Vascular Surgery

Nitin Garg, MD – Chief Editor


Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery

Dr. Nitin Garg is an Assistant Professor in Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He graduated from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and pursued a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Dr. Garg completed General Surgery internship and residency at Creighton University in Omaha and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Dr. Garg has a strong interest in clinical education and firmly believes that the adequate training of the next generation of surgeons is the responsibility of the surgeons in practice. He also believes that education of patients is critical for their buy in into their own health. Dr. Garg’s clinical interests include complex arterial and venous reconstructions, using both open and endovascular (or hybrid) techniques.

Shadi Abu-Halimah, MD – Section Editor


West Virginia University, Charleston Division
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Shadi J. Abu-Halimah, M.D. FACS is a Vascular/Endovascular Surgeon. He is Double Boarded in Vascular and General surgery. He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and currently resides in Charleston, WV. Dr. Abu-Halimah received his doctorate degree in 2000 from the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan with Honors. He is licensed to practice in the state of West Virginia.

Currently, Dr. Abu-Halimah serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center, West Virginia University (WVU), Charleston Division, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at WVU SOM in Lewisburg, WV.

Since 2000, Dr. Abu-Halimah has completed extensive post-doctoral training, as follows: (2000-2001) General Surgery Internship at the Ministry of Health Hospitals in Amman, Jordan; (2001 – 2003) General Surgery Residency at Ministry of Health Hospitals in Amman, Jordan; (2003 – 2004) General Surgery Prelim at WVU in Charleston, WV; (2004 – 2009) General Surgery Residency at WVU in Charleston, WV; and (2009 – 2011) Vascular Surgery Fellowship at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.

Dr. Abu-Halimah currently belongs to several professional societies, including the Eastern Vascular Society, the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. Moreover, from 2011 to present day, Dr. Abu-Halimah has served on numerous medical committees ranging from national, departmental, and institutional levels across the country.

Dr. Abu-Halimah’s previous teaching responsibilities include undergraduate medical education and supervision of medical trainees in a weekly outpatient clinic; at the graduate level, he was Attending Physician for the University V2 Vascular Surgery Service and delivered presentations at various conferences in areas of general surgery and vascular education.

He is a consultant for various medical/device companies involved in developing and teaching new technologies across the country. This involves case reviews, monitoring, and proctoring physicians at the national, local, and institutional levels.

Dr. Abu-Halimah has participated extensively in numerous lectures around the world where he was invited to deliver presentations on various topics of general and vascular surgery. He has been widely published in peer-reviewed articles, and research and clinical trials where he served as primary investigator and sub-investigator, as well as numerous book chapters around the world.

Faisal Aziz, MD – Section Editor


Penn State University
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery and Interim Chief of Vascular Surgery

Dr. Faisal Aziz completed his General Surgery Residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York and his Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Jobst Vascular Center in Toledo, Ohio. He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Interim Chief of Vascular Surgery at Penn State University. Dr. Aziz has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications, and was awarded the Servier Traveling Fellowship Award by American Venous Forum. Dr. Aziz also serves as the Section Editor for Venous Disorders, VESAP-4 and Examination Consultant for the American Board of Surgery.

Michael McNally, MD – Section Editor


University of Tennessee
  • Assistant Professor in Vascular Surgery

Dr. Michael McNally is an Assistant Professor in Vascular Surgery at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After majoring in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University, he graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed his General Surgery residency at East Carolina University and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Florida. He has published numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Dr McNally has a strong interest in surgery resident and fellow education. His surgical interests center on comprehensive arterial vascular disease, including the medical, catheter-based and traditional surgical treatment for all aspects of atherosclerosis and aneurysmal disease.

Gabriela Velazquez-Ramirez, MD – Section Editor


Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
  • Program Director Vascular Surgery Fellowship

Dr. Gabriela Velazquez-Ramirez is an Assistant Professor in Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She graduated from the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. She completed her General Surgery internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Her clinical interests are open and endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, cerebrovascular disease and mesenteric and renal occlusive disease. Her academic interest is surgical education and quality improvement initiatives in Vascular Surgery.

Vascular Surgery Section Reviewers:

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