Boonshoft School of Medicine alumna Lindsay Gates, M.D. ('10), was featured in an article about vascular disease in the Journal of Business in Spokane, Wash. She began practicing as a vascular surgeon with Rockwood Health System in August.
Gates mostly sees patients at the Rockwood Heart and Vascular Center, located within the Deaconess Health and Education Center, in Spokane. Originally from Ohio, she completed her residency training in vascular surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn.
Gates says about 80 percent of her patients are women. She says while vein issues can affect patients at any age, women of childbearing age, as well as those in their 40s and 50s, tend to notice them first.
“A lot of vein issues are genetic, or related to hormone changes and pregnancy,” she says. “Part of it is that women tend to be more cognizant of cosmetic issues, versus men, who won’t come in unless something is really bothersome.”
She says what she likes about Rockwood Health’s approach to vein care is that it’s both comprehensive and efficient.
“Services are integrated so patients can visit their primary care physician about symptoms, obtain an ultrasound image and evaluation from a vascular surgeon, identify the root problem, and obtain treatment quickly,” she says.
“We cover the whole realm of vascular surgery here, including both minimally invasive and larger surgical procedures, working as a team to help patients have the best chance at improving their life.”