Current Vascular Surgery Residents

Current Residents - Vascular Surgery


Ashton Lee, MD

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Hobbies:  Running, downhill skiing, creative writing, video games
Interests: Dialysis access, limb salvage, preoperative risk assessment 
Why University of Arizona? UArizona has a passionate vascular care team 


Peter Devito, MD

Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Hobbies:  Outdoors stuff
Interests: Vascular surgery, Aortic Disease
Why University of Arizona? They operate a lot


Caronae Howell, MD

Hometown: Dexter, MI USA
Medical School: Stony Brook University 
Hobbies: I love running, hiking, and camping with my husband, Paul, and my dog, Cholla. I also enjoy baking, traveling, and reading detective novels. 
Clinical/Research Interests: My main research interests include racial and socioeconomic disparities in vascular surgery outcomes (especially dialysis access) and cognitive changes with cerebrovascular disease. Major clinical interests include carotid artery disease, pediatric vascular surgery, and new technology/devices in endovascular surgery  

Why University of Arizona? I was really excited to come to a program where the faculty were warm and welcoming, and I felt like I found that here. I wanted to work with attendings who cared about my growth and development as a surgeon and encouraged me to pursue my research interests.
My husband is also a resident (emergency medicine) and, most of all, we were looking for a program that offered high-quality training for both of us, and we found that at University of Arizona. 


Douglas Stockton, MD

Hometown: Hawkins, Indiana
Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Hobbies: Spending time with my kids, mountain biking, road biking, hiking, generic outdoor activities
Clinical/Research Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetic Feet Ulcers
Why University of Arizona? The U was my top choice due to its robust vascular program and high volume of operative cases. The attendings truly care about teaching, and my fellow residents and fellows are great people.


Melissa Marie D'Andrea, MD

Hometown: Middletown, Connecticut
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Hobbies: Ice skating; walking, running, and hiking outdoors with my dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; cooking vegetarian foods; composting and gardening. 
Clinical/Research Interests: Reducing health disparities in patients with chronic limb threatening ischemia (CLTI), applications of the WIfI score as a classification system in peripheral arterial disease (PAD), comorbid depression with CLTI effect on amputation outcomes, anticoagulation treatment for thromboembolic events in COVID-19 patients, predictors of long term mortality after AAA repair, and predictors of decline in renal function after EVAR.
Why University of Arizona? I was impressed with the faculty, residents, and fellows working together, the case volume and breadth, the balance of endovascular and open cases, research opportunities, and the emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. Training at multiple clinical sites including the VA, collaborating with SALSA, the well established limb salvage program, the application of Spanish speaking skills where needed to connect better with patients, and participating in outreach clinics to improve access to care were all strong interests of mine that University of Arizona Tucson offered in their training program.