Victor M. Rodriguez, M.D.
Heart Failure Surgery
- Director of Aortic Center
- Clinical Professor, Division of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery
Philosophy of Care
I believe in delivering quality health care with empathy and compassion. I'm a Board Certified General, Vascular and Cardiac Surgeon and I specialize in diseases of the aorta. Within Vascular and Cardiac Surgery I've had specialty training in complex aortic reconstructions of the whole aorta, including the chest and abdomen. When appropriate, I also perform endovascular operations, or minimally invasive operations of the aorta. These techniques offer patients an alternate way, or sometimes the only way, of dealing with their aortic problems. These techniques will give them a chance of survival and allow them faster recovery with less surgical trauma to their bodies.
Dr. Rodriguez is the Director of the Aortic Center here at UC Davis. He is board certified in General, Vascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery. His practice encompasses a wide variety of aortic problems. With his training, in both Vascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery, he brings a unique set of skills in dealing with aortic reconstructions from the root of the aorta to the aortic bifurcation, both open aortic as well as endovascular techniques. He also has an interest in structural heart disease, as well as heart failure surgery and heart transplantation.
Dr. Rodriguez's main interest is in teaching. He loves being in the operating room teaching residents and fellows. He also focuses on improving, or inventing, new surgical techniques of aortic surgery to improve outcomes in such high risk and complex operations.
M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Davis CA 1996
B.S., CA State University-Dominguez Hills, Carson CA 1992
Internship: Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1996-1997
Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1997-2002
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Baylor University/Texas Heart, Houston TX 2011-2014
Vascular Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 2002-2003
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery,
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery,
American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Select Recent Publications
Guenther T, Rinderknecht T, Phan H, Wozniak C, Rodriquez V. Pericardial rupture leading to cardiac herniation after blunt trauma. Trauma Case Rep. 2020 May 11;27:100309. doi:10.1016/j.tcr.2020.100309. eCollection 2020 Jun. PMID:32420444.
Amend G, Palvolgyi R, Rodriguez VM, Bold RJ, Evans CP. A Case Series of Preoperative Endovascular Stenting in Patients Undergoing Postchemotherapy Resection of Complex Oncologic Masses. Eur Urol Oncol. 2020 Feb;3(1):1-6. doi:10.1016/j.euo.2019.11.004. Epub 2019 Dec 28. PMID:31892469.
Guenther T, Rodriguez VM. Homograft Aortic Root Replacement with modified Cabrol Extension Using Cryopreserved artery for bioprosthetic Aortic Valve Endocarditis. JTVS. 2020 Aug 11 (not published yet).