Vascular Surgery

Craig Weinkauf, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery
(520) 626-7754

Dr. Weinkauf completed his MD/PhD at Tufts University School of Medicine and was granted his PhD in Immunology. He then completed his training in vascular surgery at the University of Arizona and is now an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Banner-UMC. He treats patients with vascular disease including carotid, aorta and lower extremity in addition to venous and lymphatic disease. His research focuses on understanding and improving treatment of carotid vascular disease through advanced non-invasive imaging and molecular biology. He focuses on understanding molecular determinants of unstable plaque biology and whether carotid vascular disease leads to long-term cognitive dysfunction in this patient population.

Education and Training

      10/2017                 NIH grant and training symposium. Baltimore, MD

       2012-2017            Residency Vascular Surgery. University of Arizona

       2004-2012            MSTP (MD/PhD) Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM)

      1999-2003             BA Biology University of San Diego (USD)

Select Honors/Awards

2016                     University of Arizona. 1st prize, surgery research symposium

2016                     University of Arizona, Resident Research Excellence

2014                     Rocky Mountain Vascular Conference Research Award

2011                     Faculty of 1000:

2006                     Charleton Poster Competition, 1st prize. Research poster competition judged by                                 Nobel laureate Roderick MacKinnon  

2003                     Manes Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research. Awarded yearly to one                                     undergraduate student at USD

Invited Talks/Presentations During Vascular Residency

9/2017                  Near-Instant Non-invasive Optical Imaging of Tissue Perfusion for Vascular Assessment. Western Vascular Society. Blaine, Washington. 

4/2017                  Optical Tissue Oxygen Saturation in Patients with PAD. Symposium on Advanced Wound Care. San Diego, CA.

9/2016                  VCAM-targeted Ultrasound Contrast is a Promising Tool to Identify High-risk Carotid Plaques. Western Vascular Society. Colorado City, CO.  

7/2016                  Histological Record of Subclinical Cerebrovascular Events Seen in Carotid Plaques. Rocky Mountain Vascular Conference. Park City, UT.

2/2016                  Knifeless repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.  Tucson Cardiovascular Professional Conference. Tucson, AZ.

7/2015                  Emergencies in Vascular Surgery.  Banner-UMC Vascular Surgery Teaching Conference. Tucson, AZ.

4/2015                  Experimental Approaches to Carotid Plaque Characterization and Risk Stratification for Stroke. NCVH International Conference for Vascular Surgery. Bogota, Colombia.

3/2015                  Systematic Review of Treatment for Patients with CLI and no Surgical Options. UMC Vascular Surgery Teaching Conference. Tucson, AZ.

7/2014                  A Prospective Trial of Doxycycline in the Treatment of Patients with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Rocky Mountain Vascular Conference. Estes Park, Colorado.

2013                     Dynamic Tailoring of the Crack and Pave Technique in EVAR Cases with Prohibitive Iliac Artery Anatomy. Western Vascular Society Meeting. Alberta, Canada.

                                2012                     A New Mechanism of anti-DNA Antibody Production in a SLE Model. Tufts  University Rheumatology Grand Rounds. Boston, MA. 


2016            University of Arizona TIPPS program project grant (CO-PI)

2015            University of Arizona Resident Research award

2004-2012   NIH Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) grant: medical/graduate training award.

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Wei Zhou, MD

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Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
Professor, Surgery
(520) 626-6598

Dr. Wei Zhou joined the UA as professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, which is the specialty associated with surgery on arteries and veins. Previously she was professor of surgery at Stanford University and chief of vascular surgery at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.

She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College and completed her surgery training at the University of California, San Diego, and a fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. 

Dr. Zhou is a distinguished surgeon-scientist and leader in the impact of carotid interventions. She has authored and co-authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.  Her work has been funded by the AHA, VA, NIH, and industries. She has been the principal investigator of more than 30 clinical trials.

Marlys Hearst Witte, MD

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Professor of Surgery
(520) 626-6118

John Hughes, MD

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Associate Professor, Vascular Surgery
(520) 626-7332
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