The vascular services program at Nebraska Medicine uses a collaborative approach to vascular care. The program is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and management of circulatory system diseases.
A variety of vascular conditions are treated by the vascular physicians at Nebraska Medicine.
The most advanced diagnostic tools to provide fast and efficient evaluation are available at the medical center. Our non-invasive vascular laboratories provide a full range of studies for carotid and extremity circulatory abnormalities. Advanced imaging studies used include:
- Carotid exam
- Venous exam
- Arterial exam
- CT angiography
- MR angiography
- Standard contrast angiography
- Intravascular ultrasonography
- Transcranial doppler
Patients and referring physicians may contact the vascular services program by calling 800-922-0000. Specialists offer experience with a full scope of treatment options ranging from the latest minimally invasive techniques to standard open surgical procedures.
The vascular services program brings together experienced specialists from cardiology, interventional radiology, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. While each physician brings a unique set of skills, they work together to provide patients with a collaborative and comprehensive approach to vascular care.
The vascular services program at Nebraska Medicine is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) ensuring high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality noninvasive vascular diagnostic testing by a process of voluntary accreditation.
An estimated 20 to 30 million Americans are at risk for various vascular diseases, including stroke, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), carotid artery disease and aortic aneurysms. Nebraska Medicine offers complete vascular screenings with no doctor referral needed. Men and women 60 and older who have at least two cardiovascular risk factors like those listed below, or men age 55 and older with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms and at least one cardiovascular risk factor are especially urged to get screened.
Complete Vascular Screening
A complete vascular screening includes
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
- Carotid artery (stroke) disease screening
Registered vascular technologists perform the screening and your reports will be interpreted by a credentialed vascular surgeon. The screening report and risk assessment session will be sent to your primary care physician. A copy of this report will also be mailed to you.
Vascular Screening Cost
The screenings are not covered by most health insurances. Payment for all charges related to the vascular health screening must be made prior to testing. The charge is $75 for the entire screening and may be paid in cash or by check.
Who Needs a Vascular Screening?
If you or a family member has one or more of the following risk factors, call 402-552-2358 to schedule a screening.
Risk factors for vascular disease include:
- High blood pressure
- History of smoking
- Family history of stroke
- Family history of peripheral artery disease
- Family history of aortic aneurysm
- High Cholesterol
- Heart disease
Vascular Screening Locations
Complete vascular screenings are offered at any of our three sites.
- Oakview Medical Building 144th & West Center
- Nebraska Medicine Clarkson Tower 42nd & Dewey
- Nebraska Medicine University Tower 43rd & Emile
Call 800-922-0000 to make an appointment with a vascular services specialist. For clinic location and hours use the Find a Physician link.
Dr. Howard is a vascular surgeon at Nebraska Medicine. He is a graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. and Yale Medical School in New Haven, Conn. He completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Howard is certified in general surgery and vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
Vascular and Endovascular Surgeons
Dr. Johanning is a vascular and endovascular surgeon at Nebraska Medicine.
He is a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City, Kan.
He completed his general surgery residency at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals in Saginaw,
Mich. and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville,
Penn. Dr. Johanning is certified in general surgery and vascular surgery by the
American Board of Surgery.
Dr. MacTaggart is a vascular and endovascular surgeon at Nebraska Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, College of Medicine in Iowa City. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of California San Francisco in San Francisco. Dr. MacTaggart is certified in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Pipinos is a vascular and endovascular surgeon at Nebraska Medicine. A graduate of the University of Crete School of Medicine in Greece, he completed his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. His endovascular surgery fellowship was completed at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. Dr. Pipinos is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Akkad is an interventional cardiologist at Nebraska Medicine. He is a graduate of University of Aleppo Medical School in Syria. Dr. Akkad completed an internal medicine residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Penn. He completed a fellowship in critical care medicine at State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y. and a cardiology fellowship at MCP/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Penn. Dr. Akkad also completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at University Pittsburg Medical Center in Pittsburgh. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease.
Dr. O’Leary is an interventional cardiologist at Nebraska Medicine. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. O’Leary completed an internal medicine residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. where he was also chief resident. He also completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. O’Leary is certified in endovascular medicine by The American Board of Vascular Medicine. He is also certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Slater is an interventional radiologist at Nebraska Medicine. He is a graduate of The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. Dr. Slater completed a diagnostic radiology residency and a fellowship in interventional radiology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. Dr. Slater is certified by the American Board of Radiology and has added qualifications in neuro-radiology and interventional radiology.
Cerebral Vascular Neurosurgeon
Dr. Thorell is a neurosurgeon at Nebraska Medicine. He graduated from University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., where he also completed his residency and served as chief resident. After finishing his residency in neurosurgery, Dr. Thorell performed two additional years of fellowship training in endovascular neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He is board eligible.