2022 Top Doctor: Brett Siegrist, M.D.

Editorial StaffMarch 3, 2022
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Vascular Surgery

Med School/Year Graduated: Georgetown University, 1997

Years in Practice: 19

After serving as a U.S. Navy surgeon on the USS Nassau in the Persian Gulf, are you unfazed by challenging surgeries on dry land?

Not really, but on the Nassau we did have to bolt the equipment down to prevent things from rolling around. My Navy service has given me a deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by military members and their families.

Can you explain the differences between traditional vascular surgery and less invasive endovascular techniques?

Traditional vascular surgery consists of bypassing or removing arterial blockages through one or more incisions. Endovascular techniques treat the same blockages with quicker recovery time using a variety of stents, balloons and other devices through a small puncture site.

Why is it important that surgeons such as yourself get specifically board certified in vascular surgery before performing in this field?

It means we’re trained in both traditional vascular surgery and less invasive endovascular techniques. Vascular patients deserve an unbiased treatment plan not limited to a particular skill set. Board-certified vascular surgeons remain the only specialty able to offer the full array of options to patients with vascular disease.

What are some of the causes of stroke? How are vascular surgeons involved in their treatment?

Blockages in the carotid artery account for up to 20 percent of strokes. Vascular surgeons treat these blockages by removing them, a procedure called endarterectomy, or by placing stents in the artery through a small incision or puncture site.

You trained in New Orleans! What do you miss most about The Big Easy?

I grew up there, so going back always feels like home. I love the food and the people.  Everything there seems to run at a nice, slow and friendly pace.

What kind of hobbies and interests do you have outside medicine?

I enjoy reading, playing golf and traveling. I like to spend quality time with my family when I can.

Name the best depiction of your field in TV or film that you’ve ever seen.

Every medical student should watch The Doctor with William Hurt. There are some valuable lessons on humility and compassion that we could all incorporate into our practice.

What are you watching on Netflix these days?

We don’t actually have Netflix, but my wife and I recently finished season three of Succession on HBO.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

A high school chemistry teacher.