Vascular Surgery Research

Loma Linda University Division of Vascular Surgery invests in research to challenge and improve current practices and standards. Through research activities and clinical trials, LLUMC physicians contribute to innovations in cardiothoracic surgery while advancing the health and care of patients worldwide.


With extensive training in clinical and research settings, our doctors are committed to contributing to the medical field by publishing their studies and findings in scientific journals and books.

Carotid Duplex Ultrasound Changes Associated with Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Coutsoumpos A, Patel S, Teruya TH, Chiriano J, Bianchi C, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr. Ann Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan 15. pii: S0890-5096(14)00015-6. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2013.11.013. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24440186 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Evaluation of superficial femoral artery remote endarterectomy for treatment of critical limb ischemia in patients with limited autogenous conduit. Sheng N, Chiriano J, Teruya TH, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr, Bianchi C. Ann Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan;28(1):262.e1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2013.01.023. Epub 2013 Sep 29. PMID: 24084265 [PubMed - in process]

Asymptomatic ruptured giant popliteal aneurysm. Tschen JA, Samakar K, Patel ST, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr. J Vasc Surg. 2013 Oct;58(4):1090. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2012.05.088. No abstract available. PMID: 24075108 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Effects of prior abdominal surgery, obesity, and lumbar spine level on anterior retroperitoneal exposure of the lumbar spine. Mogannam A, Bianchi C, Chiriano J, Patel S, Teruya TH, Lum SS, Abou-Zamzam AM. Arch Surg. 2012 Dec 1;147(12):1130-4. doi: 10.1001/archsurg.2012.1148. PMID: 23248016 [PubMed - in process]

Accuracy of digital subtraction angiography, computed tomography angiography, and magnetic resonance angiography in grading of carotid artery stenosis in comparison with actual measurement in an in vitro model. Smith JC, Watkins GE, Smith DC, Palmer EW, Abou-Zamzam AM, Zhao CX, Zhang WW. Ann Vasc Surg. 2012 Apr;26(3):338-43. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2011.11.008. Epub 2012 Jan 30. PMID: 22285345 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Management of lower extremity wounds in patients with peripheral arterial disease: a stratified conservative approach. Chiriano J, Bianchi C, Teruya TH, Mills B, Bishop V, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr. Ann Vasc Surg. 2010 Nov;24(8):1110-6. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2010.07.012. PMID: 21035703 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Preoperative carotid duplex findings predict carotid stump pressures during endarterectomy in symptomatic but not asymptomatic patients. Chiriano J, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr, Nguyen K, Molkara AM, Zhang WW, Bianchi C, Teruya TH. Ann Vasc Surg. 2010 Nov;24(8):1038-44. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2010.05.014. PMID: 21035695 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

A multimodal therapeutic approach to phlegmasia cerulea dolens in a pediatric patient. Kuo I, Smith J, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr. J Vasc Surg. 2011 Jan;53(1):212-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2010.07.067. Epub 2010 Sep 26. PMID: 20875715 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm following nonaccidental blunt abdominal trauma. Chiriano J, Killeen JD, Molkara AM, Bianchi C, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr. Vascular. 2010 Sep-Oct;18(5):303-6. PMID: 20822729 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Thoracic aortic transection treated by thoracic endovascular aortic repair: predictors of survival. Ryan M, Valazquez O, Martinez E, Patel S, Parodi J, Karmacharya J. Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2010 Feb;44(2):95-100. doi: 10.1177/1538574409352808. Epub 2009 Nov 16. PMID: 19917555 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Arterial thrombosis and gangrene secondary to arachnidism. Eckermann JM, Teruya TH, Bianchi C, Abou-Zamzam AM. Vascular. 2009 Jul-Aug;17(4):239-42. PMID: 19698308 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The role of the vascular surgeon in anterior retroperitoneal spine exposure: preservation of open surgical training. Chiriano J, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr, Urayeneza O, Zhang WW, Cheng W. J Vasc Surg. 2009 Jul;50(1):148-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2009.01.007. Epub 2009 Feb 15. PMID: 19223139 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]