At NYU Langone's Vein Center, one of the top vein treatment centers in New York City, we offer minimally invasive procedures to treat conditions that affect your veins, the blood vessels that transport blood toward the heart. These conditions include varicose veins, spider veins, deep vein thrombosis, and venous ulcers. We offer advanced, in-office treatment options such as Venefit(tm), VenaCure(r), Varithena(r), and Clarivein(r).
Most of the procedures we offer to remove damaged veins do not require a hospital stay, general anesthesia, or painful surgery. This means you can typically return to your normal activities immediately, or soon after, your treatment.
Our team of Vein Center surgeons is committed to excellence in patient care, research, and education. Known for their expertise, our doctors are often called upon to teach their techniques to surgeons around the world.
Mark Adelman, MD
I started to consider being a doctor when I was in a high school biology class. I was so fascinated by how everything worked inside organisms and cells. As I grew older, knowing that I could help people and save lives made becoming a doctor an obvious career choice for me.
I began training in general surgery at NYU Langone in 1981, but it was the blood vessels—the arteries and veins that carry blood through the body—that grabbed my attention and led me to specialize in vascular surgery.
I perform surgeries to treat diseases of the blood vessels and the surrounding structures. In 1994, I was particularly fortunate to have been one of a select few surgeons that initiated the field of minimally invasive surgery on the aorta, known as stent grafting. The aorta is the body’s largest artery, extending from the heart to the abdomen.
I treat each person as an individual, taking into account any emotional concerns that may arise. I also care for my patients long after treatment has ended. A professor of mine once described the importance of making a human connection with patients by telling me, “When you operate on a patient, you marry them.” I truly believe in this philosophy.
Todd Berland, MD
My pediatrician influenced my initial curiosity about the field of medicine. During medical school, however, I was quickly drawn to surgery. I decided to focus on vascular surgery when I realized, firsthand, how the field’s technology was rapidly advancing and becoming less invasive, which can help patients recover and return to their daily activities more quickly.
I’ve always considered myself to be forward thinking and innovative. As a surgery resident, I was the first to develop a minimally invasive technique that could be used for many different procedures in a wide range of surgical subspecialties. I pride myself on thinking outside the box and am constantly looking for ways to refine common procedures, so that they are safe and as minimally invasive as possible.
In addition to diagnosing and treating people with venous disease, aortic disease, thoracic disease, and other conditions, I connect with my patients and try to relate to them on a personal level, so I know what they’re going through. My patients can contact me anytime, day or night, and I work hard to be “available, affable, and able”—the three “A’s” of surgery.
Neal Cayne, MD
Dr. Cayne received an Engineering degree from the University of Michigan in 1991. He completed medical school at New York Medical College where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed a 5-year general surgery training program and a 2-year vascular and endovascular fellowship program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Glenn Jacobowitz is Vice Chief of the NYU Division of Vascular Surgery, Director of Vascular Surgical Services at Tisch Hospital, and Associate Professor of Surgery.
Glenn Jacobowitz, MD
Dr. Jacobowitz was one of the first surgeons in New York to perform minimally invasive varicose vein surgery. He further specializes in angioplasty and stenting for lower extremity arterial disease, aortic aneurysms, and carotid disease.
Dr. Jacobowitz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University. He completed his medical school at NYU School of Medicine from which he graduated AOA, and did his surgical residency and vascular surgical fellowship at NYU Medical Center. Dr. Kabnick joined the NYU faculty in 2007 as the Director of the NYU Vein Center. He is a world-renowned surgeon-teacher whose patient-centered approach to vein care has enabled him to create and improve a number of today’s most advanced non-invasive surgical techniques.
Lowell Kabnick, MD
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be like my father, a role model physician to his patients and peers. After completing medical school, I was immediately drawn to surgery. I participated in many major procedures for artery and vein problems and decided to follow that path.
In 1986, I established the Vein Center of New Jersey and never looked back. I joined NYU Langone in 2007 as the director of the Vein Center.
Throughout my career, I have been at the forefront of developing new and improved therapies for venous disease. I was the first vascular surgeon in the country to use both radiofrequency occlusion and endovenous laser procedures to treat people with venous diseases. I have simplified these minimally invasive procedures and improved success rates and safety. One of my proudest career achievements has been developing the Tre-Sheath®, a device to improve the safety and effectiveness of laser procedures.
It has been incredibly rewarding to see the benefits of minimally invasive vein treatment for people with varicose veins and other venous diseases. The difference in recovery times, pain levels, and side effects between the standard method of vein removal, performed through large incisions, and the advanced, minimally invasive procedures we use is noticeable and significant.
I am very proud of the role I’ve played in facilitating the progress of these treatments. I am honored by self-referral from my esteemed medical colleagues and their families, whose regard has awarded me distinction in Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” feature. Lastly, I am fortunate to be recognized by my peers who have elected me to a leadership position in the most prestigious venous society: the American Venous Forum.
Patrick Lamparello, MD
I love being a surgeon and would never consider doing anything else. Every day is new and exciting thanks to the people I work with and the great satisfaction I get from seeing my patients do well.
I always wanted to be a doctor. Perhaps my grandfather, who had a brain tumor and was treated successfully at a major New York City hospital, was my inspiration. The people who cared for him, the impression they left, and the wonders of the hospital prompted me to become a doctor.
I trained in general surgery and meant to become a heart surgeon. However, I met Dr. Frank Veith, one of the great vascular surgeons of my generation, and I knew I wanted to be like him. He was the one who taught me about importance of the vascular system and how diseases of the vascular system affect the entire body.
