The vascular and endovascular surgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital was initiated with the 2011 appointment of Dr. Ravi Rajani as director of the program. Having done his trauma fellowship and surgical critical care residency at Grady before completing his vascular surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Rajani's return to Grady has been both a homecoming and an ongoing opportunity to apply his extensive training in advanced vascular surgery methods to intensive trauma situations.
Dr. Rajani is also the associate program director for the general surgery residency of the Emory Department of Surgery and oversees surgical education at Grady. The vascular surgery service at Grady trains residents from both Emory University and the Morehouse schools of medicine, and includes trainees from vascular surgery, general surgery, interventional radiology, and trauma surgery.
In 2016, Dr. Rajani was joined by Dr. Victoria Teodorescu, who came to Emory from Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as medical director of the vascular laboratory, chief of the section of vascular surgery at North General Hospital, and program director of the vascular surgery residency. During her time at Mount Sinai, Dr. Teodorescu collaborated with faculty plastic surgeons to develop innovative bypass techniques for patients with severely diseased distal vessels.
In addition to providing support for vascular trauma at Grady's Level I trauma center, Dr. Rajani, Dr. Teodorescu, and their team have established a clinic in the hospital's cardiovascular center that treats the entire spectrum of vascular disease, including lower extremity, aortic, and cerebrovascular disease; aortic aneurysms; peripheral arterial disease; and dialysis needs. Open and/or endovascular procedures are employed as well as non-invasive vascular testing.
In an ongoing effort to develop the service's interaction with Grady's clinical environment, Dr. Rajani leads a multidisciplinary endovascular conference that has greatly facilitated collaboration between the vascular surgery team and Grady's cardiology, neurology, and interventional radiology sections.