The VEC Aortic & Vascular Center at Sisters Hospital
Trust the Vascular Experts
The well-equipped VEC Aortic & Vascular Center at Sisters Hospital is the largest state-of-the-art vascular facility in WNY. Our experienced vascular surgeons treat a complete list of conditions, including:
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Varicose Veins
- Spider Veins
Request an Appointment
To request an appointment, call 716.837.2400 or fill out the contact form and a staff member will get back to you.
If this is a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Total Care from A to V
“We don’t think of ourselves as last resort, we think of ourselves as vascular medicine. So, we try to treat people before surgery. We try to help them get on the path, so we don’t need to operate.”
The VEC Aortic and Vascular Center at Sisters Hospital includes access to two hybrid operating rooms, enabling us to provide comprehensive care for both minimally invasive endovascular and open surgical procedures. Should the need for open surgery arise, you’re already in the right place––a fully-equipped operating room with highly trained surgeons who know what to anticipate.
An on-site imaging center enables us to make fast, accurate diagnoses, critical for when timing matters. Our vascular lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Testing Laboratories, which certifies quality in vascular diagnostic testing. As a member of the Vascular Quality Initiative, we have access to national vascular diagnostic data to benchmark progress locally.
Pioneering the most advanced aortic and vascular treatments
Dr. Joseph Anain, Sr., MD, FACS is the founder of our practice and a pioneer in vascular surgery for Western New York. Establishing the first angiography suite at Sisters Hospital in 1967, Dr. Anain placed the first implantable peripheral stent, and was principal in performing percutaneous selective catheterization directly into the blood vessels.
In 1999, came the first FDA-approved endoluminal aortic stent graft for the treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm in our area. That year, Dr. Anain’s son, Paul Anain, MD, FACS, joined the practice. Together, they created Catholic Health’s first carotid stent program for carotid artery disease at Sisters Hospital.
We’ve since added three expert vascular surgeons to our practice, making us the largest team of board certified vascular surgeons in Western New York.
We’re proud of the standard we’ve set for vascular care in Western New York, from access to two hybrid operating rooms at Sisters of Charity Hospital—the only hospital with an A safety rating from Leapfrog—to the most advanced aortic and vascular treatment options. Innovation and ensuring the best in patient care is what drives us.
“You really want to come into a Center for Excellence, and that’s what we’ve established here at Catholic Health, and at Sisters Hospital, is that team approach of board certified vascular surgeons, who are trained in taking care of exactly those problems. Not generalists, but true, trained specialists with that board certification.”