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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

At Flow Vascular our mission is to provide the highest level of overall service, vascular care, and optimal therapy to our patients and our community.

MEET THE TEAM

 

Flow Vascular is one of the leading dialysis access and limb salvage practices in Southeast Texas with Board Certified Vascular surgeons on staff. Our highly skilled vascular surgeons are seasoned professionals with experience in the most progressive, cutting edge vascular care available today!

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DANEL MONROE

Chief Executive Officer

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  Since 2018

What makes you good at what you do?  I delight in problem solving and have an innate ability to foresee challenges and mitigate risk before it happens. I am ambitious and driven. I thrive on challenge and constantly set goals for this organization to ensure maximum benefit to our patients and community.

What do you love about what you do?  Creating a network that substantially enriches lives and brings peace and comfort to families.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  I love to travel and visit new and adventurous places.  I haven’t been everywhere, but it is on the list. 😊

What is something that others would be surprised about you?   I would rather shop for kitchen gadgets than clothes or shoes.

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CHRISTOPHER DURHAM, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Board CertificationVascular Surgery 

Fellowship:  Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University

Residency:  East Carolina University

Medical School:  University of Texas Medical School

College:  Texas A&M University

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  Practicing since 2015

What influenced you to get into this field of work? In the infinite sea of human conditions requiring care, often times patients with vascular conditions or dialysis access needs are eschewed. As such I felt called to bridge this gap and bring comprehensive care to this super sub-specialized segment of medicine, making positive, warm, kind, and heartfelt interactions for every patient.

What makes you good at what you do?  Strong sense of empathy, passion for patient quality of life, lifelong learner.

What do you love about what you do?  Although certain conditions require multiple procedures, it is always my personal goal to make the patient's next procedure the last procedure they need.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  I have a variety of hobbies, but I most love spending time with my wife and children.

What do you enjoy doing during your spare time?  I love to volunteer in my church.

What is something that others would be surprised about you?  I am most relaxed when riding my Kawasaki Ninja. 

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KARL ILLIG, M.D.

Director of Research and Education

Board CertificationVascular Surgery 

Fellowship:   University of Rochester Medical Center

Residency:  University of Rochester Medial Center (including two years of research)

Medical School: Cornell University Medical College (AOA 1988)

College:  Harvard University (cum laude, 1984)

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular? 

Only for the past 18 months, but this is my home. I was Chief of Vascular Surgery and Program Director at Rochester until 2011, Chief of Vascular Surgery and Associate Chair at the University of South Florida until 2018, and worked with John Ross at the Dialysis Access Institute in South Carolina until moving here in 2021.

Anything else? I am proud to be a Past President of PVSS (now renamed Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society), a past member (and current senior board examiner) of the Vascular Surgical Board of the ABS), Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, and member of the American Surgical Association. I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of “Principles of Dialysis Access,” to be published by Springer in 2023.

What influenced you to get into this field of work? I always wanted to be a surgeon, and fell in love with vascular surgery during my training in Rochester where I worked with multiple past and present giants in the field. Over the past decade I realized that patients with renal failure are grossly underserved, and at the same time found out how fun it could be. Since 2018 my entire professional life has been devoted to the care of this group of patients, including strenuous outreach to help improve such care worldwide.

What makes you good at what you do?  I am full of enthusiasm, wear my heart on my sleeve, and am a perfectionist. I have also been very lucky to have received extraordinary training at extraordinary institutions, and have done over 13,000 surgical cases. I think “good” surgeons are primarily good decision-makers!

What do you love about what you do?  There is enough sameness to get very good at this, but enough variety to make every day interesting. Our patients do very well, and that makes coming to work every day easy!

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  My wife and I love to golf together. I am an avid reader and a fine-scale model railroader.

What is something that others would be surprised about you?  40 years (and pounds) ago I was a high school All-American and college Division I All-Ivy springboard diver. I almost made the 1984 Olympic Trials!

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RONALD CHANG, M.D.

Vascular Surgeon

Board Certification: Vascular Surgery (pending)

Fellowship:  Emory University 2020-2022

Residency:  McGovern Medical School (UTHealth) 2013-2020

Medical School:  Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine 2009-2013

College:  Washington University in St. Louis 2005-2009

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  Starting September 2022

What influenced you to get into this field of work?  Challenging work in an underserved patient population.

What makes you good at what you do?  Perseverance and attention to detail.

What do you love about what you do?  Using all of the tools at our disposal (including medications, endovascular procedures, and surgery) to help patients achieve optimal outcomes and better quality of life.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  Family time with my wife Leslie and son Ethan!

What do you enjoy doing during your spare time?  Cooking, biking, rock climbing.

What is something that others would be surprised about you?  I completed a triathlon in 2011!

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JOHN ROSS, M.D.

Surgery, Industry and Education Outreach

Board Certification: General Surgery

Residency:  University of South Carolina 1979

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina 1974   

College:  Florida State (Chemistry and Mathematics) 1971

What is your role at Flow Vascular? I practiced in rural South Carolina for three decades, ultimately founding Dialysis Access Institute in Orangeburg, the prototype for the Comprehensive Dialysis Access Center concept. At FLOW I am involved with the education, clinical trials, and consortium efforts, using my experience and contacts to continue to push these concepts.

What influenced you to get into this field of work? Originally I fell into the dialysis access field because no one else wanted to do it, but very quickly realized that doing access right saves lives. My mission has been to spread this gospel.

What makes you good at what you do?  My work effort and enthusiasm are second to none.

