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The Dana & Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases

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Whether you are seeking a diagnosis for a troubling heart condition, facing surgery for a newly arisen aortic condition, or need surgery and care for aortic disease arising from congenital conditions such as Loeys-Deitz syndrome or Marfan syndrome, the experts at the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute are here to support you in every step of your journey.

Abdominal Aortic Surgery | Ron Rolett's Story

Ronald Rolett, a retired physician from North Carolina, learned that he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm from a routine ultrasound screening. He then had follow-up ultrasound tests every six months until it had reached a critical size. Rolett became the first patient at The Johns Hopkins Hospital - and at any hospital in the mid-Atlantic region - to have an aneurysm repaired in a minimally invasive way using a graft that was made to fit his specific anatomy. He tells his story about the procedure, recovery and experience with Johns Hopkins Vascular Surgery.

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Leading the Field in Understanding Aortic Disease

Johns Hopkins is renowned for treating known diseases, and for studying and understanding of conditions that patients have struggled to find a diagnosis for. These are just a few of the conditions we specialize in:

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First-in-Class Experts

The Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute is home to a team of leaders in the field of aortic disease, including: top-ranked aortic, cardiac and vascular surgeons and cardiology physician-researchers who have expanded the understanding of aortic disease, including defining Loeys-Dietz syndrome.


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New and Advanced Procedures

The surgeons who specialize in aortic disease at Johns Hopkins are leaders and innovators in providing the most advanced procedures for the treatment of aortic conditions. Among the first approved to perform the fenestrated graft for aortic aneurysms, our surgeons are also specialists in endoscopic procedures, aortic valve replacements, including the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure, and bypass surgery. Learn more about the treatments we provide:

Abdominal & Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Treatment: Open Surgery | Q&A

Assistant Professor of Surgery Christopher Abularrage and Associate Professor of Surgery James Black discuss abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms.

Complete Patient Support Services

We offer a wide range of support services, working with your personal physician from initial consultation through recovery. Once you've been referred to the Broccoli Center, we'll help to expedite transportation arrangements and provide information concerning your progress. Communication between your physician and the Broccoli Center team continues during every step of your treatment, putting the team's expertise at your physician's disposal, even after you're discharged.

Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute: Scheduling Video

Interested in making an appointment with the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute? Watch this short video for cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery scheduling information.

Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute: The Patient Experience

Patients and family members coming to the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute can learn more about what to expect during their journey.