John Rectenwald, MD, MS


  • Vice Chair of Education
  • Susan Behrens MD (Class of 1975) Surgery Education Chair
  • Program Director for the Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency and Fellowship Programs
(608) 265-4420

600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI, 53792


  • MD, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 1996
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, FL, 2003
  • Fellowship in Vascular Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 2005
  • MS, Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Rectenwald is certified in General and Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He specializes in the treatment of aneurysmal disease of the aorta and peripheral arteries, occlusive disease of the cerebral arteries, the treatment of peripheral arterial disease both surgically and with catheter-based approaches. He also treats simple and complex venous disease and has a clinical interest in the use of inferior vena cava filters and their removal.

John Rectenwald, MD, MS provides a wide range of services including Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair – Open, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair – Endovascular, Amputation, Angioplasty With Stent Placement, Carotid Endartecotomy, Extended Efforts in Limb Salvage, Peripheral Artery Bypass, Varicose Vein Treatment, Peripheral Artery Aneurysm Repair, Treatment of Claudication, Venous Disease Treatment.

Research Interests

Dr. Rectenwald is interested in the uses and outcomes related to inferior vena cava filters as well as outcomes related to the endovascular and open treatment of peripheral arterial disease. His interests include surgical education and the training of future vascular and endovascular surgeons.

Recent Publications

  • Understanding who benefits from endovascular aortic repair in those deemed unfit for open repair.
    Khoury MK, Heid CA, Rectenwald JE, Acher CW, Tsai S, Ramanan B, Timaran CH, Modrall JG
    J Vasc Surg 2022 Feb 25;
    [PubMed ID: 35227800]

  • Trainee Reliance on Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
    Khoury MK, Jones RE, Gee KM, Taveras LR, Boniakowski AM, Coleman DM, Abdelfattah KR, Rectenwald JE, Minter RM
    J Surg Educ 2021 Nov-Dec; 78(6): 1878-1884
    [PubMed ID: 34266790]

  • A Framework for Understanding the Association Between Training Paradigm and Trainee Preparedness for Independent Surgical Practice.
    Smith BK, Rectenwald J, Yudkowsky R, Hirshfield LE
    JAMA Surg 2021 06 01; 156(6): 535-540
    [PubMed ID: 33759997]

  • Outcomes after Open Lower Extremity Revascularization in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia.
    Khoury MK, Rectenwald JE, Tsai S, Kirkwood ML, Ramanan B, Timaran CH, Modrall JG
    Ann Vasc Surg 2020 Aug; 67: 417-424
    [PubMed ID: 32339678]

  • Defining the threshold surgeon volume associated with improved patient outcomes for carotid endarterectomy.
    Modrall JG, Tsai S, Ramanan B, Kirkwood ML, Ali M, Rectenwald JE, Timaran CH, Rosero EB
    J Vasc Surg 2020 07; 72(1): 209-218.e1
    [PubMed ID: 32085960]

All Publications on PubMed