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Inside the OR

The patient came to the operating room in great distress, suffering massive blood loss after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. As Dr. Victor D’Addio tried to save him, the man’s heart stopped. What happened next?

You can read more about it Sunday in Healthy Living, in a column by D’Addio—a Fredericksburg vascular surgeon affiliated with the Virginia Heart & Vascular Institute.

A while ago, D’Addio and others from the institute approached me about the possibility of sharing their experiences and knowledge with Healthy Living readers.

I’m happy to report that D’Addio’s column will be the first in a series of columns we’ll print this year to let readers know more about vascular and heart problems, what causes them and how they can be treated.

The institute’s physicians, who will take turns writing columns, are specialists in everything from implanting pacemakers to inserting stents to treating ruptured aneurysms.  You can learn more about them at


  • john

    I am surprised to read that Dr. D’Addio is a vascular surgeon, When I contacted his office recently, I was advised he was a Radiologist, I am confused.

  • exdoc

    john, dr daddio used to be a surgeon, but changed over to be a radiologist last year

  • richard

    He probably made the change for more money, don’t radiologists make more money than surgeons?

  • Janet

    hey guys, dr. d’addio is still a vascular surgeon, but he works for an interventional radiology group. you can check out the practice — virginia interventional and vascular associates — and read his bio online at

  • expatient

    Janet is right on…….but would not recommend anyone go there…….his office staff is impolite and I got only 5 minutes with the doctor, won’t go back.

  • john

    From the comments, sometimes I wonder if doctors spend years in training to heal others, or do they just want to drive Porsches?

  • Margie U

    Dr Daddio used to be with another practice when I first saw him, I stayed with dr. EArnhardt when he left and would recommend him highly to anyone needing surgery.

  • firebird

    Radiologists are trained to read films, but seems they want to play as medical doctors at MWH. If Dr. Daddio is a radiologist now, should he be permitted to operate?

  • Janet

    hi, everyone, i think there may be some misunderstandings here. the radiology field has changed a lot over the years. interventional radiologists — like those in the group dr. d’addio works with — are trained to perform a multitude of procedures, so their job description goes way beyond reading films. and while dr. d’addio works in a practice with many interventional radiologists, he remains a vascular surgeon. i can’t speak for the practice, but it stands to reason that the expertise of a vascular surgeon would complement the services offered by interventional radiologists, and vice versa.

    here’s a little blurb from the practice’s web site, for those who are interested: “Our doctors combine their skills in reading medical images and performing procedures to diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions. We specialize in minimally invasive procedures and comprehensive vascular treatments.”

    if you’re interested in learning more about what interventional radiologists do or about dr. d’addio’s practice in particular, the practice’s web address is

  • robertg

    I will not go back to see the Doctor Daddio, just seemed like I was a number to him. I waited 2 hours to see him and he spent less than 3 minutes with me after he came in the room. Somehow this does not meet my expecation for good evaluation and care……..

  • Janet

    Hi everyone, I’m posting this as a reminder/notice that our Web site won’t be a forum for personal, profane or defamatory remarks. So please keep your comments on point and professional. Thanks! Janet

  • jrae

    Interesting, it would seem if the doc wants to be in the public forum with this promotional article, that’s the purpose of the article, isn’t it, to promote the physician, from the physician’s perspective, then it would seem that constructive, and likely factual comments, should be accepted on the blog without being labeled as defammatory. Isn’t that what a blog is?????

  • jmarshall

    This blog exists to facilitate discussion of medical information that might be valuable to people experiencing health problems. It does not exist as a forum for making personal attacks on physicians or anyone else. The purpose of the column that’s been the subject of so much discussion here was to help inform people about a potentially dangerous medical condition. The physician who wrote the piece may certainly have hoped to promote himself in the process, but as editor of Healthy Living, my purpose is never promotion or advertising; rather, it is to educate people about medical conditions. Sometimes, a physician who specializes in a particular field can do that far better than anyone else, and so I’m grateful to the health professionals in this area who contribute columns to my section.

    I’ll continue to police this blog for personal attacks — and, yes, defammatory comments — that have no place in a forum devoted to helping educate people about health problems. Comments about health issues and treatment options are welcome.