Meet Dr. R. James Valentine
Vascular Surgeon

Holder of the:
Alvin Baldwin Jr. Chair in Surgery

Not every blood vessel condition that requires surgery can be treated with a minimally invasive endovascular procedure. That’s when vascular surgeon R. James Valentine, M.D., steps in.

Consistently ranked one of the Top Doctors in America and a Texas Monthly Super Doctor, Dr. Valentine specializes in the traditional surgical treatment of carotid and renal artery disease, aortic and abdominal aneurysms, and blood vessel blockages (ischemia) in the abdomen and lower extremities.

This includes conditions that are relatively rare, such as renal and carotid artery aneurysms, carotid artery tumors, and thoracoabdominal aneurysms, which extend into both the chest and abdomen. He also treats patients in renal failure who require dialysis access.

Dr. Valentine, who is also a D Magazine Best Doctor, serves as Director of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Clinical Center for Vascular Disease and Medical Director of the Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory. He is board certified in both general and vascular surgery.

“I have more than 30 years of experience performing complex open surgeries – highly technical operations related to diseases of the aorta and carotid arteries that not many people today can do,” he says. “I feel very comfortable as a surgeon, both in operating on patients and knowing when it’s best not to operate.”

Dr. Valentine’s expertise in performing these specialized traditional surgeries enables UT Southwestern’s team of vascular specialists to offer a complete range of therapies to a wide variety of patients.

“Our team includes physicians who are very good at treating patients with medical therapies and high-end endovascular procedures; I’m the person on the other end of the spectrum dealing with complex open operations,” he says. “Paired with our many cross-disciplinary collaborators, we can offer everything patients with vascular disease might need.”

Dr. Valentine adds that as advances in vascular surgery continue to be made—many of them by his colleagues at UT Southwestern—his team’s clinical offerings will only expand.

“Our team includes physicians who are conducting research and helping to develop very cutting-edge technologies—things that very few people in the U.S. are doing,” he says.

“The technology is moving very fast. We are all amazed at  what’s coming down the pike. Staying abreast of new technology is one of the really great things we do.”