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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
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Vascular Surgery Research


Vascular surgeons at Northwestern University are dedicated to scientific discovery and the application of these discoveries to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Our active investigations in basic science, translational, clinical and health services research result in over 70 publications and presentations at regional and national meetings each year.

Our research enterprise is supported by funding from many sources, including an NIH T32 Research Training Grant that encourages and equips bright, well-trained and academically-minded surgical trainees to pursue careers dedicated to research.

Our research efforts are also strengthened by collaborations with experts in other disciplines that focus diverse scientific backgrounds and perspectives to help solve complex problems and promote a shared vision of better health and surgical solutions.

Visit the pages to learn more about our work and training opportunities:

Faculty Research Interests

 Mark K. Eskandari, MD

Research Interests 

  • Stoke prevention with CAS and CEA
  • TEVAR for blunt traumatic injuries
  • Percutaneous EVAR
  • Infected prosthetic grafts
  • Quality improvement 

View Eskandari's publications.

 Karen J. Ho, MD

Research Interests 

  • Animal and cell-based models of arterial injury and remodeling
  • Mechanisms of gut microbe regulation of arterial inflammation, restenosis and atherosclerosis
  • Microbe-derived metabolomics in peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Gene and stem cell therapy for PAD

Learn more about the Ho Laboratory and view Ho's publications.

 Andrew W. Hoel, MD

Research Interests

  • Quality improvement
  • Patient optimization and communication throughout the continuum of care, risk stratification and the use of minimally invasive technology to treat complex vascular disease
  • Value optimization

View Hoel's publications.

 Heron E. Rodriguez, MD

Research Interests 

  • Minimally invasive treatment of aneurysms
  • Lower extremity occlusive disease

View Rodriguez's publications.

 Tadaki M. Tomita, MD

Research Interests 

  • Improvement of surgical education
  • Enhance simulation-based training of endovascular and ultrasound guidance skills for surgical residents and fellows
  • Developing an ultrasound-guided femoral access simulator to enhance the training of endovascular skills to trainees

View Tomita's publications.

 Ashley K. Vavra, MD

Research Interests 

  • Quality and process improvement
  • Nitric oxide based therapies to prevent neointimal hyperplasia following vascular intervention for occlusive disease

View Vavra's publications.

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