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Akhilesh K. Sista, MD

NYU Langone Provider
NYU Langone providers are employed by NYU Langone Health as part of our physician network, known as the Faculty Group Practice.
  • Specialty: Vascular & Interventional Radiology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-5898
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I’ve been in awe of medicine since childhood, when a team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons saved my father’s life. From this experience, I realized the incredible impact that doctors can have on their patients’ lives, specifically through the use of their hands. During high school and college, I was drawn to the sciences, particularly physics and chemistry and how they applied to the human body. I chose a career in medicine because I wanted to change people’s lives for the better.

As an interventional radiologist, I combine advanced imaging knowledge with procedural skills to treat conditions of the veins and arteries. Previously, such conditions required open surgery, but I’m able to offer people minimally invasive care, which allows them to return to their daily lives more quickly.

I specialize in treating people who have blood clots, both old and new, in the deep veins and pulmonary arteries. For example, many of my patients have long-standing blockages from prior unresolved blood clots in their deep veins and have developed post-thrombotic, or postphlebitic, syndrome. Open surgery is often not effective in resolving these blockages, but with a minimally invasive endovascular procedure called iliocaval stenting, we can open the blockages—I’m able to relieve decades of pain and restore functionality and mobility to my patients. For people with new clots in the deep veins, known as deep vein thrombosis, and clots in the pulmonary arteries, known as pulmonary embolism, I remove the clots and re-open channels to restore blood flow.

Both procedures require a single pinhole-sized incision to access the venous system. Live X-rays, ultrasound, and interactive CT scans help me to guide the catheters and wires through the blocked channel. I then use innovative devices to remove new blood clots, and balloons and stents to open old blockages.

Many of my patients go home the same day of their procedure, and most are able to return to their usual activities within three to five days. I follow up closely with my patients to check in on how they’re doing and ensure that the procedure was successful. The relationships I build with them are one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.

In addition to caring for patients, I conduct research in pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. I received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to plan a nationwide trial on catheter intervention for intermediate pulmonary embolism. I also am the recipient of the Society for Vascular Medicine Mark A. Creager Prize for Research Excellence, and I’m on the executive council of the Society of Interventional Radiology.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • stasis ulcer
  • venous insufficiency
  • pelvic congestion
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • pulmonary embolism
  • swollen leg
  • thrombosis
  • chronic venous insufficiency
  • varicose vein
  • venous disease
  • lymphedema
Treatments
  • bloodless
  • therapeutic embolization
  • stent placement
  • wound healing

Positions
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Radiology - Interventional Radiology & Diagnostic Rad, 2017
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, 2011
  • Residency, Univ of CA San Francisco, Diagnostic Radiology, 2009
  • MD from Johns Hopkins University, 2004

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Locations and Appointments

NYU Radiology Associates

560 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Interests

pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis

Research Summary

I specialize in the endovascular treatment of venous thromboembolic disease. I have given more than 80 invited talks at international meetings on the topic and have served on several national committees.

In addition to having authored or coauthored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, including clinical practice standards in the medical and radiological literature, I serve on the editorial boards of Vascular Medicine and Seminars in Interventional Radiology.

I am the national principal investigator of the Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of the Indigo Aspiration System in Acute Pulmonary Embolism (EXTRACT-PE) study, which evaluates the safety and efficacy of a thrombus aspiration device in the treatment of pulmonary embolism. I am also on the national steering committee for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute–funded Chronic Venous Thrombosis: Relief with Adjunctive Catheter-Directed Therapy (C-TRACT) trial, which aims to determine whether endovascular care should be routinely employed in patients with severe chronic deep vein thrombosis.

As the prior site principal investigator for the Acute Venous Thrombosis: Thrombus Removal with Adjunctive Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis (ATTRACT) trial, the Pulmonary Embolism Response to Fragmentation, Embolectomy, and Catheter Thrombolysis (PERFECT) registry, and principal investigator of the RESPECT pulmonary embolism registry, I am involved in national and local research looking into improving outcomes in patients with venous thromboembolic disease.

My research is also translational. I received grant funding from the Radiological Society of North America to investigate the physiological consequences of submassive pulmonary embolism, with an eye toward optimizing the safety and efficacy of catheter-directed therapy for submassive pulmonary embolism patients. I recently chaired a multidisciplinary expert consensus panel, sponsored by the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation, tasked with identifying priorities for research on submassive pulmonary embolism.

Academic Contact

Academic office

660 First Avenue

Third Floor

New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-263-5898

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