Physician Profile – Dr. Levy

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.


Mark M. Levy, MD

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.

What is an IVC Filter and how is it placed?

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are devices placed in patients who have a history or risk of developing DVT’s or blood clots in the legs or pelvis that may develop into pulmonary emboli, or a blood clot in the lungs. Your physician may recommend an IVC filter for the following conditions:

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Trauma victims
  • Immobility
  • Recent surgery or childbirth

Using image guidance, an IVC filter is inserted via a blood vessel. Typically, the vein in the groin, or the jugular vein in the neck is used. The IVC filter is then placed through the catheter and into the vein. Once it is in the correct position, the interventional radiologist will release the filter, allowing it to fully expand and attach itself to the walls of the blood vessel.

At the end of the procedure, the catheter will be removed and pressure will be applied to stop any bleeding. The opening in the skin is then covered with a dressing. No sutures are needed. Your intravenous line will then be removed to complete the procedure.

The procedure is usually completed within one hour.



Meet VCU Baird Vascular Institute

VCU Baird Vascular Institute offers a convenient and caring option for patients requiring vascular services.  For patients requiring placement of ports for chemotherapy treatment, Baird is a safe, easy, and comfortable environment to have a port placed by an experienced academic physician.

Physicians at Baird also specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular disease, varicose veins, and many other vascular conditions including aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and dialysis access management. While a freestanding building, this outpatient facility is part of VCU Medical Center so patients have easy access to other services, if needed.

VCU Baird Vascular Institute was built for patients’ comfort and provides the latest technology and a range of diagnostic and vascular treatment services. Physicians at the Institute are interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons, and work together with patients’ medical team members to ensure comprehensive, effective treatment. All patients are treated with care, compassion and comfort.

VCU Baird Vascular Institute was made possible in large part by the generous donation of Jane B. Baird Hyde, who bequeathed the building and land to VCU in memory of her late husband, Charles L. Baird Jr., M.D.

Dr. Baird, who passed away in 2008, was a pioneering cardiologist and the founder and director of the Virginia Heart Institute. The building that now houses the VCU Baird Vascular Institute previously housed the Virginia Heart Institute.

With our friendly, comfortable outpatient environment and skilled physicians with academic expertise, VCU Baird Vascular Institute offers excellent vascular care without the overwhelming experience of a large hospital. Learn more here. For more information, please call (804) 828-2600 or email