Recruiting Adults Undergoing Surgery for Thoracic or Abdominal Aneurysm for Research Study

IRB/UVA Tracking #
Principal Investigator
Gorav Ailawadi
Contact Phone
Official Trial Title
Understanding Aortic Aneurysms
Study Description

UVa Health System is recruiting adults who are going to have surgery to treat a thoracic or abdominal aneurysm. An aneurysm is a bulge or weakening of a blood vessel that, if left untreated, may break. A thoracic aneurysm involves a large blood vessel in the chest wall.

The purpose of this study is to help researchers learn more about what causes aneurysms form in the body. Study participation includes allowing researchers to collect some information from you and your medical record, imaging information about the size and location of the aneurysm, and information from the laboratory about kidney function and blood chemistry. During surgery, researchers will collect a piece of the diseased blood vessel that is normally removed and thrown away. This tissue will be kept and examined. Researchers will also draw one blood sample.

Participation in this study does not require any extra visits to UVa Hospital. Researchers will collect information and samples for this study during a screening visit before surgery and on the day of the surgery for treatment of the aneurysm.

* Neither you nor your insurance will be billed for procedures done for research purposes only, such as the blood draw and some laboratory testing.
* Participants will not be compensated for completing the study

Contact Information:
For more information please contact the Surgical Therapeutic Advancement Center at:
• Phone 434.234.0315
• Email:
• IRB-HSR # 17042

Principal Investigator: Gorav Ailawadi, MD
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


No Compensation