Cherrie Z. Abraham, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.

  • Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, School of Medicine

Biography

Dr. Cherrie Abraham is a vascular surgeon and professor of surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine. He is also director of the Aortic Program in OHSU's Knight Cardiovascular Institute. 

Dr. Abraham is one of the world's most experienced surgeons in performing endovascular aneurysm repair. He has special expertise in repairing aortic aneurysms — a dangerous bulging in the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. Endovascular aneurysm repair involves inserting and attaching a small stent graft to reinforce the wall of the aorta to keep it from rupturing. The stent graft is inserted through a small incision in the groin into the artery.

In 2009, Dr. Abraham performed the world's first branched endovascular graft for aortic arch aneurysm — at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has trained vascular surgeons, cardiac surgeons, interventional radiologists and interventional cardiologists throughout the world in performing endovascular aneurysm repair.

Dr. Abraham believes all patients should be informed about all options for aortic surgery and should demand a surgeon who can clearly explain the problems and offer the best solution.

Dr. Abraham's clinical expertise also includes open surgery repair of complex aneurysms and general vascular surgery. 

Dr. Abraham earned his M.D. degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his residency in general surgery at Dalhousie. He also has completed four fellowships in vascular surgery or vascular surgery research — at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., at the University of California San Francisco, and at the Ashford Medical Center in Adelaide, Australia.

When he's not working, Dr. Abraham enjoys spending time with his wife and children, traveling, sports, and learning how to play acoustic and electric guitar.

Education

  • B.S., 1987, Dalhousie University
  • M.D., 1994, Dalhousie University
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, Dalhousie University Medical School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1994-1999
  • Fellowship:

    • Vascular Surgery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, 1999-2001
    • Vascular Surgery Research, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 2001
    • Endovascular Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, 2001-2002
    • Peripheral Arterial Interventional and Advanced Endovascular Fellowship, Ashford Medical Center, Adelaide, Australia, 2002-2003
  • Certifications:

    • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada, 1999
    • General Surgery Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1999
    • Vascular Surgery Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2003

Memberships and associations

  • Oregon Medical Board
  • Canadian Vascular Surgery Society
  • Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Society of Vascular Surgery

Areas of interest

  • Industry sponsored national clinical trials for aortic devices used in the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms.
  • The use of biomarkers (fibrillin degradation products) to predict aneurysmal disease and measure effectiveness of treatment.
  • Spinal cord ischemia associated with extensive aortic coverage from endovascular stent grafts.

Publications

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Publications

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