I perform vascular and endovascular surgery, including aortic surgery, to treat people with lower extremity peripheral arterial disease, carotid disease, and venous disease. I make sure to treat every person as if he or she is my family member. I’ve always applied the “Golden” rule—“do unto others what you would want done to you”—to my practice.
I don’t recommend surgery often—in fact, I do everything I can to avoid surgery unless it is absolutely necessary. I am proud that my team can take care of most people using medications and minimally invasive procedures. Many of my patients really do become a part of my family, as I care for them for many years.
Thomas Maldonado, MD
I come from a family of doctors and teachers. Though my childhood was full of inspiring role models, I first truly realized I wanted to be a doctor when I volunteered as a teenager to work for an ambulance corps in my hometown. Seeing first-hand the positive impact that medicine had on people convinced me this was my future. Thanks to this epiphany, each and every day is now a chance for me to make a difference in someone’s life.
I trained as a general surgeon and became especially interested in diseases of the circulation, which involve the arteries and veins. I completed a fellowship specializing in vascular and endovascular surgery in 2003. Timing is everything—I was extremely fortunate to be training during an era of great advances in technology for treating vascular diseases and, subsequently, became an expert in these techniques. What once required invasive procedures and lengthy hospital stays is now possible through minimally invasive procedures that allow patients to go home the same day.
I quickly realized the importance of these technologies and embraced them, leading the charge by working with engineers to develop the next generation of endovascular devices. I am currently one of only a select number of surgeons performing fenestrated stent grafting for the management of an aortic aneurysm, which is a “ballooning” of the largest artery. This minimally invasive surgery preserves blood flow to arteries and reduces some risks associated with standard repair for people with complex aneurysms.
I treat every patient like he or she is a member of my family. Connecting with my patients is very important to me. Most have some degree of anxiety prior to surgery, so I make certain all of their questions are answered and they are comfortable with every aspect of the experience. Following surgery, I provide careful follow-up and develop strong postoperative relationships with my patients. As a mentor of mine once told me, “the art of caring for the patient, is caring for the patient.”
Caron Rockman, MD
Dr. Rockman is active in all areas of general vascular surgery management and treatment, with particular interests in carotid artery endarterectomy, carotid artery angioplasty and stenting, lower extremity arterial disease and management for poor circulation in the legs, aortic aneurysm surgery, and treatment of other unusual vascular disorders.
Dr. Rockman has been active in expanding newer minimally invasive varicose vein procedures at NYU. Dr. Rockman treats vascular disease patients of both genders, and serves as a premier vascular surgeon for female patients who wish to be treated by a female physician.
Dr. Rockman is well published in many areas of vascular surgery, including carotid artery surgery and endovascular aortic aneurysm treatment. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. She has authored over 40 peer-reviewed original publications and numerous textbook chapters. Her work demonstrates particular interest in the outcomes of vascular surgical procedures in women.
Mikel Sadek, MD
I was always fascinated with the human body, having grown up in a household of physicians. It was more than intellectual fascination—I knew that as a doctor I’d be able to lead a life of service. Moreover, I felt that if I could save one life in the course of my career, I would feel fulfilled.
During medical school, I realized that surgeons are frequently the last line of defense between life and death. My lifelong profession was decided. I began my surgical training here, at NYU Langone, in 2004.
My interests drove me to specialize in vascular surgery, treating people with peripheral arterial disease, a condition affecting blood vessels. Part of the appeal was NYU Langone’s increasing use of minimally invasive endovascular techniques to repair blood vessels.
I saw that the use of these minimally invasive treatments enabled people who had aortic aneurysms—bulging, weakened areas in the aorta—to go home the next day. Patients who had more invasive, traditional surgeries typically would have to stay in the hospital for a week and often experienced complications.
The use of minimally invasive techniques inspired me to research aortic aneurysms, participate in national meetings, and develop a more thorough understanding of vascular surgery. Since then, I’ve developed a particular interest in chronic venous insufficiency—weakened vein walls and valves—and in studying treatments that improve patients’ quality of life and advance the field of vascular surgery.
As a clinician, I want to create an environment in which I can have an open and clear dialogue with my patients. Treatment is often more successful when patients can participate in their own care and are educated by their physicians. Overall, I strive to provide the most effective and advanced combination of medical, endovascular, and open surgical techniques, as directed by the patient’s medical condition and needs.
At the Vein Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, we take a comprehensive approach to treating your vein problems. We obtain a history and perform a physical exam in a comfortable, patient-friendly environment. We perform a noninvasive ultrasound exam at our in-office vascular lab to determine the areas of your venous problems (dilated veins, faulty valves, and areas of clot). Based on the information collected, a custom, individualized treatment plan is formulated by your doctor and discussed with you in detail. Veins that are cosmetically unappealing, or cause pain or other symptoms are prime candidates for treatment. Our faculty of surgeons has developed many procedures that will make your vein care simple and convenient. Endovenous Laser - VenaCure™ — VenaCure™ is a minimally invasive office based treatment alternative for Closure™ and surgical stripping of the great saphenous vein.
RF (radiofrequency) Closure™ and Laser Ablation — tthese minimally invasive procedures use either radiofrequency or laser energy to cause the diseased vein wall to collapse and seal shut.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy —surgical removal of surface varicose veins performed under local anesthesia with minimal to no scarring.
Sclerotherapy —a relatively painless procedure in which the doctor injects a small amount of fluid into the affected area, causing the vein to collapse and disappear.
Laser —we use this practically painless treatment on the smallest spider veins and broken capillaries on the legs and face.
Armed with talented physicians, the Vein Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
offers a variety of vein treatments to help patients look and feel their best. Request an appointment