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University of Washington
School of Medicine
Box 358050
850 Republican Street
Brotman Building 453
Seattle, WA 98195-8050

Thomas S. Hatsukami, MD


Dr. Thomas Hatsukami

Dr. Hatsukami is a UW professor of surgery specializing in vascular and endovascular surgery. He also has an internationally recognized research program focusing on imaging techniques that can better identify atherosclerotic carotid plaques that are associated with a high risk for future stroke. These imaging techniques have also been applied in clinical trials evaluating pharmacological therapy to stabilize and reduce plaque in the arteries.

Dr. Hatsukami earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He came to the UW for an internship and residency in general surgery. He also completed two fellowships in vascular surgery at the UW: one in clinical vascular surgery and the other in vascular surgery research, under the mentorship of Dr. D. Eugene Strandness, Jr. More recently, he completed an endovascular surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in general vascular surgery.

Scope Of Care
The management of carotid, aortic, and lower extremity arterial occlusive disease; the vascular and endovascular management of aortic aneurysms; aortic dissection; vascular trauma; and dialysis access.

Clinical Interests
General vascular surgery and the development of imaging techniques to identify unstable atherosclerotic carotid lesions.

Research Interests
Using state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging techniques to characterize high-risk atherosclerotic plaque, identify novel biomarkers for atherosclerosis, and to assess the efficacy of pharmacological therapy aimed at plaque stabilization and regression.

Teaching Interests
Teaching medical students, residents, vascular fellows, and research fellows has been a particularly rewarding and gratifying part of Dr. Hatsukami's academic career. Since 1991, he has had the privilege to be involved in the training of 20 vascular surgery fellows and 23 research fellows and graduate students.

Vascular Surgery