Welcome to the University of South Florida
Division of Vascular Surgery
Welcome to the Division of Vascular Surgery at USF. We are committed to providing the highest quality care for our patients and a robust learning environment for our residents. Our faculty are all board certified vascular surgeons with expertise in a wide-range of vascular disease management utilizing best medical therapy, surgical or endovascular procedures. Our faculty provide vascular surgery services at Tampa General Hospital, The James Haley VA and The Bay Pines VA. The Division is actively engaged in clinical research and participates in numerous clinical trials evaluating “cutting-edge” technology and treatments.
ClinicalOur group is a leader in several areas, notably including complex aortic surgery (including fenestrated and snorkeled endovascular repair), management of infected grafts, pioneering work on the role of noninvasive laboratory examination, treatment of complex problems after AV access, and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome. We have an extremely busy carotid stenting practice and focus as well on complex limb salvage. We currently practice at five hospitals, see patients at three locations, and are about to staff an AV access endovascular center. Our group perform over 3,000 cases yearly, and our residents’ case experience is among the highest in the nation.
ResearchWe have a very active research program, which includes a didactic teaching syllabus during each academic year on the process of academics. We are engaged in 12 clinical trials at this point, and can offer enrollment to patients with thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, claudication and limb threat, venous ulceration, thoracic outlet syndrome, and simulation and case specific preoperative rehearsal.
Murray Shames, MD
Professor and Director
USF Vascular Surgery
Perhaps our greatest strength is education. We have an unusually active training program. While we worked with non-accredited fellows throughout the 1980s, our formal fellowship started in 1990. We have graduated 29 fellows to date, who are engaged in both clinical and academic practice (with one Division Chief among our alumnae). We were one of the first five 0+5 programs, starting our first intern in 2006, and as of now have graduated five such trainees, three of whom pursued academic careers. We added a second 0+5 slot beginning July of 2013, which includes a full research year.
We hope you will find this website useful, whether a patient, prospective trainee, friend, or otherwise interested in what we have to offer.