Tze-Woei Tan

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Director of Limb Salvage Research Program

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Dr. Tan is double board certified in Vascular Surgery and General Surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Melbourne Medical School in Australia. He took on a second General Surgery Residency at Brown University and then went on to a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine. Before joining the team at Keck Medicine of USC, Dr. Tan served as an Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at Louisiana State University and then as an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Tan is an avid researcher. His interest in health disparities led him to complete a Master’s in Public Health while at the University of Arizona. He is leading a NIH-supported research program exploring how to reduce limb loss/amputation in peripheral artery disease and diabetes.

Dr. Tan believes in combining a personal approach to health care with the latest evidence-based technology. He has extensive clinical experience in minimally-invasive procedures and open surgery to treat peripheral artery disease and carotid artery disease, as well as an interest in complex hemodialysis and vascular access.


  • Foot and Ankle Care by Podiatrists and Amputations in Patients With Diabetes and Kidney Failure JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Mar 04; 7(3):e240801. . View in PubMed
  • Prospective assessment of dynamic changes in frailty and its impact on early clinical outcomes following physician-modified fenestrated-branched endovascular repair of complex abdominal and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysmsJ Vasc Surg. 2024 Mar; 79(3):506-513. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Examining health care access disparities in Hispanic populations with peripheral artery disease and diabetes Vasc Med. 2023 Dec; 28(6):547-553. . View in PubMed
  • Outcomes of upper arm axillary artery and brachial artery arteriovenous grafts J Vasc Access. 2023 Nov; 24(6):1500-1506. . View in PubMed
  • Stratification of Microvascular Disease Severity in the Foot Using Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2023 01; 17(1):25-34. . View in PubMed
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Review JAMA. 2023 07 03; 330(1):62-75. . View in PubMed
  • A qualitative study of barriers to care-seeking for diabetic foot ulceration across multiple levels of the healthcare system J Foot Ankle Res. 2022 Aug 06; 15(1):56. . View in PubMed
  • The patient’s perspective of diabetic foot ulceration: A phenomenological exploration of causes, detection and care seeking J Adv Nurs. 2022 Aug; 78(8):2482-2494. . View in PubMed
  • Role of late renal revascularization in functional renal salvage J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech. 2022 Mar; 8(1):121-124. . View in PubMed
  • Higher rates of all-cause mortality and resource utilization during episodes-of-care for diabetic foot ulceration Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2022 Feb; 184:109182. . View in PubMed
  • Society for Vascular Surgery appropriate use criteria for management of intermittent claudicationJ Vasc Surg. 2022 07; 76(1):3-22. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Economic value of podiatry service in limb salvage alliance J Vasc Surg. 2022 01; 75(1):296-300. . View in PubMed
  • Cost-effectiveness of Compression Therapy With Early Endovenous Ablation in Venous Ulceration for a Medicare Population JAMA Netw Open. 2022 12 01; 5(12):e2248152. . View in PubMed
  • Rates of Diabetes-Related Major Amputations Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Adults Following Medicaid Expansion Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act JAMA Netw Open. 2022 03 01; 5(3):e223991. . View in PubMed
  • Tapered and non-tapered prosthetic grafts in upper extremity dialysis access: A systematic review and meta-analysis J Vasc Access. 2022 Jan; 23(1):42-49. . View in PubMed
