Vascular Coast to Coast 

by the Vascular Surgery Interest Group at VCU

Our Founders

Michael F. Amendola, MD // Advisor

Dr. Amendola is a Vascular Surgeon at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia. He holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Surgery and services as the faculty mentor and sponsor for the VCU Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG). He is also a Vascular Surgeon and Chief of the Operating Room at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. His interest focus on vascular surgical education, dialysis access, and wound care. He is currently completing his Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) from John Hopkins University.


To contact email: [email protected]

Gi-Ann Abdon Acosta, BS - President

Ms. Acosta graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology. She has worked full time at various vascular access centers as a medical assistant and scrub technician. She is currently enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VCU-SOM) with expected degree date of May 2019. She is the founder and current president of VCU-SOM’s first Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG). Her research interests include: vascular quality measures, vascular surgery education, and community initiatives in the prevention, early detection and treatment  of  vascular  diseases.  She   plans  on   starting   her Vascular Integrated residency immediately after graduation.


To contact, email: [email protected]

Kaila Redifer, BS - Co-President
Ms. Redifer graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry.  While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she worked part time at a vascular and general surgery practice as a medical assistant.  She is currently enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VCU-SOM) with expected degree date of May 2017.  She is the founder and co-president of VCU-SOM's first Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG).  Her research interests include: vascular malformations, pediatric vascular surgery, and endovascular device and procedure quality measures.

Contributing Founders

Daniel Newton, MD

Surgery Resident, PGY5
General Surgery Resident Advisor. Dan is completing his general surgery training at VCU Medical Center in the spring and will be then starting his Vascular Surgery Fellowship training at University of Pennsylvania. 

Grayson Pitcher, MD

Class of 2016
Founder and first president of the VCU VSIG. Grayson is currently undertaking his residency in Vascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.

Class of 2020 Officers

Meg Reeves

President
Currently working on a research project examining online educational resources as they relate to vascular surgery

Yasaman Ataeijannati

Vice President
Currently serving as the VSIG vice president, and manager of public and media relations

Matt Wishnoff

Secretary
Currently working on a research project focused on various modes of stent failures

Debolina Banerjee

Treasurer
Currently working on a research project determining causes of stent failures 

Class of 2019 Officers

Masters of converting coffee into customer satisfaction

Gi-Ann Abdon Acosta

President
Second president of the VCU VSIG. Gi-Ann has a clinical technologist background. She has presented original clinical vascular surgery research. 

Emnet Yibeltal Ashenafi

Vice President
Has clinical interest in medical education and vascular surgery. Also has been instrumental in creating and maintaining the VCU VSIG Podcast series.

Abenezer Mulugeta

Treasurer
Has an interest in vascular surgery and serves as the organization's treasure.

Medical Student Researchers

Tyler Connine

Completed and presented original vascular surgery research in 2016 at the Virginia Vascular Society. Also the recipient of the VCU School of Medicine Dean's Research Award.
VCU School of Medicine Class 2019

Sirisha Dukkipati

Was the recipient of the VCU School of Medicine Dean's Research Award. Sirisha presented her research in 2016 at the Virginia Vascular Society.
VCU School of Medicine Class 2019

Evan Schwartz

Research Medical Student
VCU School of Medicine Class 2019

Medical Student Researchers

Ifechuwude Ikem

Research Medical Student
Currently working on a research focused on drug coated balloons and reported complications as captured by a national database.
VCU School of Medicine Class 2019

Brandon Brockbank

Research Medical Student
Brandon is working on two projects that focus on examining the Sunshine Act and physician payments.
VCU School of Medicine Class 2019

Candice Kim

Research Medical Student
Candice current projects focused on long term outcomes of Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair patients.
VCU School of Medicine Class 2019

Parker Johnsen

Research Medical Student
Currently examining the social media impact that online resources has in reference to the VA Medical Center
VCU School of Medicine Class of 2020

Anish Desai

Research Medical Student
VCU School of Medicine Class of 2020