Aortic Dissection Surgery

Miles Rosen was at home when he started to feel strange symptoms. His wife, a nurse, encouraged him to go to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a rare aortic dissection. Miles was quickly transported by helicopter to the University of Maryland Medical Center. As soon as he arrived, Miles was rushed into an operating room. A team of experts from the Heart and Vascular Center performed life-saving surgery.

Nancy and Neil Olenick up close and cropped

Read about Neil Olenick, a mechanic in Baltimore County, who learned he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm after having a routine MRI for his back pain. University of Maryland's aortic experts used an innovative medical device called TAMBE to repair his aorta and avoid a rupture.

Read Neil's story.

Anthony Leach, who was treated for an aortic dissection at the University of Maryland Medical Center

Anthony Leach was up early, making breakfast for his girlfriend and grandchildren when he started experiencing chest pain. He tried to shake it off, thinking it was gas.

The problem was much worse: an aortic dissection, a medical emergency which needed immediate attention if his life was to be saved. After being transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center, he received life-saving surgery that gave him a new lease on life.

Read about Anthony's aortic dissection surgery and recovery.

Karen Amon with her husband Carlo

Karen Amon was alone at her home when her aortic aneurysm burst. Luckily, she had her cell and home phones within reaching distance, and she called 911 on one phone, her daughter on the other.

Dr. Bradley Taylor, driving back to his Pennsylvania home, turned around when he received the call about the emergency surgery. He made it to the University of Maryland Medical Center in time to perform life-saving surgery on Karen.

Read about Karen's emergency surgery which led to her marriage at UMMC.