At the Vascular Institute of Chattanooga, Dr. Elizabeth Hartmann is able to use her skills where they’re needed most – in the operating room. “My daily routine involves both hospital and office-based surgeries,” Dr. Hartmann shares. “I love the process and approach to treating each vascular patient. Two patients are never alike, and sometimes you have to use many different surgical skills and modalities to have the best outcome.” Having practiced vascular surgery for four years in the United States Air Force, Dr. Hartmann understands the importance of treating patients in an expeditious, compassionate, and thorough manner, and she finds it gratifying to help patients through a difficult time in their lives. “It’s the simple thank yous, smiles, and hugs from patients and their families that mean the most,” she says.
“Every time I see a satisfied patient walk back into my office after a major surgery, it invigorates me to continue treating patients to the best of my ability.”
1. What do you love most about your profession?
Not only do I enjoy taking care of complex patients with vascular disease, but the variety of interventions I can perform as a vascular surgeon is also exciting. Not every patient is alike, and figuring out how to best approach my patients’ problems is a welcome challenge.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Listen to your body and take care of it. As a physician, I can help you with surgery, but risk factor modification is also a very important component of vascular disease outcomes.
3. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
Vascular surgery is constantly evolving to include more minimally invasive technologies for peripheral vascular disease. The advancement of many endovascular procedures and devices has led to better outcomes and less morbidity in the recent years.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I strive to be compassionate, approachable, and have a great attention to detail.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your patients?
I believe it is important to educate my patients on understanding their disease process, expectations, and potential outcomes. Discussing with them on a level they can understand, like they were my family members, helps in the healing process.
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