Kootenai Clinic’s newest location offers specialized treatment and surgery for those with vein and artery disease.
Since 2002 Philip Kladar, M.D., has provided care for general and vascular surgery patients in northern Idaho. As the need grew, Dr. Kladar and Kootenai Clinic teamed up to create a new clinic, solely for vascular surgery patients.
“We didn’t have ideal coverage for our vascular surgery patients,” Dr. Kladar said. “Until the new clinic opened, I was also practicing as a general surgeon and was often on-call for emergency and trauma patients as well as doing vascular surgery full time.”
Kootenai Clinic’s Vascular Surgery Services specializes in the treatment of the vascular system, or arteries and veins. Vascular diseases are managed by medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction. Kootenai Clinic’s most common vascular procedures include:
- Aneurysm repair
- Carotid artery disease
- Endovascular angioplasty and stenting
- Arterial bypass
- Surgical intervention for dialysis
- Varicose veins
“It’s great having a partner to bounce ideas off of and discuss cases,” Dr. Kladar said. “Having a second vascular surgeon will help to cut down our wait times and bring in an even higher level of expertise. Dr. Ward is the only vascular surgeon in northern Idaho to have completed a fellowship in that specialty.”
Dr. Ward is originally from Reno, Nevada, but joined Kootenai Clinic after completing his fellowship in Salt Lake City, Utah. He said he was drawn to Kootenai for many reasons, the primary being the opportunity for growth as well as a friendly community.
“I liked the feeling I got when first visited Kootenai,” he said. “Everyone was friendly and open, but also very professional. I’m also excited by all the growth Kootenai is going through; it’s exciting to get in on the ground floor of a new program.”
The new vascular surgery clinic is now open and accepting new patients. Call (208) 625-5222 or visit kh.org/vascularsurgery for more information.