Head of Group
- Professor Ian Chetter
Chair of Surgery/HOD and Associate Dean for Research, Hull York Medical School
Chair Education Committee, Vascular Society GB&I
Associate Clinical Director R&D, Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust
Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Specialty Lead, Vascular Surgery Research
Academic and research staff
Professional support staff
Claire Acey - PA to Professor Ian Chetter/ Academic Vascular Surgical Unit Administrator
Lynne Andrews - Data Co-ordinator/Clinical Trials Assistant
Anna Firth - Vascular Research Nurse
Caroline Jennison - Data Co-ordinator/Clinical Trials Assistant
Judith Long - Clinical Trials Manager
Josie Hatfield - Vascular Research Nurse
Tracey Roe - Vascular Research Nurse
Postgraduate research students
Our current research interests include:
Surgical Wounds Healing by Secondary Intention
Surgical Wounds Healing by Secondary Intention funded by a £2 million NIHR Programme Grant the AVSU in collaboration with colleagues from York and Leeds are investigating the aetiology, impact and management of these wounds.
Lower limb peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
The group has a 15 year history in this field. In particular, the impact of PVD on sufferer’s quality of life, physical function, balance and the clinical and cost effectiveness of intervention. More recently the focus has shifted to analyse the mechanism by which supervised exercise programmes improve outcome in patients with claudication.
Lower limb venous disease
There has been a revolution in the management of varicose veins over the last decade with minimally invasive therapies (Endovenous thermal and chemical ablation). The group was at the forefront of this development with the publication of several seminal papers cumulating in a recent NEJM publication (Brittenden J et al 2014).
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) disease
Using finite element analysis of CT scans this programme of research has analysed the impact of peak wall stress on AAA expansion, rupture and AAA wall MMPs and TIMPS. More recently investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of supervised exercise prior to AAA repair. We have also been co-investigators in the NIHR HTA funded studies analysing the effect of ACE inhibitors of the growth rate of small AAA and comparing endovascular and open repair of ruptured AAA.