VAN NUYS, Calif.— George Andros, MD, Founder and Medical Director
of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, was
honored with the MedStar Georgetown 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award
in Diabetic Limb Salvage.
Dr. Andros, a board-certified vascular surgeon, is a world-renowned expert
on diabetic limb salvage and lower extremity revascularization. He received
the lifetime achievement award at the seventh annual Diabetic Limb Salvage
Conference, held October 10-12 in Washington, D.C.
"I am deeply honored to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award
in Diabetic Limb Salvage," Dr. Andros said. "I consider myself
lucky to be able to do what I do and to collaborate with a talented team
of medical professionals. Together, we save limbs and improve lives —
it doesn't get more rewarding than that."
For more than 40 years, Dr. Andros has been at the forefront of techniques
for lower extremity revascularization, saving thousands of patients from
the disability of amputation. He also has been a champion for a team approach to care.
At an age when many are ready to retire, Dr. Andros, founding partner of
Los Angeles Vascular Specialists, established the state-of-the-art Amputation
Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. The center is among
only a handful of facilities nationwide — and is the only facility
in Southern California — that brings together a multidisciplinary
team of medical specialists to focus entirely on preserving limbs.
For the past 14 years, Dr. Andros has been co-chair of DFCon Global Diabetic
Foot Conference, an international conference held in Los Angeles. The
conference gathers vascular surgeons and podiatrists in a shared effort
to save limbs, improve the outcome of limb ischemia, and ultimately, provide
excellent patient care.
Dr. Andros is the editor of
Vascular Specialist, the newspaper of the Society for Vascular Surgery, and serves as a member
of the editorial boards of the
Journal of Vascular Surgery and the
Journal of Endovascular Therapy. Additionally, he has served as president of the Southern California Vascular
Surgical Society and the Western Vascular Society, and was a Distinguished
Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Andros also has authored
a book on vascular diagnosis, published more than 55 peer-reviewed articles
in professional journals, and has written more than 35 book chapters.
"George Andros has lived by the maxim, 'It is amazing what you
can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit,' and he has
proved that in his life by achieving more in his field than anyone else
I know by making many of the most significant contributions in distal
bypass techniques that have stood the test of time," said DLS Conference
Co-Chair Dr. Christopher E. Attinger, division chief of the Center for
Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine and professor at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Andros completed his medical education at the University of Chicago
Pritzker School of Medicine, and interned at the Los Angeles County General
Hospital. He completed a surgical residency and vascular training at Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston, where he found a deep interest in lower extremity
Dr. Andros lives in Los Angeles with Marie, his wife of 52 years. He is
the father of Victoria Tomkinson and Alexandra Conroy, and is the proud
grandfather to four children.
About Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Valley Presbyterian Hospital is a 350-bed facility that ranks among the
largest acute care hospitals in the San Fernando Valley. Founded in 1958,
the nonprofit, non-sectarian, independent, community hospital provides
high quality, patient-centered care through leading-edge technology and
a full range of medical services. For more information, visit
About the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital
The Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital (APC)
is among only a handful of facilities nationwide — and is the only
facility in Southern California — that brings together the interdisciplinary
expertise of vascular and podiatric surgeons, and limb salvage and wound
management specialists in one state-of-the-art setting. Patients with
at-risk limbs receive integrated care in an 11,257-foot facility featuring
the latest equipment and instruments to perform limb-saving procedures.