UCHealth Thoracic Aortic Program - Anschutz Medical Campus

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T. Brett Reece, MD
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Thoracic and Cardiac

Our team provides comprehensive care – from diagnosis through recovery and beyond. Our goal is to produce excellent outcomes for our patients, maximizing the quality and extent of their lives.

Our multidisciplinary team includes cardiologists, interventional radiologists and cardiac and vascular surgeons. We treat patients with conditions of the thoracic aorta, including acute and chronic aortic dissections, thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, bicuspid aortic valve syndrome, genetic disorders such as Marfan syndrome, connective tissue disorders and other thoracic aortic diseases.

As part of an academic medical center, our patients have access to the latest research and most innovative treatment options available.

Why choose University of Colorado Hospital?

Centralized, team approach to care – Our multidisciplinary environment means a team of specialists evaluates your condition and implements an optimal treatment plan based on your anatomy, medical history and aortic condition. This approach enhances the quality of care, helps to coordinate necessary testing and clinic visits and leads to improved outcomes.

Collaboration – We value a collaborative relationship with our patients and place a large emphasis on open conversations, allowing patients to make well-informed decisions about their care.

Volumes – We have the highest volumes in the region, allowing us to make the most complex care more routine.

Research – Our team is actively involved in aortic disease research, participating in national and international studies focused on optimizing patient outcomes and advancing surgical techniques.

Treatment options

Our program offers every available approach to thoracic aortic disease, including ongoing monitoring, medication, lifestyle changes, and surgery. Our surgeons perform minimally invasive and open surgeries depending upon the needs of the patient.

Procedures We Perform on the Thoracic Aorta:

  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR)
  • Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)
  • Aortic root ascending and arch replacements
  • Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest
  • Physician-modified endovascular graft (PMEG)
  • Branched endovascular stent
  • Fenestrated endovascular stent
  • Hybrid procedures (combined open and minimally invasive procedures)