When Dr. Victor D’Addio, one of the only two Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Vascular Surgeons in the Fredericksburg region, joined Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF) in 2009, he immediately fell in love with his new job. “The environment is awesome,” Dr. D’Addio said of RAF. “It’s just a good group—well-run and a community of outstanding physicians.”
Dr. D’Addio grew up in Newburgh, New York. He was an only child and described himself as “a sports guy” in high school, which occupied a lot of his time. “I played football and [was] on the swim team,” he said. “I was actually a lineman—the smallest lineman on the team.”
He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where he started as a pre-med student. Halfway through his undergraduate degree, he felt drawn to other subjects and earned a B.A. in History. However, he told us, “I had decided early on that I wanted to do surgery within a specialty,” so after graduating from Georgetown, he studied medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans on a U.S. Army scholarship.
Dr. D’Addio completed his residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, specializing in general surgery, including abdominal, hernia, appendix, colon, and gastric procedures. He describes the experience as intensified training to prepare for a surgeon’s future specialty.
“You do a lot of tedious work in the beginning,” he said. “But as you progress, you do more complicated operations throughout the years. And that’s where you really learn your trade.”
In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he worked as a surgeon with the 86th Combat support hospital, living out “the whole M*A*S*H thing.” Following his military service, Dr. D’Addio attended UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas where he completed two years of subspecialty training in Vascular Surgery.
Dr. D’Addio accepted a position with RAF as a Vascular Surgeon in 2009, a decision of which he remains very pleased. He performs a variety of procedures, including open and endovascular leg revascularization procedures, open and endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, carotid endarterectomy and vein ablation.
He and his fiancé have a combined family of eight children—four in college or grad school and four still at home, so he spends much of his spare time with them. He loves raising his family in the Fredericksburg area, a place that he feels is his hometown. Contributing to the health and welfare of a place he loves only makes his job more enjoyable.
“The nice thing about being in a community of this size is that I feel like I get to touch a majority of the community. People know your name, get to know you, know what you can do, and that’s really gratifying.”