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Our Vascular Surgery Experts

Dr. Michel S. Makaroun







Michel S. Makaroun, MD
Professor and Chair, Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Co-Director, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Dr. Michel Makaroun received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, where he also completed a surgical internship and residency program, before coming to the University of Pittsburgh for a fellowship in vascular surgery.

Dr. Makaroun is certified by the American Board of Surgery in surgery, with a certificate of special qualification in vascular surgery, and has a primary interest in the endovascular and surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

He has served as the president of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, the Eastern Vascular Society, and the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Makaroun is extensively published, presenting his research at conferences around the world. Dr. Makaroun has been with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC for over 30 years.

Dr. Georges Al-Khoury

Georges Al-Khoury, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Georges Al-Khoury received his medical degree from Lebanese University in Lebanon, and completed his residency at Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences. He then completed fellowships in general surgery at SUNY Medical Center and in vascular surgery at UPMC. Dr. Al- Khoury, who joined UPMC in 2009, is board certified in general and vascular surgery. 

Dr. Al-Khoury is board certified in general and vascular surgery.  His clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access. 

Dr. Efthimios Avgerinos

Efthymios Avgerinos, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Efthymios Avgerinos is certified by the European Board of Vascular Surgery in surgery and vascular surgery, and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. Dr. Avgerinos completed his vascular surgery residency at the University of Athens in Greece, while he had clinical fellowships in London, UK and Frankfurt, Germany.

He has published numerous academic articles in vascular and endovascular surgery and his work has been recognized with several national and international awards. Dr. Avgerinos’ surgical interests are in peripheral vascular disease, aortic aneurysms, venous diseases, and vascular access.

Dr. Donald T. Baril



Donald T. Baril, MD
Assistant professor of surgery​

Dr. Donald T. Baril joined UPMC in 2013 as an assistant professor of surgery. He earned his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and subsequently completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Following this, he then completed his fellowship in vascular and endovascular surgery at UPMC in 2009.

Dr. Baril is board-certified in general and vascular surgery. He has had teaching experience at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Massachusetts Medical School.

He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications with research and clinical interests in acute limb ischemia, lower extremity arterial occlusive disease, and endovascular approaches to aortic pathology and peripheral vascular disease.

Dr. Rabih Chaer

Rabih Chaer, MD
Associate professor of surgery

Dr. Rabih Chaer, a board-certified vascular surgeon, completed his surgical training at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Chaer completed his vascular training at the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, and joined UPMC in 2006. An internationally invited lecturer, Dr. Chaer specializes in surgery and vascular disease, and more specifically, aneurysms, carotid dissection, atherectomies, deep vein thromboses, and limb preservation.

 

Dr. Ellen Dillavou

Ellen D. Dillavou, MD
Associate professor of surgery
Head, Venous Services, Division of Vascular Surgery

Dr. Ellen Dillavou, a board-certified vascular surgeon, received her medical degree from the University of Arizona, and completed her postgraduate training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, as well as the University of Pittsburgh.

In addition to directing venous services for the division of Vascular Surgery, Dr. Dillavou is currently researching the treatment of perforating veins and their role in leg pain and ulcers. She has received a Young Investigator's award from the American College of Phlebology. 

Dr. Eric Hager

Eric Hager, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Eric Hager earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, then a residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He completed a vascular surgery fellowship at UPMC and joined the division of Vascular Surgery in 2012.

Dr. Hager has won various teaching awards through his training, and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He is board-certified in general and vascular surgery, and specializes in treatment of venous disease. 

His clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access. 

Dr. Geetha Jeyabalan

Geetha Jeyabalan, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Geetha Jeyabalan joined UPMC in 2011, and is board certified in both general and vascular surgery. Dr. Jeyabalan completed her training in both specialties at UPMC between 2002 and 2011, as well as a research fellowship. She earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.

In addition to her vascular surgery practice, she is an active clinician and teacher. 

Dr. Steven A. Leers

Steven A. Leers, MD
Associate professor of surgery

Dr. Steven Leers earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1978. He completed his surgical training and vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, followed by endovascular training at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Leers came to UPMC in 2006, and is currently medical director of the UPMC Vascular Laboratories. Along with full service aortic, carotid, endovascular and open vascular surgery, his particular interest and expertise is in the areas of non-invasive vascular testing, lower extremity revascularization, and dialysis access surgery. He is board-certified in general and vascular surgery.

Dr. Luke Marone

Luke K. Marone, MD
Associate professor of surgery

Dr. Luke Marone earned his medical degree from Tufts University. He then completed a residency, then a clinical vascular surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Marone joined UPMC in 2003 and was named chief, Division of Vascular Surgery at UPMC Passavant in February 2012. He is board-certified in general and vascular surgery.

He has special expertise in endovascular lower extremity interventions. Dr. Marone is a strong researcher, and has authored several publications in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. 

