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Marc Passman, M.D.

Director, UAB Vein Program & Clinic

Areas of Interest
open and catheter-based treatments for aortic aneurysm, carotid artery disease, renovascular hypertension and peripheral artery occlusive disease


Dr. Marc A. Passman is a professor of surgery and currently serves as the director of the UAB Vein Program and UAB Vein Center. Dr. Passman is a board-certified specialist in vascular surgery, practicing the full scope of vascular and endovascular surgery.

A native of Hartford, Conn., Dr. Passman received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1987 and medical degree at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. in 1991. He completed his surgical residency in general surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University in 1997, and vascular fellowship at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999.  Dr. Passman was on faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., as an assistant professor of surgery from 1999 to 2006. He joined the faculty at UAB in 2006 as an associate professor, rising to the rank of professor in 2011.

Dr. Passman is a nationally recognized leader in vascular disease. He has authored over 100 journal articles, chapters, and scientific abstracts, with numerous presentations at national meetings. He has co-authored evidenced based guidelines for the management of vascular disease. Dr. Passman has current leadership roles in the American Venous Forum, Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, Society for Vascular Surgery, and Board of Directors - Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)-Vein. Dr. Passman is the editor in chief, Yearbook of Vascular Surgery, is on the editorial board for Journal of Vascular Surgery and Annals of Vascular Surgery, and participates as a peer-reviewer for several other journals. Dr. Passman has participated in vascular surgery education at the national level and has mentored numerous fellows, residents, medical students, and undergraduates.

Selected Publications

Rose M, Pearce BJ, Passman MA, Mathews TC, Patterson MA, Jordan WD.  Extended outcomes of celiac artery coverage during thoracic aortic aneurysm repair.  J Vasc Surg 2015; 62(1): 36-42.

O’Donnell TF, Passman MA, Marston WA, Ennis WJ, Dalsing M, Kistner RL, Lurie F, Henke P, and others.  Management of venous leg ulcers: Clinical practice guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum.  J Vasc Surg 2014: 60(2):3S-59S.

Glocker RJ, Awonuga O, Pearce BJ, Matthews TC, Novak Z, Patterson MA, Jordan WD, Passman MA*.  Bedside vena cava filter placement using intravascular ultrasound: A five year experience in critically ill patients.  J Vasc Surg: Venous and Lym Dis, 2014; 2(4):377-82.

Crowner J, Marston WA, Almeida J, McLafferty RB, Passman MA.  Classification of Anatomic Involvement of the Ilio-caval Venous Outflow Tract and Its Relationship to Early Outcomes after Ilio-caval Venous Stenting.  J Vasc Surg: Venous and Lym Dis, 2014; 2(3):241-5.

Glocker RJ, Novak Z, Matthews TC, Patterson MA, Jordan WD, Pearce BJ, Passman MA.*  Factors affecting Cook Gunther Tulip and Cook Celect inferior vena cava filter retrieval success.  J Vasc Surg: Venous and Lym Dis 2014; 2:21-5.

Passman MA*.  Chapter 12.  Surgical Techniques.  In: Phlebology, Vein Surgery, and Ultrasonography.  Mowatt-Larseen E, Desai SS, Dua A, Shortell CEK (eds.).  Springer, 2014.

Quinney BE, Passman MA*.  Chapter 54.  Placement of Vena Cava Filter.  In: Atlas of Vascular Surgery: Anatomy and Technique.  Chaikof EL, Cambria RP (eds.).  Elsevier, 2014.

Passman MA*.  Vena Cava Interruption and Pulmonary Embolism.  In:  Rutherford’s Textbook of Vascular Surgery, 8th Edition.  Cronenwett JL, Johnston KY (eds.).  Elsevier, 2014.

Passman MA*, Jordan WD, Jr.  Does Maximum Aortic Diameter Impact EVAR Outcome?  In: 2014 Northwestern Vascular Symposium.  Yao JST, Pearce WH, Eskandari M (eds.).  People’s Medical Publishing House – USA, 2014.

