May 19, 2006

Noted Kentucky surgeon Ross to direct Endovascular Surgery

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Charles Ross, M.D.

Noted Kentucky surgeon Ross to direct Endovascular Surgery

Charles Ross, M.D., has been named director of Endovascular Surgery, and will begin seeing patients at the Vascular Surgery Clinic in the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute in July.

He is currently medical director of the Lourdes Vascular Center in Paducah, Ky., part of Lourdes Medical Center and Western Baptist Hospital.

Ross brings to Vanderbilt extensive clinical experience as well as expertise in treating adult patients with vascular disorders of all types. He is a regionally recognized expert in the use of endovascular techniques to manage cerebrovascular, peripheral and aneurysmal disease.

Ross' primary clinical and research interests have centered on the evolution of endovascular techniques and their role in the management of atherosclerotic and degenerative aneurysmal diseases in adults. His experience with the use of carotid artery stenting in high-risk surgical patients dates to 1996. He introduced endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms in western Kentucky in 1999, and has developed extensive experience with multiple modalities for endovascular and open lower-extremity revascularization.

“Relocation of my practice to Vanderbilt is a tremendous opportunity for me to offer my patients the advantage of care at one of our nation's premier institutions,” Ross said. “The leadership of Drs. (Harry) Jacobson and (Steven) Gabbe, challenging everyone at Vanderbilt toward excellence in patient care and safety, is something I've admired from a distance and can't wait to join.

“I am also excited about the Heart and Vascular Institute. I think there are tremendous advantages for patients with systemic atherosclerosis and aneurysm disease when their care can be provided in a centralized, interdisciplinary setting. Although my patients may travel a bit further to see me, they may well find their care more efficient.”

Ross has been a Vanderbilt clinical faculty member under Thomas Naslund, M.D., director of the Division of Vascular Surgery, since the mid-90s. “Dr. Naslund always has supported and challenged me in my efforts to maintain an academic approach to my clinical practice. The chance to join his faculty, especially with an emphasis in endovascular surgery, is a great honor.”

Ross received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kentucky. He served his internship, residency and chief residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt.

“Dr. Ross brings to Vanderbilt a wealth of expertise in all areas of vascular surgery, particularly in the area of endovascular surgery,” Naslund said.

“We look forward to Chuck joining our growing Vascular Surgery program, not only for his clinical expertise, but also to avail ourselves of his tremendous experience to help train VUMC's surgery residents to become the next generation of the nation's leading vascular surgeons.”