October, 2021

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our associate center, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‘๐ก๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ฆ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, for being recognized by the American College of Cardiology in the 2022 ๐˜œ.๐˜š. ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง โ€œ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ดโ€!โฃ
This guidebook is compiled to highlight the health care leaders that foster a positive patient experience, implement the highest standards of care, and more. Congratulations on your exemplary cardiovascular care!โฃ


September, 2021


Weโ€™re proud to announce that we will be participating in the ๐Ÿพ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜–๐˜Œ๐˜๐˜š ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ!
๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ:
Sept. 24 – 25
Booth #206

July, 2021

July UFE Post with Collaborative IR video

July is UFE Awareness Month! Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally-invasive method for blocking blood flow to a uterine fibroid, thereby shrinking it to the point of elimination in one simple outpatient procedure. UFE is FDA-approved, requires no general anesthesia, requires no large surgical incisions, and does not affect fertility. If you’re looking for more uterine fibroid-related resources to pass on to a loved one or patient, we can help.ย Our CEO, Jan Dees, is the Vice-Chair of the Free From Fibroids board of directors. Check out the Free From Fibroids website below to learn more about the 501(c)(3) and its mission!

May, 2021

National Meeting

  • American Vascular Associates was proud to host its annual National Center Director Educational Symposium from May 4th through May 7th, which was held at the esteemed Sheraton Sand Key on Clearwater Beach.

While on-site, attendees were not only provided with industry updates regarding EMR systems, staff organization and leadership, revenue cycle management, and more, but they were also offered the opportunity to engage with one another in regular break-out sessions and workshops.

In all, between symposium sessions and social events, leaders from both American Vascular Associates and its associate centers effectively furthered their combined commitment to physician development and patient care through collaborative education.

May 7, 2021

Welcome Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Mark Garcia

Please join American Vascular Associates in welcoming our new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mark Garcia!

Dr. Garcia is an award-winning vascular and interventional radiologist who is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiology. With a proven history of excellence, he brings with him years of experience in publishing academic articles and research, conducting clinical trials, and providing quality care to patients for nearly 20 years.

Now, as the new CMO, Dr. Garcia will strengthen the American Vascular Associatesโ€™ vision of synergistically expanding and supporting associate centers.

โ€œI elected to join AVA because, from the moment I met the leadership team, it was clear they really want to make a difference for both the patient and physician,โ€ Dr. Garcia said. โ€œWith their strong leadership, expertise, and ability to implement positive change to the practice, not only will the patient benefit but so will a physician’s ability to focus on and improve their patient care. Itโ€™s very clear to me they are dedicated to enhancing patient care and the practice, as well as a physician’s lifestyle and well-being.โ€

Dr. Garcia is also the founder and medical director of Endovascular Consultants, where he is the owner of his own vascular center in Wilmington, DE.

Welcome to the team, Dr. Garcia!

April 14, 2021

Recognizing Dr. Davis

We would like to take a moment to recognize Dr. Davis of Douglas Vascular Center, one of our associate centers, for passing the comprehensive exam and meeting all of the requirements of the American Board Of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM)!

Certification in venous and lymphatic medicine demonstrates Dr. Davis’s commitment to providing quality patient care, as well as to continuing to elevate his professional standards of care for venous disease patients.

As of 2020, there were only 886 physicians certified in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine in the United States โ€” and now Dr. Davis is one of the esteemed few to be a part of their ranks!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Davis!

March, 2021

Celebrating The Skills Of Dr. Rao & Dr. Vitulli

We are proud to celebrate Dr. Sid Rao and Dr. Paul Vitulli two of our physicians for their recent recognition by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)!

As leading endovascular specialists, Dr. Rao and Dr. Vitulli โ€” of Vascular Solutions of North Carolina and Duval Vascular Center, respectively โ€” have been listed by the CMS as members of an elite group of U.S.-based vascular specialists that perform pedalโ€“plantar loop technique โ€” a minimally-invasive procedure capable of saving a patientโ€™s limb.

Thus, they not only save patientsโ€™ limbs but also patientsโ€™ย  lives as they prevent the disease progression of PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease).

Congratulations, Dr. Rao and Dr. Vitulli, weโ€™re proud to have you in our network!

Click here to see the LinkedIn post citing other such specialists.

Click here to visit the official website of Vascular Solutions of North Carolina and Dr. Rao.

Click here to visit the official website of Duval Vascular Center and Dr. Vitulli.

December 2020

We Need Your Support

Starting Jan. 1, 2021, new Medicare cuts instituted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will go into effect, thereby placing an additional financial burden on providers. In response, H.B. 8702, “The Holding Providers Harmless From Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act of 2020,” was introduced by members of Congress in October. This bill would allow providers to be paid in 2021 and 2022 under the original 2020 PFS, thereby making them whole.

Pleaseย visit FreeRoots to automatically draft a letter to your Congressional representative(s) and ask them to save specialty care!

November 2020

The 2020 PAD Awareness Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Mary Yost

Please join us in congratulating our colleague and friend, Mary Yost, for her passion and endless commitment to peripheral arterial disease (PAD) awareness and limb salvation!

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Mary was presented with the PAD Awareness Lifetime Achievement Award by The Way To My Heart, a non-profit organization whose mission focuses on PAD patients.

Mary was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in nearly two decades. As the co-founder and president of the Sage Group, she created a significant positive impact on PAD patient outcomes through her extensive research and various efforts to raise awareness of the disease.

To learn more about the award and Maryโ€™s achievement, please read this article.

Otherwise, please take a moment to watch the video below, which contains a brief lecture entitled โ€œPAD & CLI Where is the Media?โ€

July 2020

Congratulations Team Rao!

Sid Rao, MD is a world-class interventional cardiologist located in Cary, NC. Dr Rao, Dr Devulapalli and their team, along with assistance from American Vascular Associates (AVA) has opened Amputation Prevention Center of North Carolina. AVA is exceptionally fortunate to have Dr Rao as a part of our 100+ network of physicians across the US. When you meet Dr Rao you immediately understand his passion for providing the optimum level of patient care. Check out his most recent publication in Cath Lab Digest and SAGE Open Medicine.

Congratulations Team Rao!

Sid Rao Headshot

July 2020

AVA Internal News Flash

New Vascular Center in Georgia

I am delighted to share with you that American Vascular Associates is expanding yet again in Georgia. After a lot of hard work by all, and support from Jan, Bill and Kevin, we received late last week the signed documents for Innovative Vascular and Vein, of Atlanta (IVVA). Extremity Healthcare will be our partner on this new venture.

Extremity Healthcare is a holding and management services company that supports several medical disciplines in the treatment and diagnostics for anatomical extremities. Most specifically in the field of podiatry.
As always, we will only execute on delivering the optimum level of service when we all work alongside one another to fully demonstrate our capabilities. We are strong! Letโ€™s show them what we are made of.

Opening in North Carolina

This week Dr Rao will be opening his first vascular center in Cary, NC. AVA worked with Dr Rao to fulfill his dream of aggressively treating CLI at Amputation Prevention Center of North Carolina. Dr Rao is an Interventional Cardiologist and he is highly respected by his peers on bedside manner and the difficult cases that he is not afraid to tackle. His partner, Dr Kavi is a young Interventional Radiologist and will also contribute to the overall success of the center. In addition, he will work under Dr Rao and continue to broaden his skills. Congrats gentlemen (and to Dr Raoโ€™s wife, Dr Jaya Rao)

Map of AVA locations as of July 2020