  • Comparing Outcomes of Upper Extremity Brachiobasilic Arteriovenous Fistulas and Arteriovenous Grafts: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis J Vasc Access. 2022 Jan; 23(1):32-41. . View in PubMed
  • Association of Medicaid Expansion with Tunneled Dialysis Catheter Use at the Time of First Arteriovenous Access Creation Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Jul; 74:11-20. . View in PubMed
  • Aneurysmal Degeneration After Paclitaxel-Eluting Balloon Angioplasty Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2021 May; 55(4):410-414. . View in PubMed
  • Patient perspectives on the physical, psycho-social, and financial impacts of diabetic foot ulceration and amputation J Diabetes Complications. 2021 08; 35(8):107960. . View in PubMed
  • Frailty Syndrome in Patients With Lower Extremity Amputation: Simplifying How We Calculate Frailty J Surg Res. 2021 07; 263:230-235. . View in PubMed
  • Association of state tobacco control policies with active smoking at the time of intervention for intermittent claudicationJ Vasc Surg. 2021 05; 73(5):1759-1768. e1. . View in PubMed
  • The impact of hemoglobin A1c on outcomes after lower extremity bypassJ Vasc Surg. 2021 04; 73(4):1332-1339. e5. . View in PubMed
  • Intravenous drug use history is not associated with poorer outcomes after arteriovenous access creationJ Vasc Surg. 2021 01; 73(1):291-300. e7. . View in PubMed
  • Upper Arm Arteriovenous Grafts are Superior over Forearm Arteriovenous Grafts in Upper Extremity Dialysis Access Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Jan; 70:131-136. . View in PubMed
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in lower extremity amputation: Assessing the role of frailty in older adults Surgery. 2020 Dec; 168(6):1075-1078. . View in PubMed
  • Association of Anesthesia Type with Outcomes after Outpatient Brachiocephalic Arteriovenous Fistula Creation Ann Vasc Surg. 2020 Oct; 68:67-75. . View in PubMed
  • Patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection do not have inferior outcomes after dialysis access creation J Vasc Surg. 2020 12; 72(6):2113-2119. . View in PubMed
  • Association between race/ethnicity and the risk of amputation of lower extremities among medicare beneficiaries with diabetic foot ulcers and diabetic foot infections BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2020 08; 8(1). . View in PubMed
  • Effect of frailty syndrome on the outcomes of patients with carotid stenosis J Vasc Surg. 2020 05; 71(5):1595-1600. . View in PubMed
  • Risk factors associated with microembolization after carotid intervention J Vasc Surg. 2020 05; 71(5):1572-1578. . View in PubMed
  • Midterm outcome of pharmacomechanical catheter-directed thrombolysis combined with stenting for treatment of iliac vein compression syndrome with acute iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2020 01; 8(1):24-30. . View in PubMed
  • Frailty Syndrome in Patients with Carotid Disease: Simplifying How We Calculate Frailty Ann Vasc Surg. 2020 Jan; 62:159-165. . View in PubMed
  • Outcome Comparison of TEVAR with and without Left Subclavian Artery Revascularization from Analysis of Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database Ann Vasc Surg. 2019 Jul; 58:174-179. . View in PubMed
  • Factors Associated with Wound Complications after Open Femoral Artery Exposure for Elective Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Int J Angiol. 2019 Jun; 28(2):124-129. . View in PubMed
  • The mortality for surgical repair is similar to ligation in patients with traumatic portal vein injury J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2019 May; 7(3):399-404. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of one-stage and two-stage upper arm brachiobasilic arteriovenous fistula in the Vascular Quality InitiativeJ Vasc Surg. 2019 Apr; 69(4):1187-1195. e2. . View in PubMed
  • Patients with lower extremity dialysis access have poor primary patency and survival J Vasc Surg. 2019 12; 70(6):1913-1918. . View in PubMed
  • Length of Stay and ICU Stay Are Increased With Repair of Traumatic Superior Mesenteric Vein Injury J Surg Res. 2019 10; 242:94-99. . View in PubMed
