Aortic Center

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University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute


Vikram S. Kashyap, MD, Vascular Surgery
Yakov Elgudin, MD, Cardiac Surgery


Cardiac Surgery
Alan Markowitz, MD; Benjamin Medallion, MD; Soon Park, MD

Vascular Surgery
Henry Baele, MD; Alexis Powell, MD; Norman Kumins, MD

Tania Jarc, RN (216-844-4727)
Lori Hammer, RN, Clinical Trials (216-844-3013)


Please call Anette Martin at 216-844-3013.
For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated

  • Aorto-annular ectasia
  • Aortic root aneurysm
  • Aneurysms of the ascending aorta, aortic arch, and descending thoracic and abdominal aorta 
  • Thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Aortoiliac occlusive disease
  • Acute and chronic aortic dissections
  • Penetrating aortic ulceration
  • Intramural hematoma
  • Aortic atherosclerosis
  • Marfan’s syndrome
  • Loeys-Dietz syndrome
  • Vasculitis


  • Complex aortic root reconstructions, including valve-sparing aortic root replacement
  • Complex endovascular therapies including EVAR, FEVAR and TEVAR
  • Surgical reconstruction of ascending aneurysms, arch pathologies, thoraco-abdominal aneurysms
  • Staged combined treatment of descending aortic aneurysms with “elephant trunk” procedures
  • Advanced imaging of aorta and branches (CTA, MRA, angiography, IVUS)
  • Surgical and stent-graft treatment for type A and B aortic dissections
  • Clinical trials for novel therapies and devices
  • Medical therapies for vasculitis and nonatherosclerotic occlusive disease of the aorta and branches
  • Genetics evaluation and counseling

Distinguishing Features

  • Multidisciplinary team with highly trained and experienced interventionalists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, radiologists and medical experts working side by side
  • Excellent results and large experience in treating acute aortic dissection
  • Leading-edge technologies in endovascular therapies allowing minimally invasive stent therapies for aneurysms, dissections and other aortic pathologies
  • Multiple clinical trials for AAA and TAA
  • Nationally recognized training programs for vascular and cardiology residents, as well as advanced fellowship training in vascular surgery and interventional cardiology
  • Extensive experience in endovascular therapies for AAA, TAA and TAVR
  • Edwards Center of Excellence and Medtronic Center of Excellence for physician TAVR training


About UH Cleveland Medical Center
At the core of University Hospitals’ $4 billion health system is UH Cleveland Medical Center, ranked among America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. UH Cleveland Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women’s health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics. Its main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University.