Midwest Aortic and Vascular Institute (MAVI) proudly announces one of its providers, Dr. Michael Deiparine, is one of America’s Best Vascular Surgeons, according to a new ranking from Newsweek.

The publication partnered with data intelligence platform Statista for its inaugural ranking, identifying the top 200 vascular surgeons in the United States. The selection process involved a thorough analysis of physician performance data, a peer quality-of-care score, and certifications from the American Board of Surgery.

With more than 30 years in the field, including serving as a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Deiparine is the only surgeon in the Kansas City Metro and the surrounding region to receive this prestigious honor. It highlights his exceptional skill and dedication to patients throughout his career.

“This award was unexpected, but I am very humbled and grateful for the honor of being included on this list of accomplished vascular surgeons. My being included on this list acknowledges my commitment to the quality patient care I have strived for since 1995, when I started practicing in the Kansas City area.”

— Dr. Deiparine

“We are thrilled for Dr. Deiparine! This recognition is no surprise to us, and we love that the rest of the country now knows what we in the KC area have known for years. Based on the criteria and methodology, it is clear Dr. Deiparine and all of his partners at MAVI provide the highest quality of care. His dedication and passion to his patients are unmatched.”

— Annette Small, MAVI CEO

Dr. Deiparine’s recognition underscores the vital role vascular surgery plays in saving lives. Vascular surgeons perform over 100,000 surgeries annually in the U.S., treating conditions such as blood clots, varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, and aortic aneurysms. These procedures demand in-depth skill and precision, making Dr. Deiparine’s expertise crucial for the Kansas City region and the patients in our communities.

A Growing Need for a Lifesaving Specialty

Vascular surgery is a critical medical specialty that addresses conditions affecting blood vessels. Keeping your arteries and veins open and allowing the blood to flow may seem simple enough. Unfortunately, comorbidities such as smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease contribute to vascular disease and can lead to serious health issues, including heart attacks, strokes, limb amputations, and death.

“Vascular health is underappreciated,” Small said. “Dr. Deiparine and the vascular surgeons at MAVI are masterful heroes for treating trauma to arteries or veins. Their highly skilled craft allows them to manage bleeding and repair vessels to save limbs and lives every day.”

Conditions like peripheral artery disease, varicose veins, and aortic aneurysms are more common than many realize. With a lack of awareness about vascular surgery, many people are unfamiliar with the symptoms of vascular conditions or the urgent need for treatment.

“Patients often do not recognize symptoms of vascular disease until they become serious conditions,” Dr. Deiparine said. “It is essential to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of peripheral vascular disease and limb-threatening ischemia. It is also important that people are educated to recognize TIA symptoms, or ‘mini strokes,’ and the relationship to carotid disease. Screening high-risk populations and early intervention can greatly impact patient outcomes.”

Vascular surgeons like Dr. Deiparine have the expertise to manage the effects of vascular disease by performing open and endoscopic interventions to keep blood flowing in arteries and veins.

Despite the high demand for these specialized procedures, there is a growing need for more vascular surgeons. As the population ages, the prevalence of vascular diseases increases, creating a need for more specialists in this field. Recognizing and promoting the work of leading surgeons like Dr. Deiparine helps draw attention to this need and encourages more medical professionals to enter this vital specialty.

Dr. Deiparine’s Role in Training Future Surgeons

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Deiparine trains and supports vascular surgeons entering the field as the program director of MAVI’s fellowship program. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Kansas City University and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

As an independent private practice accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), MAVI offers a comprehensive training environment to help fellows gain the required skills and knowledge to become outstanding vascular surgeons.

MAVI’s fellowship program provides hands-on experience in a wide range of vascular procedures, from routine surgeries to complex interventions. Fellows work closely with experienced surgeons like Dr. Deiparine, gaining valuable insights and developing their technical abilities to meet the increasing demands of the field.

“Lifelong learning is a key component of vascular surgery, and training the next generation of vascular surgeons is part of MAVI’s mission,” Small said. “Dr. Deiparine ensures the MAVI fellows have the optimal training experiences, support, and confidence to graduate and go out into the world practicing excellent vascular surgery.”

With a focus on innovative treatments and surgical techniques, the fellowship program at MAVI trains new surgeons and improves vascular care standards overall. With one of the best vascular surgeons in the country on its team, MAVI stands on the leading edge of specialty care for Kansas City and the surrounding areas.

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