Dr. Alan Dardik


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Dr. Alan Dardik is a surgeon-scientist who uses the power of molecular biology to achieve a modern understanding of vascular disease, using the basic science laboratory to ultimately benefit patients with vascular disease.

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 the Vascular Surgery section for 8 years; he is currently serving as the Interim Division Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Yale. 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-Chairman 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 is funded from the NIH as well as Yale's Department of Surgery.

Dr. Dardik currently serves as the Editor for the newly-launched journal JVS-Vascular Science; he is the President of the Association of VA Surgeons and the President-elect of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery. He 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, and Vascular Cures. Dr. Dardik is a past President of the International Society for Vascular Surgery and has edited several textbooks including Vascular Surgery: A Global Perspective.

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