The CardioVascular Thoracic Institute was formed in 2006 to bring together cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, cardiologists
and a host of associated health care specialists to form an integrated model of care that puts patients first. This allows everyone
to provide individualized care with the most advanced technologies and therapies. It has led to excellent outcomes and patient
experiences, both of which continue to improve.
Our multi-disciplinary physician model allows CVTI specialists to leverage their broad and deep expertise toward making superior
treatment decisions for each patient. Advancing technologies coupled with dedicated operating rooms and imaging suites have
allowed us to adopt, adapt and complete a range of minimally invasive procedures that have led to improved outcomes with minimal
postoperative morbidity. These procedures are supported by state-of-the-art screening tests, diagnostic imaging technologies,
and innovative non-invasive therapies. Advanced robotic procedures, minimally invasive percutaneous heart valve replacement,
endovascular aortic intervention, and ablation therapies for complex arrhythmias are but a few examples of the treatments we offer.
USC Aortic Center
Keck Hospital of USC (formerly USC University Hospital) is a regional referral center designed to provide easy and timely access for
the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of aortic emergencies, including acute and chronic dissections, repair of aneurysms,
repair of ruptures, traumatic transections and other aortic abnormalities. Cardiovascular and thoracic surgical teams at the USC
Comprehensive Aorta Center offer a number of innovative strategies for managing aortic diseases. These include dissection, aortic
branch occlusive/aneurysm disease, and aneurysm/rupture.
USC Hypertension Center
The USC Hypertension Center applies extensive expertise to the diagnosis and management of patients with hypertension resistant
to medical therapy. Such hypertension may be due to secondary causes such as renovascular disease. Each patient is evaluated and
treated based on his or her complete clinical profile. The hypertension program is a collaborative effort among nephrologists and
The Center for Vascular Care has a multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons and support staff that specialize in treating arteriovenous
malformations (AVM). The AVM Program offers minimally invasive endovascular procedures, as well as open operations and
combinations of both. Clinicians perform diagnostic and interventional endovascular procedures in a comprehensively equipped state-of-
the-art operating room/angiographic suite. Advanced non-invasive imaging options include a 64-slice CT scanner and MRI that can
be employed for detailed diagnosis and visualization. The program offers a multidisciplinary approach involving specialists in vascular
surgery, plastic surgery and radiology in developing a treatment plan for every patient.
Vascular Diagnostic Lab
The vascular lab is one of the few ICAVL-certified laboratories in Southern California certified by the Intersocietal Commission for the
Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. The lab evaluates all vascular disorders. It employs minimally traumatic, noninvasive testing
methods on pediatric and geriatric patients. Evaluations of peripheral, cerebrovascular and abdominal vasculature are conducted by
skilled, experienced vascular technologists. The lab offers patients and their physicians the most sophisticated diagnostic procedures.
The lab’s technology:
- determines and documents the presence, location and severity or absence of vascular disease
- serves as a screening tool to eliminate unnecessary angiography or venography
- reduces costs and risks to the patient
- provides a quantitative foundation that permits the evaluation of the stability, progression or regression of vascular disease