The Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute's Leadership Council includes four member physicians, each of them a leader in his own specialty of heart and vascular care. The Leadership Council evaluates the institute's quality assurance and research activities and determines appropriate standards for staffing plans and clinical and operational policies, as well as the physical configuration of the institute.


Richard Padgett, M.D., Executive Medical Director
Dr. Padgett received his medical degree at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1988. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He performed a vascular research fellowship at Harvard University in 1996. Before joining Oregon Cardiology in 1998, Dr. Padgett was an assistant professor at the University of Iowa. Dr. Padgett practices interventional cardiology and is developing regional programs in preventive cardiology. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular disease as well as Board certification in Nuclear Cardiology.

Dr. Padgett was elected to the position of Executive Medical Director of the Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute in May 2006.


Craig S. Seidman, M.D., Medical Director
General and Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Craig Seidman was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His hobbies include kayaking, rock climbing and backcountry expeditions. He moved to Eugene with his family in 2002.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the Oregon Medical Association and the Lane County Medical Society. He has published and lectured on various topics in general and vascular surgery. His original research in the field of vascular surgery won awards at the American Venous Forum and the New England Society for Vascular Surgery.

His special interests lie in the fields of trauma and vascular surgery. He has brought to Eugene unique experience in general, vascular and endovascular surgery and is introducing numerous new and innovative technologies to our surgical community.


Matthew J. Thomson, M.D., Medical Director
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

Dr. Matthew Thomson received his Doctorate of Medicine in 2000 from the University of Utah and completed his internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He finished his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Thomson remained at Loma Linda for an additional year of fellowship training in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He is a Medical Director of Radiology at Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Thomson joined the interventional team at Radiology Associates in 2006 and received a Certificate of Added Qualification (C.A.Q.) in Interventional Radiology in 2007.


David Duke, M.D., Medical Director
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Dr. Duke grew up in the Chicago area and received his medical degree at the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1982. He served his residency in general surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine before serving as the administrative chief resident at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine for four years. He served his residency in cardiovascular surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics at Madison, Wisc. He practiced in Portland before joining Cardiovascular Surgery Associates in 1992.

Dr. Duke has extensive experience in all aspects of cardiac surgery. He specializes in transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) and in off-pump procedures. TMR is a procedure used to relieve severe angina, or chest pain, in very ill patients who aren't candidates for bypass surgery or angioplasty. Off-pump surgery lets patients receive coronary bypass grafts without using the heart-lung bypass machine. This is a minimally invasive technique that lets surgeons operate on multiple heart vessels while the heart continues to beat.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology.