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Clinical Professors, Christopher Carsten, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Christopher Carsten III, M.D., FACS

Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Greenville Health System

Contact: 864-455-6363 or ccarsten@ghs.org  


Who is Dr. Carsten?

As a native South Carolinian, Dr. Christopher Carsten is proud to provide care to the people of his home state. Growing up on a farm in the Pee Dee region of the state, it was only natural for him to go to Clemson University for his undergraduate degree. The Medical University of South Carolina provided his medical degree and then he went back to the upstate for his general surgery residency training at Greenville Health System. His only time outside of South Carolina came when he spent two years in Danville, Pennsylvania at Geisinger Medical Center for his vascular surgery fellowship. He came home to South Carolina and was in private general and vascular surgery practice in Sumter for nearly two years before he was recruited to return to Greenville and joined the Division of Vascular Surgery at GHS. The Division was starting a vascular surgery fellowship and needed additional manpower with an interest in resident education. This has been his passion since. He has been fortunate to have a number of opportunities since coming home to Greenville. He has watched the GHS Department of Surgery grow exponentially. Likewise, GHS’s general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship have expanded. He has had the opportunity to participate in Greenville’s new medical school on a number of levels and he has watched as GHS has strengthened their ties to his alma mater, Clemson University. He is currently collaborating on a number of projects at Clemson and is looking forward to continuing this partnership.

For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.

How Dr. Carsten’s research is transforming health care

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are the 13th leading cause of death in the US. Currently, the only method of predicting when an aneurysm may rupture is to measure its size. While this is effective at preventing rupture, it is still relatively crude proxy for predicting biologic behavior. Dr. Markowitz, working with Dr. Naren Vyavahare of Clemson University, is attempting to develop novel methods of imaging aneurysms in an attempt to more accurately predict the risk of aneurysm rupture based on the elastin and collagen content of the aneurysm wall. This could potentially allow them to identify the small percentage of patients who experience aneurysm rupture while their aneurysms are still small and identify those patients who can safely delay surgery even if their aneurysm has grown. As health care moves toward value-based practice as opposed to fee-for-service, this has significant implications.

Likewise, Dr. Jiro Nagatomi and he are working on a project that involves development of the bio-adhesive that could be used to anastomose blood vessels. As a person who spends a considerable portion of his career sewing blood vessels together, this is an exciting project with many potential implications.


Key Health Research Interest Areas

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Carotid Disease, Arteriovenous Fistulas, Vascular Access