Southwest Advanced Vascular Surgery in Tucson, Arizona

Learn a little more about our lovely team of caregivers and specialists.

Dr. Kline

Dr. Kline is a fellowship-trained, board-certified vascular surgeon. He is a leader in the field of limb salvage surgery, a nationally recognized authority in complex wound care, and a leading authority in the world in vertebral artery surgery and brain blood flow. He is the director and founder of the S.A.V.E. Foundation (an organization which promotes education and research in the fields of vascular disease and wound care), has been named one of the country’s top vascular surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America, and has been named in the Who’s Who repeatedly since 1991.

He is the author of over 60 textbook chapters, research papers, and educational videos. Prior to moving to Tucson with his wife and daughter in 2004, he was an associate professor of Vascular Surgery and the Program Director for the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Wayne State University, at the Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan. He has also served as Chief of Staff at Southern Michigan Surgical Hospital.

He continues to publish, especially in the field of complex wound care. He is the chairman of the Southwest Annual Wound Care Symposium which has been held in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Kline continues to lecture locally and nationally in the areas of vascular surgery and wound care. His hobbies include digital photography, astronomy, gardening, Japanese Koi, cooking, jewelry design, and manufacture.

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Jackie

Jackie is the office manager. She is also a licensed medical assistant and brings over 25 years of experience in office based medical care both as an MA and as an administrator. She will be the one to help patients through the often confusing and complex system of health care that we now live in.

Elesha

Elesha

Elesha attended Palo Verde High School and then graduated from Tucson College of Business. She has been a vascular ultrasound schedule for over 10 years. She has extensive knowledge in various arterial and venous ultrasound studies including the coding of procedural CPT codes and diagnostic ICD-10 codes.

Marisela

Marisela

Marisela is our billing department specialist. She is a Certified Professional Coder with over 20 years of experience in medical billing. Our in-house billing department will ensure you have a comfortable experience with any billing and insurance questions you may have. She is an Arizona native currently living in Sahuarita with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Denise

Duana

Duana is the front office director who has been with us from the conception of our practice. She has been in commercial customer relations services for over 20 years and brings a mature professional first contact for the patients at our office.

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Denise

Denise A Kline, RN, BSN is the director of perioperative services. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing with a minor in psychology from Oakland University, Rochester Michigan in 1982. She then worked as a critical care nurse in both surgery and neurosurgery with over 5 years of experience and then an additional 2 more years of experience in cardiac catheterization nursing at Harper University Hospital, Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan. In 1987 she took the position of Clinical Research Coordinator in heart failure and cardiac transplantation within the Division of Cardiology at Henry Ford Hospital also in Detroit Michigan. She held this research position for 10 years between Henry Ford Hospital and Botsford Hospital, also in Detroit. She is a member of The Society for Vascular Nursing. She moved to Tucson Arizona in 2004 and then worked as a clinical nurse for this corporation until she assumed her current position in 2016. Her interests outside of work include gardening, Bonsai trees, Koi keeping, traveling, and breeding Yorkshire Terriers.

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Emily

Emily has a B.S, R.V.T. in vascular technology from Oregon Institute of Technology. She is an active member of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound and has served on its Board of Directors as a part of maintaining high vascular testing standards.

Stephanie

Stephanie is our Medical Assistant. She graduated from Pima Community College in 2019. She wants to continue her education and plans to become a nurse. Many of her responsibilities include working and assisting in the office environment. Stephanie meets patients and checks their vitals, and she assists in the recovery room after patients have had endovascular procedures. Stephanie is bilingual and our patients appreciate her interpersonal skills.

Yelena

Yelena is a Registered Nurse certified in Wound Care and Conscious sedation for minor procedures. She has an extensive experience working in different rehabilitation centers as a nurse and as a wound care manager. Yelena lives in Tucson with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys painting, gardening, and music.

Our Corporate Symbol

The Rainbow Medicine Man has been our corporate symbol since 2004. It is based upon a First Nations' petroglyph which Dr. Kline has in his yard. It is curious that the staff and snake represented here is very similar to the modern medical caduceus which is based upon the ancient Greek symbol for the healing arts.

The Rainbow Medicine Man represents for us the hope all patients need and the healing skills to which the art and science of modern medicine can provide.

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