From the Director
Welcome to the website for the Yale Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease. This site provides detailed information on thoracic aortic aneurysms. We hope to answer many of the questions that patients and their families have about the disease and treatment options. We have included visual materials, scientific information, and digital patient sessions that will make you feel like you are actually here at Yale with us. You will also find links to connect you with one of our doctors or nurses by phone or email to answer specific questions you may have.
The Yale Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease is certainly one of the first, if not the very first, formally designated such center. It is now one of the largest centers in the world for clinical care of patients with aneurysms. We also have one of the most active centers for basic science and clinical research in aortic diseases.
Our team at Yale has contributed substantially to the level of knowledge regarding aortic diseases. We have helped to clarify when aneurysms can be followed and when they need surgery. We have determined that aneurysms are often genetic in origin and we are close to identifying the errant genes. We recommend strongly that family members of affected patients be screened, and we are equipped to do this at the time of your own visit. We are able to monitor aneurysm activity by some highly specialized blood tests. We aim, through research and expert clinical care, to keep aneurysm patients safe from this virulent disease.
Thank you for your interest in aneurysm disease and in the Yale Center.
John A. Elefteriades, MD
Professor and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Yale University School of Medicine