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The Vascular Team Working for You

The Jobst Vascular Institute takes great pride in its record of recruiting and keeping a medical staff that values constant learning about and advancement in vascular surgery and vascular medicine. Members of its physician research and clinical teams make significant contributions to the field through independent presentations, textbook authorship, publications in scientific journals and membership on professional journals’ editorial boards. We are honored to have these vascular surgeons on our faculty:

  • Anthony J. Comerota, MD, FACS, FACC (program director)
  • Steven S. Gale, MD, FACS
  • David J. Paolini, MD
  • John P. Pigott, MD, FACS
  • Todd R. Russell, MD, FACS
  • Andrew J. Seiwert, MD, FACS
  • Ralph C. Whalen, MD, FACS

Our delivery of excellent patient care through all stages of vascular treatment is made possible through the work of our caring and diligent vascular nurses. Jobst Vascular Institute nurses work closely with surgeons to ensure the best patient outcomes possible. We also have clinical research nurses to help recruit patients into clinical trials and rehabilitation nurses to educate vascular patients on ways to modify their lifestyles after treatment.

Anthony J. Comerota, MD, FACS, FACC

Director, Jobst Vascular Institute
Program Director, JVI Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Section Head, Vascular Surgery, ProMedica Toledo Hospital
Adjunct Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan

Dr. Comerota has been a major contributor to the development of some of the newest forms of treatment for vascular disease, the principal investigator for six major national trials and a co-investigator for numerous others. He has received more than $6 million in research funding, including support from National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. He is an associate editor for Vascular, sits on the editorial boards of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and Annals of Vascular Surgery, and is a reviewer for 17 other journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine. A board-certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Comerota treats patients with a variety of vascular conditions, including carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease, deep vein thrombosis, critical limb ischemia and chronic venous insufficiency.

Medical training:

  • Medical school: Temple University School of Medicine. Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Residency: Temple University Hospital, general surgery. Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Fellowship: Good Samaritan Hospital, peripheral vascular surgery. Cincinnati, Ohio

Certifications: Vascular surgery, Registered Vascular Technologist.
Honors: America’s Top Doctors, 2008; 25 Most Influential Venous Professionals, 2008
Memberships: Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, American Surgical Association; Fellow, American College of Cardiology; Society of Vascular Surgery; Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society; Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society; American Venous Forum; Ohio State Medical Association

Steven S. Gale, MD, FACS

Vascular surgeon, Jobst Vascular Institute

Dr. Gale is a board-certified vascular surgeon who practices primarily in the Vein Solutions office at Jobst Vascular Institute. His areas of interest include therapeutic and cosmetic venous disorders, hemodialysis access, minimally invasive treatment of false aneurysms and wound care. In addition to his duties at Vein Solutions, Dr. Gale sees patients at The Center for Wound Care of Northwest Ohio. As a faculty member of the ACGME-accredited Jobst Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program, Dr. Gale is a highly respected mentor to fellows during their two-year vascular education.

Medical training:

  • Medical school: Columbia University. New York, N.Y.
  • Residency: Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals, general surgery. Nashville, Tenn.
  • Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, vascular surgery, Rochester, Minn.

Certifications: Vascular surgery
Honors: America’s Top Doctors, 2008; 25 Most Influential Venous Professionals, 2008
Memberships: Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society; Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society; Fellow, International Society for Cardiovascular Surgeons; Ohio State Medical Association

David J. Paolini, MD

Vascular surgeon, Jobst Vascular Institute

Dr. Paolini is a board-certified vascular surgeon at the Jobst Vascular Institute and ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Dr. Paolini, a 2008 graduate of Jobst’s two-year Vascular Surgery Fellowship, returned to Toledo from ABQ Health Partners in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He treats patients with a variety of vascular conditions, including carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease, deep vein thrombosis, critical limb ischemia and chronic venous insufficiency.

Medical training:

  • Medical School: Temple University. Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Residency: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Fellowship: Jobst Vascular Institute Vascular Surgery Fellowship. Toledo, Ohio.

