Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

at the University of Washington

Core Faculty

Gale Tang MD

University of Washington
Vascular Surgery
Associate Professor


Office: 206.277.3722

Patients with advanced peripheral arterial disease are at risk of developing gangrene and requiring amputation from poor circulation to the legs.  We are working on mechanisms of collateral artery development and using stem cell-based therapies to enhance collateral artery development to improve blood flow and hopefully prevent amputations without the patient needing an invasive surgery.  We are also studying why vein bypass grafts develop scarring in response to surgery to prevent the 30% early failure rate for lower extremity bypass grafts.  By studying vein and artery responses to injury, we hope to decrease the need for invasive reinterventions in patients that undergo revascularization.

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