Parmar GM, Lowman B, Combs BR, Taylor SM, Patterson MA, Passman MA, Jordan WD. Effect of lipid modifying drug therapy on survival after aortic aneurysm repair.  J Vasc Surg 2013; 58(2):355-63.

Keith CJ, Passman MA*, Gaffud MJ, Novak Z, Mujib MU, Matthews TC, Patterson MA, Jordan WD.  Comparison of outcomes following endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms based on size threshold.  J Vasc Surg, 2013; 58:1458-66.

Mujib M, Alcocer F, Passman MA, Matthews TC, Jordan WD.  Secondary procedures and long-term morbidity and mortality following endovascular and open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm.  Vasc Diseas Management 2013; 10(7):E124-9.

Alcocer F, Mujib M, Horn, J, Passman MA, Patterson MA, Matthews TC, Jordan WD.  PS54. Risk scoring system to predict three-year survival in patients treated for asymptomatic carotid stenosis. J Vasc Surg, 2013; 57(6):1576-80.

Marston WA, Vasquez M, Wakefield T, Eberhard R, Shortell C, Lohr J, Passman MA, McLafferty RB.  Multicenter assessment of the repeatability and reproducibility of the revised venous clinical severity score (rVCSS).  J Vasc Surg: Venous and Lym Dis, 2013; 1:219-24.

Keith CJ, Passman MA*, Carignan MJ, Parmar GM, Nagre SB, Patterson MA, Taylor SM, Jordan WD.  Protocol implementation of selective postoperative lumbar spinal drainage after thoracic aortic endograft.  J Vasc Surg, 2012; 55(1):1-8.

Passman MA*.  Algorithm for Bulging Varicose Veins.  In: 2012 Northwestern Vascular Symposium.  Yao JST, Pearce WH, Eskandari M (eds.).  People’s Medical Publishing House – USA. 2012.

Yamaguchi DJ, Passman MA*.  The Role of Open Bypass Surgery for Limb Salvage in Patients with Diabetes.  Wounds 2011; 23(12):364-8.

Quinney BE, Parmar GM, Nagre SB, Patterson MA, Passman MA, Taylor SM, Chambers JG, Jordan WD. Long-term single institution comparison of endovascular aneurysm repair and open aortic aneurysm repair.  J Vasc Surg, 2011; 54(6):1592-8.

Passman MA*, McLafferty RB, Lentz MF, Nagre SB, Iafrati MD, Bohannon WT, Moore CM, Heller JA, Schneider JR, Lohr JM, Caprini JA.  Validation of Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS) with other venous severity assessment tools:  Analysis from the National Venous Screening Program.  J Vasc Surg, 2011; 54(6), Supplement:2S-9S.

Passman MA*.  Concomitant Phlebectomy:  Debate For and Against.  Italian J Vasc and Endovasc Surg, 2011; 18:45-55. 

Gloviczki P, Comerota A, Dalsing MC, Eklof BG,Gillespie DL, Gloviczki ML, Lohr JM, McLafferty RB, Meissner MH, Murad H, Padberg FT, Pappas PJ, Passman, MA, Raffetto JD, Vasquez MA, Wakefield TW.  THE CARE OF PATIENTS WITH VARICOSE VEINS AND ASSOCIATED CHRONIC VENOUS DISEASES Clinical Practice Guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum.  J Vasc Surg, 2011; 53(5), Supplement: 2S-48S.

Passman MA*.  IVUS-guided vena cava filter placement: Technique and clinical decision algorithm.  Vascular Disease Management, March 2011; 8(3): E57-61.  http://www.vasculardiseasemanagement.com/content/ivus-guided-vena-cava-filter-placement-technique-and-clinical-decision-algorithm; Cath Lab Digest, April 2011; page 32-34.  http://www.cathlabdigest.com/articles/IVUS-Guided-Vena-Cava-Filter-Placement-Technique-Clinical-Decision-Algorithm

Nagre SB, Taylor SM, Passman MA, Combs BR, Loman BG,  Jordan WD.  Evaluating outcomes of endoleak discrepancies between CT Scan and ultrasound imaging after endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.  Ann Vasc Surg, 2011; 25(1):94-100.

