OUR PHYSICIANS & PHILOSOPHY OF CARE
Our practice philosophy is to offer:
The region’s highest level of care with empathy, dignity and compassion.
A partnership between the patient, referring physician and surgeon in order to provide individualized and informed care.
The least invasive method of appropriate treatment to promote faster recovery.
A comprehensive team of specialists including the Physician, Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses and Registered Vascular Sonographers.
Regional access - Our physicians are on staff at multiple hospitals throughout the region and offer office appointments at convenient locations.
Commitment to promoting health and wellness in the community.
DR. ROBERT CARTER
Robert R. Carter, MD, FSVS, FACS, RPVI earned his medical degree at the University of California at Davis Medical School. He then moved to Kansas City to complete his residency at the University of Missouri - Kansas City in general surgery. After subsequently completing a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the University of Kentucky, he and his family returned to Kansas City to join the Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute (formerly Kansas City Vascular) team in 2011.
He is board certified in both general and vascular surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). His extensive training provides him with the skill set needed to treat even the most advanced vascular problems. He specializes in both open and endovascular techniques and has additional specialty training in wound care and varicose veins.
Dr. Carter strives to be a leader in the local and nation medical communities. He has numerous publications in distinguished journals such as Current Problems in Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and The European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. He co-authored a chapter in the most recent 5th edition of the book Current Therapy in Vascular Surgery. As an associate professor at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and an assistant professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, Dr. Carter enjoys working with residents and passing on his medical knowledge to future generations of surgeons.
Dr. Carter is married and has two children. While at home, he enjoys spending time with his family and experiencing all the activities that the Kansas City area has to offer.
DR. MICHAEL DEIPARINE
While he is a native of Wisconsin, Michael K. Deiparine, MD, FSVS, FACS has made the Kansas City metro area his home for the past 20 years. He is Board Certified in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is also recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Deiparine graduated from the University of Wisconsin with distinction earning a degree in molecular biology in 1985 and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in 1989. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency. He did his Vascular Surgical Residency in California at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Deiparine served from 1989 to 2005 in the United States Navy Reserve Medical Corps achieving the rank of Commander.
In addition to his busy vascular surgery practice, Dr. Deiparine has vast experience in wound care and previously served as medical director of the Advanced Wound Care Center at Centerpoint Medical Center. Additional leadership experiences at Centerpoint include having served as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and as a member of the Medical Executive Committee. His professional affiliations include the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgery, Midwest Vascular Surgical Society, the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Deiparine has a wide variety of personal interests including spending time with family, travel, golf, occasionally brewing beer and cheering on the Packers and Badgers sports teams. He and his wife, Kimberly, have four children.
DR. SCOTT KUJATH
Scott W. Kujath, MD, FSVS, FACS is a highly-respected, board certified vascular surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is well known for his expertise in vascular surgery and effective treatment of chronic wounds and was board certified in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Kujath is the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Truman Medical Center and the University of Missouri - Kansas City and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, University of Kansas and Kansas City University. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Missouri and fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.
Dr. Kujath demonstrates his commitment to the systemic advancement of his profession serving as the chair of the Department of Surgery and also as a member of the Medical Executive Committee and Surgery Advisory Committee at North Kansas City Hospital. He is also on the Metropolitan Medical Society Board of Directors and maintains active membership in many professional organizations including the Society for Vascular Surgery, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, and Missouri State Medical Society. Dr. Kujath is a leader in research serving as the Local Principal Investigator for multiple clinical trials with a focus on the utilization of stents in aortic and vascular disease.
In addition to his professional commitment, Dr. Kujath is helping to improve health and wellness within our community. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as the Medical Director, for the Mission of Hope Clinic. Additionally, he is Medical Director of the AED Program for the Raytown School District and served on the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee for Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Kujath's influence reaches far beyond his Missouri roots. His devotion to international community service projects, including serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Living Room Ministries International, is a hallmark of his commitment to his profession and patients.
DR. KARL STARK
Karl R. Stark, MD, FSVS, FACS is a broadly recognized vascular surgeon whose leadership in open and endovascular surgical techniques, as well as treatment of chronic wounds, has spanned three decades. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons with additional certification in vascular surgery. Dr. Stark is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Truman Medical Center and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Middlesex General University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
An innovative leader, Dr. Stark was the instigator of the Wound Healing Center at North Kansas City Hospital and he has continued to serve as the Director since its inception. Dr. Stark has been involved in the development of advanced techniques for critical limb ischemia and is routinely sought out as an expert in severe arterial disease and wound treatment. He is respected nationally for his extensive research experience. He has been involved in multiple autologous stem cell and gene therapy treatment studies, and is also the principal investigator for Life Cells, a study of the use of autologous stem cells for non-reconstructable peripheral arterial disease.
