PLAINVIEW, NY — Plainview Hospital today announced plans to build a state-of-the-art vascular lab, which will be utilized for both inpatient and outpatients to better diagnose and assist in screening and providing preventative care for vascular disease. The project, which will cost a few hundred-thousand dollars, is slated for completion by the end of the year.
Vascular labs have become an integral extension of a patient’s physical examination, offering an excellent, non-invasive tool to validate the need for vascular surgery. The Vascular Division of Plainview’s Department of Surgery performs approximately 300 procedures yearly, which include: carotid artery surgery; abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery; peripheral vascular surgery and vascular access for renal failure patients. Plainview’s vascular surgery service, in combination with its Interventional Radiology Unit, is able to treat most peripheral vascular diseases with bypass or stent placement to improve poor circulation.
“Having a dedicated vascular lab onsite at the hospital will give us the ability to provide a complete array of noninvasive vascular services in a timely manner, enhancing care to both inpatients and outpatients” said Michael Fener, executive director of Plainview Hospital.
To lead the new program, the hospital appointed Nicholas J. Gargiulo, III, MD, an associate professor of surgery at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine assigned to the Plainview Department of Surgery’s Division of Vascular Surgery.
“The vascular lab will be a great asset to not only the North Shore-LIJ Health System, but the community as a whole,” said Dr. Gargiulo. “Advances in vascular research will promote health and wellness for the future, preventing unnecessary surgeries and procedures.”
Dr. Gargiulo completed his undergraduate studies at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, where he graduated with a degree in chemistry. He later earned his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, receiving two National Institutes of Health research fellowships. Dr. Gargiulo completed his internship and residency in general surgery, as well as research and vascular surgery fellowships at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Dr. Gargiulo comes to the North Shore-LIJ Health System from Montefiore’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Department and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He holds a Certificate of Special Qualifications in vascular surgery and will assist in the lab’s construction.