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Michael S. Conte, M.D.

Professor and Chief,
Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
Edwin J. Wylie, M.D. Chair in Vascular Surgery
Co-Director, UCSF Heart and Vascular Center
Co-Director, UCSF Center for Limb Preservation
Director, Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program

Contact Information

Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
400 Parnassus Avenue, A-501
San Francisco, CA 94143-0957
Phone: (415) 353-2357
Fax: (415) 353-2669
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  • 1978-82, Boston University, B.S., Biomedical Engineering
  • 1982-86, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D., Medicine
  • 1986-88, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, Junior Resident, General Surgery
  • 1988-89, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, Senior Resident, General Surgery
  • 1991-92, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, Senior Resident, General Surgery
  • 1992-93, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, Chief Resident, General Surgery
  • 1989-91, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard, Research Fellow, Vascular Surgery
  • 1993-94, Harvard Medical School, Fellow, Vascular Surgery
  • 1993-94, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Fellow, Vascular Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, 1994
  • American Board of Surgery, Vascular Surgery, 1996
  • Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI)
  • UCSF Heart and Vascular Center

Dr. Michael Conte received his medical degree in 1986 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1993, which included a two year research fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. He completed his vascular surgery training in 1994 as the John Homans Fellow at BWH and Harvard Medical School (HMS), in Boston.

Dr. Conte was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Yale University from 1994-1997, and a member of the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine. Subsequently he returned to BWH where he served as Assistant Professor (1997-2001) and then Associate Professor (2001-2008 ) of Surgery at HMS. From 2002-2008, he was the Director of Vascular Surgical Research at BWH and from 2005-2008, he was Co-Director of the Clinical Trials Group at the Center for Surgery and Public Health (a joint initiative between HMS, BWH, and the Harvard School for Public Health).

Dr. Conte is a member of many professional organizations, including the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society of University Surgeons. Dr. Conte has also been an invited lecturer for many regional, national, and international meetings and conferences. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council. He is on the Editorial Board for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Vascular Medicine, Journal of Vascular Surgery, and Vascular. He has served as an Associate Editor for Circulation.

In 2017, Dr. Conte was named to Castle Connolly's list of the "Bay Area Top Doctors 2017" for Vascular Surgery.

Peripheral Vascular Disease Distinguished Achievement Award
American Heart Association
Bay Area Top Doctors
San Francisco Magazine
Best Doctors in America
Best Doctors, Inc.
T1 Catalyst Award Finalist
UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)
Best Doctors in America
Best Doctors, Inc.
Best Doctors in Boston
Best Doctors, Inc.
Distinguished Achievement Award
New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council
Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award
Fellowship Award
American Surgical Association Foundation
1997 - 1999
Research Award
Lifeline Foundation
Alpha Omega Alpha
Medical Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi
National Engineering Honor Society

Dr. Conte's clinical interests include diseases of the aorta and its major branches, aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and peripheral artery disease (PAD). He is particularly interested in diabetic vascular disease, and in complex revascularization to preserve limb function and prevent amputation in patients with advanced forms of PAD. He had led the largest multicenter clinical trial to date examining the outcomes of leg bypass surgery in patients with severe PAD and is nationally and internationally recognized for his leadership in this area.

Dr. Conte's research is focused on developing new molecular therapies to improve the long-term results of cardiovascular procedures. His translational research program includes basic laboratory investigations as well as prospective clinical trials to study the causes of failure of angioplasty and bypass surgery and develop new approaches to stratify patients at risk.

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  • UCSF Diabetic Foot Clinical Research Unit
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    Sep 2018
    Jun 2022
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  • Tissue Oxygen Monitoring in Peripheral Vascular Disease
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    Apr 2016
    Jul 2020
    Co-Principal Investigator
  • Specialized lipid mediators and mechanisms of resolution in vascular injury
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    Aug 2013
    May 2017
    Principal Investigator
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    Nov 2013
    Nov 2014
    Principal Investigator
  • Survivin: a novel regulator of intimal hyperplasia and vein graft remodeling
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    Aug 2007
    Jun 2013
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  • General Clinical Research Center
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    Dec 1984
    Mar 2010
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    Sep 1999
    Aug 2004
    Principal Investigator
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  1. Conte MS, Bradbury AW, Kolh P. Reply. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Nov; 72(5):1831-1832. View in PubMed
  2. Ramirez JL, Zarkowsky DS, Boitano LT, Conrad MF, Arya S, Gasper WJ, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. A Novel Preoperative Risk Score for Non-Home Discharge After Elective Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Oct 13. View in PubMed
  3. Mummaneni PV, Burke JF, Chan AK, Sosa JA, Lobo EP, Mummaneni VP, Antrum S, Berven SH, Conte MS, Doernberg SB, Goldberg AN, Hess CP, Hetts SW, Josephson SA, Kohi MP, Ma CB, Mahadevan VS, Molinaro AM, Murr AH, Narayana S, Roberts JP, Stoller ML, Theodosopoulos PV, Vail TP, Wienholz S, Gropper MA, Green A, Berger MS. Consensus-based perioperative protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Neurosurg Spine. 2020 Oct 02; 1-9. View in PubMed
  4. Conte MS, Mills JL, Bradbury AW, White JV. Implementing global chronic limb-threatening ischemia guidelines in clinical practice: Utility of the Society for Vascular Surgery Threatened Limb Classification System (WIfI). J Vasc Surg. 2020 Oct; 72(4):1451-1452. View in PubMed
  5. Rymer JA, Mulder H, Smolderen KG, Hiatt WR, Conte MS, Berger JS, Norgren L, Mahaffey KW, Baumgartner I, Fowkes FG, Katona BG, Rockhold F, Jones WS, Patel MR. Association of Health Status Scores With Cardiovascular and Limb Outcomes in Patients With Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease: Insights From the EUCLID (Examining Use of Ticagrelor in Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease) Trial. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 Sep 13; e016573. View in PubMed
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