VCU Health’s medical staff at Baird Vascular Institute reflects fresh thinking about a collaborative approach to vascular care. VCU Health Medical Center’s Division of Vascular Surgery and Department of Radiology joined forces to create Central Virginia’s only academically based vascular center. We’ve brought together leading interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons to provide the Greater Richmond and Central Virginia region with the best in vascular diagnosis and treatment. Together, they offer area patients and referring physicians a level of medical expertise, experience and knowledge usually found only in a major academic medical center, as well as the most advanced technologies and facilities to support their work – all in a convenient outpatient setting.
Occasionally, we like to highlight some of our physicians on a more personal level. We recently sat down with Mark M. Levy, MD, our Chair of Vascular Surgery – to find out a little more about what he’s like outside of the office.
Where are you from? I’m originally from Elberon, New Jersey – on the Jersey shore. The job at at VCU Health is what brought me to Richmond in the 1990’s.
Would you say you’re a city person or a country person? I have no idea – I feel like I could be both. I feel comfortable in both an urban environment or a profoundly rural environment. But I would have to say, like most people, I can relax a little more in a rural environment.
What do you enjoy in your spare time? I like to spend time with family on the river in Deltaville, Virginia – both sailing and fishing. My children have small racing sailboats, Optis and Lasers, and they’ve all learned to sail in Deltaville over the past 15 years.
Tell us about your family. My wife & I moved to Richmond in 1998, and we have 5 children, all of which are in school in Richmond or at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
What’s your favorite television show and why? That’s a hard one, that presumes I watch anything other than news and sports and increasingly, only sports. As many folks do, we watch more and more movies on Netflix and online.
What’s your favorite sports team? I love so many teams, but I do like the Richmond Flying Squirrels – since I’m a baseball fan, they would have to be my favorite.
What’s your favorite book? I enjoy reading stories from the Bible, but don’t happen to have a current favorite book.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are 3 things you’d want to have with you? Well, first, a large container of spring water for obvious reasons, a sailboat and mosquito repellent – I’m very susceptible to mosquitoes.
What’s one thing patients would be surprised to know about you? Most people don’t know that I have 5 children – ranging in age from 14 to 19.
What do you like most about working at Baird Vascular Institute at VCU Health? I love taking care of vascular patients with both venous and arterial occlusive disease. I enjoy getting to know them as well.