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Internationally acclaimed minimally invasive vascular surgeon joins The Methodist Hospital in Housto

Houston, TX - 8/3/2009

Dr. Heitham Hassoun will join the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in August, bringing his expertise in minimally invasive vascular surgery to Houston.

Hassoun's expertise includes repairing aortic aneurysms, carotid stenosis and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) through small puncture holes rather than incisions, an approach called percutaneous treatment. Hassoun, who came to Methodist from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, also conducts basic and translational research supported with National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

Dr. Heitham Hasson
Dr. Heitham Hassoun joins the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston.

"Dr. Hassoun's extensive experience with percutaneous treatment of arterial disease will be a great benefit to our patients," said Dr. Alan Lumsden, chair of the department of cardiovascular surgery at The Methodist Hospital. "By repairing aortic aneurysms through a small puncture hole, he greatly reduces recovery time and pain associated with this dangerous condition."

Hassoun joined the surgical faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2005. He completed his vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at the Northwestern University in Chicago and his general surgery training at the University of Texas — Houston Medical School. After receiving his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins, he received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine.

He has a particular interest in endovascular training and was instrumental in developing endovascular programs at global affiliates of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Dr. Hassoun will work with Methodist International and the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center to extend programs offered here at Methodist to international communities.

Hassoun's research interests are in the molecular mechanisms of organ ischemia (tissue injury caused by inadequate delivery of oxygen via the bloodstream) and inflammation. He holds the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/American Vascular Association (AVA) Lifeline KO8 award for the investigation of kidney-lung interactions during ischemia-reperfusion injury. His research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals, and he is regularly invited to speak and moderate discussions on advanced research on treatments for diseases related to arterial conditions.

In addition to his clinical practice, he will serve as director of basic and translational science research in the division of acute care surgery and surgical critical care led by Dr. Fredrick A. Moore at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute.

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of American Heart Association and the Society for Vascular Surgery.

For more information on the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, see www.debakeyheartcenter.com. For more information about The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, see www.methodistresearch.com.