Alumnus Named Co-director of Loyola's Aortic Center
Vascular surgeon Carlos Bechara, MD (AUC '01) has been named co-director of Loyola Medicine's Aortic Center, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. The center which provides comprehensive care to patients with life-threatening aneurysms and dissections in the body's largest artery.
Dr. Bechara currently sees patients at Loyola's Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine in Maywood, IL. In addition to aortic conditions, Dr. Bechara treats other vascular conditions including carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, and less common conditions such as May-Thurner syndrome.
Before joining Loyola, Dr. Bechara completed fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and a residency in general surgery at Tulane Medical Center.
He said he finds it rewarding to to provide treatments that can, for example, save a leg from amputation or prevent a potentially fatal aneurysm rupture. In addition, he strives to make sure patients fully understand the procedures. "I try to draw pictures and explain procedures as simply as possible," Dr. Bechara said. "I take time with patients and encourage them to ask questions."