David Strosberg, MD, MS, is a vascular surgeon who treats patients for conditions that affect the arteries and veins in all parts of the body (excluding inside the brain and the heart). He treats people of all ages for conditions that range from peripheral vascular disease to aortic aneurysms and dissections.
Dr. Strosberg was first introduced to the idea of a career in medicine when he worked in a pharmacy as an adolescent. Observing other physicians as part of his training, he realized how important it was to him to have relationships with his patients. “One of the things that I love about vascular is that patients become lifelong patients, so we really get to develop long-lasting relationships with them,” he says.
Vascular surgery is one of the newest fields in medicine, and endovascular surgery, a minimally invasive approach that uses small incisions, has revolutionized the field, Dr. Strosberg says. Depending on the situation, he performs minimally invasive and open surgeries, as well as a hybrid that combines the two. One of the most common conditions he treats is peripheral arterial disease, or lack of blood flow to either the legs or arms, brain, bowels and/or the kidneys, typically due to hardening and plaque build-up within the arteries. He also has a special interest in compression syndromes, including thoracic outlet syndrome (a group of disorders that involve vessel and/or nerve compression), which often goes unrecognized in young adults, including athletes, he says. “Many of these patients are young and have many years of life ahead of them. So, if we can identify and treat them early, we can offer them the best quality of life,” he says.