• Expert Physicians
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  • 3 Convenient Locations
  • Office Based Surgery
  • Expert Physicians

    Team of Vascular Specialists

  • Clinical Excellence

    Proven Outcomes

  • 3 Convenient Locations

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  • Office Based Surgery

    Same Day Procedure


    Lower Extremity Vascular

University Vascular Associates is a comprehensive, full-service vascular surgery practice located in Los Angeles, California. Our mission is simple—provide patients the highest quality care in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular and other vascular-related diseases. Our physicians are pioneers in the use of minimally invasive techniques in outpatient settings and we treat patients with the following conditions:

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)   |   Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA)

Ulcerations and gangrene of the lower extremities   |   Carotid artery disease

Atherosclerosis   |   Abdominal and Renal Vascular Diseases

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome | Varicose Veins

For patient education information, please visit VascularWeb.org

A Summary Of Services Here At University Vascular Associates

Pioneering minimally invasive vascular surgery techniques in outpatient settings

Welcome To University Vascular Associates

Meet Our Staff

  • Samuel Ahn, MD, FACS

    Samuel Ahn, MD, FACS

    Dr. Ahn is a board-certified vascular surgeon and attending surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center, the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, and St John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Before founding UVA, Dr. Ahn was on the full time faculty at UCLA from 1986 to 2006, serving as full Professor of Surgery [...]

  • Rhoda Leichter, MD, FACS

    Rhoda Leichter, MD, FACS

    Dr. Leichter, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a board-certified vascular surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgery. She did her residency in general surgery at Brown University, and was Chief Resident at UCSF Medical School. She did her Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the Department of [...]

  • Marius Saines, MD

    Marius Saines, MD

    Dr. Saines completed his medical degree at Brussels University and postgraduate training in New York City and Los Angeles. Since then, he has been in private practice in Los Angeles for over 25 years. He is the founder of the Marina Del Rey Veins Clinic . He was Chairman of Surgery at Centinela Hospital and [...]

  • Peter H. Lin, MD, FACS

    Peter H. Lin, MD, FACS

    Dr. Peter H. Lin is a board-certified vascular surgeon specializing in all aspects of vascular treatment of arterial and venous disorders. Dr. Lin came to  University Vascular Associates from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.   Dr. Lin joined Baylor College of Medicine in 2001 and became the chief of [...]

  • Jae Choi, RN

    Jae Choi, RN

    Jae has been working as the Nurse Manager at UVA since 2012. She has a wealth of experience from working in various hospitals in the Los Angeles area: St. Vincent Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Harbor UCLA, and Centinela Hospital. Jae has a B.S. in Nursing from California State University, [...]

  • Jennifer Hernandez

    Jennifer Hernandez

    Jennifer grew up in Arizona and moved to Los Angeles in 2013 where she trained as a Medical Assistant.  She joined UVA in 2014.  She enjoys working as a Medical Assistant because it has opened many doors for her and has given her many opportunities to learn something new in the [...]

  • Walter Kim

    Walter Kim

    Walter has been working as a Scrub Technician at UVA since 2009. As a graduate from UCLA, Walter has a B.S in Molecular Cell Developmental Biology.

  • Heather Owen

    Heather Owen

    Heather has been working as the Surgery Scheduler at UVA since 2011. She has gained more than 15 years of experience in the health care industry over her career. Although originally from Canada, Heather loves living in sunny southern California. Heather has an R.N. degree in Nursing Assistance from Canada.

  • Thelma Urena

    Thelma Urena

    Thelma has been working as a Medical Assistant at UVA since 2012. She enjoys working with patients and assisting them in any way possible. Thelma has M.A. certification from United Education Institute.

  • Gracelene Wegrzyn

    Gracelene Wegrzyn

    Gracelene joined UVA in 2011 as a Clinical Assistant and is now a member of UVA’s Angio Suite team where she functions as a Scrub Technician.   She enjoys the opportunity to work closely with UVA’s physicians to care for our patients. Gracelene graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in [...]

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