The Vascular Center of Excellence is the only one of its kind in West Virginia. It combines the skills of vascular surgeons, vascular medicine specialists and many others who deliver a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to patients with a wide array of vascular problems.

Our Approach to Vascular Care

Patients referred to the Vascular Center of Excellent (VCOE) are treated with state-of-the-art techniques and procedures, in an environment of comfort and privacy. Our team of physicians includes experts in vascular medicine and surgery, and we are devoted to providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for people with vascular disease.

Treatments involve proven state-of-the-art therapies, cutting-edge, minimally-invasive intervention and, when appropriate, exciting new clinical trials to treat such conditions as peripheral arterial disease, carotid artery, varicose veins, blood clots and much more.

In addition to performing open heart, minimally-invasive and robotic procedures, the VCOE has more than 8,000 outpatient visits per year, and over 2,500 new referrals annually. Our vascular laboratory in an accredited lab and has a volume of more than 2,000 studies per month, making it the busiest lab in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Patient Success Story



The CAMC vascular surgery team performed the first commercial non-trial site GORE® EXCLUDER® Thoracoabdominal Branch Endoprosthesis (TAMBE) procedure in West Virginia, June 5.

This minimally-invasive approach for treating Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms and high-risk patients with pararenal aortic aneurysms had been in the clinical trial phase until recently.

Using imaging techniques, physicians implant the TAMBE sealing off the aneurysm. Additionally, the device has four built-in portals to facilitate placement of bridging stent grafts into the visceral arteries allowing blood to flow directly to the kidneys and other nearby large internal organs.

“TAMBE requires profound expertise and equipment not available anywhere else in the state. It significantly increases our flexibility to non-invasively operate on the entire aorta, bringing patients with this complex issue the highest level of specialty care,” said Mohammad Eslami, MD, Vascular and Endovascular Division Chief at CAMC and Co-Director of the CAMC Vascular Center of Excellence.

Traditional procedures did not allow surgeons to fix aneurysms involving the vessels connected to internal organs without using open surgical repair. This minimally invasive approach can lower the risk of life-threatening tears or ruptures and allows for rapid recovery from surgery.

What Sets Us Apart

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Advancing vascular medicine through research and innovation

The vascular program is highly dedicated to academic research. The vascular faculty has produced 600 peer-reviewed publications and also continuously conduct multiple industry-supported prospective and retrospective research trials as well as investigator-initiated trials.

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Training the physicians of tomorrow

Our training program offers an environment of academic and research excellence, providing our residents and fellows the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of routine and complex vascular cases allowing for a complete understanding of vascular disease.

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Experts in minimally-invasive and robotic surgery

For more than 30 years, CAMC has been the state’s leader in minimally-invasive surgery. Our board-certified physicians are recognized leaders who have introduced new surgical methods and perfected minimally-invasive techniques in nearly every type of surgery, including vascular surgery. We are accredited as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), which distinguishes CAMC from many other surgical facilities by providing the highest quality of care to patients and having met nationally and internationally recognized standards.

Some physician services provided by WVU Physicians of Charleston.