We are excited to announce Cleveland Clinic vascular surgeon Dr. Daniel Kassavin joined our Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular team at Fisher-Titus on Jan. 1. Board-certified in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Kassavin has advanced fellowship training in the latest vascular surgical techniques.
Dr. Kassavin completed his general surgery residency in 2011 and his vascular surgery fellowship in 2013. Before joining the staff at Cleveland Clinic and Fisher-Titus, he was a member of a private practice group in Buffalo, N.Y.
We sat down with our newest team member to get to know him a little better and find out what he brings to the Fisher-Titus cardiovascular team.
Why did you choose Fisher-Titus?
When I first visited Fisher-Titus I came away very impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the physicians, nursing and administrative staff. On my follow-ups this feeling was reinforced as I got to see more of the hospital and the staff. I also was excited about being able to provide vascular services to the people of the community and allow them to be treated locally.
Why is it important that Fisher-Titus is now offering these services?
The risk factors for developing vascular disease are prevalent in most communities and unfortunately, Norwalk and north-central Ohio are not exceptions. I believe that any hospital wishing to provide appropriate care for patients with these problems requires a vascular surgeon.
Can you explain the value behind seeing a board-certified vascular surgeon?
Board certification ensures that your physician has the appropriate and most up-to-date training when it comes to treating vascular disease. This means your surgeon has the ability to appropriately diagnose your condition and make the decision of how to treat it, whether it be in a minimally invasive endovascular approach or open approach.
How does a vascular surgeon’s skills differentiate them from the other clinicians who treat similar conditions?
The benefit of having undergone vascular surgical training is that you are trained to treat conditions by both minimally invasive endovascular and open surgical approaches. Many factors will determine which type of approach is required. For other specialists who may treat vascular conditions, they do not have the full training and thus will limit treatment options to what they know, which may not always be the best option for the patient.
What do the services include?
This includes the open and endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease, repair of aortic aneurysms, carotid artery endarterectomy, long-term fistula access creation and maintenance and endovenous and open treatment of vein disease.
This also includes the noninvasive surveillance of arterial, aneurysmal and venous disease in our vascular lab.
What types of patients do you primarily see and what can you do for them?
My patients are a very diverse group. They may include young patients who have been suffering with varicose veins, to older patients with peripheral arterial, carotid or aneurysmal disease. I see a lot of patients who require long-term dialysis access. Many of my patients have had chronic, nonhealing ulcers which have failed aggressive wound care therapy and need evaluation for underlying arterial or venous disease which may be preventing their wounds from healing.
Where were you before and did you have the same position?
I was in a busy private practice group in Buffalo, N.Y., when I was presented with the opportunity to join the Cleveland Clinic Heart and & Vascular Institute team and work at Fisher-Titus. After visiting and experiencing the hospital I knew it would be an excellent chance to provide much-needed care to the community, so my family and I made the move.
I would say my direct involvement with development of the vascular program here is a wonderful new experience and that every day—with the dedication of our staff and quality of the facility—our program is getting stronger and stronger.
What is your favorite thing about what you do?
As a surgeon physician, I enjoy seeing the immediate benefits of my intervention, whether it be improvement in wound healing, walking ability or relief from the effects of arterial or venous insufficiency. I also enjoy the relationship that I build with my patients.
What do you find most challenging about your position at Fisher-Titus versus your previous position?
Building the program here at Fisher-Titus is a very exciting process that I am very enthusiastic about. The affiliation with Cleveland Clinic is great for the community as it brings an excellent standard of care to the vascular services provided.
What is your philosophy in treating your patients?
I believe in treating every patient with the thought of what I would expect to be done if I was in their shoes. This means knowing when and how to intervene and when intervention may not be the first or best option. The patient should always be first. I also believe in the importance of communication. I hope that all my patients leave understanding their disease process and what our plan is.
When did you decide you wanted to become a vascular surgeon? What brought you to this conclusion?
I made the decision to go into surgery in my third year of medical school in the course of my surgical rotations. I was intrigued by how disease processes could be directly treated and reversed. I had an interest in vascular surgery then; however, my interest fully developed in the course of my general surgery training as I became more and more involved with treating diseases of blood vessels. This resulted in the publication of numerous papers in the field and presentations.
What are three words that best describe you as a doctor?
Dedicated, available, specialized.
What makes Fisher-Titus the best fit for you professionally?
There is a culture of professional and personal responsibility among all the staff, whether it’s nursing, technologists or ancillary staff, which is a wonderful thing and is rare in most hospitals. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else!
What has surprised you most about working at Fisher-Titus?
The degree of professionalism, responsibility and pride that all the staff and administration has.
What do you want patients to know about you?
My family and I have moved locally and are looking forward to joining and contributing to the community. I am available for consultation at the Snyder/White Heart & Vascular Center.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kassavin, call 419-660-6946.