Dr. Joseph Caprini, deep vein thrombosis risk assessment test

Joseph A. Caprini, MD, MS, FACS, RVT, author of the Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Risk Assessment

Joseph A. Caprini, MD, MS, FACS, RVT

Louis W. Biegler Chair of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery
NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill.
Clinical Professor of Surgery
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

Joseph A. Caprini, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, and also holds the Louis W. Biegler Chair of Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill.


Dr. Caprini earned his B.S. in biology at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., his M.S. at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and his M.D. at Hahnemann Medical College (Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia.

He completed his internship in medicine at Evanston Hospital and his residency in general surgery at Northwestern University Medical School. He fulfilled a fellowship in surgical hematology at Northwestern University Medical School (Feinberg School of Medicine) and was Professor of Surgery there from 1996 to July 1, 2009. He also held professorship at the Robert McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University from 1999 until 2009.

Publications, Lectures and Exhibits

Dr. Caprini has authored or co-authored more than 385 articles, book chapters and abstracts and has presented more than 1,550 lectures and 90 exhibits on the study and treatment of venous thromboembolism, venous insufficiency and related topics. His articles are published in Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of Arthroplasty and Journal of Vascular Surgery to name a few.

He serves on the editorial board or as a reviewer for Journal of Vascular Surgery, European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Phlebology and Journal of Blood Coagulation and Fibrinolysis, among others.


He is a member of many societies, including the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis and the American Venous Forum, where he served as President 2009-2010.  He is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, where he is a Distinguished Fellow, a Founding Member and the first Honorary Fellow of the European Venous Forum, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Hematology. He serves as Treasurer of the American Venous Forum Foundation (2013-15) and is Co-chair of the Technical Advisory Panel of JCAHO (2005 to date).

Honors and Awards

Dr. Caprini has received numerous honors and awards, among which are the Schweppe Foundation Career Development Award and the Coon Fellowship. He, in conjunction with Dr. Juan Arcelus, developed a DVT Risk Assessment protocol, which has been validated in nearly 20,000 patients and is in use in many countries across the globe (an app is now available for iPads and iPhones accessed as Caprini DVT).

Revised February 2014