Join aneurysm survivor Karen Alexander in supporting Vascular Surgery research

Get a Leg Up on Vascular Surgery Research A Project of Department of Surgery

Four years ago, personal aquatic therapy and rehabilitation trainer Karen Alexander was suddenly diagnosed with an aneurysm in the popliteal artery of her right leg, a relatively rare diagnosis for a woman. Although Karen could have lost her foot, the treatment she received at the University of Maryland School of Medicine saved her limb.

After complex surgeries at the University of Maryland and extensive work with Department of Surgery physicians Dr. Raj Sarkar and Dr. Robert Crawford, Karen's right leg is back to full strength, and she is doing what she loves best: helping people through aquatic therapy.

The discoveries under way in the Division of Vascular Surgery can do so much for patients with acute and chronic vascular conditions. Your philanthropic gifts are essential to support novel research related to arterial blockage and deep vein thrombosis, including:

  • clinical trials of medical to prevent growth of small aneurysms
  • stem cell therapy for patients with arterial blockages
  • key mechanisms that regulate how blood clots resolve in veins and how the body grows new blood vessels
Karen credits the Division of Vascular Surgery experts at the School of Medicine for giving her life back. "Through the complex vascular interventions that saved my leg, Dr. Sarkar and his team prevented unthinkable consequences that would have altered my life dramatically," Karen says.

How can you help?

You can honor her recovery with a donation to important vascular surgery research that provides hope for other patients affected by vascular and arterial disease. And please share this page with your family, friends, and anyone else you think would be interested in this research -- every gift helps us "get a leg up" on research discoveries. Thank you.

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