Regional Vascular Center

Regional Vascular Center surgeon Dr. Benjamin Starnes performing an angioplasty at Harborview Medical Center
UW Medicine vascular surgeons use state-of-the-art imaging technology to diagnose and treat disease.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UW Medicine vascular surgeons use state-of-the-art imaging technology to diagnose and treat disease. The Regional Vascular Center in Seattle cares for patients with a broad spectrum of vascular problems.

Whether you need access for hemodialysis or a bypass to increase blood flow to your legs, the specialists at the Vascular Center can help.

Any condition’s underlying cause can be simple or complex. The Vascular Center works in a a multidisciplinary approach with UW Medicine specialists to diagnose your illness and outline your treatment options. UW Medicine physicians’ ability choose the right diagnostic tests in the right order — not only prioritizes your health but also respects your time and minimizes expenses.

In both elective procedures and emergencies, UW Medicine vascular specialists provide all our patients with expert surgical and nonsurgical care. Our innovative treatment approaches follow in the footsteps of UW physician Dr. Eugene Strandness, who pioneered the concept of duplex ultrasound, a standard of care worldwide for diagnosing blocked arteries.

  • ​​​In many instances, medications in finely tuned amounts and combinations can manage and improve your condition. 
    • We participate in national clinical trials of new devices and medications to treat aortic pathology, better control blood pressure and prevent vascular illness in at-risk people.
  • If your doctor determines that you would benefit from surgery, we use minimally invasive endovascular procedures in every possible instance. 
    • ​Such procedures include clearing clogged vessels with balloon angioplasty, laser, implanting of stents, and placement of stent grafts.

As part of Harborview Medical Center’s Level I trauma center serving Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, our health-care providers treat many times more ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms than any other provider in the region.

More than 20 million Americans are at risk of vascular disease outside the heart, according to the American Vascular Association. Many people who develop conditions, such as peripheral arterial disease, experience no symptoms, but such vascular diseases cause more disability and death than any cancer.

If you or your primary care provider are concerned that you have developed, or are at risk for, a vascular condition, UW Medicine providers are here for you. Please call 206.520.5000 today to schedule an appointment.

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