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Our Vascular Surgeons 


Thomas H. Wareing, MDThomas H. Wareing, M.D.
Chairman of Peripheral Vascular Committee,
Vascular & Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Wareing has practiced in Scottsdale since 1997 with Scottsdale CVT Surgeons. Previously he was with another local private practice. 

He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He interned in general surgery at Vanderbilt University, where he also was a junior resident, research fellow, senior resident and chief resident, variously in general, vascular and cardiac and thoracic surgeries. 

Dr. Wareing is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a lifetime member of the National Registry of Who’s Who.  

Curtis A. Erickson, MDCurtis A. Erickson, M.D.
Vascular Surgery

A surgeon with Southwest Heart and Lung PC in Phoenix since 1995, Dr. Erickson is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general surgery and vascular surgery. 

He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, where he also served his general surgery residency. His general vascular surgery fellowship was at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. 

Dr. Erickson has practiced in Tucson, where he was chairman of vascular surgery at Eldorado Hospital and chairman of surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was a clinical assistant professor in the department of surgery at the University of Arizoma Health Sciences Center for more than five years.  

Casey L. Huston, M.D.Casey L. Huston, M.D.
Vascular & Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Huston has been in private practice for cardiovascular and thoracic surgery since 1993. Currently, he is a thoracic-vascular surgeon in Phoenix.

A graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, he served his residency in general surgery at the North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill. He also served as Chief Resident at that facility, where he was named Chief Resident of the Year. Later, he was a resident and chief resident in the Section of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona under program director Jack G. Copeland, MD.

From 1991-93, Dr. Huston was an assistant professor for cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the U of A, as well as a staff surgeon at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and is a Diplomate with the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has medical licenses in both Arizona and Texas.

Andrew Goldstein, M.D., F.A.C.S.Andrew Goldstein, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Goldstein is a cardiothoracic surgeon in private practice with Arizona Heart and Lung Surgery in Scottsdale. 

He earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY, in 1989. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY, in 1996 and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, in 1998. 

Prior to entering medical school, he was a mechanical engineer for Rockwell International in Downey, CA, working in the NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Division. 

Dr. Goldstein was an assistant professor of surgery and a faculty member in biomedical engineering , as well as an attending cardiothoracic surgeon, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, from 1998-2001.

In practice in Scottsdale since 2002, he specializes in adult heart and lung surgery. He served as co-chair of cardiothoracic surgery for Scottsdale Healthcare’s Osborn campus from 2004-2008. He is American board certified in both surgery and thoracic surgery and was named one of 10 Top Doctors in Cardiothoracic Surgery by Phoenix Magazine in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Alessandra Puggioni, M.D.Alessandra Puggioni, M.D.
Vascular Surgery

Dr. Puggioni graduated from the University of Rome in 1994 and received her 5-year General Surgery education at the University of Hawaii, where she trained with surgeons who pioneered venous valve repairs and deep venous reconstructions. She won several awards during her residency, including "Best Resident's Chairman Award" for 2 consecutive years, due to superior surgical skills, patient management and team leadership.

She completed a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. At that time she won the BSN Research Fellowship of the American venous Forum for her original experimental research. The following year Dr. Puggioni was awarded the Marco Polo Fellowship by the Society for Vascular Surgery, which she spent in Dendermonde, Belgium with the world-leaders in cutting-edge endovascular procedures.

After fellowship Dr. Puggioni worked as an academic vascular surgery attending at Maimonides Medical center in New York, where she held a position as Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr Puggioni is a fully-trained vascular and endovascular surgeon, board-certified by the American College of Surgeons in both General and Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Puggioni is a member of numerous Vascular societies committees and a reviewer for scientific publicatons. She regularly presents her research work at major vascular society meetings in the US and abroad, and has authored over thirty peer-reviewed articles as well as twelve book chapters in the field of arterial and venous vascular diseases.

Her expertise encompasses the full range of vascular disorders, including aneurysm repair, carotid surgery, bypass for limb salvage, as well as the treatment of venous thrombosis and varicose veins.

Stephen T. Smith MD,FACSStephen T. Smith MD,FACS
Vascular Surgery

Dr. Smith is a vascular surgeon with Cardiovascular Consultants, Ltd. in Scottsdale. Dr. Smith is board certified in vascular surgery and has advanced training in endovascular and minimally invasive vascular surgery. After receiving his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 2001, Dr. Smith completed his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at UT Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. Following the completion of his training, Dr. Smith was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern and the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Smith has advanced training and special interest in the endovascular treatment of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms and lower extremity peripheral arterial disease. He performed academic research in the area of deep venous thrombosis and has extensive experience in its minimally invasive treatment. He was selected to be a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is an active member of this organization and the Society of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Smith is certified by the American Board of Surgery in the specialties of Surgery and Vascular Surgery.