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Phoenix Cardiovascular Surgeon, David J. Caparrelli, M.D. Becomes Member of the Society for Vascular Surgery

PHOENIX, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. David J. Caparrelli who practices at Arizona Heart Institute (AHI) became an active member of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) during its Vascular Annual Meeting in Denver. With 3,000 members, the SVS is the largest professional society dedicated to the advancement of excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness.

A former fellow of endovascular surgery at Arizona Heart Institute (AHI), Dr. Caparrelli joined AHI in 2008 after completing his training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in general, vascular and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Caparrelli received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he spent an additional year as a post-doctoral research fellow in thoracic oncology. For his work he was awarded the George D. Zuidema Resident Research Award and the Baltimore Academy of Surgery Resident Research Award in 2002 as well as the Gershon Efron Award for Clinical Research in 2004. In 2008, Dr. Caparrelli was also honored with the C. Walton Lillehei-Earl Bakken Cardiac Surgery Resident Award presented by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

"Dr. Caparrelli represents a new breed of cardiac and vascular surgeons," said Dr. Edward B. Diethrich, founder and medical director of Arizona Heart Institute and Arizona Heart Hospital. "CV surgery is evolving rapidly utilizing combinations of classical operations with new device technology. He comes to Arizona Heart Institute with credentials in both vascular and cardiac surgery and is an example of this new evolution in heart and blood vessel therapy. His interests, training and experience will place him at the forefront of our programs of clinical care, research and education," continued Diethrich.

Dr. Caparrelli has a special interest in the treatment of aortic and branch vessel pathologies employing both conventional and endovascular techniques such as carotid endarterectomy and stenting, aortic valve replacement, thoracic endografting and aortic root surgery including valve-sparing root replacement.

SVS members are the leaders in vascular health who provide the most comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Founded in 1947, membership in the SVS is recognized in the vascular community as a mark of professional achievement. Acceptance as a SVS member demonstrates its recognition of Dr. Caparrelli's achievements in advancing vascular health by providing a high standard of medical treatments, and his commitment to research and continued education in new science, medical procedures, and surgery.

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About Arizona Heart Institute

Arizona Heart Institute is among the world's leading providers of cardiovascular care. This visionary organization was founded in 1971, quickly evolving into the country's first freestanding outpatient clinic solely dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and blood vessel disease. Since then, Arizona Heart Institute has grown to expand treatment and research options with the opening of Arizona Heart Hospital in 1998 and the dedication of Arizona Heart Institute Translational Research Center in 2007. Through these unique facilities, Arizona Heart Institute offers the most contemporary and comprehensive approach to cardiovascular medicine and an unmatched level of specialty care. For more information, please visit, or contact

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