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.
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 injuries,
foot and ankle deformity correction, foot and ankle trauma, and ankle
replacements. Dr. Kosari helps oversee patients in the hospital's
Wound and Hyperbaric Center and is the Clinical Education Coordinator
at Valley Presbyterian Hospital working with podiatric students with their
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. Dr. Kosari is the exclusive doctor for the Los Angeles
Summer Professional Basketball League (SPL), a NBA - sanctioned event.
He is also an Associate Professor at the Western University of Health Sciences.
Neil D. Dalal, MD
Neil Dalal, MD specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery and is
board-certified in general surgery from the American Board of Surgery,
as well as board-certified in Plastic Surgery from the American Board
of Plastic Surgery. He has been a member of Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s
Medical Staff since January 2016.
Dr. Dalal received his medical degree from Wayne State University School
of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He completed a residency program in
Surgery from the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals,
and completed a specialty residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.
Dr. Dalal completed eight years of medical research covering such subjects
as surgery, electrical and burn injury laboratory, ophthalmology and human
genetics. He is the recipient of numerous academic and regional awards
and has also presented extensively on complex topics relating to traumatic
injury, nerve degeneration and wound healing. In addition, Dr. Dalal has
had presentations published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal
of Craniofacial Surgery and Journal of Burn Care & Research.
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
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.
Syamak Yamini, DPM
Syamak Yamini, DPM, specializes in Podiatry. He is board-certified by the
American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He has been a member of the
Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s Medical Staff since March 2016.
Dr. Yamini earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California
School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College. He completed his
podiatric medicine and surgery residency at Olive View – UCLA Medical
Center in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Yamini is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, California
Podiatric Medical Association, Los Angeles Podiatric Medical Society and
a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also
an attending physician at the VA Greater Los Angeles.
Samuel Kashani, MD
Samuel Kashani, MD is board-certified in general surgery by the American
Board of Surgery with expertise in pressure ulcer management and the use
of alternative tissues to cover wounds. He has specialties in both robotic
surgery and undersea abd hyperbaric oxygen therapy and medicine. Dr. Kashani
has been a member of Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s Medical Staff
since February 2009.
He received his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago,
Illinois, and completed his residency at UCSF – East Bay Surgery
Program in Oakland, California. Dr. Kashani completed his fellowship in
minimally invasive, advanced laparoscopic, and bariatric surgery from
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Kashani is an active member of various societies including American
Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal
and Endoscopic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and American Medical
Dr. Kashani devotes his time to mentoring students and residents as an
assistant clinical professor of podiatric medicine and surgery at the
Western University of Health Sciences, and as an assistant clinical professor
at the UCLA School of Nursing.
Besides his medical practices in the United States, Dr. Kashani has devoted
his time and skills to free medical missions internationally and supports
the art community by establishing and sponsoring a non-profit art gallery
in the Los Angeles area.