Aortic Disease Center

University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute

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


Cardiac Surgery
Alan Markowitz, MD

Vascular Surgery
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
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