Vascular Surgery

Turn to Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute for comprehensive care of your circulatory system. Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of fellowship-trained vascular surgeons.

What Does a Vascular Surgeon Do?

Vascular surgeons diagnose and treat conditions affecting blood vessels (arteries and veins) all over the body. They have advanced training in a wide range of surgical procedures, but they also can help you manage your vascular health without surgery.

Find a Vascular Surgeon

Vascular Conditions We Treat

Choose the Heart & Vascular Institute for high-quality care of your arteries and veins. Trust vascular specialists with experience treating a wide range of vascular diseases, including:

Nonsurgical Vascular Care

Expect your care team to treat your vascular problems without surgery whenever possible. Depending on your condition, may benefit from:

  • Behavior modifications, such as quitting smoking, exercising more often, or changing your diet
  • Medications

Ask your vascular surgeon if cardiac rehabilitation could help you manage peripheral artery disease (PAD) without surgery. In this supervised, 12-week exercise program, you’ll receive guidance from clinical experts and support from your peers.

Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans cover cardiac rehabilitation for PAD.

Vascular & Endovascular Procedures

When you need surgery to treat your condition, look to the Heart & Vascular Institute for some of the region’s most advanced procedures. Our vascular specialists are skilled at both traditional (open) and minimally invasive (endovascular) surgery — so you’ll get the right treatment for you. Depend on us for:

  • Aneurysm repair, including endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR): Fixes a weak spot in the wall of an artery to prevent a rupture or leak
  • Carotid endarterectomy: Removes plaque from the artery that carries blood to the brain
  • Angioplasty: Uses a catheter with a tiny balloon on the end to open a blocked vessel and improve blood flow
  • Transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR): Uses minimally invasive techniques and a special tool that temporarily reverses blood flow to protect the brain while placing a stent in a narrowed carotid artery
  • Vascular bypass: Redirects blood flow around a blocked blood vessel
  • Catheter-directed thrombolysis: Uses imaging technology and a catheter to find and dissolve a blood clot
  • Vascular stenting, including transfemoral carotid artery stenting: Places a mesh tube in a blood vessel to keep it open
  • Venous access procedures: Place a catheter into a blood vessel to make it easier to draw blood or deliver medications, nutrition, or blood products

Stroke Prevention Clinical Trials

If you have carotid artery disease —  narrowing of the blood vessels in your neck —  you may benefit from our leadership in the CREST-2 Study. CREST-2 is a national clinical trial to determine the best way to prevent stroke in people with carotid artery disease who don’t experience any stroke warning signs.


Request an Appointment

Call 833.444.0014 to request an appointment with a vascular surgeon at the Heart & Vascular Institute. Ask your doctor for a referral before you call.



Meet our Vascular Surgeons:

Name Specialties Location
Divinagracia, Thomas V., MD
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Plainville
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Gallagher III, James, MD
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Meriden
  • Hartford
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Gallagher Jr., James, MD
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Gifford, Edward "Ted" Dewitt, MD, RPVI
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Jain, Akhilesh Kumar, MD, FACS
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Shah, Parth S., MD, FACS
860.223.0800
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Windels, Mary Hyde, MD
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
  • Southington
  • Waterford
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Our Vascular Surgery Locations:

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