Certifications: Vascular surgery
Honors: 2008 American Venous Forum Servier Traveling Fellowship in Vascular Surgery recipient

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John P. Pigott, MD, FACS

Vascular surgeon, Jobst Vascular Institute

Dr. Pigott is a board-certified vascular surgeon at Jobst Vascular Institute and ProMedica Toledo Hospital. In addition, Dr. Pigott sees patients in vascular clinics at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio, ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital in Defiance, Ohio, ProMedica Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh, Mich., and ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Mich. As a faculty member of the ACGME-accredited Jobst Vascular Fellowship Program, Dr. Pigott is a highly respected mentor to Jobst Vascular Institute fellows during their two-year vascular education. Dr. Pigott was an early proponent of minimally invasive endovascular treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms and was a principal investigator for national clinical trials studying these techniques. He shares his expertise in minimally invasive techniques by sponsoring seminars for physicians interested in improving their endovascular skills.

Medical training:

  • Medical school: Medical College of Ohio. Toledo, Ohio
  • Residency: Akron City Hospital, general surgery. Akron, Ohio
  • Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, vascular surgery. Rochester, Minn.

Certifications: Vascular surgery
Honors: Glidden L. Brooks Scholarship; Dean’s Award
Memberships: Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society; Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society; Ohio State Medical Association

Todd R. Russell, MD, FACS

Vascular Surgeon, Jobst Vascular Institute

Dr. Russell is a board-certified vascular surgeon at Jobst Vascular Institute and ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Dr. Russell also sees patients in vascular clinics at ProMedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio, Fremont Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio, and ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital in Fostoria, Ohio. In addition to his regular vascular surgery practice, Dr. Russell also sees patients with therapeutic and cosmetic venous disorders in the Vein Solutions office at Jobst Vascular Institute. As a faculty member of the ACGME-accredited Jobst Vascular Fellowship Program, Dr. Russell is a highly respected mentor to fellows during their two-year vascular education. Dr. Russell treats patients with a variety of vascular conditions, including carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease, deep vein thrombosis, critical limb ischemia and chronic venous insufficiency.

Medical training:

  • Medical school: Wright State School of Medicine. Dayton, Ohio.
  • Residency: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, general surgery. Johnstown, Pa.
  • Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, vascular surgery. Cleveland, Ohio.

Certifications: General surgery, vascular surgery
Memberships: Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society; Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society; Fellow, International Society for Cardiovascular Surgeons; Ohio State Medical Association

Andrew J. Seiwert, MD, FACS

Vascular surgeon, Jobst Vascular Center

Dr. Seiwert is a board-certified vascular surgeon at Jobst Vascular Center and ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Dr. Seiwert also sees patients in vascular clinics at Fremont Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio, and ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital in Fostoria, Ohio. In addition to his regular vascular surgery practice, Dr. Seiwert sees patients with therapeutic and cosmetic venous disorders in the Vein Solutions office at Jobst Vascular Institute. As a faculty member of the ACGME-accredited Jobst Vascular Fellowship Program, Dr. Seiwert is a highly respected mentor to fellows during their two-year vascular education. Dr. Seiwert treats patients with a variety of vascular conditions, including carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease, deep vein thrombosis, critical limb ischemia and chronic venous insufficiency.

Medical training:

  • Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine. Peoria, Ill.
  • Residency: St. Francis Medical Center, general surgery. Peoria, Ill.
  • Fellowship: Geisinger Medical Center, peripheral vascular surgery. Danville, Pa.

Certifications: Vascular surgery
Honors: Smith-Kline-French award for surgical excellence
Memberships: Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery; American Medical Association; Ohio State Medical Association

Ralph C. Whalen, MD, FACS

Vascular surgeon, Jobst Vascular Institute

Dr. Whalen is a board-certified vascular surgeon at Jobst Vascular Institute and ProMedica Toledo Hospital. In addition, Dr. Whalen sees patients in vascular clinics at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio, ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital in Defiance, Ohio, ProMedica Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh, Mich., and ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Mich. A graduate of Anthony Wayne High School and Bowling Green State University, Dr. Whalen received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. As a faculty member of the ACGME-accredited Jobst Vascular Fellowship Program, Dr. Whalen is a highly respected mentor to fellows during their two-year vascular education. He serves as section head of Vascular Surgery at ProMedica St. Luke's Hospital in Maumee, Ohio, and as team physician for Anthony Wayne High School.

Medical training:

  • Medical school: Medical College of Ohio. Toledo, Ohio
  • Residency: Akron City Hospital, general surgery. Akron, Ohio
  • Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, peripheral vascular surgery. Cleveland, Ohio

Certifications: Vascular surgery
Memberships: Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society; Ohio Chapter American College of Surgeons; International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery; Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society; Ohio State Medical Association

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