Meet the Faculty
Timothy J. Nypaver, M.D.
The vascular surgery fellowship here at Henry Ford Hospital is one of the original fellowships that involved training in the specialty of vascular surgery. While we frequently pay respect to our great tradition and history, it is our goal to offer the most current up-to-to date training in a tertiary care environment such that the trainee is able to confidently move into the next phase of his career, no matter what that phase may be.
The variety of vascular disease and the spectrum of levels of complexity of the patients that are treated at Henry Ford Hospital can be both exhilarating and humbling, and I believe is the primary reason that many of our staff, myself included, have chosen Henry Ford to practice and devote ourselves to the care of vascular surgical patients. We are expanding our care in the treatment of patients with aortic disease and serve as the major referral center for all levels of complexity and acuity; in additions we have an active program with management of lower extremity occlusive disease and limb salvage, a specialized venous disease clinic and care center, and a comprehensive care center involved in the management of patients with end stage renal disease.
We have embraced all aspects of endovascular care allowing us access to all available armamentarium for treatment options for our patients; while at the same time, we are recognized as experts in the open and more traditional vascular surgical operations. In summary, this is an exciting and transitional period in vascular surgery ----our fellowship provides an opportunity to be at the edge and forefront of these exciting developments and novel treatment methods employed in the care of vascular surgical patient and prepares the trainee as a unique and highly-qualified vascular disease specialist.
Alex Shepard, M.D.
Henry Ford Hospital has been in the forefront of Vascular Surgery since the beginning of the specialty in the 1950s. Our predecessors here at Ford were pioneers in the specialty. In the early 1950’s Henry Ford surgeons were among the first in the world to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The first aortic replacement grafts, whether cadaveric homografts or prosthetic grafts, were developed here. The first computerized vascular registry was started here in the mid-1960s and helped Ford surgeons write a series of landmark papers which are still considered seminal contributions to the vascular literature. The medial approach to the popliteal artery was popularized here. In the 1970’s the Department of Surgery initiated one of the first vascular surgery fellowships in the country and Ford vascular surgeons were instrumental in the development of vascular surgery board certification. The first editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vascular Surgery was a Henry Ford surgeon and for the first decade of its existence, the Journal’s offices were housed in our Clara Ford Pavilion. In the late 1990s HFH was one of the first five centers in the country to perform an EVAR and one of the first to start a same day Dialysis Access Center.
The division continues to be a leader in the field. We have a large tertiary referral practice and maintain an active Aortic Center. Graduates of our program are exposed to the full range of vascular surgery during their fellowship – case mix continues to be 50:50 between endoluminal and open procedures. The fellowship is supported by a strong Department of Surgery and excellent General Surgery residency. Henry Ford Hospital won the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge Award for quality in 2011 and just celebrated its 100th birthday. Senior staff surgeons are part of the 1300 physician Henry Ford Medical Group, one of the oldest and most successful group practices in the country.
Regardless of ultimate career path our graduates are considered leaders in their local vascular surgery communities because of the breadth and depth of their exposure to the field. Our fellows are trained “Ford tough” and it shows in the success they achieve after graduation.