  • Tapered arteriovenous grafts do not provide significant advantage over nontapered grafts in upper extremity dialysis access J Vasc Surg. 2019 05; 69(5):1552-1558. . View in PubMed
  • Disparities in outcomes of patients admitted with diabetic foot infections PLoS One. 2019; 14(2):e0211481. . View in PubMed
  • Correction: Disparities in outcomes of patients admitted with diabetic foot infections PLoS One. 2019; 14(4):e0215532. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluating the Utilization of Prophylactic Inferior Vena Cava Filters in Trauma Patients Ann Vasc Surg. 2018 Jan; 46:36-42. . View in PubMed
  • Feasibility and pilot efficacy of a brief smoking cessation intervention delivered by vascular surgeons in the Vascular Physician Offer and Report (VAPOR) TrialJ Vasc Surg. 2017 Apr; 65(4):1152-1160. e2. . View in PubMed
  • Outcomes of endovascular and open surgical repair of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms in elderly patients J Vasc Surg. 2017 07; 66(1):64-70. . View in PubMed
  • Impact and Duration of Brief Surgeon-Delivered Smoking Cessation Advice on Attitudes Regarding Nicotine Dependence and Tobacco Harms for Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease Ann Vasc Surg. 2017 Jan; 38:113-121. . View in PubMed
  • Percutaneous In situ Left Subclavian Artery Fenestration Using Reentry Catheter during Endovascular Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair Int J Angiol. 2016 Dec; 25(5):e77-e80. . View in PubMed
  • Circumferential Aortic Endarterectomy Followed with Immediate Infrarenal Clamping Obviates Suprarenal Clamping for Juxtarenal Aortoiliac Occlusion Ann Vasc Surg. 2016 Jul; 34:48-54. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of the General Surgery Intern Boot Camp Am Surg. 2016 Mar; 82(3):243-50. . View in PubMed
  • Reply: Blood transfusion is associated with increased risk of perioperative complications and prolonged hospital duration of stay among patients undergoing amputation Surgery. 2016 Mar; 159(3):984. . View in PubMed
  • Risk of venous thromboembolism and delivery methods for red blood cell transfusion Lancet Haematol. 2016 12; 3(12):e550-e551. . View in PubMed
  • Outcomes of patients with type I endoleak at completion of endovascular abdominal aneurysm repair J Vasc Surg. 2016 06; 63(6):1420-7. . View in PubMed
  • Blood transfusion is associated with increased risk of perioperative complications and prolonged hospital duration of stay among patients undergoing amputation Surgery. 2015 Dec; 158(6):1609-16. . View in PubMed
  • The effect of location and configuration on forearm and upper arm hemodialysis arteriovenous grafts J Vasc Surg. 2015 Nov; 62(5):1258-64. . View in PubMed
  • Does kidney transplantation to iliac artery deteriorate ischemia in the ipsilateral lower extremity with peripheral arterial disease? Vascular. 2015 Oct; 23(5):490-3.. View in PubMed
  • Complications of a High-flow Access and Its Management Semin Dial. 2015 Sep-Oct; 28(5):533-43. . View in PubMed
  • Interventions that affect resident performance on the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination: a systematic review J Surg Educ. 2015 May-Jun; 72(3):418-29. . View in PubMed
  • Pharmacomechanical thrombectomy and catheter-directed thrombolysis of acute lower extremity deep venous thrombosis in a 9-year-old boy with inferior vena cava atresia Vasc Med. 2015 Apr; 20(2):139-42. . View in PubMed
  • Laparoscopic peritoneal dialysis catheter placement is associated with decreased deep organ infection and reoperation Clin Nephrol. 2015 Mar; 83(3):161-6. . View in PubMed
  • Endovascular repair of symptomatic carotid artery aneurysm with covered stent: A case report and literature review SAGE Open Med Case Rep. 2015; 3:2050313X15572502. . View in PubMed
  • Routine use of completion imaging after infrainguinal bypass is not associated with higher bypass graft patencyJ Vasc Surg. 2014 Sep; 60(3):678-85. e2. . View in PubMed
  • Observation and surgery are associated with low risk of amputation for blunt brachial artery injury in pediatric patients J Vasc Surg. 2014 Aug; 60(2):443-7. . View in PubMed
