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Professional Statement

  • Welcome to New York Vein Treatment center, New York’s premier medical facility dedicated to complex evaluation and comprehensive treatment of circulatory disorders of lower extremities.
  • You can learn more about us at www.veinstreatment.com
  • If you experience pain or tenderness anywhere in your legs or feet, heaviness and tiredness, cramps, swelling, burning, coldness, numbness, tingling or throbbing sensation, if it is hard for you to walk or to stand, if your notice discoloration of your legs, varicose or spider veins, if you had already experienced or are afraid to develop ulcers, bleeding, infections and blood clots, you are in the right place!
  • Lev M. Khitin, M.D., F.A.C.S., a cardiovascular surgeon, board certified in general, cardiac and thoracic surgery, is the founder and president of the New York Vein Treatment center. Dr. Khitin, who is recognized nationally and internationally for the achievements in the field of circulation, has pioneered the in-office management of vascular diseases with unprecedented results. Treatment modalities ranging from the most modern technologies of contemporary vascular medicine to the most traditional therapeutic methods are employed in the clinic daily.


  • Medical School - Russian National Research Medical University named after N.I. Pirogov
  • University of California, San Francisco, Residency in General Surgery
  • Lahey Clinic, Residency in General Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Awards and Publications

  • Ethical process in human research published in thoracic surgery journals; M. Block, L. Khitin, R. Sade. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2006; 82: 6-12
  • Prevention of thrombosis and embolism in children with mechanical valve prostheses: warfarin vs. antiplatelet agents; L. Khitin, R. Sade, S. Bradley, F.A. Crawford Jr., C. Widener. The Journal of Heart Valve Disease, 2006 May; 15(3): 394-9
  • Hypophosphatemia and global neurological deficit after cardiopulmonary bypass; L. Khitin, K. Kim, J.S. Ikonomidis, M. Stroud, A.J. Crumbley, F.A. Crawford Jr. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, 2005
  • Systemic temperature and paralysis after thoracoabdominal and descending aortic operations; L. Svensson, L. Khitin, E. Nadolny, W. Kimmel. Archives of Surgery, 2003 Feb; 138(2): 175-9
  • Aortic cross-sectional area to height ratio timing of aortic surgery in asymptomatic patients with Marfan’ syndrome; L. Svensson, L. Khitin. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 2002 Feb; 123(2): 360-1
  • Mast cell tryptase regulates colonic myocytes through proteinase-activated receptor-2; C. Corvera, O. Dery, K. McConalogue, L. Khitin, S. Bohm, W. Kong, W. Raymond, G. Caughey, N. Bunnett. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 1997 Sept, 100 (6): 1383-93
  • Luminal trypsin may regulate enterocytes through proteinase-activated receptor-2; W. Kong, K. McConalogue, L. Khitin, M. Hollenberg, D. Payan, S. Bohm, N. Bunnett. Proceedings of Natural Academy of Sciences, USA, 1997 Aug, 94: 8884-9
  • Identification of potential tyrosine-containing endocytic motifs in the carboxyl-tail and seven transmembrane domain of the neurokinin 1 receptor; S. Bohm, L. Khitin, S. Smeekens, E. Grady, D. Payan, N. Bunnett. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1997 Jan, 272: 2363-72
  • Mechanism of desensitization and resensitization of proteinase-activated receptor-2; S. Bohm, L. Khitin, E. Grady, G. Aponte, D. Payan, N. Bunnett. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1996 Sep, 271 (36): 22003-16
  • Photocolorimetric method for evaluation dynamics of blood flow; L. Khitin, L. Zelichenko, G. Poriadin. Pathologic Physiology and Experimental Therapy, 1994 Jul-Sep (3): 55-7
  • Restitution of population of mesenteric mast cells.; L. Khitin, L. Zelichenko, G. Poriadin. Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, 1993 Dec, 116 (12): 558-91
  • Method of in vivo study of microcirculation in mesentery; L. Khitin, L. Zelichenko, G. Poriadin. Pathologic Physiology and Experimental Therapy, 1993 Jul-Dec, (4): 62
  • Effect of Mildronate on secretory activity of the mesentery mast cells; L. Khitin, G. Poriadin, L. Zelichenko Allergology and Immunology, 1992 Febr: 102-5
  • Quantitative evaluation of mast cells degranulation; L. Khitin, G. Poriadin, L. Zelichenko Immunology, 1991 March: 59-61
  • Surgery for reflux esophagitis; L. Khitin, D. Brams. Internist’s Illustrated Guide to Gastrointestinal Surgery; E. Wu, K. Aziz. Humana Press, 2002
  • Hiatal hernia and paraesophageal hernia repair; L. Khitin, D. Brams. Internist’s Illustrated Guide to Gastrointestinal Surgery; E. Wu, K. Aziz. Humana Press, 2002
  • Surgical management of achalasia; J. Braveman, L. Khitin, D. Brams. Internist’s Illustrated Guide to Gastrointestinal Surgery; E. Wu, K. Aziz. Humana Press, 2002
  • Gastric Cancer: important factors for general surgeon; K. Barwick, L. Khitin, K. Kirkwood. Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America, W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1996, 6 (3): 495-514
  • Carcinosarcoma of the mediastinum: a previously unreported entity; B. Johnston, L. Khitin, R. Gitter, B. Allen. Journal of Thoracic Medicine (in print)
  • An aneurysm of right-sided aortic arch with mirror-image brachiocephalic branching; L. Khitin, K. Kim, K. Phillips, J. Ikonomidis. Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 2005 Nov; 20(4): 307-9
  • Transxyphoid approach to retrieval of retained pacemaker leads using laser sheath; L. Khitin, K. Kim, J. Kratz. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 2004 Feb; 28(2): 157-8
  • Cancer in the gastric remnant after gastric bypass; L. Khitin, R. Roses, D. Birkett. Current Surgery, 2003 Sept-Oct, 60(5): 521-3

Professional Memberships

  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Phlebology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Southern Medical Association
  • American Medical Association

Language Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish