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 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
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.

Grayson Pitcher, MD

Our Team

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Daniel Newton


Candice Kim

Research Medical Student

Tyler Connine

Research Medical Student

Sirisha Dukkipati

Research Medical Student

Evan Schwartz

Research Medical Student