  • Physician modification of Gore C3 excluder endograft for treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms anatomically unsuitable for conventional endovascular repair J Vasc Surg. 2014 Jun; 59(6):1739-43. . View in PubMed
  • Symptomatic popliteal vein aneurysm Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2014 Apr; 48(3):275-6. . View in PubMed
  • Left arterial thoracic outlet syndrome Tex Heart Inst J. 2014 Feb; 41(1):105-6. . View in PubMed
  • The need for treatment of hemodynamic instability following carotid endarterectomy is associated with increased perioperative and 1-year morbidity and mortalityJ Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan; 59(1):16-24. e1-2. . View in PubMed
  • Optimal management of infrainguinal arterial occlusive disease Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2014; 10:599-608. . View in PubMed
  • Reply: To PMID 23337295 J Vasc Surg. 2013 Oct; 58(4):1167-8. . View in PubMed
  • Fifty-two-year-old woman with neck pain and fever JAMA Surg. 2013 Sep; 148(9):893-4. . View in PubMed
  • Blood transfusion for lower extremity bypass is associated with increased wound infection and graft thrombosisJ Am Coll Surg. 2013 May; 216(5):1005-1014. e2; quiz 1031-3. . View in PubMed
  • Intraoperative use of dextran is associated with cardiac complications after carotid endarterectomy J Vasc Surg. 2013 Mar; 57(3):635-41. . View in PubMed
  • Shorter duration of femoral-popliteal bypass is associated with decreased surgical site infection and shorter hospital length of stay J Am Coll Surg. 2012 Oct; 215(4):512-8. . View in PubMed
  • Early fasciotomy in patients with extremity vascular injury is associated with decreased risk of adverse limb outcomes: a review of the National Trauma Data Bank Injury. 2012 Sep; 43(9):1486-91. . View in PubMed
  • Endovascular repair of a blunt abdominal aortic injury Int J Angiol. 2012 Jun; 21(2):117-20. . View in PubMed
  • Percutaneous endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm with coexisting horseshoe kidney: technical aspects and review of the literature Int J Angiol. 2011 Dec; 20(4):247-50. . View in PubMed
  • Limb outcome and mortality in lower and upper extremity arterial injury: a comparison using the National Trauma Data Bank Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2011 Oct; 45(7):592-7. . View in PubMed
  • Percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy and pharmacologic thrombolysis for renal artery embolism: case report and review of endovascular treatment Int J Angiol. 2011 Jun; 20(2):111-6. . View in PubMed
  • Brachial-basilic autogenous access Semin Vasc Surg. 2011 Jun; 24(2):63-71. . View in PubMed
  • Collapse of Viabahn stent-graft secondary to rheolytic thrombectomy: a rare complication of the AngioJet deviceAnn Vasc Surg. 2011 May; 25(4):557. e15-7. . View in PubMed
  • Endovascular revascularization of symptomatic infrapopliteal arteriosclerotic occlusive disease: comparison of atherectomy and angioplasty Int J Angiol. 2011 Mar; 20(1):19-24. . View in PubMed
  • Image of the month–quiz caseColon cancer with splenic abscess. Arch Surg. 2011 Jan; 146(1):115. . View in PubMed
  • Single center experience with modified eversion carotid endarterectomy Ann Vasc Surg. 2011 Jan; 25(1):87-93. . View in PubMed
  • Popliteal vein thrombosis after radiofrequency ablation of greater saphenous vein for varicose veinAnn Vasc Surg. 2010 Nov; 24(8):1136. e13-5. . View in PubMed
  • Delayed presentation of a brachial artery pseudoaneurysm after a supracondylar humerus fracture in a 6-year-old boy: a case report J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Jan-Feb; 30(1):57-9. . View in PubMed
  • Predictors of shunt during carotid endarterectomy with routine electroencephalography monitoring J Vasc Surg. 2009 Jun; 49(6):1374-8. . View in PubMed
  • Successful palliation of poorly differentiated thyroid carcinoma with direct invasion into the sternum Thyroid. 2009 Jun; 19(6):663-4. . View in PubMed
  • Thoracoscopic resection of a giant thymolipoma in a 4-year-old girl J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2008 Dec; 18(6):903-5. . View in PubMed