Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the webpage of the Center for Advanced Thoracic Aortic Disease (Aortic Institute at Yale). This site provides information on thoracic aortic aneurysms, their treatment and the related services we offer.

The Center is certainly one of the first, if not the very first, formally designated such organization. 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 have participated in identifying the errant genes. We recommend strongly that family members of affected patients be screened, and we are equipped to arrange for 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 our center. 

John A. Elefteriades, MD
William W.L. Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director of the Center for Advanced Thoracic Aortic Disease at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health