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Vascular surgeons of Community Heart and Vascular

What is vascular surgery?

Vascular surgery is a surgical specialty that involves treatment of the vascular, or circulatory, system (arteries and veins) outside the heart. Most often, vascular disease affects blood flow, either by blocking or weakening blood vessels, or by damaging the valves that are found in veins. Organs and other body structures may be damaged by vascular disease as a result of decreased or completely blocked blood flow.

Common causes of vascular disease include atherosclerosis (plaque build-up), embolus/thrombus (blockage/clots), inflammation and trauma involving blood vessels. Two examples of vascular diseases and effects are coronary artery disease (heart attack, angina) and peripheral vascular disease (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT).

Typical procedures performed by Community's vascular surgeons include carotid stenting, sclerotherapy, angioplasty, atherectomy, bypass surgery, thrombectomy and other related procedures. Learn more about vascular conditions and diseases >>

Nurse practitioner

You may also receive care from a nurse practitioner who has special training in assisting in cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgeries. Meet the nurse practitioner >>

Meet the vascular surgeons

Russell S. Dilley, M.D., FACSRussell S. Dilley, M.D., FACS

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Dr. Dilley graduated from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed an internship and his residency at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY. He completed his fellowship at St. Vincent's in Indianapolis.

Dr. Dilley is board certified in vascular surgery.


Deepak Guttikonda, M.D.Deepak Guttikonda, M.D.

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Dr. Guttikonda received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. He completed his residency and a fellowship at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

Dr. Guttikonda is board certified in vascular surgery.


Christopher J. Hansen, M.D.Christopher J. Hansen, M.D.

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Dr. Hansen received his medical degree from University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his residency and a fellowship at the Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Dr. Hansen is board certified in vascular surgery.


Dennis M. Jacob, M.D., FACSDennis M. Jacob, M.D., FACS

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Dr. Jacob graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and his residency at the Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, Ohio, followed by a fellowship at McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Canada.

Dr. Jacob is board certified in vascular surgery.


Jean P. Mercho, M.D.Jean P. Mercho, M.D.

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Dr. Mercho received his medical degree from French Faculty of Medicine. He completed an internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and his residency at St. Francis-Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mercho is board certified in thoracic cardiovascular surgery.


Jeffrey Weinberger, M.D.Jeffrey Weinberger, M.D.

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Dr. Weinberger attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) earning a bachelor of science in biology with distinction. His medical degree is from Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI). He trained in general surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Weinberger comes to us from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he completed a fellowship in vascular surgery.

Dr. Weinberger is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery.

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