Dr. Denise Smith: How Does UFE Benefit Women’s Health?
Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Denise Smith, a board-certified vascular surgeon and the medical director of Preferred Vascular Group’s Northeast center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Smith specializes in women’s vascular health, and she is renowned for her expertise in the Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedure, a minimally invasive treatment for uterine fibroids.
Dr. Smith, could you tell us more about your expertise in Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) and how it benefits women’s vascular health?
My expertise in Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) stems from years of experience in this minimally invasive procedure, which is specifically designed to treat uterine fibroids. UFE offers a less invasive alternative to surgery and can provide significant relief from symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain. By focusing on women’s vascular health and specializing in UFE, I aim to improve the quality of life for many women by offering them effective treatment options without the need for traditional surgery.
You have a background in vascular ultrasound interpretation and vascular access. How do these specialties contribute to your practice, especially in the context of complex peripheral arterial and venous disease?
My specialization in vascular ultrasound interpretation and vascular access plays a crucial role in diagnosing and managing complex peripheral arterial and venous diseases. Vascular ultrasound is a valuable tool for visualizing blood flow and identifying abnormalities, aiding in accurate diagnoses. Additionally, expertise in vascular access is essential for procedures like dialysis access management and providing patients with the most appropriate treatment options. These specialties ensure comprehensive care for patients with complex vascular conditions.
Your experience includes your research on ultrasound-assisted thrombolysis during your biomedical engineering doctorate. How does this research background influence your approach to patient care and treatment options?
My research in ultrasound-assisted thrombolysis has provided me with a deep understanding of the potential applications of ultrasound in vascular medicine. This knowledge informs my approach to patient care by allowing me to explore innovative and minimally invasive treatment options for vascular conditions. Ultrasound can be used not only for diagnostics but also as a therapeutic tool in certain cases, enhancing our ability to provide effective and patient-centric care.
As a proud Air Force veteran with a background in vascular surgery, how do your military experiences and values influence your medical practice and patient care philosophy?
Growing up in a military family and serving in the Air Force instilled in me a sense of discipline, dedication, and a commitment to excellence. These values directly translate into my medical practice and patient care philosophy. I approach patient care with the same level of dedication and precision that I learned in the military, ensuring that each patient receives the highest standard of care. Additionally, my military background reinforces my commitment to teamwork and effective communication, which are essential in providing comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to my patients.
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