Aortic Center

The Heart & Vascular Institute Aortic Center is Hartford HealthCare’s acknowledgement that there’s no simple solution to treating complex conditions related to aortic disease.

A life-or-death medical emergency, such as a ruptured aorta (known as a dissection), can require immediate care from different types of medical specialists. That’s why two Heart & Vascular Institute departments, vascular surgery and cardiac surgery, combined with advanced imaging specialists to form the Aortic Center. It has become a model of efficient, and technically proficient, medical care while also developing nationally recognized clinical research capabilities.


The HVI difference

The Aortic Center at Hartford Hospital was among 40 sites nationwide – and the only one in Connecticut – chosen for an ongoing FDA-approved trial starting in 2016 that evaluates a new way to treat a life-threatening thoracic aortic aneurysm using a device inserted through the femoral artery via a small incision in the groin. The traditional treatment requires at least a moderate-size incision in the chest with the patient under general anesthesia. The method under study requires only a local anesthesia and results in much quicker recover times. (The first patient who underwent this procedure at Hartford Hospital was released within 48 hours.) 

“This is not traditional open-heart surgery,” says Dr. Thomas Divinagracia, chief of vascular surgery. “We’re able to treat older, sicker patients because physiologically, they’re much less stressful than traditional, more invasive procedures.”

Here are some of the conditions we treat:

 
 
 
 

If you have been diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm by your provider and advised to consider surgery, we are here to help.

Request a callback from one of our coordinators to schedule an appointment with a vascular surgeon.

 

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Meet our Aortic Center Team:

Name Specialties Location
Adajian, Allison Y., PA-C Adajian, Allison Y., PA-C 860.223.0800
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Plainville
  • Meriden
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Aitcheson, Elizabeth, MD, MPH, RPVI Aitcheson, Elizabeth, MD, MPH, RPVI
5.0 /5
46 surveys
860.522.4158
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Mystic
  • Norwich
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Ayach, Mouhanad, MD, RPVI Ayach, Mouhanad, MD, RPVI
4.9 /5
42 surveys
860.223.0800
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Plainville
  • New Britain
  • Winsted
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Bozeman, Patricia K., APRN, CVN Bozeman, Patricia K., APRN, CVN 860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Divinagracia, Thomas V., MD Divinagracia, Thomas V., MD
4.9 /5
108 surveys
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Plainville
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Gallagher, James, MD Gallagher, James, MD
4.9 /5
145 surveys
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Meriden
  • Hartford
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Gifford, Edward D., MD, FSVS, FACS, RPVI Gifford, Edward D., MD, FSVS, FACS, RPVI
4.9 /5
107 surveys
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Mystic
  • Norwich
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Guerin, Elizabeth T., PA-C Guerin, Elizabeth T., PA-C 860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
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Jain, Akhilesh Kumar, MD, FACS, RPVI Jain, Akhilesh Kumar, MD, FACS, RPVI
4.8 /5
120 surveys
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
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Shah, Parth S., MD, FACS Shah, Parth S., MD, FACS
4.9 /5
165 surveys
860.223.0800
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Plainville
  • New Britain
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Windels, Mary Hyde, MD, FACS, RPVI Windels, Mary Hyde, MD, FACS, RPVI
4.9 /5
265 surveys
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Meriden
  • Norwich
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Name Specialties Location
Cheema, Mohiuddin, MD Cheema, Mohiuddin, MD
4.9 /5
192 surveys
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
Fusco, Daniel Stephen, MD Fusco, Daniel Stephen, MD
4.8 /5
94 surveys
203.576.5708
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Bridgeport
Hagberg, Robert Carl, MD Hagberg, Robert Carl, MD
4.9 /5
163 surveys
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
Hammond, Jonathan Acton, MD Hammond, Jonathan Acton, MD
4.9 /5
127 surveys
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Hashim, Sabet W., MD, FACS Hashim, Sabet W., MD, FACS
4.9 /5
152 surveys
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Bridgeport
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Underhill, David Joseph, MD Underhill, David Joseph, MD
5.0 /5
36 surveys
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
Yaffee, David, MD Yaffee, David, MD
4.9 /5
114 surveys
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
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  • Hartford

US News Award - Aortic Valve Surgery
Hartford Hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as "High-Performing" in Aortic Valve Surgery. Learn more >>