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James Burks, Jr., MD

Co-Director, Amputation Prevention Center

Dr. Burks is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Vascular Surgery and specializes in vascular and endovascular surgery.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the School of Medicine at New York University, where he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, a national honor society for medical students. His general surgical training and chief residency were completed at the Columbia University School of Medicine and Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Dr. Burks completed his vascular and endovascular fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

He has been in practice for more than a decade and has held many leadership roles, such as Chief of Vascular Surgery and Chairman of the Peripheral Vascular Interventions Credentials Committee at South Miami Hospital. He has published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals. He also holds an MBA from the University of Miami.

Eric Espensen, DPM, DABMSP

Co-Director, Amputation Prevention Center

Eric Espensen, DPM, DABMSP, is board-certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry in Foot & Ankle Surgery and Podiatric Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Espensen was the Chief of Podiatry at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He also is a biomedical consultant for Century City Hospital.

Dr. Espensen earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. He completed his residency in foot and ankle surgery at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, in the Podiatry Division of the Department of Surgery, in Tucson, Ariz. He also completed specialty training in the diabetic foot under the tutelage of David G. Armstrong, a widely known podiatric surgeon, researcher and amputation prevention expert.

Dr. Espensen participates as an article reviewer and contributing editor at several leading medical journals, has been published in numerous research papers, and has been featured in the press for his specialty. He was voted “Best Podiatrist in Burbank” by the city of Burbank in 2012 and 2013.

Ihab Aziz, MD

Dr. Aziz is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, and holds his own private practice in the San Fernando Valley as a vascular and endovascular surgeon.

He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the School of Medicine at the Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He completed a vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. Dr. Aziz also completed multiple general surgery residencies throughout his academic career, including a general surgery residency at the LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Aziz has been published in numerous research papers and peer reviewed journals. In addition, he is actively involved in several cardiac vasculature graft and stent research projects as a co-principal investigator. Dr. Aziz has been a member of organizations on the American College of Surgeons and the International Society for Endovascular Specialists, and is currently a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

Sammy D. Eghbalieh, MD

Sammy Eghbalieh, MD specializes in vascular, endovascular, and minimally invasive vascular surgery. He has been a member of Valley Presbyterian's medical staff since July 2015.

Dr. Eghbalieh received his medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed his residency in a General Surgery Program at Yale University School of Medicine Affiliate Hospitals - Saint Mary's in Connecticut. Dr. Eghbalieh also received his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in vascular surgery at Yale School of Medicine. He then completed his fellowship in vascular, endovascular and minimally invasive vascular surgery at the world renowned Albany Medical Center with the Albany Vascular Group in New York.

Dr. Eghbalieh is an active member of many surgical societies including Society for Vascular Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society, American Heart Association, National American Vascular Biology Organization, American College of Surgeons, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and American Medical Association, to name a few.

Dr. Eghbalieh has received numerous national and regional awards for his contributions in the field of vascular surgery and has presented extensively an array of complex vascular and endovascular procedures in regional and national meetings. Dr. Eghbalieh has published numerous peer reviewed articles during his journey in the healthcare field and was most recognized for his research in neointimal hyperplasia in the aging, published in the Journal of Gerontology.

Zhen S. Huang, MD

Zhen Huang, MD specializes in vascular surgery. He has been a member of Valley Presbyterian Hospital since August 2015.

Dr. Huang received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency in General Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Huang completed his fellowship in Vascular Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University) in New York, New York.

Dr. Huang is an active member in several associations including American College of Surgeons, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, and Society for Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Huang has had many publications, and national and regional presentations. His most recent publication, in 2015, is titled, “Endovascular Interventions for Tibial Artery Occlusive Disease in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia.” He has also conducted various research projects at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, Weil Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, and The Rockefeller University. Aside from his publications and research experiences, Dr. Huang has been an instructor as well at the following institutions, Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and Cornell University.

Babak Kosari, DPM, FACFAS

Babak Kosari, DPM, FACFAS, is board-certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He specializes in complex foot and ankle surgeries, foot and ankle deformity correction, foot and ankle trauma, and ankle replacements. He has privileges at several Los Angeles area hospitals, including Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Henry Mayo Hospital. Dr. Kosari also is the exclusive doctor for the Summer Professional Basketball League of Los Angeles.

Dr. Kosari earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his foot and ankle/ podiatric surgical residencies at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, which is affiliated with the highly esteemed Weil Medical College of Cornell University and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Kosari is a fellow at the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, a diplomat of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the California Podiatric Medical Association. He has been awarded "Best Podiatrist in Valencia and Santa Clarita" by the city of Santa Clarita and Valencia in 2011, 2012, and 2013.