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August 2008 Issue

Massoud Leesar, MD.
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UC Heart Services Expand

By Katie Pence
Published August 2008

Cardiac care in Hamilton continues to grow as a new UC doctor offers his services full time and another is appointed medical director of the newly renovated catheterization lab at Fort Hamilton Hospital.

Ali Nihad Al-Assaad, MD, a general cardiologist who also specializes in peripheral vascular disease—or disease of the blood vessels outside of the heart—is now seeing patients full time at the Fort Hamilton location.

“I am very excited to be providing my services to the people in Butler County,” he says. “Hopefully, my full-time presence here will provide convenient, quality care for patients who were previously treated outside the city.”

Al-Assaad joined the UC Heart and Vascular Center in June. He previously worked in private practice in northern Ohio.

In addition, Massoud Leesar, MD, an interventional cardiologist at UC, has recently been named medical director of the catheterization lab at Fort Hamilton.

Leesar came to the university last fall from the University of Louisville Medical Center. He is now overseeing all heartrelated procedures done in the Fort Hamilton lab. Cardiac services include heart failure, cardiac imaging, coronary angioplasty, stenting and electrophysiology.

Fort Hamilton Hospital also recently completed a $19.8 million expansion of its heart center. Leesar says he is excited to be part of this growth in Butler County cardiac care.

“I am honored to be directing the cath lab at Fort Hamilton Hospital,” says Leesar. “The new cardiology suite is a tremendous asset to the community, offering upgrades in technology that allow us to provide more comprehensive care for more patients.

“I am very proud to be a part of the changes that are occurring at this location, making it a center of excellence in the region.”

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