Doctors Christopher Griggs and Lindsay Bools, along with Physician Assistant Jennifer Kahrl welcome you to their Vascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery practice. The top priority of the practice is to give each patient the highest quality of care available. We provide care for abdominal and peripheral aneurysms, care for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), vein care including treatment of varicose veins and venous ulcers and treatment of lung masses – benign and malignant.  Remember, your vascular surgeon is your first line of defense in guarding your most valuable possession of all: your health.

Special Services Provided by our Providers at our office:

  • Carotid, peripheral and venous dopplers
  • VNUS closure procedure for varicose veins
  • Sclerotherapy for varicose veins
  • Treatment of venous ulcers
  • Temporal artery biopsies

Special Services Provided by our Providers at CVMC:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms – open surgical and endovascular repairs (stent grafts)
  • Aortoiliac occlusive disease – open surgical and endovascular procedures (stents and stent grafts)
  • Carotid disease (carotid endarterectomy)
  • Peripheral arterial disease treatments – open surgery as well the innovative FDA approved drug coated balloon procedure and arteriogram with intervention (stents and stent grafts)
  • Non-cardiac thoracic surgery (i.e. lung biopsy, thoracotomy, lobectomy)
  • Venous disease including treatment of varicose veins and venous ulcers utilizing open procedures and skin-grafting
  • Vascular access for dialysis and chemotherapy
  • Vena cava filters

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Tate Medical Commons

1771 Tate Blvd SE Suite 204 • Hickory, NC 28602
Phone: 828.322.9105
Fax: 828.328.4999

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 11:30am and 12:30pm – 5pm

After-Hours Physician: 828.324.0258


Dr. Christopher Griggs

Griggs_Christopher_lab_Aug14_4x6Dr. Griggs moved to the Hickory area in 2014 from Kansas City, MO where he was the attending vascular surgeon at Kansas City Vascular, PC. He holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Masters of Business Administration in Health Care Leadership from Rockhurst University. He is an active member of both the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Griggs completed his general surgery residency at South Pointe Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital, in Warrensville Heights, OH followed by a fellowship in vascular surgery at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ in 2011. Among his numerous hobbies, Dr. Griggs enjoys Cherokee Nation history, Krav Maga martial arts, canoeing and hiking.

Dr. Lindsay Bools

Bools_Lindsay_lab_July15_250pxA Hickory native, Dr. Bools graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. She completed her general surgery internship and residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC, and a clinical fellowship in vascular surgery at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. She is extensively trained in performing minimally invasive procedures that offer faster recovery time and less discomfort than conventional surgery. A second generation physician, Dr. Bools joins her father serving patients in the Greater Hickory community.


Jennifer Kahrl, Physician Assistant

Kahrl_Jennifer_lab_Jun16_webJennifer Kahrl is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and has over a decade of professional experience in vascular surgery. Prior to moving to the Hickory area, she worked as a Physician Assistant at Camden-Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Marietta College in Marietta, OH in 1994 and completed the Albany Medical College/Hudson Valley Physician Assistant Program in 1999. She maintains active affiliations with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants and the Society of Vascular Surgeons. As an outdoors family, Jennifer, her husband and two sons, look forward to taking advantage of all the outdoor activities Hickory and the Catawba Valley have to offer.