The Vascular Care Group and MetroWest Medical Center provide an enhanced level of vascular care to Framingham and the surrounding communities.
Vascular Treatments and Procedures:
• Endovascular interventions for peripheral arterial disease ➜ angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, thrombectomy
• Open surgical bypass for peripheral arterial disease
• Open Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
• Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EVAR)
• Open Peripheral Aneurysm Surgery
• Endovascular Peripheral Aneurysm Intervention
• Carotid Endarterectomy
• Carotid Stenting
• Vena Cava Filters for pulmonary emboli
• Hemodialysis Access Fistula ➜ creation and maintenance
• Ambulatory Phlebectomy
• Superficial Venous Ablation ➜ Radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal Adhesive closure, Clarivein, Varithena foam therapy
• Advanced wound care
• Carotid duplex scan
• Venous duplex scan
• Venous reflux
• Duplex scan of native arterial and arterial bypass
• Vein mapping
• Abdominal duplex scan
• Segmental Doppler (pressures and pulse volume recording)
• Deep vein thrombosis
Christopher J. Kwolek, MD, MBA, FACS
Christopher J. Kwolek is a Board-certified vascular surgeon with more than 30 years of surgical experience. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles before pursuing his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kwolek completed his internship in general surgery at the New England Deaconess Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, before completing his residency there as well. He continued to hone his skills as a surgeon, serving as the hospital’s Chief Resident of General Surgery and as a clinical and research fellow in the divisions of Angioscopy and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Kwolek has since worked at hospitals across the country, including the Arizona Heart Institute, Chandler Medical Center at the University of Kentucky, Lexington VA Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has also served as the assistant and associate professor at University of Kentucky School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, the latter of which is a position he still holds today. Dr. Kwolek has served on various committees at the medical institutions at which he has worked over the course of his career, and has been an active member in industry organizations. Additionally, Dr. Kwolek currently holds leadership positions, including the Aortic Intervention Consultant and National Principal Investigator for Leopard Trial for Endologix. He has also been a member of advisory boards for PQ Bypass, Vortex Medical, Bolton Medical, Cariomems, Boston Scientific Corporation, Guidant Corporation, Medtronic, Edward Lifesciences, and Leapfrog Group.
R. Todd Lancaster, MD, MPH, RPVI
R. Todd Lancaster is a Board-certified vascular surgeon with more than 15 years of surgical experience. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lancaster completed his General Surgery training, as well as a fellowship in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. After completing his training, Dr. Lancaster joined the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital and provided vascular and endovascular care at Massachusetts General Hospital, and affiliated hospitals in New England including Newton Wellesley Hospital, and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. During his tenure there, he held multiple leadership roles and was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lancaster continues to serve in leadership roles at Newton Wellesley Hospital including the Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 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. In addition to working as an ad hoc reviewer for medical publications, Dr. Lancaster is a member of many professional societies and serves on various committees in the medical field. Dr. Lancaster’s research interests include studying clinical outcomes and safety, and his clinical interests include all aspects of arterial and venous disease, with a particular focus on peripheral arterial disease, aneurysmal disease, carotid artery disease, superficial venous disease, central venous compression syndromes, as well as renal and mesenteric arterial disease.
Hector F. Simosa, MD, FACS, RPVI
Hector Simosa is a Board-certified vascular surgeon with substantial training in vascular care. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela and furthered his medical training by completing a General Surgery Residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital, Virginia Commonwealth University and Boston Medical Center, Boston University. Dr. Simosa completed his vascular surgery training at Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Vascular Surgery Fellowship. He also completed a Vascular Surgery Research Fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School. During his career, he has compiled various peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national meetings. He was honored with the Lester F. Williams Jr., MD Medical Student Teaching Award in Surgery at Boston University Medical School and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society. As a vascular surgeon, Dr. Simosa covers the full spectrum of vascular care, treating aortic aneurysms, carotid disease, deep vein thrombosis and venous disorders, renal mesenteric vascular disease, peripheral artery disease as well as managing lower extremity circulation issues and wounds in diabetic patients. He performs minimally invasive catheter procedures and open surgical reconstruction for patients. Dr. Simosa has been practicing vascular surgery since 2006. He is certified by the American Board of Vascular Surgery and in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Basic Life Support (BLS). He is also fluent in Spanish.