Georgia Vascular Society (GVS) is the membership of choice in the state of Georgia. Comprised of board-certified vascular surgeons and other specialized medical staff, their commitment to excellence in diagnosing, treating, and managing patients with vascular disease is unmatched.
Advancing every aspect of vascular care is what drives and directs their annual Scientific Sessions. The opportunity to network and the power of collaborating, in these meetings, propel this specialty forward in knowledge, understanding, and innovation.
As a member of GVS, vascular surgeons and other medical staff can address the geographical interests and challenges unique to Georgia. Simultaneously, the well-respected and lively group is organized to remain at the forefront of global efforts in improving vascular care.
2022-2023 Executive Committee
Arun Chervu, MD, MBA, MHA, FACS, RVT
Arun Chervu MD, MBA, MHA, FACS, RVT has been with Vascular Surgical Associates, PC in Marietta, GA since 1995. He did his General Surgery Residency and his Vascular Surgery Fellowship at UCLA Medical Center, graduating in 1992. He spent 3 years on faculty at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, TX. His clinical interests are open and endovascular interventions for carotids and AAA.
Jonathan D. Woody, MD, FACS
Jonathan D. Woody, MD, FACS graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and then received his medical degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Woody completed his internship and surgical residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This was followed by a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He joined Athens Vascular Surgery in 2005. The practice has evolved into University Vascular which employs six vascular surgeons and eight physician extenders. Dr Woody is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia and has served in numerous leadership roles within the Athens medical community.
Gautam Agarwal, MD, FACS
Treasurer and Editor
Dr. Gautam Agarwal is a vascular surgeon in Augusta, GA and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University Hospital Summerville, Associate Professor and Section Chief of Vascular and Endovascular surgery at Augusta University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from SCB Medical College, Cuttack and completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN and has been in practice 24 years.
Dr. Molnar practices nearly the entire spectrum of vascular and endovascular surgery. His vascular fellowship was at Vanderbilt, following general surgery at residency at Rush, medical school at Ohio State, and undergraduate at Duke. Away from the hospital, he coaches youth basketball and enjoys mountain biking, hiking, traveling to new cities, and reading.
Charles B. Ross, MD, FACS, DFSVS
Immediate past President
Dr. Ross is a vascular/endovascular surgeon who just completed his 31st year in practice dedicated to the care of patients with vascular disease. His practice is centered at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in the Buckhead community of Atlanta, Georgia where he served as Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Services, Co-medical Director and a founder of the Level I Cardiovascular Emergency Program of Piedmont Heart and Vascular Institute, and Chief of the Vascular Center of Excellence for Piedmont Heart Institute from 2012 until late April 2022. Dr. Ross is an active in many societies including the SVS, Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (Councilor-at-large ending 2020), and the PERT Consortium (Board of Directors, ending October 2019). Dr. Ross served as the 10th President of the Georgia Vascular Society.
Juan Ayerdi, MD, FACS
Juan Ayerdi, MD FACS is a Vascular Surgeon in Columbus Georgia. He is graduated from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala. He attended a Surgery internship at the University of Massachusetts, completed a General Surgery residency at The Guthrie Clinic in Pennsylvania, and completed a Vascular and Endovascular fellowship at Southern Illinois University in Illinois. He then went on to become the Director of Endovascular Therapies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Dr. Ayerdi is an Associate professor of Surgery with Mercer Medical School. He practices all aspects of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery in private practice at River City Vascular specialists in Columbus Georgia.
Christopher R. Ramos, MD
Councilor (Atl. Metro Area)
Dr. Ramos completed his general surgery residency at the University of Colorado (CU) Health Science Center in 2016, undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship at CU’s Trauma Research Center from 2012-2013, and completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in 2018. He is now faculty with Emory University at Grady Memorial Hospital, the public hospital for the city of Atlanta. It is the fifth-largest public hospital in the United States, and one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the country.
Mrinal Shukla, MD
Dr. Shukla earned his medical degree at the Wake Forest University and completed his General Surgery residency at the Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. He completed a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the University of Vermont. He then joined the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, where he is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, and serves our veterans at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. His special interests include quality improvement in vascular surgery along with resident education.
Andrew W. Unzeitig, MD, FACS
Councilor (Atl. Metro Area)
Dr. Unzeitig is a board-certified vascular surgeon employed by Piedmont Heart Institute, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. He grew in Laredo, TX and completed his undergraduate at Stanford University. Dr. Unzeitig received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He completed his residency and fellowship training at UTSW Medical Center. His special interests include diseases of the aorta, especially endovascular aortic repair (EVAR), fenestrated EVAR, thoracic EVAR, carotid endarterectomy, carotid artery stenting, varicose veins, venous thromboembolism, dialysis access, and peripheral artery disease including operative and endovascular revascularization. Hobbies include woodworking, hunting, fishing, and cycling. He is an officer in the Navy Reserve.
Siddharth Patel, MD
Councilor (Atl. Metro Area)
E. Jerry Cohn, MD
Dr. Cohn is board certified by the Vascular Surgery Board of American Surgery VSB-ABS. He graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas at San Antonio and received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency at The University of Florida Health Science Center and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, and he completed his General Vascular Surgery Fellowship at The University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore.
Before joining Savannah Vascular Institute in 2003, Dr. Cohn was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Health Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, while serving our country in the Air Force.
He holds dual appointments as Assistant Professor of Surgery and Radiology for Mercer University Medical Center and the Medical College of Georgia.
He has published numerous scientific articles and remains active in teaching and the participation in clinical trials on a variety of minimally invasive vascular techniques including carotid artery stenting and peripheral angioplasty.
When not in clinic, Dr. Cohn enjoys hunting, fishing, and boating.
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