50th Anniversary of Vascular Surgery at SMH

Our History

  • In August 1972

    I arrived in Miami to join Dr. Mel Levinson in the practice of general and vascular surgery.

  • In 1975

    I became a partner in Levinson Reiss MD PA

  • In 1978

    I was instrumental in opening the South Miami Hospital Blood Flow Lab (SMH BFL) as Chairman of the Blood Flow Lab committee. This was the second noninvasive vascular lab in the state of Florida.

  • In 1979

    I started in solo practice as Ian M Reiss MD PA

  • In 1987

    I was a founding member of the Florida Vascular Society (FVS) and of the South Florida Society for Vascular Surgery (SFSVS).

  • In 1988

    Cindy Brown joined the practice as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) until 2020.

  • In 1989

    I stopped doing general surgery and focused upon only vascular surgery.

  • In 1990

    I was elected President of the Medical Staff of SMH.

  • In 1992

    Wanda Ramos joined the practice until 2004 to open an office NonInvasive Vascular lab (NIVL).

  • In 1993

    > The office NIVL was accredited by the Inter-societal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). It was the first or among the first office based NIVLs in Miami to become accredited.

    > I was elected Chief of Vascular Surgery at South Miami Hospital (1993-1996, 2004-2006).

  • In 1994

    I was elected to the Board of Trustees of South Miami Hospital (1994-2021, Vice-Chairman 1998-2001).

  • In 1995

    > I was elected President of the Florida Vascular Society (FVS).

    > Michael Ingegno,MD joined the practice (7/95-11/2001).

  • In 1996

    we joined Endovascular Associates and began placing Endografts to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). Dr. Barry Katzen and I placed the first WL Gore Endoprosthesis to repair an AAA in the United States.

  • In 1998

    (until 2012) I was the Founding Medical Director of the Wound Center at SMH.

  • In 2001

    -> Stephen Kang, MD joined the practice. He introduced thrombin injection therapy (against much resistance) for the treatment of femoral pseudo aneurysms. This has now become the gold standard for treating this problem.


    -> With the arrival of Steve Kang the endovascular procedures in the community began moving from Interventional Radiology to Vascular Surgery (our practice).


    -> I was the director of the Baptist Health South Florida Annual Wound Care Symposium from 2006 to 2011.


    -> over the years our Carotid Endarterectomy patients went from a five day stay in the hospital to being sent home the day after surgery.


    -> For the open resection of AAA we had our patients donate their own blood preoperatively to be used as a transfusion during their surgery. We also used a cell saver to return the patient’s own blood during the operative procedure. Many of these procedures were done under regional anesthesia with the patient completely awake during the operation.


    -> From this point forward I think additional comments should come from the current surgeons in the practice.