What is a vascular and endovascular medicine?

Vascular medicine is a field of study dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of circulation.  These include both arteries and veins.  In most cases, the underlying conditions are managed using medication and life-style changes alone.

Endovascular medicine is the treatment of vascular conditions without open surgery.  The procedure is performed using a catheter containing medications or miniature instruments that is inserted through the skin into a blood vessel.

How does one become a Vascular and Endovascular Medicine physician?

All physicians are required to complete four years of Medical School to earn their medical degree (MD).  After medical college, the process involves three years of Internal Medicine training which is called residency.  Upon completion of Internal Medicine residency, additional three years of training is required to complete General Cardiology fellowship.  After general cardiology fellowship, the physicians then enrolls into additional years of apprenticeship in vascular medicine and interventional cardiology.

Unless "grandfathered" by ABIM in 1990, your Novant Vascular physicians are board certificated in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, and Endovascular Medicine. 

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide high-quality, consistent care for our patients with any condition that impacts their cardiovascular health.  

It is important to understand that cardiovascular system is one organ.  The diseases that impact the blood vessels to the heart also involves blood vessels to the brain and toes.  For instance, the patients with plaque development to the vessels to toe die as a result of complications from blood vessels to the heart.  Conversely, patients who have blockages to the heart arteries are more likely to have a stroke.  Therefore, the treatment for cardiovascular system can not  be compartmentalized into vascular beds isolated by individual organs.  Thus, we work as collaborative team across all disciplines of medicine and surgery to improve the lives of our patients with vascular diseases.


The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
— William Osler, Father of Modern Medicine

What We treat

We provide comprehensive service for all vascular conditions - regardless of whether it requires treatment with lifestyle changes, medications, or procedures.  To learn more, click on the following links: