The Vascular Center at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center is a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals who provide comprehensive specialty care services to patients with all forms of major vascular disorders including arterial, venous, lymphatic, inflammatory and congenital vascular problems. The Vascular Center is a member of the University of Maryland Medical System and works in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine to participate in clinical, research and educational opportunities. This allows our team to customize care delivery to people in all parts of Maryland and the surrounding region, with the mission to reduce death and disability due to vascular disease.
Our staff is a group of nationally and internationally recognized experts with a broad range of interest and experience in all forms of vascular problems, both surgical and non-surgical. Our vascular surgeons are certified by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery and hold faculty positions at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Our services are conveniently provided in a modern and easily accessible community environment at UM BWMC. We focus on personalized care for each patient through diagnosis, intervention, prevention and education.
DIAGNOSIS The diagnosis of vascular disorders may be as simple as a single non-invasive ultrasound test, but often precise diagnosis requires a combination of tests – especially when planning effective treatments. Diagnostic testing may include:
- Noninvasive testing in the vascular laboratory
- Computed tomographic scanning (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI/MRA)
- Serologic testing (Blood tests)
INTERVENTION The treatment for some vascular problems may be as simple as medical treatment with blood thinners, exercise and diet modification or other risk factor reduction strategies. However, severe or more serious vascular problems may place patients at risk for stroke, limb loss, or even death. Once diagnosed, these problems require safe and effective treatment to avoid potentially catastrophic outcomes. We treat all vascular problems and conditions, including:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Today when intervention is required for these serious vascular problems, surgery can often be minimized or avoided entirely through the use of minimally invasive endovascular treatments. When this is not possible or appropriate, surgery may be necessary to achieve effective and durable treatment. Our staff of highly-experienced, board-certified vascular surgeons can select the most effective treatment and discuss that with the patient and their family.
PREVENTION The risk factors for most serious vascular disease are well known. They include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- High blood cholesterol
- Age over 55
- Family history
- More common in men than women
Many serious vascular problems can be prevented by the right combination of medical therapy and lifestyle changes – also known as “risk factor modification.” This includes diet, exercise, smoking cessation and keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes under control. Our physicians may find something on a routine exam and schedule a test in the non-invasive vascular laboratory, or they may simply feel that a routine test is beneficial because of certain risk factors. Our patients may also participate in one of our free comprehensive vascular screenings. If a mild or moderate vascular problem is detected, we can prevent it from worsening through comprehensive vascular care and regular follow-up.
EDUCATION We have a highly experienced team of vascular healthcare professionals dedicated to teaching and they provide a wide variety of educational opportunities for those interested in vascular disorders. These include:
- Education of patients and their families
- Community education
- Education of medical professionals
- Training vascular surgeon specialists
Dr. Marshall Benjamin - Vascular Surgeon
Dr. David Neschis - Vascular Surgeon