Brooke Army Medical Center, Vascular Surgery – The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Military: San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC)
Program Director General Surgery SAMMC
Associate Professor of Surgery USUHS
Graduate Medical Education, limb salvage for traumatic injury, mitigation of ischemia re-perfusion injury
Why did you become a vascular surgeon?
My first rotation intern year was on vascular surgery at the South Texas VA and I knew immediately. I liked the idea of operating on any area of the body, both minimally or maximally invasive. I like the pre-operative planning and having an expectation of the outcome following surgery. I like that anatomy matters and we can restore or redefine normal anatomy. I also knew that vascular surgery would be an area of need in the military. I had great mentors who fostered my interest and appreciative to this day for their help.
Why did you join the VESS?
I joined VESS because it represented a diverse group of surgeons who were interested in understanding current vascular surgery but questioning the norm and pushing for change. I appreciate the collaborative and informal approach to pushing the practice of vascular surgery. VESS has always taken particular interest in young surgeons and trainees which helps keep pushing new ideas and innovative solutions.