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Peter P. Karpawich

Peter P. Karpawich

NYU School of Medicine


Frank J. Veith, Professor of Surgery, NYU and the Cleveland Clinic and Liebig Chair in Vascular Surgery. Dr. Veith graduated from Cornell University Medical College with Honors before completing his surgical residency training at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Thereafter, he achieved success with his pioneering work in experimental and clinical lung transplantation. In the 70s and 80s, his attention turned toward Vascular Surgery with an emphasis on lower extremity revascularization procedures, many of which he innovated. He was the first to advocate an aggressive approach to saving limbs threatened by arteriosclerosis and gangrene when most patients with this problem were being treated by a major amputation. He and his group were recognized as world leaders in this field and had more than 300 published articles related to it. In the early 1990s, Dr. Veith, long an advocate of endovascular treatments, became involved with endovascular grafts, using them for a variety of vascular lesions. Many of these procedures he and his associates performed were “firsts”. His group was the first to perform an endovascular graft repair of an AAA or EVAR in the US. They also performed the first EVAR for a ruptured AAA. In 1995 he was elected President of the Society for Vascular Surgery and was a major force promoting the endovascular treatment of many vascular diseases. Dr. Veith held positions as Chief of Vascular Surgery and Chairman of Surgery at Montefiore Hospital - Albert Einstein College of Medicine for many years. He was also The William J. von Liebig Chair in Vascular Surgery. In 2006, Dr. Veith was appointed to his present positions at New York University and the Cleveland Clinic. He has received numerous awards and honors as a leader, outstanding teacher and innovator in Vascular Surgery. He chairs the largest Vascular meeting, the VEITH symposium, held annually in New York City and now in its 43rd year. In 2010, Dr. Veith received the SVS Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 an endowed chair, the Frank J. Veith Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, was established at Langone New York University Medical Center. In 2016 Dr. Veith will be honored to receive the ISET Lifetime Achievement Award.

Research Interest

vascular surgery General vascular surgery