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Peter Nelson, MD, MS

Assoc Professor, College Of Medicine Surgery

Assoc Professor, College Of Medicine Surgery

Assoc Professor, College Of Medicine Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology

Contact Info 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

Academic Email: pnelson1@health.usf.edu

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  • MS, Clinical Investigation, Univ. Florida, 2008
  • MD, Medicine, University Of Massachusetts Medical School, 1992
  • MD, Medicine, Univ. Massachusetts, 1992

Academic Philosophy

"To promote novel research and innovation in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and facilitate these activities throughout the Department of Surgery."

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Cardiovascular Sciences

Research Interests

  • Vascular Surgery research at USF spans the gamut from basic and translational science to clinical trials to outcomes and health policy research. The translational activities focus on the impact of systemic inflammation on outcomes following lower extremity revascularization. High throughput genomic and proteomic strategies are used to define inflammatory profiles predictive of success and failure following lower extremity stenting or bypass. Clinical trials include all new endovascular devices available aimed at the treatment of aortic pathologies peripheral intervention and venous disease. This includes training activities at CAMLS as new devices are rolled out by industry and the FDA. Finally outcomes research using both the Florida State AHCA database and the VA SQIP database will add significant new knowledge to vascular surgical trends and outcomes and will direct new health policy in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.

Recent Publications

  • Lee C, Nelson PR. Effect of cilostazol prescribed in a pragmatic treatment program for intermittent claudication. Vascular and endovascular surgery. 48(3) : 224-9, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24399131
  • Hong MS, Butler K, Fischer T, Nelson PR. Trends, Charges, and Outcomes in Endovascular Therapy for Peripheral Arterial Disease in Florida J Vasc Surg. , 2014.
  • Nelson PR, Kracjer Z, Kansal N, Rao V, Bianchi C, Hashemi H, Jones P, Bacharach JM. A multicenter, randomized, controlled trial of totally percutaneous access versus open femoral exposure for endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (the PEVAR trial). Journal of vascular surgery. 59(5) : 1181-93, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24440678
  • Singh MJ, Ellozy S, Eskandari MK, Milner R, Fairman RM, Nelson PR. What is Your Preferred EVAR Device and Why? Ask the Experts Endovasc Today. : 63-6, 2013.
  • Nelson PR, Starnes BW. Perspectives: PEVAR in Practice Endovasc Today. : 31-4, 2013.
  • Allemang MT, Rajani RR, Nelson PR, Hingorani A, Kashyap VS. Prescribing patterns of antiplatelet agents are highly variable after lower extremity endovascular procedures. Annals of vascular surgery. 27(1) : 62-7, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22981017
  • Peter R. Nelson, MD, MS, and Nikhil Kansal, MD. The Narrow Distal Aorta Endovascular Today. , 2012.
  • Friedell ML, Nelson PR, Cheatham ML. Vena cava filter practices of a regional vascular surgery society. Annals of vascular surgery. 26(5) : 630-5, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22664279
  • Scali ST, Feezor RJ, Chang CK, Stone DH, Goodney PP, Nelson PR, Huber TS, Beck AW. Safety of elective management of synchronous aortic disease with simultaneous thoracic and aortic stent graft placement. Journal of vascular surgery. 56(4) : 957-64.e1, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22743020