Professor Sherif Sultan has more than three decades of vascular and endovascular surgery experience and a strong international reputation as one of the pioneers of open and minimally invasive vascular and endovascular techniques.
Professor Sultan is the senior vascular surgeon at the West Northwest Hospital group of the National Health Service Executive in Ireland. This hospital group comprises seven hospitals and cares for a population of more than one million people. Professor Sultan heads a team of dedicated vascular and endovascular specialists focus on prevention of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. He specialises in stroke prevention with one day surgery for carotid artery intervention; endovascular, open and hybrid management of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm and dissection; lower limb revascularisation for which he has pioneered techniques that manage complex aortic pathology, visceral and mesenteric revascularisation, salvage critical ischaemic limbs and wound care management for refractory chronic venous ulcers with hyperbaric medicine. In addition, he performs keyhole surgery for varicose veins as 4 hour admission.
Professor Sherif Sultan leads a world-class research team of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and fellows at the Western Vascular Institute, National University of Ireland Galway and Galway Mayo Institute of technology. He has secured millions in research funding including grants from the European Commission, Irish Research Council, Health Research Board, Science Foundation Ireland and industry. He has a prolific research portfolio with over 400 international peer-reviewed publications, 500 international and national presentations. His research work has been recognised by 36 international awards. The National Institute of Health in the USA cited his seminal publication on the cost-effectiveness of endovascular aortic repair as one of the most ground-breaking publications in this field in the last decade.
Professor Sultan is a talented inventor and has 17 patents in his name. He was awarded a prestigious commercialisation fund by Enterprise Ireland in 2016 to develop and an innovative endovascular cervical access stroke management arterial system sheath and closure device at NUI Galway. Through this innovative device, he won the MEDX international accelerator innovation competition in January 2021, for the best device design in management of stroke, brain bleeds and aneurysms . In 2007, he was Inter-Trade Ireland's Equity Network winner of the Best International Emerging Company in the All-Island Seedcorn Business Competition for an endovenous varicose vein ablation device, and he received a Cleveland Clinic best Enterprise Ireland Clinical Innovation award for his stem cell delivery catheter design in 2013.
Professor Sultan had pioneered the techniques of sub-intimal angioplasty, DRESS technique for complex EVAR, Kinetic elephant trunk for pan aortic dissection, TIGER protocol for infra-diaphragmatic aortic dissection, PASHA and ARAFAT techniques to diagnose and manage concealed endoleaks and aortic sac hygroma, Triple neuro-protection for patients with acute vascular stroke post the 24 hours opportunity window, TCAR/ PER CAS techniques for cervical carotid stenting, Hyperbaric Box in management refractory venous ulcers, Celiac sympathectomy for young MALS patients, Anterior scalenectomy for neurogenic TOS, Art-assist to recruit capillary bed as home therapy for critical limb ischaemia patients. Professor Sultan had created the level one evidence of how to best manage refractory venous ulcers with his pioneering Bridge VAC and compression techniques.
Prof Sultan is a distinguished Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and President of the American Society of Angiology, Irish chapter. He is a fellow of society of vascular surgery, international society of vascular surgeons, member of association of vascular surgeon of Great Britain and Ireland and European Society of vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Prof Sherif Sultan was awarded his PhD from National University of Romania Sibiu for his excellence in management complex Thoraco abdominal aneurysms.