Heart & Vascular Center

Among the Nation's Best Hospitals Since 1993

#14 in the Nation
by U.S. News & World Report

Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgeons at the Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Heart & Vascular Center are dedicated to offering minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat patients with vascular disease. This surgical group is recognized as one of the major vascular surgical centers in the United States, offering a full spectrum of both open and endovascular techniques for the treatment of vascular diseases.

Treatments are offered for the following diseases:
More than 5,500 vascular procedures are performed each year, including:
  • open and endoluminal treatment of thoracic and infrarenal aortic aneurysms
  • carotid endarterectomy, carotid angioplasty and stenting
  • open treatment of PAD and endoluminal iliac and peripheral angioplasty and stenting
  • dialysis fistulas or dialysis grafts
  • dialysis access
  • innovative techniques for the treatment of severe hypertension
The Heart & Vascular Center is recognized worldwide as a center for the clinical treatment and research of aneurysm, including abdominal, thoracic and renal aneurysm. Since 1996, our vascular surgeons have participated in various Food and Drug Administration (FDA) trials designed to treat abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms through minimally invasive endovascular procedures. Approximately 80 percent of patients who undergo an aneurysm procedure at the Heart & Vascular Center are now being treated with a minimally invasive technique. Survival rates for patients undergoing AAA repair at the hospital is 99 percent, one of the best in the country.

New stent graft devices designed to treat thoracic and thoracoabdominal aneurysms through endovascular placement are also being evaluated in FDA clinical trials. Heart & Vascular Center surgeons are some of the few in the country to offer fenestrated stents, a new stent technology currently in a clinical trial. These custom-made devices are offering hope for patients whose abdominal aortic aneurysm is too close to the arteries that feed the kidneys. 

In addition, the vascular laboratory offers a full spectrum of noninvasive blood flow analysis for the diagnosis of arterial and venous peripheral vascular disease.

To make an appointment with a Washington University heart or vascular specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call .

Brian Rubin, MD

Dr Rubin is a vascular specialist with over 20 years of experience using medical, endovascular and surgical techniques to treat patients with diseases of the arteries and veins. He specializes in treating strokes, aneurysms, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and varicose veins as well as all types of vascular disease. He is recognized as a "Best Doctor in America" in the 2011 issue of St Louis Magazine, and in "Guide to America's Top Surgeons" 2006-2010.


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