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Event Description

NATF’s Online Support Group offers patients the opportunity to share common concerns, offer support to one-another, and learn up-to-date and accurate information on research in the field of VTE. Each month is hosted by a different doctor, who presents on important new information for patients with blood clots.

In April, Dr. Alec Schmaier will discuss the various treatment options for PE/DVT and will seek to demystify the different drugs that patients are prescribed. He will explore the different properties of the direct oral anticoagulants and warfarin, while touching on how doctors decide which drugs are best for each individual patient.


Alec Schmaier, MD, PhD
Vascular Medicine Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Alec Schmaier is a cardiologist and vascular medicine clinical fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He has a particular interest in venous and arterial thrombosis and the medical conditions that predispose patients to blood clots.  Vascular disorders other than heart attack and stroke are often underappreciated by both patients and physicians and Dr. Schmaier believes that vascular medicine can help bridge that knowledge gap.  After completing vascular medicine training in the summer of 2018, he will pursue post-doctoral research in vascular biology studying how the blood vessel wall interacts with the coagulation system and blood platelets during conditions that predispose to thrombosis.  He is also studying venous elasticity as a potential biomarker for chronic venous disease—a common condition associated with significant morbidity.  Dr. Schmaier obtained his MD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and his graduate work focused on activation of platelets by collagen and other vascular wall proteins.  He completed his residency at in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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