Passman MA*; Writing Group IV of the Pacific Vascular Symposium 6, Elias S, Gloviczki M, Dalsing M, Gardner JS, Lurie F, Mascioli S, O'Donnell T, Pappas P, Shaw S, Zwolak B.  Non-Medical initiatives to decrease venous ulcers prevalence.   J Vasc Surg, 2010 Nov;52(5 Suppl):29S-36S. Epub 2010 Jul 17.

Killingsworth CD, Passman MA*, Weinberg JA, Taylor SM, Patterso MA, McGwin JR. G, Melton SM, Rue LW, Jordan Jr.WD.   Prospective Implementation of an Algorithm for Bedside Intravascular Ultrasound Guided Filter Placement in Critically Ill Patients. J Vasc Surg, 2010; 51(5):1215-21. Epub 2010 Mar 11.

Passman MA.  Mandated quality measures and economic implications of venous thromboembolism prevention and management.  Am J Surg, 2010 199(1 Suppl):S21-31.

Passman MA*.  Chapter 52.  Vena Cava Interruption.  In:  Rutherford’s Textbook of Vascular Surgery, 7th Edition.  Cronenwett JL, Johnston KY (eds.).  Elsevier, 2010.

Carignan MJ, Passman MA*.   Aortoenteric fistula.  In:  Aortic Aneurysms: Pathogenesis and Treatment.   Criado E., Upchurch Jr G (ed.).  Humana Press, Inc.  2009.

Pearce BJ, Passman MA*, Patterson MA, Taylor SM, LeCroy CJ, Combs BR, Jordan Jr.WD.   Early outcomes of thoracic endovascular stent graft repair for acute complicated type B dissection using Gore TAG® endoprosthesis. Ann Vasc Surg, 2008; 22:742-49.

McLafferty RB, Passman MA,  Caprini JA, Rooke TW, Markwell SA, Lohr JM, Meissner, MH, Eklof BG, Wakefield TW, Dalsing MC.  Increasing awareness about venous disease: The American Venous Forum expands the National Venous Screening Program.  J Vasc Surg, 2008; 48(2): 394-399.

LeCroy CJ, Passman MA*, Taylor SM, Patterson MA, Combs BR, Jordan Jr. WD. Should Endovascular Repair be Used for Small Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms? Vasc and Endovasc Surgery 2008; 42(2):113-119.

Corriere MA, Dattilo JB, Madigan MC, Guzman RJ, Naslund TC, Passman MA*.  Risk factors and angiographic technical considerations to guide carotid intervention.  Ann Vasc Surg 2008 Jan-Feb;22(1):52-7.

Passman MA*. Transilluminated powered phlebectomy in the treatment of varicose veins.  Vascular 2007; 15(5):262-8.

Passman MA*, Dattilo JB, Guzman RJ, Naslund TC. Impact on Physician Workload and Revenue Following Creation of a Specialty Vein Clinic within an Academic Vascular Practice.  Phlebology, 2007; 22(4):164-70.

Passman MA*, Fleser PS, Dattilo JB, Guzman RJ, Naslund TC, Should Simulator-Based Endovascular Training Be Integrated into Surgical Residency Programs? Am J Surg 2007; 194(2):212-9.

Adelani MA, Holt GE, Dittus RS, Passman MA, Schwartz HS.  Revascularization after Segmental Resection of Lower Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcomas.  J Surg Oncol 2007; 95(6): 455-460.

McLafferty RB, Lohr JM, Padberg ET, Eklof BG, Caprini JA, Passman MA, Rooke TW, Bush RL, Flinn WR, Wakefield TW. Results of the national pilot screening program for venous disease by the American Venous Forum.  J Vasc Surg, 2007; 45(1):142-148.

Passman MA*, Dattilo JB, Guzman RJ, Naslund TC.  Combined Endovenous Ablation and Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy: Is Less Invasive Better?  Vasc and Endovasc Surg, 2007; 41(1):41-7.

Faulk JB, Passman MA*.  Catheter-associated upper extremity deep venous thrombosis.  In: Mastery of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 1st Edition. Zelenock, Lumsden, Messina, Moneta, and Huber (eds.).  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

Hussein S, Passman MA, McLafferty RB.  Establishment of a Varicose Vein Center in a Tertiary Vascular Surgery Practice: Urban versus Rural Differences. Ann Vasc Surg, 2006; 20(4):447:450. 

Smith JJ, Dattilo, JB, Guzman, RJ, Naslund TC, Netterville JL, Passman MA*.  Carotid Body Tumor Resection:  Does the Need for Vascular Reconstruction Worsen Outcome? Ann Vasc Surg, 2006; 20(4):435-39. 

Passman MA*, Dattilo JB, Guzman RJ, Naslund TC.  Technical Note:  Bedside Placement of Inferior Vena Cava Filters Using Trans-abdominal Duplex Ultrasound and Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging.  J Vasc Surg, 2005; 42:1027-32. 

Faulk JB, Dattilo JB, Guzman RJ, Naslund TC, Passman MA*. Neo-aortoiliac reconstruction for aortic graft infection:  Need for endovascular adjunctive therapies.   Ann Vasc Surg 2005; 19(6): 774-81.

Corriere MA, Passman MA*,  Dattilo JB, Guzman RJ, Naslund TC.   Comparison of bedside trans-abdominal Duplex ultrasound versus contrast venography for inferior vena cava filter placement:  What is the best imaging modality?   Ann Vasc Surg 2005; 19:229-234.

Fernandez JD, Passman MA*.   Aortic graft – enteric fistula.  In:  Clinical Scenarios of Vascular Surgery, 1st Edition.  Upchurch Jr G, Henke P (eds.).  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005.

Corriere MA, Passman MA*,  Dattilo JB, Guzman RJ, Naslund TC.   Retrieving “Non-Retrievable” Inferior Vena Caval Greenfield Filters: A Therapeutic Option for Filter Mal-positioning.  Ann Vasc Surg 2004; 18(6):629-634.

Corriere MA, Feurer ID, Becker SY, Dattilo JD, Passman MA, Guzman RJ, Naslund TC. Endoleak following endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: Implications for duration of screening.  Ann Surg 2004; 239(6):800-5.

Conners MS, Guzman RJ, Passman MA, Becker S, Pierce R, Kelly T, Naslund TC.  Duplex-directed placement of inferior vena cava filters: A five-year institutional experience.  J Vasc Surg 2002; 35(2):286-291.

Eliason JL, Netterville JL, Guzman RJ, Passman MA, Naslund TC.  Primary repair of skull base internal carotid artery lesions using bypass to the petrous internal carotid artery.  Cardiovasc Surg 2002; 10(1):31-27.

Passman MA*, Guzman RJ, Pierce R, Naslund TC.   The impact of Medicare denials on noninvasive vascular diagnostic testing. J Vasc Surg 2001; 34:846-53.

Passman MA*, Farber MA, Marston WA, Carlin RE, Owens LV, Burnham CB, Burnham SJ, Keagy BA. Prospective screening for postoperative deep venous thrombosis in patients undergoing infrainguinal revascularization.  J Vasc Surg 2000; 32 (4):669-675.

Owens LV, Marston WA, Farber MA, Passman MA, Criado E, Keagy BA.  The value of air plethysmography in predicting clinical outcome after surgical treatment of chronic venous insufficiency.  J Vasc Surg 2000; 32:961-8.

Passman MA, Marston WA, Carlin RE, Farber MA, Burnham SJ, Archie JP, Keagy BA.  Long-term results of infrapopliteal bypass using polytetrafluorethylene and Taylor vein patch for critical lower extremity ischemia. Vascular Surgery 2000; 34(6):569-76.

