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
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.