Advanced Aortic Treatment for Your Patients
The Aortic Center at BIDMC is a national leader providing skilled management and innovative treatment for emergent and elective repair of aortic disease.
Call 617-632-7070 or email to refer a patient to the BIDMC Aortic Center for evaluation or treatment.
We consider you an important member of our health care team. We'll work closely with you and your patients to coordinate individualized treatment plans, and strive to keep you updated on your patient's status. We are committed to making ourselves available to respond to your questions and concerns.
Coordinated aortic care is managed by a team of clinical experts, including:
- Cardiology specialists
- Vascular medicine specialists
- Cardiovascular anesthesiologists
- ER, OR and skilled nursing staff
Our vascular and cardiac surgeons and vascular medicine specialists work collaboratively, screening and evaluating patients together, while teams of vascular surgeons and cardiac surgeons routinely operate together.
Comprehensive Aortic Care
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Ascending and descending thoracic aneurysms
- Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms
- Aortic arch disease
- Acute and chronic Type A and Type B aortic dissections
- Ruptured abdominal and thoracic aneurysms
- Medical Management – Medical treatment aims at slowing aneurysm growth and reducing the risk of rupture. Our medical management team coordinates with you, our surgeons and other specialists to help deliver the best treatment for each individual. Services include:
- thorough evaluation
- imaging exams to monitor aneurysm growth
- medications to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate
- counseling to reduce modifiable risk factors
- VesselNavigator Technology – The Aortic Center at BIDMC helped develop the use of VesselNavigator CT fusion imaging technology, which provides a continuous 3-D "roadmap" to guide surgeons through a patient's blood vessel system during complex aortic procedures. This system enhances the accuracy of stent and graft replacement, reduces the need for contrast agent, and improves patient outcomes and clinical effectiveness.
- 100% Percutaneous Repair – Aortic Center surgeons perform 100% of our endovascular repairs percutaneously through a small puncture in the groin. Without a need for incisions, patients experience less pain, better mobility after surgery and faster discharge and recovery.
- Treatment for Complex Patient Anatomy – Our surgeons use modified or fenestrated grafts to match the needs of patients with complex anatomy. Our expertise developing and placing customized grafts enable us to treat aortic conditions that may be inoperable at other institutions.
Our surgeons are also expert in technically challenging valve-sparing procedures to repair aneurysms at the aortic root.
- Endovascular Repairs – Our surgeons address endovascular leaks and other complications that may appear years after graft placement.
- Hybrid Operating Rooms – We utilize versatile facilities for both open and endovascular surgeries, including percutaneous and hybrid procedures. Our hybrid ORs' advanced imaging systems provide surgeons with an important advantage during complex procedures.
Continuous Quality Improvement
- Participant in the Vascular Quality Initiative, a multidisciplinary group of physicians, data managers and healthcare quality professionals focused on improving care through data collection and analysis
- National leader in outcomes research for aortic conditions
BIDMC Aortic Center is working to develop new technology to improve surgical treatment. This includes a device to enable surgeons to more easily view surgical images during a procedure, as well as angio-ultrasound that will allow surgeons to visualize leg vessels through external ultrasound.
Learn More About Aortic Aneurysm Care
Watch a video to learn more about aortic aneurysm risk factors, screening, evaluation, management and treatment.
Evaluation of Aortic Aneurysms
Brett Carroll, MD, Medical Director of the Aortic Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discusses aortic aneurysm risk factors, screening criteria and initial clinical evaluation.
Management of Aortic Aneurysms
A discussion about aortic aneurysm medical management and counseling, surveillance and options for repair.