Vascular Surgery

Vascular Nurse

The Division of Vascular Surgery is dedicated to excellence and leadership inpatient care, education and research. The clinical program is located at Victoria Hospital where we provide vascular surgery care to the citizens of Southwestern Ontario and beyond, with a catchment area of 1.9M.  Over 800 major surgical procedures are performed yearly by our surgeons, including over 330 aortic aneurysm repairs, half of which are treated endovascularly.  With close collaboration with our interventional radiology and vascular medicine colleagues, we provide complete patient care including risk reduction, medical management, percutaneous interventions, endovascular and open surgical procedures.  The Endovascular Program is recognized internationally and currently treats all aspects of elective and emergent aortic pathologies including thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, dissections, traumatic injuries and thoracoabdominal aneurysms with branched and fenestrated grafts.  The annual Endovascular Symposium is held in the Fall with an internationally recognized invited speaker.

Western's Division of Vascular Surgery has a training program that is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Both pathways are accredited, including the primary entry pathway and the 5 + 2 pathway.  Since 1986 over 25 vascular surgeons have trained at Western University and now hold university and community appointments throughout North America.  The Division also offers post-fellowship training through the endowed Vicky Blair Fellowship.  

The Division of Vascular Surgery pursues clinical and basic science research.  The AD McLachlin Research Lab is a collaborative effort between the vascular surgeons and scientist Dr. Richard Potter.  The Division's clinical research efforts are facilitated by an extensive database and led by our research coordinators, Marge Lovell and Teresa Novick.

Division members serve in a number of leadership roles.  Dr. Guy DeRose currently serves as the Senior Medical Director of Surgery at London Health Sciences Centre.  Marge Lovell is the co-Chair of the PAD Coalition.  Division members have served in a number of roles at the Royal College including Chair of the Specialty Committee, and as members of the examination board.  Our surgeons have also had past and present positions on the executive of the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery, the Society for Vascular Surgery and sit on a number of Editorial Boards and Grant Review Boards.

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