About

The Aortic Disease Program at the University of Utah Cardiovascular Center has an expert clinical team committed to providing innovative care for patients of all ages with aortic disease.

Our multidisciplinary team includes specialty-trained and board-certified cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, and critical care specialists in addition to nurses, physical and occupational therapists, genetic counselors, and research coordinators.

Our comprehensive approach to aortic disease provides leading-edge medical and surgical care for patients throughout the Mountain West.

Treating Acute Aortic Syndrome

We provide 24/7 transfer services and emergency care for patients suffering from acute aortic syndrome. These include the following:

We also provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for:

  • aortic aneurysms,
  • aortic valve disease,
  • and genetic disorders affecting the aorta such as Marfan Syndrome.

Personalized Treatment For Aortic Disease

We know that some patients need personalized treatment options that meet their unique medical needs. We offer a range of treatment options for diseases affecting all areas of the aorta—from the aortic valve to the abdominal aorta. Our treatment options include:

  • traditional open surgical repair options,
  • minimally invasive surgical repair, and
  • endovascular procedures.

Schedule a Consultation

To schedule a consultation with our experts, please call us at 801-585-6740. 

Vascular Surgeons

Benjamin Sands Brooke, MD, PhD

Dr. Brooke grew up in Salt Lake City and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Utah before heading east to complete his internship and residency in General Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his Halsted residency, he received his Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He t... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, FACS

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Couldwell specializes in Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors, Brain Aneurysms, Skull Base Surgery, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Head Trauma and Neuro Critical Care.William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah. He has served as Director of the American Board of Neurological Sur... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Claire L. Griffin, MD

Dr. Griffin grew up in England and moved to the United States in 1991.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Florida State University and took time off during and after college to do volunteer work, teaching in both Spain and Honduras.  She continued to pursue overseas outreach opportunities in medical school at the University of Flori... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

Farmington Health Center 801-213-3200
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Larry W. Kraiss, MD

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Larry W. Kraiss, M.D. is Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Utah. He is a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California (BA: Science-Chemistry) and Baylor College of Medicine (M.D.). He took his general and vascular surgical training at the University of Washington in Seattle where he also spent th... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

Uintah Basin Medical Center 801-585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Stephen McKellar, MD, MSc

Dr. McKellar is a native of Salt Lake City and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and his Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgical and Cardiothoracic Surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in a combined, integrated training program. ... Read More

Mark R. Sarfati, MD

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Dr. Mark Sarfati is board certified in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. He serves as Associate Professor of Surgery (clinical) and as Adjunct Assistant Professor Radiology at the University of Utah. He is actively involved in several clinical research studies. Dr. Sarfati began his pursuit of medicine by attending Jefferson Medical College i... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County 801-585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Richard H. Schmidt, MD, PhD

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Dr. Schmidt specializes in the neurosurgical treatment of cranial disorders including brain tumors, meningiomas, aneurysms and vascular malformations, Chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, head trauma and critical care problems. Dr. Schmidt has been a cerebral vascular neurosurgeon at the University of Utah since 1993, providing comprehensive care o... Read More

Craig H. Selzman, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Craig Selzman is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah who specializes in the care of patients requiring heart surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his General and Cardiothoracic Surgery training... Read More

Brigitte K. Smith, MD

Dr. Brigitte Smith is a native of Wisconsin.  She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse in Microbiology, Chemistry with a concentration in Biomedical Science. Her MD was awarded to her from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  There she continued her residency in Vascular Surgery.  ... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Monica Hatch, PA-C

Monica is a Physician Assistant specializing in Vascular Surgery. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2012. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Denise L. Jost, NP

Dee Jost, APRN, is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She has been a provider at the University of Utah Medical Center since 1994 and for Vascular Surgery since 1999. Prior to obtaining her advance practice degree, she worked within the UUMC Burn ICU and she maintains her interest in wound care as part of her current position. Other are... Read More

Specialties:

Family Nurse Practitioner, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Joanna Lynch, PA-C

Joanna Lynch is a Physician Assistant with the Division of Vascular Surgery since joining the University of Utah in 2005. She provides care to hospitalized vascular surgery patients, assists in the operating room in open and endovascular surgeries and is a resource for dialysis centers. Since 2006 she has served as the Department of Surgery Physi... Read More

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Heidi Orr, APRN, DNP

Heidi is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Acute Care. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. Prior to being on staff here she worked at Intermountain Healthcare. She enjoys providing complete medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Laura L. Prince, PA-C

Lael is a Physician Assistant specializing in Vascular Surgery. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Ariel D. Robinson, PA-C

Ariel is a Physician Assistant specializing in Vascular Surgery. She completed her Physician Assistant training in Dayton, Ohio.  She moved from her home state of Kentucky to join  the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Denise Schumacher, MSN, BSN, RN, ACNP

Denny is a Nurse Practioner specializing in Vascular Surgery. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Erin N. Smith, PA-C

Erin is a Physician Assistant specializing in Vascular Surgery. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Locations

University Campus
University of Utah Hospital
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
801-581-2121