Dr. Madhusudanan Nair

Madhusudanan Nair, MD
Clinical assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Madhusudanan Nair earned his medical degree from Grant Medical College in India.  He completed his surgical residency and vascular fellowship at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Madhusudanan joined UPMC's division of vascular surgery in 2007.   Dr. Nair has been president of the medical staff at St. Francis and UPMC McKeesport, and he is board-certified in surgery.

Dr. Ulka Sachdev

Ulka Sachdev, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Ulka Sachdev obtained a medical degree at Mt. Sinai University and completed her residency and  vascular surgery fellowship at the medical center there.  She is board-certified in general and vascular surgery.

Dr. Sachdev was a past recipient of the Wylie Scholar Award from the Foundation for Accelerated Vascular Research and Vascular Cures and also received a grant from the NIH to conduct research in vascular disease treatments. She joined UPMC in 2006, and specializes in the treatment of venous disease. 

Dr. Michael J. Singh

Michael J. Singh, MD
Associate professor of surgery

Dr. Michael Singh, who joined UPMC in 2012, completed his medical degree and a general surgery residency at the SUNY at Buffalo. He completed a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Singh is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and a certified registered physician in vascular interpretation. He is board-certified in general and vascular surgery.

He has received patient care and teaching awards throughout his career, and authored numerous peer reviewed publications. His areas of expertise include the management of complex aortic disease, venous insufficiency, thoracic outlet syndrome, and peripheral arterial occlusive disease. 

Dr. Bryan Tillman

   

Bryan W. Tillman, MD, PhD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Bryan Tillman received his medical degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While there, he also completed a Ph.D. in the field of Gene Therapy. 

Dr. Tillman completed a General Surgery residency at the Ohio State University, and a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  Also at Wake Forest, he completed a clinical fellowship in Vascular Surgery before joining the Division of Vascular Surgery. 

Dr. Tillman is board certified in general and vascular surgery.  His clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access.  

Dr. Edith Tzeng

Edith Tzeng, MD
Professor of surgery

Dr. Edith Tzeng earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago. At the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Tzeng completed her internship, residency, research fellowship, and clinical fellowship.

She joined UPMC in 2001 and in 2003, was named Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Pittsburgh.  Dr. Tzeng is a proficient researcher and has published several articles in professional journals.

She is board certified in general and vascular surgery, and her clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access. 

Dr. Timothy Wu

Timothy Wu, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Timothy Wu, a board-certified vascular surgeon, joined UPMC after completing a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Wu earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and completed post-graduate training in general surgery at Staten Island Hospital in New York.

He is board certified in general and vascular surgery.  His clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access. 

 

Our Practitioners 

Julie Bitner, PA-C

Julie Bitner, PA-C

Julie Bitner earned an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Allegheny College, followed by a master of physician assistant degree from Duquesne University in 2007.

Ms. Bitner worked as a physician assistant for  neurosurgery at UPMC Passavant before her present role as a physician assistant for vascular surgery.  She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants

Her clinical interests include varicose veins, sclerotherapy, venous ulcers, and AV fistulas.  

Carolyn Dunlap, RN, MSN, CRNP

Carolyn Dunlap, RN, MSN, CRNP

Carol Dunlap has been with the vascular surgery department for about 13 years.  She has a special interest in wound healing, based on her extensive experience as a practicing wound nurse.

She received her undergraduate degree from Carlow University and her Masters of Science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh as a family nurse practitioner.

Ms. Dunlap published an article in the Diabetic Forecast on amputation.​


Megan Laughlin, CNRP



Megan Laughlin, CNRP

Megan Laughlin, a certified registered nurse practitioner at UPMC Shadyside, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh nursing program with her Bachelor's degree in nursing. She earned her master's degree in nursing from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, where she graduated first in her class.

Ms. Laughlin has experience in medical surgery, same-day surgery, pediatrics, primary care, and vascular surgery.

Her clinical interests include varicose veins, venous disease, sclerotherapy, aortic disease, and dialysis access.

She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a certified family nurse practitioner.



Carol Madia, PA-C

Carol Madia graduated from Gannon University, and practiced as a physician assistant before she joined the vascular surgery group at UPMC.

Along with working in the operating room, Ms. Madia sees and consults patients in several offices and performs cosmetic spider vein injections in the office.

She has published research on surgical management of peripheral arterial disease and is studying for her master's degree through St. Francis University.  Ms. Madia also gives clinical lectures for the University of Pittsburgh physician assistant program.​

Barbara McCoy, CNRP

Barbara McCoy received her  undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a graduate degree in nursing education  with a specialty in pulmonary care.

She has been a clinical manager in the surgical intensive care unit, an administrator for infection control, and a nurse coordinator for the trauma program

Her certification as a family nurse practitioner is also from the University of Pittsburgh.  A  member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, she has been with the vascular surgery division for over 10 years.

 

 

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