The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is committed to helping patients suffering with vascular disease, which is defined as any condition that affects your circulatory system, or system of blood vessels. This can include any disease of your arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels to blood disorders that affect circulation.
Some of the most common types of vascular disease are peripheral arterial disease, stroke, and aortic aneurysms.
Our Vascular Surgeons at Jamaica Hospital take a holistic approach to treating your condition. In addition to offering a comprehensive range of minimally invasive options to treat vascular disease, our vascular surgeons work with patients to identify underlying risk factors, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking. Surgeons will also work with patients to develop a lifestyle plan to ensure long-term success.
We implement a team approach to treating your vascular disease by working with our expert colleagues in the Department of Medicine and Podiatry to identify the issue and outline an appropriate treatment plan.
Conditions we treat include:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms – Is an enlargement of the aorta, the main blood vessel that delivers blood to the abdomen, as well as the pelvis and legs. This can be life-threatening if it bursts.
- Thoracic aortic aneurysms – A thoracic aortic aneurysm (also called a thoracic aneurysm) is a weakened area in the body’s main artery (aorta) in the chest. When the aortic wall is weak, the artery may widen.
- Carotid artery disease – (also called carotid artery stenosis) is the term used to refer to the narrowing of the carotid arteries. This narrowing is usually caused by the buildup of fatty substances and cholesterol deposits, called plaque.
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD or PVD) – A circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs. Peripheral vascular disease is a sign of fatty deposits and calcium building up in the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
- Renal (kidney) and mesenteric (intestinal) artery disease – These conditions develop when the arteries in the abdomen that supply blood to either the kidneys or the intestines become narrowed, or blocked, by an accumulation of a fatty substance called plaque.
- Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and venous ulcers – This occurs when veins in your legs don’t allow blood to flow back up to your heart. This can result in blood collecting (or pooling) in your legs.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – or venous thrombosis occurs when a blood clot develops in veins deep in your body due to an injury of the vein or sluggish blow flow.
- Superficial thrombophlebitis – An inflammation of a vein just below the surface of the skin, which results from a blood clot. This condition may occur after recently using an IV line, or after trauma to the vein.
- Varicose veins – (also called spider veins) are twisted, enlarged veins that are close to the skin’s surface most commonly found in the legs. For many, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern, but for others they can cause aching pain and discomfort and can lead to more serious problems.
A stroke is typically caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is a designated a primary thrombectomy capable stroke center. The hospital has also recently been identified as one of the Top 5 Hospitals for the delivery of stroke care in New York State. This recognition demonstrates Jamaica Hospital’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care to stroke patients.
The Vascular Surgery team offers multiple procedures to treat stroke. One such treatment option is a minimally invasive procedure called transcarotid artery revascularization (or TCAR). During this procedure, a vascular surgeon places a stent in the carotid artery in the patient’s neck. Other open techniques include a procedure known as carotid endarterectomy.
AHMED S. KHALlL, MD
Dr. Khalil specializes in vascular and endovascular surgery and vein disease, and he has special interest in cerebrovascular and carotid artery disease. He currently is Director of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Jamaica Hospital. He actively trains doctors in the New York Hospital / Cornell General Surgery Residency Training Program. Dr. Khalil is an honorary Police Surgeon for the New York City Police Department. He holds additional credentials as a registered physician in vascular interpretation. Specialties: Abdominal, thoracic, and peripheral aneurysms, endovascular and open treatment, peripheral vascular disease. Endovascular and open bypass surgery for limb salvage, dialysis access, vascular trauma.
Postgraduate medical training: Residency in General Surgery at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Rush University Medical Center & Cook County Hospital, Chicago Illinois.