Joshua Unger, MD
I am a board-certified vascular surgeon at Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute. I care for patients with carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, dialysis access needs, abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic outlet syndrome, varicose veins and venous insufficiency and other vascular diseases and concerns.
I come from a family of physicians. My great-grandfather and grandfather were doctors and my father is a surgeon serving the South Florida community today. While I originally pursued a career in computer science, I was drawn to medicine after spending some time in a hospital when a friend was sick. I knew then that I wanted to become a surgeon, helping people to heal and live their life to their fullest potential.
I believe that the foundation to patient care should still be the relationship between doctors and their patients. I enjoy getting to know my patients and treating them over the long term. This way, I can address their immediate health challenges, and then continue to help them maintain their health and wellbeing.
In addition to patient care, I am also actively involved in teaching the next generation of vascular surgeons. I am a clinical assistant professor at Florida International University and look forward to teaching surgical residents at Memorial.
When I'm not working, I like to run, play guitar and spend time with my family.
Medical Related Services
- Duke University School Of Medicine, 2006
- University Of North Carolina Hospitals, 2007, Surgery
- University Of North Carolina Hospitals, 2011, Surgery
- Duke University Hospital, 2013, Vascular Surgery
- American Board of Surgery-Surgery
- American Board of Surgery-Vascular Surgery
- Florida Vascular Society
- Academic Forum of the Executive Committee
- American College of Surgeons
- Society of Vascular Surgery
Research is a cornerstone of my medical career. My research interests include exploring minimally invasive endovascular technologies and strategies to improve patient care.
Currently, I am a principal investigator on a dialysis access trial, which uses human acellular tissue as an alternative to plastic dialysis graphs with the goal of decreasing infection risk.
Past research projects include:
- Best Endovascular vs Best Surgical Therapy in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia (BEST-CLI). Co-Investigator with RE Beasley, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL, 2017-2018.
- CIVC: Cook IVC Filter Study. Cook, Inc, Sub-Investigator with RE Beasley, Primary Investigator, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL, 2015.
- LUTONIX BTK Trial: a prospective, multicenter, single blind, randomized, controlled trial comparing the Lutonix drug coated balloon versus standard angioplasty for treatment of below-the-knee (BTK) arteries. Sub-Investigator with RE Beasley, Primary Investigator, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL, 2015.
- Unger J. “Wound Care For The Vascular Surgeon: Review Of Currently Available Products and How They Affect The Biochemistry Of Wound Healing In Clinical Practice”, Florida Vascular Society 31st Annual Scientific Sessions. April 28, 2018.
- Unger J. “Endovascular versus Open Rescue Procedures after Failed Peripheral Interventions“, Florida Vascular Society 31st Annual Scientific Sessions, April 27, 2018.
- Ead J, Snyder R, Unger J. “Case Challenge: 70-Year Old Female Who Presented With a 3-Month Non-Healing Leg Wound”, Mr. Ead presented at Florida Vascular Society 31st Annual Scientific Sessions, April 26, 2018.
- Unger J. “A Surgical Perspective on the Hybrid Approach to Peripheral Artery Disease”, New Cardiovascular Horizons Miami, December 2, 2017.
- Unger J. “Surgical Approach to AAA”, New Cardiovascular Horizons Miami, December 2, 2017.
- Unger J. “Does Spliced Arm Vein Bypass Have a Role in the “Endovascular Era”: A Younger Surgeon’s Experience”, Florida Vascular Society 30th Annual Scientific Sessions. May 6, 2017.
- Unger J. “Complex Topics in AV Access: Aneurysms and Their Treatment”, Florida Vascular Society 30th Annual Scientific Sessions. May 5, 2017.