2024 Guest Speakers

W. Darrin Clouse, MD, FACS

W. Darrin Clouse, MD, FACS

W. Darrin Clouse, MD, FACS, became chief of the UVA Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery in 2019. He specializes in caring for patients with disorders of the blood vessels. His research and clinical interests include carotid artery stenosis and diseases of the supra-aortic trunk vessels, or those in the chest and neck supplying blood to the arms and brain. He is also strongly interested in treatment and investigation related to aneurysms and occlusive disease of the aorta.

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, and raised in central Kansas, Dr. Clouse was awarded a United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship to attend medical school. After receiving his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, he completed a residency in surgery at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. Clouse worked as a general surgeon at Wilford Hall before completing his vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

During his U.S. Air Force career, Clouse focused on vascular care development and blood vessel injury management. He completed four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2014 at the rank of Colonel before returning to the division of vascular and endovascular surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Clouse was previously on the Board of Directors of the Society for Vascular Surgery, is a past Associate Editor of the Annals of Vascular Surgery and was an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Vascular Surgery. He is a past president of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society.

He met his wife, Krista, as an undergraduate at the University of Kansas. Together, they have four daughters. In their free time, they enjoy skiing, hiking, going to the mountains and traveling.

Robert G. Molnar, MD

Robert G. Molnar, MD

Robert G. Molnar, MD received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame then completed his Medical Degree at the Medical College of Ohio. He completed his General Surgical residency and obtained a Master’s Degree at Michigan State University. His vascular surgical fellowship was completed at Vanderbilt University and he joined the Michigan Vascular Center in 1998. For the past 25 years, he has been in private practice with active participation in clinical research, acting as Principle Investigator in over 70 national clinical trials. He is a clinical professor in surgery at Michigan State University, the current Chair of Surgery at McLaren Regional Medical Center and director of surgical education. In addition, he is the Chair of the SVS Community Practice Section and member of the SVS executive board and SVS PSO VQI executive board. Dr. Molnar is very interested in the transition of vascular care to the outpatient space, ensuring quality and value based care in the OBL and ASC space.

 

Vincent L. Rowe, MD

Vincent L. Rowe, MD

Vincent L. Rowe, MD is a Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Wiley F. Barker Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the UCLA Health Gonda Venous Center. Dr. Rowe is an acclaimed clinician, researcher, and educator. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2022, he was Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). He served as Director of Pediatric Vascular Surgical Services at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Co-director of the USC Center for Limb Preservation at Keck Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Rowe was Program Director of the Vascular Surgery Integrated and Independent Residencies and previously served as Chief of Vascular Surgery Services at LAC+USC Medical Center (now Los Angeles General Medical Center).

After receiving his medical degree from USC, Dr. Rowe completed residency in general surgery at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, followed by a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Rowe has received numerous teaching awards and has contributed to the surgical literature with over 160 peer reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and textbook chapters. He is currently Associate Editor for Rutherford’s Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. His major research interests include lower extremity peripheral arterial disease (PAD), vascular access for hemodialysis, and traumatic vascular injuries.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Rowe is active in numerous surgical societies, frequently serving in leadership roles. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and has served on multiple SVS committees, including chairing the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee from 2020 to 2023. A member of the American Board of Surgery’s Vascular Surgery Board, he currently chairs the Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination (VSITE) Committee. He is the immediate past President of the Western Vascular Society.