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Matthew Smeds

Matthew Smeds, M.D., FACS

Matthew R. Smeds, M.D., FACS is a vascular surgeon and associate professor at Saint Louis University. He attended college at the University of Nebraska, medical school at the University of Rochester, general surgery training at the State University of New York in Syracuse, and vascular surgery fellowship at Saint Louis University. He was faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences prior to coming back to Saint Louis University as the chief of vascular surgery and program director for the vascular surgery training programs. 

He has research interests in surgical education as well as tobacco cessation and risk factor modification in vascular surgery patients and received the Wylie Traveling Fellowship from the Society of Vascular Surgery to study this topic in detail in 2016. He is on the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery and the Journal of Vascular Surgery and reviews manuscripts for seven journals. He has served on multiple committees of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society, Association for Program Directors in Vascular Surgery, Saint Louis Surgical Society, and the Association for Academic Surgery, is a consultant for the American Board of Surgery Qualifying Examination, and serves on the ACGME Milestones 2.0 writing group.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society for University Surgeons. He has over 100 presentations and nearly 60 published manuscripts in topics relating to vascular disease.

Catherine Wittgen

Michael S. Williams Jr., M.D.

Michael S. Williams Jr., M.D. , maintains a busy vascular surgery practice both at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital.  In addition, he is the director of the surgery clerkship for medical students. He completed his general surgery residency and vascular fellowship at SLU.

Catherine Wittgen

Catherine M. Wittgen, M.D.

Catherine M. Wittgen, M.D., is responsible for the training of medical students, residents and fellows. She is an active member of the John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital and Saint Louis University medical staff. In addition to providing direct patient care, she is director of the vascular laboratory at the John Cochran VA. Her training of resident and fellows includes managing patients with complex vascular issues requiring both open and endovascular interventions. She provides ICU care for trauma/general surgery patients and sees patients with chronic wounds, venous insufficiency and lymphedema in her outpatient clinic.  She is a member of the Society of Vascular Surgeons, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery, the Association of Women Surgeons, the Association of VA Surgeons, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  She has participated in over 40 clinical trials with residents/fellows as sub-investigators. She has also served on international research oversight committees and is currently a member of the national endpoint adjudication committees for Bayer and CVRx. She has chaired a committee for SESAP for the American College of Surgeons for 15 years. She continues to participate in national committees for board certification through the American Board of Surgery. She has given over 200 invited presentations nationwide.

Emad Zakhary

Emad Zakhary, M.D. 

Emad Zakhary, M.D., is an assistant professor of surgery at Saint Louis University. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in vascular and general surgery. He is also board certified by the American Board of Endovascular Medicine. He has a doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in surgery from Cairo University and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Outcome Research from Saint Louis University. He is a registered physician in vascular laboratory interpretation by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, and is the director of the Vascular Laboratory at SSM Saint  Louis University Hospital. He did his residency in Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and then received a Cleveland Clinic fellowship in vascular surgery. Prior to joining Saint Louis University, Dr. Zakhary was on staff in the departments of vascular surgery at Geisinger Medical Center and at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Zakhary's specialty interests include carotid artery surgery and stents, abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery and stents, peripheral artery bypass surgery and atherectomy, renal and mesenteric artery stents, and LAZER ablation of varicose veins. Dr. Zakhary is currently the Chief of Vascular Surgery in Saint Louis VAMC.