Texas Vascular Associates

The physicians and staff of Texas Vascular Associates welcome you to our website. Here you will find forms, directions to our clinics, and other helpful information.

Our physicians are Board Certified and nationally recognized as vascular surgeons. Patient care is our number one concern. We utilize the latest techniques and continue to be involved in vascular research so that we can provide you with the best possible care.

Texas Vascular Associates was founded in 1954 by world renowned vascular surgeon Jesse Eldon Thompson, M.D. Dr. Thompson is a pioneer in vascular surgery and has set the standard for all others in his field. In 2005, Dr. Thompson received the Baylor University Medical Center Foundation Wings of Eagles Award for his lifetime dedication to vascular surgery.

Our physicians continue this high standard in patient care, and encourage you to look around our website, use the forms we have provided, and contact us with any questions you may have.

Our Specialties

Vascular Diagnosis

Vascular Surgery

Endovascular Therapy

Vascular Medicine

Arterial & Venous Disorders

Prosthetic Services


Bertram L. Smith, MD, FACS

Gregory J. Pearl, MD, FACS

William P. Shutze, MD, FACS

Dennis R. Gable, MD, RVT, FACS

Brad R. Grimsley, MD, FACS

Stephen E. Hohmann, MD, FACS

John C. Kedora, MD, RPVI, FACS

John F. Eidt, MD, RVT, RPVI, FACS

Jay Vasquez Jr., MD, RPVI, FACS

Hung B Chu, MD, RPVI, FACS

Anne T. Laux, MD

TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR)

Texas Vascular Associates is pioneering the use of a breakthrough technology called TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) to treat patients with carotid artery disease who are at risk for open surgery. While any repair of the carotid artery carries some risk of causing a stroke because of the repair itself, TCAR was designed to help minimize that risk by keeping potential stroke causing fragments away from the brain.

Like the open surgery, carotid endarterectomy (CEA), this new procedure involves direct access to the carotid artery, but through a much smaller incision at the neckline just above the clavicle instead of a longer incision on the neck. During the TCAR procedure, a tube inserted into the carotid artery is connected to a system that temporarily directs blood flow away from the brain to protect against dangerous debris from reaching the brain during the procedure. Surgeons then filter the blood before returning it to a vein in the groin, and a stent is implanted directly into the carotid artery to stabilize the plaque and prevent future strokes. The entire procedure is performed in less than half the time of CEA – limiting the stress on the heart and significantly cutting the risk of the patient having a stroke or heart attack during the procedure.

Patients who undergo the TCAR procedure recover quickly (typically spending just one night in the hospital) and almost always go home the next day to return to full and productive lives with less pain, smaller scars and a reduced risk of future strokes.

Your physician may recommend the TCAR procedure if you’ve been diagnosed with carotid artery disease and are not a suitable candidate for CEA. This may depend on your age or other existing medical conditions. For more information about TCAR, call us to schedule a consultation with one of our vascular surgeons.