Indiana, more than fifty years ago, vascular care as we know it today did not exist.
Ed and his peers provided, often through trial and error, the intellectual underpinnings of our modern practice, and we owe them all a great debt of gratitude for their conviction and commitment to their patients. Even more importantly, Ed was a gentleman of the highest order, a consummate physician, loyal friend and capable mentor. His gentle and effective guidance will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of working with him. On behalf of the Department of Surgery, and the extended Stanford Vascular Family, we extend our sincere condolences to the Harris family on their loss.

Ron Dalman
Chidester Professor and Chief,
Stanford Vascular Surgery

  • September 13, 2012- Dr. Jason Lee is the first US physician to complete the proctoring and approval process for the Cook Zenith Fenestrated Aortic Endograft (ZFEN), which promises to revoluntionize management of complex abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
  • August 20, 2012- In memory of Dr. Weesam Alkhatib, dedication of the new Weesam Alkhatib Resident Education Center was held on August 20th. Photos are posted here. Dr. Alkhatib passed away on April 14th, after a short but valiant battle against recurrent cancer. Dr. Alkhatib was an outstanding surgeon, scholar, role model, and friend.  His biggest academic contribution was in his commitment to resident education; for the last two years he directed the Vascular Division’s didactic educational program.
  • July 13, 2012- Dr. Lee comments on the Mets pitcher's surgery in repairing his Axillary branch aneurysm on ESPN. video
  • June 7, 2012- Congratulations to Dr. Wei Zhou on her promotion to Professor of Surgery.

  • June 7, 2012- OIiver Aalami, MD recently joined our team and was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery.  Welcome, Dr. Aalami!

  • June 7, 2012- Photos from the Zarins Festschrift are posted here

  • May 31, 2012- Congratulations to Dr. Mell on the completion of his Master's degree in health services research. His thesis title is "Screening and Surveillance of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms."

  • May 18, 2012- We are very happy to announce that Brant Ullery will be our Vascular Surgery Fellow in July 2013!  Brant is currently a general surgery resident at the University of Pennsylvania.  He received his M.D. in 2008 from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and his B.A. degree from Northwestern University in 2004. Congratulations and welcome Brant!


  • On May 25th, the Stanford Vascular Family will celebrate the career and accomplishments of our founding Division Chief, Dr. Christopher Zarins. Dr. Zarins retires at the end of May, after a Stanford career spanning 19 years, including 12 as Division Chief (1993-2005). The schedule for the Zarins' Festschrift includes speakers from all phases of Dr. Zarins' career; medical school, training, and his faculty leadership positions at Chicago and Stanford. Included as well will be an overview of Dr. Zarins' recent business ventures in medical entrepreneurship. All interested individuals are invited to join us.

    Please click on the following link for more information about the program: Zarins Festschrift

    Drs. Zarins and Gewertz, at the University of Chicago, 1985
  • May 18, 2012- Congratulations to Stanford medical student, Keith Glover, who was awarded MedScholars funding for the proposal, “Monocyte/macrophage suppression effect on the progression and regression of abdominal aortic aneurysms in the CD11b- diphtheria toxin receptor transgene-expressing apolipoprotein E-deficient mouse model.” Keith will work on this project in the lab of Dr. Ronald Dalman.
  • May 17, 2012- Congratulations to Dr. Zhou on recieving a VA Merit Award. The award will provide additonal support to her NIH-funded research program on evaluating the outcome of vascular interventions for patients with atherosclerosis.
  • May 17, 2012- Congratulations to Sharla White on her appointment to the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute's NHLBI-funded training program: Mechanisms & Innovation in Vascular Disease. Sharla is a post-doc in Dr. Zhou’s lab at the VA Medical Center.
  • April 13, 2012-We are pleased to announce that Benjamin Colvard recently matched into our integrated vascular surgery residency program! Ben received his Bachelors of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. He is currently a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and will receive his medical degree on May 22, 2012. Ben will begin his vascular surgery residency at Stanford on June 20, 2012. Congratulations Ben!
  • Weesam Alkhatib, MD
  • Weesam Alkhatib, MD died at his parents’ home in Woodland, CA, Saturday April 14th, after a short but valiant battle against recurrent cancer. He was 34 years old. At the time of his death, Dr. Alkhatib served as a faculty vascular surgeon at both Stanford Hospital and Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, and held a Clinical Instructor of Surgery appointment in the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Alkhatib received his vascular training at Stanford (2008 – 2010), and prior to that, his general surgery training at the University of Kansas/Kansas City (2003 – 2008). Weesam attended Kansas State University from 1999-2003, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree Chemical Engineering. While at Kansas State, he won honors and recognition for his performance as a varsity athlete in tennis.

Dr. Alkhatib was an outstanding surgeon, scholar, role model, and friend. In his short but meaningful career, his passion, skill and commitment to his patients were an inspiration to all who knew him. As a fellow, he was relentless in his pursuit of clinical and intellectual excellence. As a faculty member, his personal standard of conduct, at all times and under the most trying conditions, was an inspiration to his students, trainees, and colleagues. His biggest academic contribution was in his commitment to resident education; for the last two years he directed the Vascular Division didactic educational program, and at the time of his death he was completing a new handbook for board certification review. In his honor, his manuscript is being finalized by his trainees and will be submitted to the publisher later this year.

Dr. Alkhatib was an integral member of the Stanford Vascular Family, and his contributions, wise counsel, and sense of humor will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his many friends and family members around the world. Funeral services for Dr. Alkhatib will be held at the Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D Street, Davis, California at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 21st.

In memory of Dr. Weesam Alkhatib, dedication of the new Weesam Alkhatib Resident Education Center was held on August 20th. Photos are posted here.           


  • April 2, 2012- Congratulations to Dr. Lee on his promotion to Associate Professor of Surgery.
  • February 24, 2012- Dr. Leeper recently passed the 2012 American Board of Vascular Medicine (ABVM) examination and is now a board certified diplomat in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Vascular Medicine.
  • January 17, 2012-Vascular Surgery Opportunity

The Vascular Section in Surgical Service at VA Palo Alto Health Care System and the Division of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine are seeking a full time Vascular Surgeon.

  • January 13, 2012- Dr. Lee was recognized by Stanford medical students for his contributions to their education during the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Lee received the Teaching Excellence pin on behalf of the School of Medicine as a token of their appreciation for his efforts with the medical students. Congratulations, Dr. Lee!
  • November 29, 2011- Dr. Nick Leeper was a recipient of the 2011 Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Cardiovascular Disease Grant, for his ongoing research into the genetics of vascular disease.  This independent two year research award was given at this year's American Heart Association meeting.  Pictured below is Dr. Leeper (middle) receiving the grant from the Committee Chair, Dr. Peter Libby (right) and a Gilead executive.


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