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Michael S. Conte, M.D.

  • Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
  • Edwin J. Wylie, M.D. Chair in Vascular Surgery
  • Co-Director, UCSF Heart and Vascular Center
  • Co-Director, UCSF Center for Limb Preservation
  • Director, Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program

Contact Information

Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
400 Parnassus Avenue, A-501
San Francisco, CA 94143-0957
Phone: (415) 353-2357
Fax: (415) 353-2669
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  • 1978-82, Boston University, B.S., Biomedical Engineering
  • 1982-86, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D., Medicine
  • 1986-88, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, Junior Resident, General Surgery
  • 1988-89, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, Senior Resident, General Surgery
  • 1991-92, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, Senior Resident, General Surgery
  • 1992-93, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, Chief Resident, General Surgery
  • 1989-91, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard, Research Fellow, Vascular Surgery
  • 1993-94, Harvard Medical School, Fellow, Vascular Surgery
  • 1993-94, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Fellow, Vascular Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, 1994
  • American Board of Surgery, Vascular Surgery, 1996
  • Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI)
  • UCSF Heart and Vascular Center

Dr. Michael Conte received his medical degree in 1986 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1993, which included a two year research fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. He completed his vascular surgery training in 1994 as the John Homans Fellow at BWH and Harvard Medical School (HMS), in Boston.

Dr. Conte was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Yale University from 1994-1997, and a member of the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine. Subsequently he returned to BWH where he served as Assistant Professor (1997-2001) and then Associate Professor (2001-2008 ) of Surgery at HMS. From 2002-2008, he was the Director of Vascular Surgical Research at BWH and from 2005-2008, he was Co-Director of the Clinical Trials Group at the Center for Surgery and Public Health (a joint initiative between HMS, BWH, and the Harvard School for Public Health).

Dr. Conte is a member of many professional organizations, including the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society of University Surgeons. Dr. Conte has also been an invited lecturer for many regional, national, and international meetings and conferences. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council. He is on the Editorial Board for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Vascular Medicine, Journal of Vascular Surgery, and Vascular. He has served as an Associate Editor for Circulation.

In 2017, Dr. Conte was named to Castle Connolly's list of the "Bay Area Top Doctors 2017" for Vascular Surgery.

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  • Peripheral Vascular Disease Distinguished Achievement Award
  • American Heart Association
  • 2019
  • Bay Area Top Doctors
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Best Doctors, Inc.
  • 2015
  • T1 Catalyst Award Finalist
  • UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)
  • 2012
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Best Doctors, Inc.
  • 2009
  • Best Doctors in Boston
  • Best Doctors, Inc.
  • 2007
  • Distinguished Achievement Award
  • New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council
  • 2006
  • Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award
  • NHLBI/Lifeline
  • 1999
  • Fellowship Award
  • American Surgical Association Foundation
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Research Award
  • Lifeline Foundation
  • 1988
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Medical Honor Society
  • 1986
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • National Engineering Honor Society
  • 1982
  • Dr. Conte's clinical interests include diseases of the aorta and its major branches, aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and peripheral artery disease (PAD). He is particularly interested in diabetic vascular disease, and in complex revascularization to preserve limb function and prevent amputation in patients with advanced forms of PAD. He had led the largest multicenter clinical trial to date examining the outcomes of leg bypass surgery in patients with severe PAD and is nationally and internationally recognized for his leadership in this area.

    Dr. Conte's research is focused on developing new molecular therapies to improve the long-term results of cardiovascular procedures. His translational research program includes basic laboratory investigations as well as prospective clinical trials to study the causes of failure of angioplasty and bypass surgery and develop new approaches to stratify patients at risk.

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    • UCSF Diabetic Foot Clinical Research Unit
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      Sep 2018
      Jun 2022
      Principal Investigator
    • Tissue Oxygen Monitoring in Peripheral Vascular Disease
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      Jul 2020
      Co-Principal Investigator
    • Specialized lipid mediators and mechanisms of resolution in vascular injury
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      May 2017
      Principal Investigator
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      Nov 2013
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    • Survivin: a novel regulator of intimal hyperplasia and vein graft remodeling
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      Aug 2007
      Jun 2013
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    • General Clinical Research Center
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      Dec 1984
      Mar 2010
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      Sep 1999
      Aug 2004
      Principal Investigator
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    1. Huynh C, Liu I, El Khoury R, Zhou B, Braun H, Conte MS, Hiramoto J. Iliac artery calcification score stratifies mortality risk estimation in patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia undergoing revascularization. J Vasc Surg. 2023 Mar 08. View in PubMed
    2. Lopez JL, Ramirez JL, Phu TA, Duong P, Bouchareychas L, Kuhrau CR, Lin PY, Eckalbar WL, Barczak AJ, Rudolph JD, Maliskova L, Conte MS, Vartanian SM, Raffai RL, Oskowitz AZ. Patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms have reduced levels of microRNA 122-5p in circulating exosomes. PLoS One. 2023; 18(2):e0281371. View in PubMed
    3. Conte MS. Vascular health and the health of vascular surgery-2021 Western Vascular Society Presidential Address. Semin Vasc Surg. 2023 Mar; 36(1):1-8. View in PubMed
    4. Choi JC, Miranda J, Greenleaf E, Conte MS, Gerhard-Herman MD, Mills JL, Barshes NR. Lower-extremity pressure, staging, and grading thresholds to identify chronic limb-threatening ischemia. Vasc Med. 2023 02; 28(1):45-53. View in PubMed
    5. Sanders KM, Nacario JH, Smith EJT, Jaramillo EA, Lancaster EM, Hiramoto JS, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. Structured discharge documentation reduces sex-based disparities in statin prescription in vascular surgery patients. J Vasc Surg. 2023 May; 77(5):1504-1511. View in PubMed
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