Marsha Bock, a registered vascular technologist, joined University Surgical Associates (USA) in 1982 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer following her promotion in the October 2013. She currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the entire practice.
Previously, she was an instrumental force and influence behind what is now USA’s Vascular Diagnostic Services (VDS) group, USA Special Procedures and USA Prosthetics; all components of the Vascular Center at USA. She worked closely with USA surgeons and administration in developing new patient services.
A native of Chattanooga, TN, Marsha began her career in vascular service in 1980 with Erlanger Health System, serving as a pulmonary and vascular lab clinical secretary and medical assistant. She was soon promoted to vascular technologist in Erlanger’s vascular lab.
Joining USA in the fall of 1982 as a vascular technologist, she developed and implemented the practice’s first mobile vascular service lab for the sole purpose of providing improved vascular care to USA patients and those living in the outlying rural areas.
With vascular technology improving exponentially during this time and USA’s patient base growing beyond the ability to serve with a single mobile unit, she was tasked with developing office based vascular labs with satellite locations. In 1985, after earning her registered vascular technologist (RVT) designation she was promoted to manager of the vascular lab then to technical director in 1995.
Marsha has worked tirelessly at obtaining national accreditation for USA’s vascular services, not only for staff but the program as well. VDS was the first regional lab to require all its vascular technologists be registered and the vascular program be certified by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL), which sets strict guidelines and standards for the interpretation of vascular studies. Her influence has also reached the physician level, as several USA vascular surgeons have now acquired their Registered Peripheral Vascular Interpreter (RPVI) designation through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). The vascular program earned its first accreditation in 1998 and has been accredited since that time.
In 2004, with USA committed to bringing its vascular surgeons and technical capabilities under the same roof, Marsha was again tasked to shape the next generation of vascular services at USA, spending more than 12 months migrating the practice’s vascular services to its new location at the Surgical Specialties Building (SSB) and developing what is now the region’s most comprehensive vascular testing lab.
Along with her operational responsibilities, Marsha also provides support for USA’s vascular education function, having coordinated the effort to train vascular ultrasound students in the VDS lab and working to support USA’s Vascular Fellowship Program through the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga.
Marsha is a member of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound, serving on its Continuing Medical Education and Affiliated Chapters committees, was involved in establishing an affiliated local chapter of the Southeastern Vascular Association (SEVA) where she currently serves as president, and is a Member, Advisory Board of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s vascular ultrasound program.