Passman MA, Keagy BA.  Descending thoracic aorta to femoral artery bypass.  In:  Current Therapy in Vascular Surgery, 4th Edition.  Ernst CB, Stanley JC (eds.).  Mosby, St. Louis, 2000.

Marston WA, Carlin RE, Passman MA, Farber MA, Keagy BA.  Healing rates and cost-efficacy of outpatient compression treatment for chronic leg ulcers associated with venous insufficiency.  J Vasc Surg 1999; 30:491-8.

Passman MA, Farber MA, Marston WA, Criado E, Burnham SJ, Keagy BA.  Descending thoracic aorta to iliofemoral artery bypass:  A role for primary revascularization for aortoiliac occlusive disease?  J Vasc Surg 1999; 29:249-58.

Passman MA, Criado E, Risley GL, Farber MA, Burnham CL, Marston WA, Burnham SJ, Keagy BA. Efficacy of color flow duplex imaging for proximal venous outflow obstruction in hemodialysis patients.  J Vasc Surg 1998; 28:869-75.

Passman MA, Keagy BA.  Descending thoracic aorta to femoral artery bypass.  In: Perspectives in Vascular Surgery.  Goldstone J (ed.). Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., St Louis, 1998; 11(1):69-82.

Criado E, Passman MA.  Physiologic assessment of the venous system.  In:  Vascular Surgery, 5th Edition.  Rutherford RB (ed.).  W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 1999; 165-191.

McLafferty RB, Moneta GL, Passman MA, Taylor LM Jr, Porter JM.  Late clinical and hemodynamic sequelae of isolated calf vein thrombosis.  J Vasc Surg 1998; 27:50-7.

Passman MA, Moneta GL, Taylor LM Jr, Edwards JM, Yeager RA, McConnell DB, Porter JM.  Pulmonary embolism is associated with the combination of isolated calf vein thrombosis and respiratory symptoms.  J Vasc Surg 1997; 25:39-45.

Passman MA, Pommier RF, Vetto JT.  Synchronous colon primaries have the same prognosis as solitary colon cancers.  Dis Colon Rectum 1996; 39:329-34.

Passman MA, Taylor LM Jr, Moneta GL, Edwards JM, Yeager RA, McConnell DB, Porter JM.  Comparison of axillofemoral and aortofemoral bypass for aortoiliac occlusive disease.  J Vasc Surg 1996; 23:263-71.

Passman MA, Taylor LM Jr, Moneta GL, Edwards JM, Yeager RA, McConnell DB, Porter JM.  Comparison of axillofemoral and aortofemoral bypass for aortoiliac occlusive disease.  J Vasc Surg 1996; 23:263-71.

Moneta GL, Passman MA, Taylor LM Jr, Porter JM.  How long should duplex surveillance of infrainguinal vein grafts be continued?  In:  Current Critical Problems in Vascular Surgery, Vol. 8.  Veith FJ (ed.). Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., St Louis, 1996.

Passman MA, Moneta GL, Nehler MR, Taylor LM Jr, Edwards JM, Yeager RA, McConnell DB, Porter JM.  Do normal early color-flow duplex surveillance examination results of infrainguinal vein grafts preclude the need for late graft revision?  J Vasc Surg 1995; 22:476-84.

Passman M, Taylor LM Jr., Moneta GL, Porter JM. Axillofemoral Bypass.  In: Advances in Vascular Surgery. Vol 3.  Whittemore AW (ed.).  Mosby, St. Louis, 1995; 15-34.

Passman M, Taylor LM Jr, Porter JM. Leg Inflow For Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease: Is Axillofemoral Bypass as Good as Aortofemoral Bypass?  In:  Arterial Surgery:  Management of Challenging Problems.  Yao JST, Pearce WH (eds.).  Appleton and Lange, Stanford CT, 1995; 335-348.


Medical School
University of Vermont

Oregon Health Science University
General Surgery

University of North Carolina
Vascular Surgery Fellowship

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