The Department is actively engaged in both clinical and basic research. This research relies on a multidisciplinary approach to vascular disease and includes professors, fellows, residents, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students.

It supports a broad range of clinical and basic science research programs. Current basic science and clinical research programs include the study of tissue engineering prosthesis, Inferior vena cava filter, microvascular networks, stem cell implantation, tissue hypoxia, and angiogenesis, are the vascular biology of aortic aneurysms. Current clinical research activities include long-term studies of carotid artery atherosclerosis, renal artery stenosis, lower extremity atherosclerotic occlusive disease, Takayasu’s arteritis, nutcracker syndrome, Cockett's syndrome, and venous insufficiency.

In summary, our mission is to provide a model of clinical and scientific excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases, to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients by a team of dedicated surgeons and nurses, and to achieve these goals within an environment that fosters compassion and respects the humanity of the individual person. Dedicated researchers within the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery are working to advance our understanding of the vascular disease and improve patient care through research.

Basic Research

Basic research is an important component of the Duke Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Current research endeavors are related to:
• The study of vascular biology and cellular differentiation of vascular tissue
• The proteolytic and cell-mediated regulation of blood coagulation
• Pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm
• The development of bioengineered blood vessel

Active Funding/Grants
National Science Foundation of China, No 81270116
National Science Foundation of China, No 81670433

Clinical Research

The Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is at the forefront of new developments and technology relating to all aspects of venous disease. Clinical research in the vascular surgery laboratory includes the study of:
• Novel therapies for vascular and cardiovascular surgery
• Thrombosis related to surgical procedures
• Clinical inhibitors of blood coagulation proteases
• Stent graft for aortic dissection or abdominal aortic aneurysm


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