Dr. Stark, President of MAVI, is frequently invited to deliver presentations for medical colleagues. His tenures as president of the Kansas City Surgical Society, Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Truman Medical Center School of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and current memberships on multiple committees of North Kansas City Hospital and the Society for Vascular Surgery all attest to his commitment to collaborative academic development. Dr. Stark has a special gift of connecting with residents and medical students, as well as providing outstanding clinical guidance. His dedication to passing on his knowledge and skill was recently recognized as he was awarded the Ralph Ringo Coffey Award for Clinical Excellence which is presented annually to just one faculty member at Truman Medical Center.
Dr. Stark's roots are in rural Missouri. His patients know him as a man who is grounded in respect for them and for commitment to providing his patients with the best possible medical service. Dr. Stark, his wife, and family enjoy time together on their farm and at the Lake of the Ozarks with their dogs. His vineyard is another source of enjoyment as is the wine making it fosters.
DR. AUSTIN WAGNER
Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute was delighted when Austin J. Wagner, DO, FSVS, RPVI, joined its team in 2015. Following his residency and fellowship, he was pleased to return to his hometown to work with surgeons who inspire him in his chosen profession of vascular surgery.
Dr. Wagner completed his vascular surgery fellowship at the highly respected Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. His general surgery residency was at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, and he finished his internship at Westview Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. Dr. Wagner earned his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2008 after graduating magna cum laude with a degree in biochemistry at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.
A member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and Society for Vascular Surgery, Dr. Wagner is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. He has delivered presentations to his colleagues at annual meetings and is quickly gaining the respect of referring physicians. Dr. Wagner is a Kansas City metro native who possesses the clinical and communication skills that patients need, along with the bedside manner that quickly builds trust.
At home, Dr. Wagner enjoys time with his wife and three children, and when he can get away for some leisurely activity, he enjoys golf, lacrosse and camping.
DR. MIKE WALDSCHMIDT
Mike L. Waldschmidt, MD, FACS, has all of the training and clinical expertise a patient wants, but it is his caring nature and conversational approach that immediately puts them at ease. It is common for Dr. Waldschmidt's staff to hear patients and their families talk about how empathetic and patient he is. They say he takes the time to explain medical issues in layman's terms that they can understand.
Dr. Waldschmidt was raised in western Kansas and is a graduate of Fort Hays State University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He left his native state after earning his medical degree to complete an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Following that he moved to Rochester, Minn. where he finished a fellowship in vascular surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
In 1984, Dr. Waldschmidt started his own private practice, Vascular Surgery Associates, in Liberty, Mo. where he remained until merging with Kansas City Vascular in January 2016 to create MAVI. He has been selected to serve in various leadership positions on the medical staffs at Liberty Hospital, Independence Regional Medical Center, and Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital. Throughout his career, Dr. Waldschmidt has authored various published articles and has been recognized with multiple awards. He now enjoys sharing both his clinical expertise, as well as his professional and life experience by mentoring young surgeons.
While Dr. Waldschmidt is a highly respected surgeon having spent many years treating the full spectrum of aortic and vascular disease, over the past 10 years he has developed a particular interest in lower extremity venous disease, including varicose and spider vein issues. While sometimes considered only a cosmetic issue, venous disease can be a serious medical problem. Dr. Waldschmidt saw patients being treated by providers without a level of training and experience that vascular surgeons possess, so he moved toward shifting his focus to treating venous disease. Since that time, more than 1,000 patients, including those with unsightly blemishes to more serious conditions causing phlebitis, have benefited from his decision to provide patients with a safe, high quality option for treating venous disease.
He is board certified in vascular surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Additionally, Dr. Waldschmidt is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. His professional associations include the Society of Vascular Surgery, Midwestern Vascular Society, American Medical Association, Missouri State Medical Association, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Waldschmidt's wife, Linda, was raised in Alabama. They both had an interest in the medical field as Linda is a nurse. The Waldschmidt family has enjoyed frequent visits to the South in order to celebrate and expose their four children to her heritage, as well as spend time with extended family.
DR. JONATHAN WILSON
Jonathan E. Wilson, DO, FACOS, FSVS, RPVI returned to his rural roots as a member of the vascular surgery team at Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute. Having grown up in Independence, on the acres of the Fort Osage Christmas Tree Farm, and graduated from Fort Osage High School, Dr. Wilson developed an early affinity for the people and places of the Midwest.
His early scholarship was evident as he graduated summa cum laude with multiple honors from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, focusing on biochemistry with an emphasis in molecular genetics. His graduate studies led him to the University of North Texas, Columbia Hospital and Palms West Hospital in Florida, and finally to the University of Missouri where he completed his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship.
Dr. Wilson’s professional leadership has continued as he has co-authored several recent publications and has been an invited guest lecturer at conferences in Canada, India and Egypt. He is an associate professor at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, a Fellow Member of the Society of Vascular Surgery, member of The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, as well as numerous other professional organizations.
As a board certified surgeon, he specializes in all aspects of vascular surgery, including thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound healing, with a special interest in dialysis access.
During his time away from the office and hospitals, Dr. Wilson enjoys spending time at home with his wife. He is an avid fisherman and also devotes time to medical missions, including a mission endeavor in Guatemala, where he had time to employ his Spanish speaking skills. Dr. Wilson is a personable, skilled and respected member of the MAVI team.