Robyn Macsata

robyn macsataRobyn Macsata, MD, is program director, Vascular Surgery residency and fellowship, and vascular surgeon, MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC)/MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH). Her medical education research is currently focused on a comparison of the knowledge base and surgical skills of new vascular surgery residents versus independent vascular surgery fellows.

Her clinical research interests include evaluation of the use of wireless activity trackers to improve walking distance in those with claudication. Other topics include the effects of obesity, hyperglycemia, and renal insufficiency on peripheral vascular disease and surgical outcomes.

Dr. Macsata serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Her research has been published in multiple journals, including the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Seminars in Vascular Surgery, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. She regularly presents her research at regional and national meetings, including those of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Eastern Vascular Society.

She is past-president for the American College of Surgeon’s District of Columbia chapter, and she serves as a committee chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Society for Vascular Surgery. She also is a member of the Education and Leadership Councils of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery. In addition to being board certified in General and Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery, she is a Registered Vascular Technologist.

Her medical degree is from Temple University in Philadelphia. She completed a residency in General Surgery at MWHC and a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at MWHC/MGUH.

Research Interests

Dr. Macsata’s research interests include

  • Medical education for vascular surgery residents and fellows
  • Surgical outcomes
  • Effects of obesity, hyperglycemia, and renal insufficiency on peripheral vascular disease and surgical outcomes

Selected Research

Use of wireless activity trackers to improve walking distance in patients with claudication

Dr. Macsata is currently working on this project funded by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research.

Obesity and cardiac complications after carotid endarterectomy

In this research, Dr. Macsata and colleagues studied the association of obesity with outcomes after carotid endarterectomy. Because obesity is an independent risk factor for death and cardiac complications after carotid endarterectomy, surgeons should consider the risks and benefits before performing such surgery in patients with obesity. Results of this work were published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons(2012;214:148-55).

View Dr. Macsata's publications on PubMed

  • Research Areas
  • Medical Education
  • Other Surgical