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Dr. Emily SpanglerAssociate Professor

Areas of Interest
lower extremity occlusive disease, open and catheter-based treatments for aortic aneurysm, complex endovascular repair, carotid artery disease, limb salvage, outcomes research


Dr. Spangler joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Surgery in 2016. Her undergraduate education was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh for medical school and there obtained a MS in clinical research with a focus on Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. She went on to train in vascular surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the integrated vascular surgery residency.

Dr. Spangler serves as a peer reviewer for Annals of Surgery and Annals of Vascular Surgery.

Her research interests include outcomes and effectiveness evaluation of carotid and aortic disease treatments, imaging surveillance, as well as quality improvement through interventions on modifiable perioperative factors.

Selected Publications

DeCarlo CS, Spangler EL, Stableford JA. A Case of Endofibrosis Presenting with Embolic Symptoms in a 43-Year-Old Cyclist. Ann Vasc Surg. 2016 Oct;36:292.e5-292.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2016.03.019. PubMed PMID: 27423721.

Spangler EL, Brooke BS, Beck AW, Hoel A, Farber A, Goodney PP; VAPOR Trial Investigators.. Design and initial enrollment in the Vascular Physicians Offer and Report (VAPOR) trial. J Vasc Surg. 2016 Apr;63(4):1121-5.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2015.12.026. PubMed PMID: 27016862.

Spangler EL, Goodney PP. Smoking cessation strategies in vascular surgery. Semin Vasc Surg. 2015 Jun;28(2):80-5. doi: 10.1053/j.semvascsurg.2015.10.001. Review. PubMed PMID: 26655050.

Spangler EL, Goodney PP, Schanzer A, Stone DH, Schermerhorn ML, Powell RJ, Cronenwett JL, Nolan BW; Vascular Study Group of New England.. Outcomes of carotid endarterectomy versus stenting in comparable medical risk patients. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Nov;60(5):1227-31, 1231.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2014.05.044. PubMed PMID: 24953899.

Goodney PP, McClurg A, Spangler EL, Brooke BS, DeMartino RR, Stone DH, Nolan BW. Preventive measures for patients at risk for amputation from diabetes and peripheral arterial disease. Diabetes Care. 2014 Jun;37(6):e139-40. doi: 10.2337/dc14-0034. PubMed PMID: 24855171; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4030088.

De Martino RR, Goodney PP, Spangler EL, Wallaert JB, Corriere MA, Rzucidlo EM, Walsh DB, Stone DH. Variation in thromboembolic complications among patients undergoing commonly performed cancer operations. J Vasc Surg. 2012 Apr;55(4):1035-1040.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2011.10.129. PubMed PMID: 22409858; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3339376.

Spangler EL, Dillavou ED, Smith KJ. Cost-effectiveness of guidelines for insertion of inferior vena cava filters in high-risk trauma patients. J Vasc Surg. 2010 Dec;52(6):1537-45.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2010.06.152. PubMed PMID: 20843631.


Medical School
University of Pittsburgh

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Vascular Surgery


Campus Address
BDB 647

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