Two Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Recognized as Centers of Excellence for TCAR Stroke Prevention Procedure

Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center are the only hospitals in New Jersey to receive this elite designation for 2018 program advances.  

Edison, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most integrated health network, has two hospitals that have been named 2018 Centers of Excellence by the developer of an advanced stroke prevention procedure. Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack are the only facilities in New Jersey to earn the distinction from Silk Road Medical for performing the TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) procedure.

TCAR is an innovative treatment that dramatically reduces the risk of stroke in patients with blocked carotid arteries, the major blood vessels that deliver blood to the brain. The minimally invasive procedure uses a FDA-approved neuroprotection system that temporarily reverses blood flow in the artery during the procedure to prevent dangerous plaque from traveling to the brain and causing a stroke.

“We are proud to offer this cutting-edge treatment option for high-risk patients across New Jersey and the region,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Hackensack Meridian Health continues to lead the way in innovation, employing the latest technology to provide patients with the world-class, patient-centered care they deserve.”

Dr. Nasir Khan at Jersey Shore University Medical Center began performing TCAR in May 2017 and the medical center was designated a Center of Excellence in 2017. This is the first year that Hackensack University Medical Center earned Center of Excellence designation, having started performing the TCAR procedure the end of 2017. Both facilities were recognized for their commitment to this advanced technique and for their high quality outcomes.

Usman Nasir Khan, M.D., FACS, chief of vascular surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and David O’Connor, M.D., FACS, vascular surgeon and director of vascular research and assistant clinical professor of surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, are two of the few credentialed physicians in New Jersey to perform TCAR. Drs. Khan and O’Connor are among the first in the country to gain expertise with the TCAR procedure.

“Our team is honored to be designated a Center of Excellence for a second year, recognizing our commitment to excellence in patient care and outcomes,” said Dr. Khan. “We’re proud to offer such a revolutionary procedure to address carotid artery disease with a much lower risk of stroke as compared to more traditional approaches.”

“Our team enthusiastically embraced this cutting-edge procedure and is grateful for this special recognition,” added Dr. O’Connor.“We are committed to offering the most advanced treatment options, especially those that help us prevent stroke in patients who are higher risk for traditional surgery, many of whom were previously considered untreatable.”

TCAR allows physicians to perform a minimally-invasive procedure through a tiny incision in the lower neck that offers a safe alternative compared to traditional surgery, opening the door for many new patients to be safely and effectively treated. Further expanding this level of expertise throughout the Hackensack Meridian Health network, Vikalp Jain, M.D., RPVI recently began performing TCAR at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, the only hospital in Ocean County to offer the advanced technique.

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