Dr. Alan Dardik is a surgeon-scientist who harnesses the power of molecular biology to achieve a modern understanding of vascular disease, and then use the basic science laboratory to ultimately benefit patients with vascular diseases.
Dr. Dardik trained at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital before his appointment to the Yale faculty in 2001. Dr. Dardik focuses his clinical practice on teaching at the VA Connecticut, where he was formerly the Chief of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Dardik has won the C. Elton Cahow Award for Outstanding Faculty Teaching from Yale's Department of Surgery and the Faculty Teaching Award from St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Dardik is also a Vice Chair of Yale's Department of Surgery where he is charged with Faculty Affairs, and he has served as Yale's Interim Division Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
The Dardik laboratory studies the healing and function of blood vessels, fistulae and vessel patches that are used in patients having vascular surgery. The laboratory is trying to understand the fundamental molecular mechanisms by which vein graft adaptation and arteriovenous fistula maturation result in positive remodeling and successful adaptation to the arterial environment, yet often proceed, in the long-term, to neointimal hyperplasia and failure. The laboratory also studies novel methods to deliver stem cells to diabetic wounds. The laboratory has been continuously funded for over 20 years. Multiple trainees have come to the Dardik laboratory from around the world, including over 25 predoctoral MD, PhD and MD/PhD students and over 50 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have entered academic surgical careers. Dr. Dardik has published over 350 peer-reviewed papers and given over 275 invited lectures.
Dr. Dardik currently serves as the Editor for the newly-launched journal JVS-Vascular Science; he has served as the President of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery, the Association of VA Surgeons, as well as the International Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Dardik has run several national and international meetings, including the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Research Initiatives Conference, and has served on numerous peer review committees including review for the NIH, the VA, the American Heart Association, and Vascular Cures. Dr. Dardik has edited several textbooks including "Vascular Surgery: A Global Perspective" and "Stem cell therapy for vascular diseases."