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As Arizona’s leading vascular surgery group since 2005, our team of award winning, board certified, vascular and endovascular surgeons have a combined 65 years of venous & vascular devoted surgical experience. Western Vascular Institute is dedicated to providing the highest quality venous & vascular treatment options available for each patient’s individual needs, as well as unparalleled patient care. Our team of highly trained vascular surgeons specialize in treatment for venous & vascular diseases including but not limited to:

  1. Peripheral vascular disease
  2. Varicose veins
  3. Venous insufficiency
  4. Carotid artery disease
  5. Aneurysm (Thoracic aortic TAA, Abdominal aortic AAA, Peripheral, Visceral artery aneurysm, infrarenal aneurysm)
  6. Renal insufficiency
  7. Mesenteric and celiac artery disease
  8. Klippel-trenaunay-syndrome
  9. Thoracic outlet syndrome
  10. Peripheral arterial disease
  11. Wound care
  12. Subclavian steel syndrome
  13. Stroke
  14. Aortic stenosis
  15. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  16. Limb salvage and a variety of other venous and vascular conditions.

Our service centers house the most advanced and innovative surgical suites and diagnostic imaging capabilities, offering a full service in-house venous & vascular treatment experience for our wonderful patients.  Experience matters, choose the surgeons with the greatest experience and skill set in venous & vascular care.

Western Vascular Institute Surgeons

Dr. Mitar Vranic
Dr. Henry Tarlian
Dr. Julio Rodriguez Lopez
Dr. Dawn Olsen

Treatments & Services


An aneurysm is an abnormal bulge or ballooning in a weakened artery or vein. Aneurysms can be located in any blood vessel of the body but generally develop in areas of high pressure where blood vessels divide and branch off to other parts of the body. Aneurysms can be caused by illness or injury and genetics. Aneurysms can be life…read more

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Disease is a gradual build up of plaque called atherosclerosis in the neck arteries. The gradual build up of plaque can result in a stroke, or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is restricted or when a piece of the blockage breaks off and lodges in the artery in a…read more

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a clot (thrombosis) or clump of blood cells congregate in the deep veins in your body, most commonly in the legs. Can be a life-threatening emergency and require medication that dissolves the clot to keep it traveling to your lungs. Risk factors Obesity Age Pregnancy Birth control pills Injury Genetics Smoking Blood disorders Immobility Sedentary…read more

End Stage Renal Disease

End Stage Renal Disease is the final stage of kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease causes your kidneys, whose job is to filter excess water and waste from your blood and urine, to lose this function over time. It means your kidneys no longer function well enough to meet the needs of daily life. If left untreated this disease can result…read more

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease – (PVD)  is a disorder causing narrowing or hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. Often, plaque can build up in the vessel and limit the blood flow and oxygen to the extremities. Risk Factors Abnormal cholesterol Diabetes Heart disease (coronary artery disease) High blood pressure Kidney disease Smoking Stroke Age Family…read more

Subclavian Steal Syndrome

Subclavian Steal syndrome is an occlusive (meaning closed off or blocking) disease that reverses the flow of blood from the internal thoracic artery and vertebral artery due to a narrowing of the Subclavian artery. Risk factor: Age Family history Smoking Hypercholesterolemia Diabetes Hypertension Genetics Symptoms Numbness in arm Tingling in the fingers Dizziness Unsteadiness Gangrene in fingers Blindness Ocular disturbances…read more

Thoracic Aortic Disease

A thoracic aortic disease which can develop slowly and sometimes without warning involves diseases of the Aorta, the bodies largest artery. The aorta takes the oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Thoracic aortic disease includes aortic aneurysms, atherosclerosis, infections, dissections, and traumatic injury. Risk factor Age Smoking High blood pressure High cholesterol Plaque build up…read more

