Vascular / Endovascular Surgery - Division Overview
We specialize in the evaluation
and management of conditions affecting blood vessels — arteries and
veins. Our medical management options include endovascular techniques
as well as conventional classical vascular surgery.
The Division of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery is dedicated to providing the
highest quality of patient care, professional education, basic vascular
science research, translational research and clinical research. This
mission is carried out under the leadership of Boulos
The Division of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery is dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care, professional education, basic vascular science research, translational research and clinical research. This mission is carried out under the leadership of Boulos Toursarkissian, MD.
Patient Services – The Division of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery faculty members have extensive experience in the management of complicated, as well as straight-forward, vascular problems. We have expertise with all FDA-approved devices for thoracic and abdominal endografting as well as peripheral and carotid interventions.
Clinical recognition – Our Vascular / Endovascular Surgery physicians have been recognized for:
- First endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in the South Texas area
- First comprehensive carotid artery stenting program
- Placement of the first Zenith AAA stent in the State of Texas
- First thoracic aortic endograft surgery performed in San Antonio and South Texas
- Placement of first CardioMEMS AAA pressure sensor in South Texas
Research – In addition to excellence in clinical care, the Division of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery also has an established research program aimed at improving patient care through scientific discovery. Research labs within the division study blood vessel formation, stem cells, tissue regeneration and copper metabolism in the vasculature. Research goals include new treatments for vascular disease and improving and limb salvage rates in patients with vascular disease and following traumatic injury.
Our physicians have expertise and experience with the whole array of minimally invasive approaches for limb salvage for revascularization of the lower extremities including:
- Laser atherectomy
- Plaque excision with "Silverhawk" and others
- Mechanical thrombectomy