Pioneers in the Field
Dr. Joseph Anain, Sr., is one of the most respected vascular surgeons in Western New York and a leading pioneer in the field. His career at Sisters of Charity Hospital began more than four decades ago following vascular and angiology fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Since that time, he has performed thousands of procedures, becoming one of the leading vascular and endovascular surgery specialists.
Dr. Anain started the first diagnostic angiography suite at Sisters Hospital in 1967, breaking new ground in performing percutaneous selective catheterization directly into the blood vessels. In 1968, he made local medical history, placing the first implantable peripheral stent into a patient in Western New York. In 1999, Dr. Anain made local medical news once again by performing the first FDA-approved endoluminal aortic stent graft in Western New York for the treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
It was this same year that Dr. Anain’s son Paul, also a vascular surgeon, joined his father’s surgical practice. Dr. Paul Anain completed his medical training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation with advanced fellowships in vascular surgery at SUNY Buffalo and endovascular surgery at UCLA.
In 2004, after attending an endovascular neurointervention fellowship at the Texas Tech Medical Center, the Anains created the Catholic Health System’s first carotid stent program for carotid artery disease at Sisters Hospital. Together, Dr. Joseph Anain, Sr., and Dr. Paul Anain have performed nearly 1,000 endoluminal stent graft procedures, placing the Vascular & Endovascular Center of WNY among the top 3% nationally of vascular surgery practices.
Additionally, Roger Walcott, MD, FACS, who joined the practice in 2009, is board certified in both general and vascular surgery. Dr. Walcott completed his vascular and endovascular fellowship at Georgetown University and has specialty training in carotid surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, lower extremity reconstruction and venous disease.