Find a Doctor
The Carotid Artery Disease Program at Tufts Medical Center provides advanced and minimally invasive procedures to treat patients with narrowed carotid arteries due to atherosclerotic, plaque build-up, recurrent stenosis, or fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD). In addition we care for patients with Carotid Body Tumors (paragangiolomas), carotid dissections, and carotid aneurysms. There are many treatment options for Carotid Artery Disease including life style changes, medication, catheter based procedures, and surgery. But what’s right for you? At the Division of Vascular Surgery, we will work closely with you to develop a customized care plan that best meets your needs.
Our nationally recognized vascular surgeons, including Mark D. Iafrati, MD and William C. Mackey, MD, who are all ranked as some of the best in the country by US News and World Report, offer a full range of services including both traditional and minimally invasive surgery.
Tufts Medical Center was among the first hospitals in the country to develop a program to treat carotid artery disease. After determining the extent of your condition, our team will use our extensive experience to design the most effective and least invasive treatment plan possible. The program is led by Chief of the Department of Surgery, William C. Mackey, MD who has written several textbooks on the subject.
The Division of Vascular Surgery has been a dedicated vascular practice at Tufts MC since 1966 and continues to treat more than 4,500 patients a year. But here, you are not just a number. Our goal is to treat you like a member of our own family. The result is that you will be healthier and more satisfied. In fact, our patient satisfaction scores are consistently among the highest in the hospital.
The first step in being able to determine the best treatment is to assess the progression of the disease. At Tufts MC, we have advanced diagnostic and imaging capabilities that allow us to do this quickly and accurately. For your convenience, all of these tests can be done here at one location, most often during one appointment. While determining the progression of your carotid artery disease, your doctors will also evaluate your risk of related conditions including heart attack and stroke.
Throughout your time in our care, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of top-ranked specialists, including vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional cardiologists, and infectious disease specialists. We also have strong, collaborative relationships with Neurology, Nephrology and Rehabilitative Medicine and other medical subspecialty groups. This collaborative approach ensures that you have comprehensive, integrated care even if you have a complex condition.
Carotid Artery Occlusive Disease can often be treated with medications, exercise and smoking cessation. Should you need more extensive intervention, your team of specialists will work with you to choose the safest and most effective alternatives. We offer a full range of minimally invasive catheter-based procedures including:
We also specialize in complex primary and re-operative procedures.
What’s important is that as a team of specialists we will be looking at both your short-term and long-term needs. Additionally, all of our treatment and recovery recommendations are based on best practices from the clinic, therapies that have been proven to work.
Accepting New Patients
Virtual Appointments Available
Title(s): Chief, Vascular Surgery; Co-Director, Aortic Disease Program; Vascular Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Vascular Surgery
Appt. Phone: Aortic Disease referrals phone: 617-636-5590; Vascular Surgery referrals phone: 617-636-8094
Fax #: 617-636-8003
Complex aortic surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome, cerebrovascular disease, vascular and endovascular surgery, venous surgery, complex wound care
To make an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons, please call 617-636-5019.