What do you love about what you do?   Both providing the best possible care to my patients, and the mentoring and personal aspect of working with others.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  Right now, watching the waves come in from my front porch on Fripp Island, GA.

What is something that others would be surprised about you?  I own three planes and hold several aerobatic records!

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HIEU PHAM, D.O. 

Chief of Anesthesiology

Board certification: Anesthesiology

Residency: Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine  at University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. 

Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center

College: Texas A&M University 

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular? 5 years

What influenced you to get into this field of work? I enjoyed doing procedures during my internal medicine residency, and as life would have it, anesthesiology landed in my lap

What makes you good at what you do? I don’t think of myself as “good at what I do” but I know that I am always seeking to be better

What do you love about what you do? I like the aspect of specializing in regional anesthesia and making a difference in the lives of others

What’s your favorite activity outside of work? Playing the piano and guitar

What do you enjoy doing during your spare time? Driving vintage sports cars and riding motorcycles 

What is something that others would be surprised about you? I was supposed to be a naval aviator 

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JT SMITH, LSA, CSTA, PST

Chief Surgical Assistant

Board CertificationCSFA and CST via NBSTSA

Fellowship:  LSA via Texas Medical Board

Residency:  AAS Surgical Assisting via Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting

Medical School:  Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting 

College:  Houston Community College, Community College of the Air Force,

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  4 years

What influenced you to get into this field of work? II always wanted to be in the medical field, but needed to be in a more hands on role, and in my opinion, OR was the perfect fit for me.   

What makes you good at what you do?  I think it’s my attention to detail, (call it OCD if you want), is my best attribute in what I do for FLOW.

What do you love about what you do?  I love helping people live a better life, and knowing that I’ve played a part in allowing them to have more time with their family and loved ones in the long run, is what drives me to wake up and go to the hospital every day.  

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  I love spending quality time with my family and friends, grilling in my back yard.   Still trying to make the perfect steak, (it’s been a process).

What is something that others would be surprised about you? I used to be a pretty good baseball player

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Kahlil Martin

Interventional Access Specialist

Residency:  Baylor College of Medicine - Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Medical School:  Baylor College of Medicine

College:  Morehouse College

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  Practicing since 2011

What influenced you to get into this field of work? Throughout my hospital practice in doing special procedures including central dialysis access, I found myself drawn to the dialysis patient population. FLOW is the next natural progression doing all things vascular.

What makes you good at what you do?  Willingness to learn and expand my skill set.

What do you love about what you do?  Treating the patient A to Z in dialysis access.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  Being a dad.

What is something that others would be surprised about you? I am a classically trained violinist, sang in the Philadelphia Boys Choir, performed in 7 operas, sang with Luciano  Pavarotti.

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IMRAN MOHIUDDIN, M.D.

Vascular Surgeon

Board Certification: Vascular Surgery

Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine

Residency: University of Texas, Houston  

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

College: University of Arkansas

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular? Practicing since 2006

What influenced you to get into this field of work? I really enjoy the complexity of the disease and the constant new innovations.

What makes you good at what you do?  I think I work hard, care about my patients and pay attention to all details.

What do you love about what you do?  Helping people.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  Travel and reading.

What is something that others would be surprised about you? I ran the Houston Marathon.

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KENNETH ZAMMIT

Chief Business Development Officer

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  Since 2018

What makes you good at what you do?  Diligence, compassion, professionalism, flexibility, attention to detail, good communicator and even better listener !

What do you love about what you do?  The prospect of raising patient care & outcomes to a new standard.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  Being present to my precious family and serving the spiritual needs of others!

What is something that others would be surprised about you?   My vibrant sense of humor, playfulness, and sincere sacrificial love of others.

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JACKIE KING

Clinic Coordinator Houston

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  Since 2019

What makes you good at what you do?  My ability to problem solve and ability to take a project from concept to creation building it for maximum utilization.

What do you love about what you do?  I love the challenge of researching and learning complex diagnostic and billing codes along with their corresponding guidelines.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  I enjoy spending time with my family and crafting.

What is something that others would be surprised about you?   I grew up in Manvel, Texas showing cattle with Iowa Colony 4-H. I have won multiple awards through 4-H youth activities such as cattle, fashion and interior design, community service, food and nutrition, meat science and youth entrepreneurship. I have also held multiple leadership titles including President of Iowa Colony 4-H.

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ALEX HAGAD

Vascular Access Consultant

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  Practicing since 2015

What influenced you to get into this field of work? My specialized vascular skills and experience.

What makes you good at what you do?  Making a difference in the lives of people.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  Traveling.

What is something that others would be surprised about you?   I jump out of airplanes.

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OSVALDO "OJ" RAMIREZ

Vascular Access Consultant

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  Practicing since 2012

What influenced you to get into this field of work?  My ambition and drive. No matter the task or activity I always show up and perform.

What makes you good at what you do?  Treating patients and making a difference in their lives.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(MMA), Traveling and Movies.

What is something that others would be surprised about you?   I can't help it but go into character when watching a movie or a show

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LYDIA ROSALES

Clinical Office Coordinator

How long have you worked at Flow Vascular?  Since 2019

What makes you good at what you do?  My experience for over 10 Years of full dedication and compassion in the healthcare.

What do you love about what you do?  Providing continuity of care to our patients to meet their needs and expectations.  Also finding opportunities in which a patient needs extra assistance, whether it be a language barrier or simply a follow up call to get the next step going, that extra mile is an accomplishment.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?  Hobbies I enjoy are working in my yard and inside home spending quality time with family and friends.

What is something that others would be surprised about you?  When I’m asked about my children and their age.