Meet The Vascular Surgery Team
Richard P. Cambria, MD, System Chief, Vascular Services
Richard P. Cambria, MD, is the Steward Health Care System chief of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Cambria comes to Steward from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he has served as division chief of Vascular/Endovascular Surgery, and as the Linton Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. A nationally and internationally renowned expert in the surgical treatment of complex aortic aneurysm disease, Dr. Cambria is credited with having the largest aneurysm and carotid artery surgical practice in Massachusetts. Under his leadership, his team at MGH is also credited with performing more stent graft repairs of both abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms than any other institution in the Northeast.
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Cambria earned his medical degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was awarded the Allen O. Whipple Award for Outstanding Performance in Surgery. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was also named the inaugural Robert R. Linton Research Fellow in Vascular Surgery. Following a brief tenure at Yale Medical School, Dr. Cambria returned to MGH as an associate professor of surgery and was promoted to professor of surgery in 2001.
An accomplished author and researcher, Dr. Cambria has been a member of the editorial board and assistant editor of The Journal of Vascular Surgery and has more than 275 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters to his credit. He is a past president of both the New England Society of Vascular Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery.
Nikhil Kansal, MD,
Nikhil Kansal, MD, FACS, St. Elizabeth’s chief of Vascular Surgery and director of Vascular Surgery Services for Steward Health Care, is fellowship trained from some of the leading medical institutions including Harvard Medical Scholl and UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Kansal specializes in complex open and endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, endovascular (minimally invasive) lower extremity revascularization, carotid stenting and endarterectomy and venous disorders.
Scott G. Prushik, MD, Vascular Surgeon
Scott Prushik, MD, a vascular and endovascular surgeon, is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at the UMASS Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Prushik has a special clinical interest in endovascular surgery, peripheral bypass surgery, dialysis access, upper and lower extremity bypass, carotid surgery and abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery.
Frank Pomposelli, Jr., MD, Chair, Department of Surgery; Vascular Surgeon
Dr. Pomposelli is chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, director of surgery for the Steward Health Care Network and professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth’s in 2011, Pomposelli was a member of the faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) where he ultimately became chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, director of their vascular surgery residency program and rose to the rank of professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.
He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1979. Pomposelli trained in general surgery at BIDMC from 1979 through 1986, and then completed his vascular training at New York University Medical Center in 1987. He started the endovascular aneurysm program at BIDMC in 2001, and in 2004 he obtained additional advanced endovascular training during a sabbatical at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Pomposelli has many years of experience in the treatment of all aspects of vascular disease, including complex aortic, carotid artery and lower extremity bypass surgeries, and in endovascular interventions such as carotid stenting, endovascular aneurysm repair, and lower extremity arterial interventions. He is perhaps best known for his clinical work and research in arterial insufficiency of the lower extremities in patients with diabetes mellitus. He has performed over 2,500 lower extremity bypasses and 1,000 lower extremity endovascular interventions. In addition, Pomposelli has written and lectured extensively about the clinical approach to diabetic foot disease and helped expand the use of distal arterial bypass in diabetic patients with foot ischemia.
In 2013, Pomposelli was featured in Boston Magazine’s “Top Docs” list, as the best surgeon for vascular surgery in the Boston area. He is also the president of the New England Society of Vascular Surgery.
William Capasso, PA
William Capasso, PA, is a physician assistant for the Center for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth’s in 2012, Capasso worked with Dr. Pomposelli and the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2005.
He received his Physician Assistant Bachelor of Science degree from University of San Antonio Health Science Center in 1996. This degree was in conjunction with the United States Army Physician Assistant Program.
At St. Elizabeth’s Center for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Capasso manages complex acute and chronic arterial, venous, and diabetic wounds and ulcers. His specialty includes assisting in the peripheral vascular room, where he helps with all interventional cases such as diagnostic angiogram and catheter-based interventions such as endovascular aneurism repair, balloon angioplasty and/or stenting.
Jennifer Lambert, NP, Cosmetic Vein Center
Jennifer Lambert, NP, is the nurse practitioner for the Center for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth’s in 2011, Lambert worked with Dr. Frank Pomposelli and the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2003.
In 2005, Lambert received her acute care nurse practitioner degree from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Russell Sage College in 1995.
Lambert has many years of experience within vascular surgery and manages complex acute and chronic arterial, venous, and diabetic wounds and ulcers for the center. In addition, she manages the Outpatient Cosmetic Vein Center and is trained in sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, and assists on all Venefit/VNUS Radiofrequency ablation procedures. Lambert also oversees the Clinical Research Program bringing more than 10 years of varied clinical research experience, including both industry and hospital.
- Leslie Stone, RVT, Technical Director
- Oto Ridzon, RVT