Stony Brook Medicine opens Suffolk’s first Aortic Center
Clinical advances allow more patients with aortic conditions to receive lifesaving options
STONY BROOK, NY, October 25, 2013 – Stony Brook Medicine has opened Suffolk County’s first multidisciplinary Aortic Center, combining the expertise of specialists in vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, cardiac imaging, radiology and anesthesiology to provide comprehensive and coordinated care for the full spectrum of conditions affecting the aorta.
“The creation of the Aortic Center formalizes the longstanding, multidisciplinary teamwork that has made Stony Brook a leader in the treatment of aortic problems, as well as the region’s referral center for complex and high-risk cases,” said Apostolos Tassiopoulos, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and at Stony Brook Medicine. “Our goal is to provide a highly accurate diagnosis of all aortic conditions and treatment plans deploying the most effective, least invasive therapies available. ”
“The Aortic Center’s extensive experience with minimally invasive interventions permits treatment of a wider range of aortic patients, resulting in shorter hospital stays and fewer postoperative complications,” said Thomas V. Bilfinger, MD, ScD, Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook Medicine. “As an academic medical center, we are involved in some of the key clinical trials for new aortic procedures and devices. Access to these advances enables us to offer lifesaving options to patients who might otherwise be untreatable because of their age, co-morbid conditions or complex anatomy.”
Members of Stony Brook Medicine’s Aortic Center team are, left to right: James R. Taylor Jr., MD, Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Co-Director, Stony Brook University Heart Institute; William E. Lawson, MD, Interim Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Co-Director, Stony Brook Heart Institute; Shang A. Loh, MD, vascular surgeon; Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos, MD, Chief, Vascular Surgery Division; Thomas V. Bilfinger, MD, ScD, Director, Thoracic Surgery; Allison J. McLarty, MD, Co-Director, Ventricular …