As we begin our 4th year of Modern Vascular and leave 2020 in the rearview mirror, I want to start by thanking all of our medical partners for the confidence you have continued to place in our clinics and our doctors by entrusting us with the treatment of your patients. 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but guided by our points of differentiation as a minimally-invasive outpatient clinic for the specialized treatment of PAD, Modern Vascular has continued to grow.
In 2020, we were recognized at the Best Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Specialist in the United States and grew to 12 clinics. In 2021, we will grow that footprint again to 18 clinics and are bringing in new Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons that are at the top of their field. We will continue to grow and evolve with the technology of Interventional Radiology but the core higher purpose of our practice will continue to be “to return patients to their homes and families, the same day and in better health, through cutting edge, innovative and minimally invasive vascular procedures.” Thank you all for your partnership in achieving that goal every day.
Celebrating the Opening of Lucky Number 13: Modern Vascular of Houston
Modern Vascular expanded its national footprint to 13 clinics with the opening of a clinic in Richmond, Texas, in Fort Bend County on February 11, 2021. The opening was marked by a Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a Doctor’s Open House that same evening. Fox News TV in Houston covered the opening.
Modern Vascular’s clinic in Richmond TX will be headed by Dr. Zagum Bhatti, a board-certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist. Dr. Bhatti’s focus is on amputation prevention and improving the quality of life of patients living with PAD.
“I am proud to be helping Modern Vascular bring the latest minimally invasive therapies for treating Peripheral Artery Disease down to the toe to Richmond and the Greater Houston area” said Dr. Bhatti. “I am excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives in the community by preventing lower limb amputations and giving people renewed hope for continuing normal, active, lives.”
Also leading the team for Modern Vascular of Houston is the Clinical Director Susan Deemer, Nurse Practitioner Danielle Mondesir and Clinical Liaison Lynn Clouser.
Next up: Indianapolis
Case Study: Kent Hootman, MD Interventional Radiologist and Managing Physician, Modern Vascular in Albuquerque
This is an 85-year-old male survivor of cancers of the colon, prostate and skin with no risk factors for PAD aside from age. The patient presented with an ulcer on the right lateral foot with constant rest pain which had caused him to stop walking. The patient underwent simple angioplasty of the pedal loop and anterior tibial artery performed by Dr. Hootman. At one month, the patient’s toe-brachial index had improved from .39 to .70 and he was nearly pain free and walking again. At 7 months, the wound was completely healed. Maintaining the ability to walk is important at any age, but is critical to longevity of elders.
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Patient Advocacy at the Forefront of the Patient Journey
The patient advocacy team was launched in 2020 to help patients with their questions about PAD. This now 4-member Spanish-bilingual team out of Calabasas, California, takes calls and requests for all 13 clinics and helps patients by answering their questions and assisting with insurance authorizations and appointment scheduling.
The team is led by team supervisor, Julie Miller, a registered nurse. Julie loves her job because she is able to help so many patients find the medical help they need in their community.
Pictured from left to right: Julie Miller, Luisa Trujillo, and Rose Wanes (Employee of the Month for the Marketing Team – Feb 2021)
Glendale Leads in 5-Star Reviews
From November 2020 through January 2021, Modern Vascular’s commitment to our patients was reflected in the 96 5-star reviews across all Modern Vascular clinics! We appreciate this great feedback as we continue to save limbs and lives!
Phoenix Van Gets A Refreshed Exterior
New year, new look! At the start of February 2021, Khoa Nguyen, Lead Clinical Liaison with key responsibility for our Glendale and Sun City clinics, transported the Modern Vascular patient van to and from its exterior refresh. Currently parked at the Mesa clinic, this van will help transport patients in the Phoenix area to and from their Modern Vascular procedures. We will be proud to drive this beautiful van throughout Phoenix!
Dr. Pratt and Dr. Leschak Featured In DeSoto Magazine
Dr. Leschak and Dr. Pratt were featured in DeSoto Magazine’s February 2021 issue for their excellent work in the Tri-State region treating PAD. Learn more about Dr. Leschak and Dr. Pratt’s background and why we encourage patients who are high risk and facing limb loss to get a second opinion. The editorial starts on page 16.
Phoenix Doctors Featured in Women’s Day and Good Housekeeping
The managing physician of Modern Vascular in Phoenix – Dr. Patel, Dr. Brannan, Dr. Nadel and Dr. Wilson – were featured in Woman’s Day and Good Housekeeping for their outstanding efforts in preventing amputations and treating PAD. These efforts are underscored by their continuous work in building awareness about the prevalence of PAD to the surrounding at-risk and underserved African American, Latino and Native American communities
Modern Vascular Welcomes Margaret Markunas to Grow New Services
We are pleased to announce that Margaret Markunas, MBA, CNMT has joined the Modern Vascular family as the new Service Line Director
In this new position, Margaret will be working closely with our physicians and leadership teams to expand the service lines across the company. We will explore synergistic procedures that utilize our Physicians’ expertise, as well as our existing equipment and resources. Margaret comes to us with many years of experience in health care operations, finance, value analysis and business development. She has held leadership roles in health care administration, radiology and perioperative services.
As Service Line Director, Margaret will be able to apply her experience and knowledge to develop and assist Modern Vascular with our strategic initiative to diversify and grow our services throughout the organization, keeping us on the cutting edge of the ever changing landscape of healthcare.
Modern Vascular Welcomes Newest Additions to the Team
Meet Modern Vascular’s new Chief Accountant, Isabella Cattelan. Isabella has over 16 years’ experience at the executive level in many capacities with various companies, including Maritz Canada and Maritz Europa, the Globe and Mail, and Consumer Impact Marketing.
Isabella has a proven track record of being a change agent, leading to significant improvements in business performance. She has developed a passion for environmental sustainability, and believes economic growth and strong business performance aligns with planetary prosperity. Isabella has been personally trained by former US Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project to serve as a volunteer Climate Reality Leader.
Dr. Mark S. Borenstein,
Vascular Interventional Radiologist and Managing Physician, Modern Vascular of Indianapolis
Dr. Mark S. Borenstein has been practicing Interventional and Vascular Radiology for over 25 years. During that time, he has focused on PAD procedures and has vast experience in Interventional Radiology, having performed over 50,000 IR procedures. Dr. Borenstein completed Vascular Fellowships at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY, NY as well as at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Radiology and has been an Active Member of the Society of Interventional Radiology since 1988.
Modern Vascular of Indianapolis is scheduled to open May 2021.
Dr. Maria Litzendorf,
Maria Litzendorf, MD, is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 10 years of experience. Trained in both arterial and venous disease, she has a specific interest in limb salvage and has extensive experience in wound care and diabetic foot care. Dr. Litzendorf received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed a general surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center followed by a vascular surgery fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center.
Dr. Litzendorf is currently training at Modern Vascular and assisting at various clinics before she will take the role of Managing Physician at one of our clinics later this year.
Dr. Zagum Bhatti,
Vascular and Interventional Radiologist
and Managing Physician, Modern Vascular of Houston
Dr. Zagum Bhatti is a Board Certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist. He has previously served as Clinical Instructor and Assistant Professor of VIR at University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. Dr. Bhatti was also Medical Director of VIR at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Assistant Program Director for the Integrated VIR residency program at UT. He is an expert in the treatment of arterial and venous disorders and focuses on amputation prevention and improving the quality of life of patients living with PAD.
Test Your Knowledge of PAD
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a silent, life-threatening disease that affects more Americans than all types of cancer combined. Despite its prevalence, awareness of the disease is lacking. Are you a PAD expert?