• Dr. Danielle Sutzko is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency and is an Associate Scientist in the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, graduating with a degree in microbiology and cell science. She earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha. She then completed her vascular surgery residency training at the University of Michigan where she also completed a post-doctoral health services research fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation under a National Heart and Lung & Blood Institute T32 grant under Dr. Nicholas Osborne.

    Since joining faculty at UAB in 2019, she has been working Dr. Jayme E. Locke, professor and director of transplantation, to establish her research focusing on patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) who also have end-stage renal disease (ESRD). She was awarded a VA research development award to investigate disparities in vascular care in this patient population in 2020 and also was a 2020-2021 RCMAR scholar recipient for the health disparities research education program. She also serves as a co-leader for the UAB Surgical Grand Rounds committee and helps lead the vascular surgery simulation curriculum for the vascular surgery and general surgery program. In 2021, Dr. Sutzko was awarded the John W. Kirklin Award in the Department of Surgery which recognizes faculty members who exemplify the culture of UAB Surgery through enthusiastic engagement in academic surgery. Dr. Sutzko has been an Society for Vascular Surgery candidate member since 2011 and is currently on the SVS Resident and Student Outreach Committee.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Low to Moderate Risk Non-orthopedic Surgical Patients Do Not Benefit from VTE ChemoprophylaxisAnnals of Surgery.  276:E691-E697. 2022
    2022 Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair Practice in 13 Countries: A Report From VASCUNET and the International Consortium of Vascular RegistriesAnnals of Surgery.  276:E598-E604. 2022
    2022 Association of Statin and Antiplatelet Use with Survival in Patients with AAA with and without Concomitant Atherosclerotic Occlusive Disease 2022
    2022 Clinical practice and volume trends of inferior vena cava filter usage at a single tertiary care center during a 19-year periodJournal of vascular surgery. Venous and lymphatic disorders.  10:887-893. 2022
    2022 Vascular complications based on mode of extracorporeal membrane oxygenationJournal of Vascular Surgery.  75:2037-2046.e2. 2022
    2022 Closing the gap: Increasing female representation in surgical leadership 2022
    2021 Does Chair of Surgery Gender Influence Divisional or Residency Program Director Gender Diversity?Journal of Surgical Research.  267:224-228. 2021
    2021 Trends in the use of cerebrospinal drains and outcomes related to spinal cord ischemia after thoracic endovascular aortic repair and complex endovascular aortic repair in the Vascular Quality Initiative databaseJournal of Vascular Surgery.  74:1067-1078. 2021
    2021 Exploring the rapid expansion of office-based laboratories and peripheral vascular interventions across the United StatesJournal of Vascular Surgery.  74:997-1005.e1. 2021
    2021 Wide necks, worse outcomes: Is this still a debate?Journal of Vascular Surgery.  74:316. 2021
    2021 Association between thoracoabdominal aneurysm extent and mortality after complex endovascular repairJournal of Vascular Surgery.  73:1925-1933.e3. 2021
    2021 OpTrust: An Effective Educational Bundle for Enhancing Faculty-resident Intraoperative EntrustmentAnnals of Surgery.  273:E255-E261. 2021
    2021 Thoracofemoral bypass outcomes in the Vascular Quality InitiativeJournal of Vascular Surgery.  73:1991-1997.e3. 2021
    2021 Describing Clinically Significant Arrhythmias in Postoperative Vascular Surgery Patients 2021
    2021 The association between preoperative length of stay and surgical site infection after lower extremity bypass for chronic limb-threatening ischemiaJournal of Vascular Surgery.  73:1340-1349.e2. 2021
    2021 Carotid endarterectomy with concomitant distal endovascular intervention is associated with increased rates of stroke and deathJournal of Vascular Surgery.  73:960-967.e1. 2021
    2021 Effect of concomitant deep venous reflux on truncal endovenous ablation outcomes in the Vascular Quality InitiativeJournal of vascular surgery. Venous and lymphatic disorders.  9:361-368.e3. 2021
    2021 Identification of promotion and prevention associated surgeon behaviors in the operating room to facilitate resident self-regulated learning 2021
