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Published on June 11, 2012

Study Shows that Vascular Treatment Benefits Patients with Common, Deadly Vascular Condition

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Vascular Surgeon Presents Findings at National Conference

Rockville, MD – Research shows that a modern treatment for a common and sometimes deadly vascular condition is effective at treating patients. Vascular surgeons from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital presented their findings at the Society for Vascular Surgery’s (SVS) 66th Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Md., this past weekend. Medical Director for Vascular Research and Vascular Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Y. Wang presented the study, called “Ambulatory Venous Thrombectomy for Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis,” which is based on vascular treatments provided to patients at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

The study shows that patients suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be safely and effectively treated with a procedure called catheter directed treatment (CDT). DVT is a condition in which a blood clot is formed in a vein that is deep within the body. These clots can cause swelling, pain and can travel through the veins causing a blockage. CDT is a minimally invasive procedure that uses x-ray imaging, medication and special devices to dissolve and remove blood clots.

“The expert physicians and staff at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital provide high-quality, comprehensive vascular care to the community,” said Dennis Hansen, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “We are pleased that Dr. Wang was able to share the findings of his research on vascular treatments with the broader medical community at the Society for Vascular Surgery annual meeting.”

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital vascular surgeons Michael Sulkin, M.D., Robert Fox, M.D., Richard Silva, M.D. and Shan-e-Ali Haider, M.D. authored the study along with their colleague, Dr. Wang. The surgeons are a part of Horizon Vascular Specialists, a practice that has provided state-of-the-art vascular care to the community for 34 years.

“Deep vein thrombosis can cause severe disability and sometimes can be fatal, therefore it is vital that vascular surgeons and other medical professionals have the knowledge they need to care for these patients,” said Dr. Wang. “At Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, we offer a vascular procedure that only a few hospitals in the state offer. This state-of-the-art process allows us to treat our patients on an outpatient basis and restore them to good health.”

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) for its noninvasive vascular testing in the areas of carotid ultrasound and venous ultrasound. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital also recently received the American Heart Association’s Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award for its stroke care, as well as accreditation as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

The Society for Vascular Surgery is a professional medical society of primarily vascular surgeons that aims to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and publicNEWS RELEASEawareness. The Vascular Annual Meeting is the major forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease.

“We were looking forward to Dr. Wang sharing our data and research at this prestigious meeting for vascular professionals,” said Dr. Fox. “This national conference allowed our team to collaborate with other clinicians so that we can continue to improve care for our patients, here in Montgomery County.”

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care facility in Rockville, Maryland, with 339 licensed beds. Shady Grove is committed to delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. The hospital offers a broad range of health services and is recognized for excellence in emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; oncology care; several surgical specialties; and a number of specialized services for children. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown provides emergency medical care to more than 35,000 residents each year. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. For additional information, visit

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