Quality is the hallmark of our practice, assures Patrick Ryan, MD, FACS, owner of the Nashville Vein and Vascular Institute.
Dr. Ryan says they actually measure the quality of their treatments. "We invested heavily in the Vascular Quality Initiative sponsored by the Society for Vascular Surgery, which is a database that measures our results and compares them with vascular surgeons and practices around the United States."
The Institute was the first, and as of 2021, is still the only private practice in middle Tennessee to embrace the VQI, reveals the physician, who is board certified in general surgery as well as vascular surgery. He says they then analyze the quality-driven data to enhance their best practices and to improve outcomes.
Dr. Ryan says the practice earned 3 out of 3 stars every year since joining the initiative.
"We know what our results are, for instance, in stroke or cranial nerve injury after carotid endarterectomy. We know what our limb-salvage rates are for minimally invasive vascular surgery and leg bypass. We also measure our results in open and minimally invasive aortic surgery, and other procedures," he adds.
Dr. Ryan and his family moved to Nashville in 2004, and focused on lifestyle improvement strategies for patients. He says preventative medicine is the cornerstone of his practice.
The Institute now provides the following treatments:
- Endovascular Surgery
- Carotid Endarterectomy and Stenting
- Endovascular Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
- Open and Endovascular Aortic surgery
- Minimally Invasive and Open Limb Salvage Surgery
- Advanced, Minimally Invasive Vein procedures
"There's so many reasons we're special, but it's because of all the people who work here. It's not just me. We have a team of exceptioinal people that care very much about their patients," says Dr. Ryan, noting that the practice was voted four years in a row as the best place to work in Nashville.
"The reason for that is because we have a sense of love and commitment. When people call here, they get a human being on the phone. We don't even have voicemail on our receptionist line," he adds.
Vascular surgeon Lauren Frye, D.O., joined the Institute last fall. She resides in Brentwood. She formerly interned at the United Nations in pandemic preparedness. She's been trained to perform a wide variety of vascular procedures for PAD and aneurysmal disease, both open and endovascular -- on the carotid, subclavian, mesenterics, thoracic and abdominal aorta, lower extremity stents and bypasses, ports and dialysis access.
In addition to the immediate Nashville neighborhoods, the Institute's patients reside in Brentwood, Belle Meade, Green Hills, Clarksville, Franklin, Dickson, Ashland City, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Springfield, Nolensville, Greenbrier, Goodlettsville, Spring Hill and Columbia, southern Kentucky and northern Alabama.
"People that come here feel they've gotten the best treatment they can," says the surgeon.
Dr. Ryan trained at the Medical University of South Carolina, interned and completed his residency at Carilion Health Care System in Virginia and finished his fellowship at the University of Kansas. His professional memberships are American College of Surgeons; Nashville Surgical Society and Society of Vascular Surgery, including the government relations committee.
Dr. Ryan also enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and boating with his family.
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