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Drs. Christopher J. Kwolek and R. Todd Lancaster Establish The Vascular Care Group, Newton-Wellesley Vascular Center

State-of-the-art facility offers comprehensive vascular care in Wellesley, Mass.

WELLESLEY, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Vascular Care Group is proud to announce the opening of the Newton-Wellesley Vascular office at 981 Worcester St. in Wellesley, Mass. The state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot facility is designed to provide comprehensive vascular care for patients throughout New England with aortic disease, peripheral vascular disease, carotid disease, mesenteric vascular disease, dialysis access and venous disease.

“It is exciting to see the continued growth of office-based procedures”

The nationally accredited facility includes two state-of-the-art advanced imaging suites to safely perform outpatient procedures, dedicated ultrasound rooms to perform comprehensive vascular lab testing, comprehensive examination rooms and a sophisticated training and education facility. Christopher J. Kwolek, MD, MBA, FACS and R. Todd Lancaster, MD, MPH, two board-certified vascular surgeons with training from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, lead the site.

Dr. Kwolek has been named one of Boston Magazine’s ”Top Doctors” and one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly for several years and has practiced in Boston for over 20 years. He has served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and as the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program Director at Massachusetts General Hospital. He established the first integrated vascular residency program at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery and the Chair of Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Kwolek has been internationally recognized as a leader in the development of new techniques and devices for the treatment of aneurysm disease, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease, and has served as the principal investigator for over 30 clinical trials evaluating invasive surgical techniques. He has authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and continues to serve as an invited national and international speaker and member of multiple advisory boards.

Dr. Lancaster has been named one of Boston Magazine’s “Top Doctors” for the last three years and also recognized by Castle and Connolly as a Top Doctor. He has over 15 years of surgical experience and is currently the Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital; he also serves as the Director of Quality and Safety for Vascular Surgery and Cardiovascular Center, Co-Medical Director of the Vascular Laboratory, and Associate Director of the Elfers Cardiovascular Center. He has served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and sits on the Executive Council for the New England Society for Vascular Surgery. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his research interests include patient-centered care, patient-outcomes and safety following vascular surgical procedures. His clinical interests include treatment of peripheral arterial disease, carotid arterial disease, aneurysmal disease and all forms of venous disorders.

“We believe that this model, which is focused on providing outstanding, patient-focused care in the outpatient setting is the future of healthcare,” said Dr. Kwolek. “We will continue to work closely with our local hospitals to manage complex patients in the hospital, however, many patients can now receive safe, timely and cost-effective treatment in the outpatient setting. Over the past 24 months, we have seen numerous patients delay their care or reschedule procedures due to lack of beds or staffing. We have also witnessed patients move from large, tertiary hospitals to the community hospitals, and from the community hospitals to the outpatient setting. Working in this setting provides benefits for our patients, our clinicians and the health care system. It is estimated that care in the office-based setting is 30%-40% more cost effective than care provided in the hospital. Thus, we provide access for our patients to the latest technology, deliver value to the healthcare system and more control of the schedule to our clinicians. By joining a larger network of practices, we can also collaborate across facilities to determine the best practices and ultimately, work to change the way that vascular care is delivered.”

“It is exciting to see the continued growth of office-based procedures,” said Dr. Lancaster. “Outpatient vascular centers offer a highly personalized experience that put the patient at the center of the care model where they need it most, right in their community. We believe we can encourage healthier behaviors and more timely care by making treatment options more convenient for the patient.”

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About The Vascular Care Group

The Vascular Care Group (TVCG) is a growing group practice committed to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of vascular disease. The practice brings together decades of expertise among a team of vascular specialists offering unparalleled care in Massachusetts at four full-service vascular care centers with five satellite offices, from Worcester to Cape Cod. Their comprehensive services cover a broad range of conditions from non-invasive vascular testing to complex vascular surgeries, including a full spectrum of open and endovascular procedures performed in-office and at affiliated hospitals throughout the state. The care center has united some of the area’s leading vascular experts with a focus on superior patient care. More information about the practice can be found at