Meet Dr. Jayer ChungVascular Surgeon and Limb-Salvage Specialist
Jayer Chung, M.D., is an expert at healing chronic wounds and saving limbs by finding ways to improve blood flow to areas of the body that aren’t getting enough circulation. He uses his skills as a member of the UT Southwestern Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy team to treat patients who often have not responded to previous treatments elsewhere.
Board certified in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Chung has extensive experience in the latest minimally invasive vascular and endovascular techniques and interventions, as well as in open operative care of patients with arterial, venous, and lymphatic diseases.
At the UT Southwestern Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Clinic, he collaborates closely with the team’s podiatric and plastic surgery specialists to take care of patients suffering complications in their lower extremities, often as a result of diabetes.
“Diabetic foot ulcers is one of my major areas of focus because it’s becoming an increasingly prevalent public health problem as diabetes and other atherosclerotic risk factors continue to rise,” he says. “It’s critical that we as surgeons lead the way in figuring out methods to care for this problem as safely, humanely, and efficiently as possible. What our success rates prove is that these patients benefit from the type of rigorous study and multidisciplinary approach that we’re able to provide at UT Southwestern.”
When he’s not directly caring for patients, Dr. Chung is heavily involved in researching different vascular surgical devices and therapies with a goal of improving not only limb salvage but functional outcomes such as wound healing, pain management, and patients’ ability to walk.
“Being part of getting someone back on his feet after he’s been told he’ll have to lose his leg is extremely rewarding,” he says. “It’s challenging work but worth it.