    2021 Long-Term Trends in Preoperative Cardiac Evaluation and Myocardial Infarction after Elective Vascular Procedures 2021
    2021 Comparison of unilateral vs bilateral and staged bilateral vs concurrent bilateral truncal endovenous ablation in the Vascular Quality InitiativeJournal of vascular surgery. Venous and lymphatic disorders.  9:113-121.e3. 2021
    2021 Development and implementation of virtual grand rounds in surgery 2021
    2021 Prevalence and Outcomes of Endovascular Infrapopliteal Interventions for Intermittent Claudication 2021
    2020 Bleeding and thrombotic outcomes associated with postoperative use of direct oral anticoagulants after open peripheral artery bypass proceduresJournal of Vascular Surgery.  72:1996-2005.e4. 2020
    2020 Big data in vascular surgery: registries, international collaboration and future directionsJournal of Internal Medicine.  288:51-61. 2020
    2020 Greater faculty familiarity with residents improves intraoperative entrustment 2020
    2020 The decline of open abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery among individual training programs and vascular surgery traineesJournal of Vascular Surgery.  71:1371-1377. 2020
    2020 Association of High Mortality with Postoperative Myocardial Infarction after Major Vascular Surgery Despite Use of Evidence-Based TherapiesJAMA Surgery.  155:131-137. 2020
    2020 Variation in Hospital Door-to-Intervention Time for Ruptured AAAs and Its Association with Outcomes 2020
    2020 Volume Standards for Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Are Not Associated With Improved Clinical Outcomes 2020
    2019 Alignment of personality is associated with increased intraoperative entrustmentAnnals of Surgery.  270:1058-1064. 2019
    2019 Development, Launch, and Evaluation of an Open-Access Vascular Surgery Handbook through House Officer Curriculum Crowdsourcing 2019
    2019 Integrated Physiological and Biochemical Assessments for the Prediction of Growth of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms in HumansAnnals of Surgery.  270:e4. 2019
    2019 Provider Trends in Atherectomy Volume between Office-Based Laboratories and Traditional Facilities 2019
    2019 Bridging the gap: The intersection of entrustability and perceived autonomy for surgical residents in the OR 2019
    2019 The Evolution of Endovascular Treatment for Traumatic Thoracic Aortic InjuryJAMA Network Open.  2. 2019
    2018 Impact of a resident's sex on intraoperative entrustment of surgery traineesSurgery.  164:583-588. 2018
    2018 Examining variation in Medicare payments and drivers of cost for carotid endarterectomyJournal of Surgical Research.  228:299-306. 2018
    2018 A National Study Evaluating Hospital Volume and Inpatient Mortality after Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair in Vulnerable Populations 2018
    2018 Clinical outcomes after varicose vein procedures in octogenarians within the Vascular Quality Initiative Varicose Vein RegistryJournal of vascular surgery. Venous and lymphatic disorders.  6:464-470. 2018
    2018 Improving the feasibility and utility of OpTrust—A tool assessing intraoperative entrustment 2018
    2018 Association of faculty entrustment with resident autonomy in the operating roomJAMA Surgery.  153:518-524. 2018
    2018 OpTrust: Validity of a Tool Assessing Intraoperative Entrustment BehaviorsAnnals of Surgery.  267:670-676. 2018
    2018 Risk Factors Associated with Perioperative Myocardial Infarction in Major Open Vascular Surgery 2018
    2018 A 10-Year Experience Using a Hybrid Endovascular Approach to Treat Aberrant Subclavian Arterial Aneurysms 2018
    2018 The association of venous thromboembolism chemoprophylaxis timing on venous thromboembolism after major vascular surgeryJournal of Vascular Surgery.  67:262-271.e1. 2018
    2017 Predictors of surgical site infection after open lower extremity revascularizationJournal of Vascular Surgery.  65:1769-1778.e3. 2017
    2017 First 10-month results of the Vascular Quality Initiative Varicose Vein RegistryJournal of vascular surgery. Venous and lymphatic disorders.  5:312-320.e2. 2017
    2017 Age is not a barrier to good outcomes after varicose vein proceduresJournal of vascular surgery. Venous and lymphatic disorders.  5:647-657.e1. 2017


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    2017 Acute arterial ischemia.  707-711. 2017

    Research Overview

  • Health Services and Outcomes Research
    Health Disparities Research
  • Education And Training

  • University of Michigan Surgery, Residency
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of South Florida 2012
  • Full Name

  • Danielle Sutzko