Mitchell W. Cox, MD, Vascular Surgeon

Author: Duke Health

I'm Mitch Cox and I'm one of the vascular surgeons here at Duke. During my general surgery residency I became interested in vascular surgeon because I really enjoyed the procedures themselves, some of the technical aspects of the surgery, some of the devices that we're using. There were a lot of new devices coming out, a lot of changes in this specialty and I thought that was really an exciting time to be a part of vascular surgery. The majority of patients we see are more elderly folks with arterial reclusive disease, so that maybe diabetics who are having problem with circulation in their legs. More patients who have maybe had a stroke and who have blockage in their carotid arteries that needs to be addressed, or patients with aneurysms of various types. I try to be as open and straightforward as possible with them, and really discuss all the options in a way that doesn't sugarcoat it.

People who have a serious disease need to really know what's going on to make appropriate decisions. What I really like about working here at Duke is addressing some more complex kind of problems that you might not see in a community hospital. So, it's kind of some very difficult, very technical procedures and some very sick patients that I find that we can often do a very good job and help these people out here where maybe they couldn't get the same thing elsewhere and I think that's very rewarding.

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