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Vascular Surgery Research


Vascular Surgery research has a long tradition of excellence at Tufts Medical Center. Our vascular surgeons have used their clinical expertise and research interests to make significant contributions to the field. We are on the forefront of new breakthroughs in cellular therapies, wound care, radiation safety, venous disease and aneurysms.

Current research

Current research projects include:

  1. Cellular therapies for critical limb ischemia
  2. Radiation safety during endovascular procedures
  3. Advanced wound care modalities
  4. Clinical and basic science aspects of venous disease
  5. Hemodynamic modeling of AAAs

Dermody M, Schul M, O'Donnell TF. Thromboembolic complications of endovenous thermal ablation and foam sclerotherapy in the treatment of great saphenous vein insufficiency. Phlebology. 2014 Apr 3.

Haqqani OP, Agarwal PK, Halin NM, Iafrati MD. Defining the radiation "scatter cloud" in the interventional suite. J Vasc Surg. 2013 Nov;58(5):1339-1345.

Korabathina R, Weintraub A, Price L, Kapur N, Kimmelstiel K, Iafrati M, Tahir S. Twenty-year analysis of trends in the incidence and in-hospital mortality for lower-extremity arterial thromboembolism. 2013 Jul 9;128(2):115-21.  Epub 2013 Jun 5. PMID: 23741056.

Welch H, O’Donnell TF, Gorin D, Iafrati MD. Negotiations With Health Insurers Can Lead to Positive Changes in Policies Toward Venous Disease. J  Vasc Surg: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders. 2013;1:437-41.

Text Book Chapters:

O’Donnell TF, Iafrati MA, The Role of Ligation and Stripping in the Management of Varicose Veins in Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery8THedition , Cronenwett J and Johnston W (eds)  Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2014.


Iafrati M. Is Superficial Venous Surgery in C6 Patients Justified from a Cost/Benefit Viewpoint. American Venous Forum. Palm Springs: 2015. (Presented by Dr. Suarez)

Iafrati M. Vascular International Padova (VIP), Update on cellular therapy in critical limb ischemia. Padova Italy: June 2014.

Iafrati M. USC Keck School of Medicine 18th Annual Max R. Gaspar Symposium. Update on stem cell and growth factors for PAD.  Los Angles: September 2014.

Iafrati M. American Venous Forum; the Vein Forum Comprehensive Venous Management for the Practicing Clinician. Management of perforating veins and workshops on management of venous ulcers and compression. Boston, MA: September 2014.

Iafrati M. New England Society for Vascular Surgery. PG Course. Selecting Patients for Lower Extremity Venous Intervention. What test do I need? Boston, MA: September 2014.

Iafrati M. Eliot Hospital Wound care meeting. Stem cells and growth factors in wound healing. Manchester, NH: October 2014.

Iafrati M. Sociedad Mexicana de Angiologia y Circugia Vascular. Stem Cells, growth factors and platelets in angiogenesis. Guadalajara, Mexico: October 2014.

O’Donnell TF. SVS/AVF guidelines for management of venous ulcers: optimal management of vascular disease; current concepts and controversies. Boston: 2014.

Estes J. How to do IVC filter insertion and removal.  Optimal Management of vascular disease; current concepts and controversies. Boston: 2014.

Mackey W. Can we predict stroke risk in individual patients?  Optimal Management of vascular disease; current concepts and controversies. Boston: 2014.

Iafrati M. Symposium and live case training on Bone marrow aspiration Concentrate in Critical Limb Ischemia. Columbia: May 2013.

Mackey W. Mesenteric Vascular Diseases: What every surgeon should know. First Annual Leo McCallum, MD lecture. Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham, MA: March, 2014.

Iafrati M. Encontro Sao Paulo de Circugia Vascular e Endovascular.(1)  Indications for endovascular treatment of the femoral popliteal artery in claudication (2) Cellular therapy for the treatment of critical limb ischemia. Sao Paulo Brazil: April 2013.

Iafrati M. Charing Cross Symposium. Randomised controlled double blind study with harvesting and implantation of the cells into an affected ischemic limb. London: April, 2013.

Iafrati M. Current State of Therapy for Peripheral Vascular Disease. From plumbing to biology. Mid Michigan Health, Cardiovascular Symposium.  March, 2013.


Payam Salehi, MD, PhD

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

Shivani Kumar, MD

Title(s): Vascular Surgeon; Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Vascular Surgery
Appt. Phone:
Fax #:

Aortic aneurysm disease, aortic dissection, endovascular intervention, PAD, limb salvage, dialysis access, venous disease

Omar Selim, MD

Title(s): Vascular Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Surgery
Department(s): Vascular Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.5019
Fax #: 617.636.8003

Complex endovascular and open aortic surgery, peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, dialysis access, venous disease

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