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Bernardo C. Mendes, M.D.

  1. Vascular Surgeon

The clinical practice and research of Bernardo Mendes, M.D., complements his focus and fellowship training in the treatment of complex abdominal, thoracoabdominal and aortic arch aneurysms. Dr. Mendes joined the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic in 2012 as a Research Fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Gustavo Oderich, with focus on endovascular aortic aneurysms. He joined the vascular surgery integrated residency program at Mayo Clinic in 2013, during which time he received a number of honors, including the Fellow Teacher of the Year Award in 2018, and the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award in 2017, the highest honor a trainee can receive at Mayo Clinic, which recognizes the qualities associated with the Mayo Clinic founders, Drs. William J. and Charles H. Mayo, based on outstanding clinical performance, humanitarianism and scholarly activity. He joined the faculty in 2018 and was named Associate Professor of Surgery in 2022, and currently is the Program Director of the Advanced Aortic Fellowship and Associate Program Director of the Fellowship and Integrated Residency programs. His overall research goal is to develop the safest and most durable treatment for patients with aortic aneurysms, particularly using endovascular techniques.

  1. Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  2. Aortic aneurysm
  3. Aortic disorder
  4. Aortic dissection
  5. Aortic ulcer
  6. Aortoiliac disease
  7. Arterial aneurysm
  8. Arteriovenous fistula
  9. Carotid artery disease
  10. Carotid body tumor
  11. Cerebrovascular disease
  12. Claudication
  13. Critical limb ischemia
  14. Marfan syndrome
  15. Mesenteric ischemia
  16. Peripheral artery disease
  17. Thoracic aortic aneurysm
  18. Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm
  19. Vascular graft infection
  1. Aneurysm surgery
  2. Angiogram
  3. Angioplasty
  4. Aortic aneurysm repair
  5. Arteriovenous fistula surgery
  6. Carotid angioplasty and stenting
  7. Carotid endarterectomy
  8. Endovascular aneurysm repair
  9. Femoral endarterectomy
  10. Mesenteric artery bypass
  11. Thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery
  12. Thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair
  13. Thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery
  14. Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Endovascular and open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Complex endovascular repair of aortoiliac, thoracoabdominal and aortic arch aneurysms using fenestrated and branched stent grafts
  • Endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease for claudication or limb salvage with angioplasty and stents
  • Arterial bypass surgery for severe peripheral arterial disease
  • Carotid endarterectomy and stenting
  1. 2018
    ResidentVascular Surgery - Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
  2. 2013
    Research FellowshipDivision of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery
  3. 2012
    Resident - General SurgeryIrmandade de Santa Casa de Misericordia
  4. 2008
    MDUniversidade Federal de Santa Maria


  1. 2019
    Vascular SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2021
    Top Performing ProviderMayo Clinic
  2. 2018
    Fellow Teacher of the YearDepartment of Surgery
  3. 2017
    Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship AwardMayo School of Graduate Medical Education
  4. 2014
    Hungry Dog AwardDepartment of Surgery
  5. 2013
    Best Poster Award ISVS/Veith SymposiumInternational Society for Vascular Surgery

Professional memberships

  1. 2022 - 2024
    MemberSociety for Vascular Surgery
  2. 2022 - present
    MemberSociety for Clinical Vascular Surgery
  3. 2021 - present
    MemberDepartment of Surgery Innovation Committee
  4. 2020 - present
    ChairDivision of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship, Clinical Competency Committee
  5. 2020 - present
    ChairDivision of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Residency, Program Evaluation Committee
  6. 2019 - present
    MemberMidwestern Vascular Surgical Society
  7. 2019 - present
    MemberVascular and Endovascular Surgery Society
  8. 2018 - present
    MemberPriestley Society
  9. 2018 - present
    MemberDepartment of Surgery Clinical Trials Committee
  10. 2018 - present
    MemberData Safety Monitoring Board, Department of Surgery
  11. 2018 - present
    MemberSurgery Peer Review Research Committee, Department of Surgery
  12. 2017 - 2018
    Resident/Fellow RepresentativeAssociation of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  13. 2013 - present
    MemberInternational Society for Vascular Surgery
  14. 2013 - 2022
    Candidate MemberSociety for Vascular Surgery
  15. 2013 - present
    MemberSociety for Clinical Vascular Surgery
  16. 2013 - present
    Candidate MemberAmerican Venous Forum