John Rectenwald, MD, MS

(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

  • 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 Jul; 72(1): 209-218.e1
    [PubMed ID: 32085960]

  • Predicting the Safety and Effectiveness of Inferior Vena Cava Filters Study: Design of a unique safety and effectiveness study of inferior vena cava filters in clinical practice.
    Gillespie DL, Spies JB, Siami FS, Rectenwald JE, White RA, Johnson MS
    J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord 2020 03; 8(2): 187-194.e1
    [PubMed ID: 31636051]

  • A survey of vascular specialists' practice patterns of inferior vena cava filter placement and retrieval.
    Brahmandam A, Skrip L, Sumpio B, Indes J, Dardik A, Sarac T, Rectenwald J, Chaar CIO
    Vascular 2019 Jun; 27(3): 291-298
    [PubMed ID: 30501583]

  • Attrition rates in integrated vascular and cardiothoracic surgery residency and fellowship programs.
    Chen H, Reddy RM, Palmer SW, Coleman DM, Hoch JR, DiMusto PD, Rectenwald JE
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2019 01; 69(1): 236-241
    [PubMed ID: 30455051]

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