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Christopher D. Owens, M.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Contact Information

Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, UCSF
400 Parnassus Avenue, A-6110
San Francisco, CA 94143-0957
Phone: (415) 353-2357
Fax: (415) 353-2669


  • 1986-1990, Indiana University, B.S., Chemistry/Biology
  • 1994-1998, Indiana University, M.D.
  • 2005-2007, Harvard Medical School, M.Sc.


  • 1998-1999, Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, Intern, General Surgery
  • 1999-2003, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Resident, General Surgery


  • 2003-2004, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Clinical Fellowship, Vascular Medicine and Endovascular Surgery
  • 2004-2006, Brigham and Women's Hospital, John Homans Fellow, Vascular and endovascular Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, 2006
  • American Board of Surgery, Vascular Surgery, 2008

Research Interests

  • Exploring novel drugs or biologics designed to prevent vein graft failure and restenosis after angioplasty and stenting
  • Temporal sequence of the physiological, biomechanical, and biochemical changes during vein graft healing
  • Vein graft endothelial function


Dr. Christopher Owens received his undergraduate and medical degree from Indiana University. He went on to complete a general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. In addition, he completed a clinical fellowship in vascular medicine and endovascular surgery from St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Dr. Owens' clinical interests include peripheral artery disease (PAD), thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and dialysis access procedues. He is particularly interested in lower extremity limb revascularization for patients with PAD and critical limb ischemia (CLI).

Research Overview

Dr. Owens' research is focused on exploring novel drugs or biologics designed to prevent vein graft failure and restenosis after angioplasty and stenting. He is pursuing a better understanding of the factors that modify vein graft remodeling to the arterial environment, and a better appreciation of adaptive physiology and healing kinetics. Dr. Owens hopes to gain insights into the temporal sequence of the physiological, biomechanical and biochemical challenges during veing graft healing. He is currently the PI of an NIH-funded research project studying endothelial function and vein graft remodeling.

Clinical Trials



Most recent publications from a total of 59
  1. Nosova EV, Yen P, Chong KC, Alley HF, Stock EO, Quinn A, Hellmann J, Conte MS, Owens CD, Spite M, Grenon SM. Short-term physical inactivity impairs vascular function. J Surg Res. 2014 Feb 12. View in PubMed
  2. Grenon SM, Chong K, Alley H, Nosova E, Gasper W, Hiramoto J, Boscardin WJ, Owens CD. Walking disability in patients with peripheral artery disease is associated with arterial endothelial function. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan 11. View in PubMed
  3. Owens CD, Gasper WJ, Walker JP, Alley HF, Conte MS, Grenon SM. Safety and feasibility of adjunctive dexamethasone infusion into the adventitia of the femoropopliteal artery following endovascular revascularization. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan 11. View in PubMed
  4. Gasper WJ, Jimenez CA, Walker J, Conte MS, Seward K, Owens CD. Adventitial Nab-Rapamycin Injection Reduces Porcine Femoral Artery Luminal Stenosis Induced by Balloon Angioplasty via Inhibition of Medial Proliferation and Adventitial Inflammation. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Dec 1; 6(6):701-9. View in PubMed
  5. Grenon SM, Owens CD, Alley H, Chong K, Yen PK, Harris W, Hughes-Fulford M, Conte MS. n-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acids supplementation in peripheral artery disease: the OMEGA-PAD trial. Vasc Med. 2013 Oct; 18(5):263-74. View in PubMed
  6. Grenon SM, Vittinghoff E, Owens CD, Conte MS, Whooley M, Cohen BE. Peripheral artery disease and risk of cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease: insights from the Heart and Soul Study. Vasc Med. 2013 Aug; 18(4):176-84. View in PubMed
  7. Grenon SM, Conte MS, Nosova E, Alley H, Chong K, Harris WS, Vittinghoff E, Owens CD. Association between n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content of red blood cells and inflammatory biomarkers in patients with peripheral artery disease. J Vasc Surg. 2013 Nov; 58(5):1283-90. View in PubMed
  8. Conte MS, Owens CD, Belkin M, Creager MA, Edwards KL, Gasper WJ, Kenagy RD, LeBoeuf RC, Sobel M, Clowes A. A single nucleotide polymorphism in the p27(Kip1) gene is associated with primary patency of lower extremity vein bypass grafts. J Vasc Surg. 2013 May; 57(5):1179-85.e1-2. View in PubMed
  9. Sigovan M, Rayz V, Gasper W, Alley HF, Owens CD, Saloner D. Vascular remodeling in autogenous arterio-venous fistulas by MRI and CFD. Ann Biomed Eng. 2013 Apr; 41(4):657-68. View in PubMed
  10. Owens CD. Statins and other agents for vascular inflammation. J Vasc Surg. 2012 Dec; 56(6):1799-806. View in PubMed
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