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Photo Caption: (from left to right) Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, Mark Talamini, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Services, Stony Brook Medicine, Apostolos Tassiopoulos, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Stony Brook Medicine, Antonios Gasparis, MD, Professor of Surgery and Director, Center for Vein Care, Stony Brook Medicine, John Hutter, MBA, Administrator, Department of Surgery, Stony Brook Medicine, Reuven Pasternak, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital and Vice President of Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine, Tom Muratore, Suffolk County Legislator, and Tong Joo (TJ) Gan, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Stony Brook Medicine

Stony Brook Medicine Opens New Vascular Center
New center enhances healthcare, offers expanded services in state-of-the-art facility

STONY BROOK, NY, OCTOBER 30, 2015 – Stony Brook Medicine celebrated the opening of the new Vascular Center at Nicolls Professional Park on South Howell Avenue in Centereach, NY, on Wednesday evening.

This new, spacious 6,000-square-foot building will facilitate the growing clinical practice of Stony Brook Medicine’s Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Patients can expect clinical evaluations with the most advanced diagnostic tests, complete with state-of-the-art on-site procedure rooms for minimally invasive office-based treatments, plus an angiography/operating room suite. This new facility will serve as the home to Stony Brook Medicine’s Aortic Center, Center for Vein Care, Hemodialysis Access Center, and Limb Preservation Center. 

Vascular Center
The new Stony Brook Vascular Center at Nicolls Professional Park on South Howell Avenue in Centereach, NY 

“We are celebrating a milestone in the growth of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, under the leadership of Dr. Apostolos Tassiopoulos,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. “He and his team of vascular specialists, clinical and administrative support staff are dedicated to Stony Brook’s mission of excellence in the care of patients with vascular disorders; the education of medical students and surgical residents in the art of vascular surgery; the performance of basic and translational research aimed at advancing the management of disease; and importantly, service to our community, such as our free on-going vein and vascular screenings that help detect problems and save lives.”

“Stony Brook Medicine’s Vascular Center is one of the important ways that we are enhancing healthcare, by improving access to high-end specialty care and providing an integrated delivery system that will better serve the needs of Long Islanders,” said Reuven Pasternak, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine.

“When a patient sees one of our experts at the Vascular Center, they are offered the most focused solution to meet their needs, and in many cases, treatments are performed right here on an out-patient basis,” said Mark Talamini, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Chief, Surgical Services, Stony Brook Medicine, “with the goal of patients being able to return quickly to their everyday activities with an improved quality of life.”  

Stony Brook’s vascular specialists provide diagnosis and treatment of a complete range of vascular disorders, including arterial blockages (Peripheral Artery Disease/PAD), aneurysms, carotid artery disease, malformations, dialysis access and vein disease.

Vascular Team
(left to right) Drs. David S. Landau, Antonios P. Gasparis, George J. Koullias, Angela A. Kokkosis, Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos, Nicos Labropoulos, Shang A. Loh, and Nicholas Sikalas

“Our outstanding team extends far beyond this building and this new center was designed to offer patients a multidisciplinary approach to treatment,” said Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Stony Brook Medicine. “By delivering care in this manner, patients receive proactive management, early interventions and are able to maintain a quality of life that would have been otherwise compromised. We pride ourselves in not only delivering outcomes that are among the best in the nation, but in treating each patient with a thorough and timely diagnosis and individualized treatment plan to control risk factors, prevent emergencies and ultimately save lives.”

Stony Brook’s vascular specialists offer expertise in the management complex aortic aneurysms (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm/AAA and Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm/TAA), pelvic congestion syndrome, minimally invasive arterial and venous procedures, including angioplasty, stenting, fistulograms and new treatments for varicose veins. Many of these treatments can now be performed conveniently in this new out-patient office at the Vascular Center.

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A look inside the new Vascular Center 

The center, which will act as a comprehensive clinic, offers eight examination rooms, equipped with latest electronic medical record (EMR) technology allowing physicians to review images and other results directly with patients, three consultative offices and an onsite non-invasive vascular laboratory capable of providing diagnostic imaging services for up to four patients simultaneously. Also, the center houses a comprehensive procedure room suite including an operating room with full imaging capabilities and a recovery room, two minor procedure rooms equipped with cable television for patients to enjoy during procedures and a changing room.

“In this beautiful, comfortable setting, everything has been designed to support optimal diagnosis and treatment in the most advanced, least invasive manner,” said Antonios P. Gasparis, MD, Professor of surgery, Vascular Surgery Division, and Director, Center for Vein Care at Stony Brook Medicine. “This center is truly a marriage between state-of-the-art and comfort.”  

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About Stony Brook Medicine:
Stony Brook Medicine integrates and elevates all of Stony Brook University’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It includes five Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as Stony Brook University Hospital and more than 50 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicine.edu

About Stony Brook Surgery:
The Department of Surgery is made up of ten clinical division that represent diverse areas of surgical specialization. We offer specialized surgical services with several clinical programs and facilities unique in Suffolk County including: Breast and Oncologic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Bariatric, Foregut & Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT), Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care, and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.  The faculty and staff of these divisions perform approximately 5,000 in-patient and 2,500 ambulatory surgery procedures at Stony Brook University Hospital annually. Our physicians are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of surgical expertise, as well as to placing the welfare and rights of patients above all else. As important new procedures — in particular, minimally invasive procedures — are developed, our physicians lead the way in performing them. And as scientists, they also are doing innovative research and translating their discoveries into improved patient care. The operating suites at University Hospital are equipped with the latest technology that enables us to give patients the most sophisticated surgical care available today. To learn more, visit www.stonybrooksurgery.org

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