Our Services

Women’s Health

Women have unique health issues. Some of these unique health issues can include pregnancy, menopause, and conditions of the female organs. ..

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Working together with clinical oncologists, our physicians have developed procedures to treat many cancer patients and to improve their quality of life…

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Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

Enlarged prostate (BPH) affects a large percentage of men over the age of 65. We offer an innovative, outpatient procedure to treat this condition…

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Dialysis Access/ESRD Services

From surgical creation of dialysis access to minimally invasive procedures to help maintain a healthy access, our expert staff aim to navigate you through your journey ..

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Varicose Vein Treatment

An estimated 40 percent of people in the United States have chronic venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency can present itself as a spider or varicose veins ..

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Men’s Health

Men have unique health issues. At the Metropolitan Vascular Institute, we specialize in treating some of these unique conditions that can affect the male population…

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Our Doctors

Ava Star, M.D.

Dr. Star is a Board-Certified Vascular & Interventional Physician. Trained at Stanford, Columbia, Penn, and the
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William D. Yu, M.D., FASN

Dr. William Yu is a Board-Certified lnterventional Nephrologist at the Vascular Institute of Virginia.
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Dr. Anish P. Shah, M.D. FASN

Dr. Shah is the medical director and founder of the Metropolitan Vascular Institute, LLC. He is a Board-Certified
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Dr. Rachel Piechowiak, D.O.

Dr. Rachel Piechowiak is a Board-Certified Vascular & Interventional Radiologist at the Metropolitan Vascular.
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With the Magellan Robotic System, patient Yvanna underwent a Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedure to treat uterine fibroids.


A patient suffering from enlarged prostate is treated with the Magellan Robotic System.
The Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) procedure with the Magellan was used to treat enlarged prostate, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

The doctor’s office is never a pleasant place to visit because you normally are not feeling well. However, Dr. Washer and his team are the best; my experience has always been pleasant and prompt.


Everyone here is wonderful and they all have been so good to my mother,and now she feels like a new woman…..Thank you


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What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?
Peripheral Arterial Disease is a disorder that affects the arteries outside of the heart and brain. According to the American Heart Association, controllable risk factors for PAD include cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes mellitus, physical inactivity, high blood cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Does my insurance cover Varicose Vein Treatments?
Some insurance companies do cover treatment. Our in-office insurance coordinator will verify your insurance coverage, on your behalf, prior to your treatment.
What can I do to keep my dialysis access healthy?
Examine your access daily to ensure there is a thrill and keep the site clean. Wash skin daily with soap and water. Avoid sleeping on your access arm, carrying heavy objects and checking blood pressure in your access arm.
What if I have a catheter?
Keep the site clean and dry. Dressing changes will be done at dialysis center. Plan on transitioning to a fistula or a graft as soon as possible.
How soon can I be seen?
Same or next day appointments are available.
Will my procedure hurt?
No. We will give you sedation to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your procedure. Please be sure not to eat or drink anything on the day of your procedure so that we can administer sedation.
How long is my recovery time?
Depending on the type of procedure, patients generally recover within 30 minutes-2 hours and are able to be discharged.
What is Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)?
PAE, which can be performed under light anesthesia, involves a treatment called embolization, which entails temporarily blocking blood flow to the arteries that supply the prostate.



The Metropolitan Vascular Institute will be officially opening on Monday, June 29, 2020 and scheduling appointments at their new location:

Metropolitan Vascular Institute
3015 Technology Place
Suite 100 (Office)
Suite 110 (ASC)
Waldorf, MD 20601

Please call (301)374-8540 to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to working with you!