I approach each patient interaction as if they were a member of my family. I am up front and honest with expectations on the results of the operation, the most common complications and expected recovery. I make myself available to the patient and family before and after the operation to ensure I answer all their questions. As I get to know my patients, we often discuss family/life in follow-up in addition to their medical problems.
Dr. Heafner is a board certified Vascular Surgeon who treats patients with a variety of vascular conditions including cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, thoracic and abdominal aneurysms and traumatic injuries. He has a clinical interest in complex aortic aneurysms and trained under Dr. Gustovo Oderich in complex endovascular aneurysm repairs. He assists in the planning and execution of these fenestrated and branched endovascular repairs at UCD.
Dr. Heafner has a focus towards minimally invasive endovascular surgical procedures. He stays on the cutting edge of technology to provide patient's with the safest and most durable procedures possible.
B.A., St. Louis University, St. Louis MO 2007
M.D., St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO 2011
General Surgery, San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio TX 2011-2012
General Surgery, San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio TX 2012-2017
Vascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN 2017-2019
Upper Midwest Fellows Case Competition - 1st place, 2019
SCVS Top Gun Runner-up, 2019
VESS Fellows Case Competition - 1st place, 2019
SCVS Top Gun Champion, 2018
South Texas ACS Resident Surgical Skills Champion, 2015, 2016
SAUSHEC Research Day Third Place Resident Research Poster Competition, 2014
Surgeon on Duty of the Year Award - San Antonio Military Medical Center, 2013
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society - St. Louis University School of Medicine, 2011
Rodney M. Coe Distinction in Community Service - St. Louis University School of Medicine, 2011
Arnold Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society - St. Louis University School of Medicine, 2010
Heafner T, Bews K, Kalra M, Oderich G, Colglazier J, Shuja F, Bower T, DeMartino R. Transfusion Timing and Postoperative Myocardial Infarction and Death in Patients Undergoing Common Vascular Procedures. Ann Vasc Surg. 2020 Feb;63:53-62. doi:10.1016/j.avsg.2019.08.090. Epub 2019 Oct 15. PMID:31626929.
Heafner TA, Lewis C, Baluh G, Clemens M, Propper B, Arthurs ZM. Initial Inoculation Concentration Does Not Affect Final Bacterial Colonization of In vitro Vascular Conduits. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2018 Apr;19(3):352-357. doi:10.1089/sur.2017.195. Epub 2018 Feb 21. PMID:29466092.
Clemens MS, Stull MC, Hata KW, Heafner TA, Watson JDB, Arthurs ZM, Propper BW. Antimicrobial-bonded graft patency in the setting of a polymicrobial infection in swine (Sus scrofa). J Vasc Surg. 2017 Oct;66(4):1210-1216. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2016.09.040. Epub 2016 Dec 14. PMID:27988159.
Clemens MS, Heafner TA, Watson JD, Aden JK 3rd, Rasmussen TE, Glasgow SC. Quality of Life in United States Veterans With Combat-Related Ostomies From Iraq and Afghanistan. Mil Med. 2016 Nov;181(11):e1569-e1574. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-16-00147. PMID:27849491.
Stull MC, Clemens MS, Heafner TA, Watson JDB, Arthurs ZM, Propper BW. Prosthetic Graft Patency in the Setting of a Polymicrobial Infection in Swine (Sus scrofa). Ann Vasc Surg. 2016 Oct;36:265-272. doi:10.1016/j.avsg.2016.05.089. Epub 2016 Jul 15. PMID:27423719.
Scott DJ, Watson JD, Heafner TA, Clemens MS, Propper BW, Arthurs ZM. Validation of the Short Musculoskeletal Function Assessment in patients with battlefield-related extremity vascular injuries. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Dec;60(6):1620-6. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2014.08.060. Epub 2014 Sep 19. PMID:25242269.
Heafner TA, Glasgow SC. A critical review of the role of local excision in the treatment of early (T1 and T2) rectal tumors. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2014 Oct;5(5):345-52. doi:10.3978/j.issn.2078-6891.2014.066. PMID:25276407.
Clemens MS, Watson JD, Scott DJ, Hislop SJ, Heafner TA, Arthurs ZM. Magnetic resonance imaging: occult popliteal artery entrapment syndrome in a young soldier. Ann Vasc Surg. 2014 Oct;28(7):1796.e1-4. doi:10.1016/j.avsg.2014.04.014. Epub 2014 May 21. PMID:24858594.
Glasgow SC, Heafner TA, Watson JD, Aden JK, Perry WB. Initial management and outcome of modern battlefield anal trauma. Dis Colon Rectum. 2014 Aug;57(8):1012-8. doi:10.1097/DCR.0000000000000141. PMID:25003297.
Schriger DL, Altman DG, Vetter JA, Heafner T, Moher D. Forest plots in reports of systematic reviews: a cross-sectional study reviewing current practice. Int J Epidemiol. 2010 Apr;39(2):421-9. doi:10.1093/ije/dyp370. Epub 2010 Jan 21. PMID:20093305.