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome  is a condition where blood vessels or nerves are compressed in the area between your collarbone and first rib. Risk factor Physical trauma from car accident Repetitive sports/lifting or occupational injury Anatomical defects Pregnancy Obesity Poor posture Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Neck pain Shoulder pain Arm pain Numbness/tingling of the fingers Impaired circulation to the extremities…read more

Varicose Veins

Enlarged, twisted, bulging veins found anywhere in the body, but most commonly occurring in the legs and feet due to the pressure of standing. In these veins, the valves become damaged, creating a backflow and pooling of blood, instead of returning the blood to be re-oxygenated by the lungs. Varicose vein Risk factors Pregnancy Obesity Genetics Age Gender Profession Varicose…read more

Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is a condition where veins cannot adequately transfer blood from the legs back up to the heart. Inside the veins are valves that operate like flaps, directing the flow of blood toward the heart. When the valves become damaged, circulatory problems develop ranging from spider veins to varicose veins, and blood clots to skin ulcers. Risk factor Varicose…read more

Vascular Surgery

The vascular system also referred to as the circulatory system is one of the most vital systems to the proper function of our body and organs. The vascular system carries blood throughout our bodies by way of our vessels. There are three different types of vessels that carry our blood throughout the vascular system. The first is, the Arteries, which…read more

Vascular System

The vascular system also referred to as the circulatory system is one of the most vital systems to the proper function of our body and organs. The vascular system carries blood throughout our bodies by way of our vessels. There are three different types of vessels that carry our blood throughout the vascular system. The first is, the Arteries, which…read more


What Our Patients Say


What is Venous Disease and how is it treated?

Symptomatic varicose veins are one of the most common problems we see in our office. Patients who have varicose veins typically lose their elasticity of their veins and therefore their veins dilate, when the veins dilate, the valves that typically function to return blood back to the heart don’t touch each other and therefore with gravity blood tends to pool…read more

What is Peripheral Arterial Vascular Disease?

Peripheral Arterial Vascular Disease is blockages within the aorta or lower leg arteries. Peripheral Vascular Disease symptoms can present themselves in many different fashions, early on with the disease patients can find themselves maybe walking a block or two, and suddenly they can develop cramping or fatigue in their calves to a point where they have to stop and rest…read more

What is an Aneurysm?

Aneurysmal Disease can occur in any part of the human body, which is a bulging or abnormal dilatation of the arterial wall, it is very common in the abdominal aorta and also in the chest. The prevalence of this condition is estimated to be between 4 and 8%. People 55 years or older have a higher incidence of developing an…read more

How is Peripheral Arterial Vascular Disease Treated?

There are many treatment options for Peripheral Vascular Disease, patients first should be treated with aggressive medical management and that would include a healthy lifestyle consistent with daily exercise, a healthy diet, controlling their blood pressure, controlling their diabetes, and to stop smoking, but there are times when that is not enough and other options are available which could include;…read more

How is Carotid Artery Disease treated?

In terms of treatment for carotid disease we stratify patients into asymptomatic or symptomatic because the treatment options for both tend to differ, patients who have no symptoms, technically asymptomatic, we usually will treat with risk modification, and that entails things such as lowering cholesterol with traditional statin medications, trying to get patients to quit smoking, you want to control…read more

How is an Aneurysm treated?

There are some criteria’s when it comes to having treatment for aneurysms, many patients with small aneurysms, and those are sizes below 5cm, can be watched, those that have a larger diameter, more than 5cm, most likely those patients will require an intervention or some sort of surgery, the indication to treat an aneurysm or repairing aneurysms according to the…read more

What Is Carotid Artery Disease?

Carotid Disease is a blockage of the arteries that supply blood flow to the brain.

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Office Locations & Contact Information

Phoenix, Arizona

3600 N. 3rd Avenue, Suite B
Phoenix, AZ 85013

(480) 668-5000
Mesa, Arizona

7165 E. University Dr, Suite 183
Mesa, AZ 85207

(480) 668-5000
Payson, Arizona

708 S. Coeur D Alene # B
Payson, AZ 85541

(928) 363-4060