Dr. Enrico Ascher is a leading vascular surgeon based in Brooklyn, New York, with over thirty years of experience. As the founding director of the Vascular Institute of New York and chief of vascular surgery at NYU Langone Health, Dr. Ascher is a pioneer in minimally invasive vascular procedures and recognized worldwide for his contributions to his field. He has been listed in Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, as well as New York Magazine: Top Doctors.
Influenced by his mother to pursue a career in medicine, Dr. Ascher earned his medical degree from the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. As he tells it, he originally came to the United States to expand his horizons, but ended up staying after unfortunate circumstances in his home country provided him with a new opportunity:
I had been chosen by my professor to be his associate, and he asked me to go abroad and try to bring back something new to the university. The economy in Brazil at that time was severely depressed, and when it started to get worse, a lot of his plans had to be put on hold. I knew I wanted to get into academic medicine, and the opportunities were much greater here, so I decided to stay.
After completing his surgical residency at New York Medical College and vascular surgical fellowship at Albert Einstein Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Ascher began training at Einstein under the tutelage of a preeminent vascular surgeon. He later went on to help develop the largest vascular center in Brooklyn at Maimonides Medical Center before joining NYU Langone Health and founding the Vascular Institute of New York.
A frequent world lecturer and published author, Dr. Ascher is dedicated to expanding the vascular surgery frontier. As the first in Brooklyn to carry out minimally invasive procedures, he has taken on close to 400 cases without a single stroke, mortality, or injury to a nerve. In recent years, Dr. Ascher and his team have developed a less invasive technique to perform balloon angioplasties and stenting using ultrasound-guided techniques.
Additionally, Dr. Ascher is currently researching ways to reduce the swelling in patients who cannot walk due to blocked arteries. Commenting on the neglect in this area, he noted the importance of minimizing the problem:
Vein issues have been largely neglected by a lot of our colleagues, so, unfortunately, patients with this kind of swelling have been forgotten. It is a huge problem with tremendous negative financial implications for this country because it takes a lot of people out of work. Currently, the standard treatment only works on twenty to forty percent of patients, so we have a long way to go, but we are already developing a new protocol that entails treating iliac veins.
Committed to uniting his specialty, Dr. Ascher founded the Pan American Congress on Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, which provides a bi-annual forum for surgeons and interventionalists from South America, Central America, and North America. He is also a co-chairman of the VEITHsymposium™, one of the most prestigious vascular conferences in the United States.
With an impressive thirty-three year career behind him, Dr. Ascher shows no signs of slowing down. Looking to the future, he plans to continue researching and publishing new methods in vascular surgery and leading international forums through the Pan American Congress. Passionate about mentoring young surgeons to become major contributors in the field, Dr. Ascher also serves as the program director of an accredited vascular surgery fellowship.