Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

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.michael-and-liqun-with-shadow.jpg 

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.or-group-with-shadow.jpg

We are also committed to teaching and research training. In addition to the NIH T32 Research Training grant for surgical residents, we have welcomed high school students, undergraduates, and medical students into our labs. Interested students can apply for a Lanterman Vascular Surgery Student Award


Interested in participating in a clinical trial related to vascular surgery?

You can find out about current clinical trials at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute Clinical Trials Unit using the keyword search term “Vascular Surgery.”



Learn more about our faculty research interests below.

Mark K. Eskandari, M.D. 

Research Interests 

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

View Dr. Eskandari's Publications

Karen J. Ho, M.D. 

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 Dr. Ho's Lab

View Dr. Ho's Publications

Andrew W. Hoel, M.D. 

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 Dr. Hoel's Publications

Heron E. Rodriguez, M.D. 

Research Interests 

  • Minimally invasive treatment of aneurysms
  • Lower extremity occlusive disease

View Dr. Rodriguez's Publications 

Tadaki M. Tomita, M.D. 

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 Dr. Tomita's Publications 

Ashley K. Vavra, M.D. 

Research Interests 

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

View Dr. Vavra's Publications


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