Kenneth Ouriel

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Dr. Kenneth Ouriel
Kenneth Ouriel, MD.jpg
Dr. Ouriel in 2012
Born (1956-10-21) October 21, 1956 (age 62)
EducationUniversity of Rochester,
U. Chicago medical school,
Columbia Business School,
London Business School
Years active28
Known forresearch; administration;
famous patients; textbooks
Medical career
InstitutionsCleveland Clinic,
Shaikh Khalifa Medical City,
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Sub-SpecialtiesVascular surgery
ResearchVascular surgery research
AwardsLiebig Foundation Award[1]

Kenneth Ouriel (born October 21, 1956) is a vascular surgeon[2] and medical researcher. He has published in scientific and medical journals.[3][4][5][6][7] He treated former presidential candidate Bob Dole for an abdominal aortic aneurysm in 2001.[8] In the middle 2000s, Ouriel went to Dubai as CEO to help build a world class hospital;[9] he treated several Middle Eastern rulers in addition to his administrative duties. In 2009, he was Senior Vice President and Chief of International Operations at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.[2] He has been described as one of America's top vascular surgeons.[1]


Ouriel was born in Rochester, New York, entered college at age 16, majored in biology and psychology at the University of Rochester and belonged to the fraternity Alpha Delta Phi.[2] He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1976 and graduated summa cum laude in 1977.[2] He studied medicine at the University of Chicago and graduated in 1981 with Honors.[2] He began a residency in general surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center and completed a vascular surgical fellowship in 1987.[2] He got a National Institute of Health grant to study thrombosis and published results from a large, multicenter randomized trial of clot busting therapy in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1998.[2] In 1998, he was recruited to the Cleveland Clinic as the chief of Vascular Surgery. He was promoted to Chief of Surgery in 2003 where he supervised 340 surgeons in the largest surgical department in the world.[2][10] He authored three textbooks in vascular surgery[11][12][13] and over 250 original scientific articles on a wide variety of vascular surgical topics focusing on minimally invasive means to treat vascular disease.[2]

In 2001, he treated former presidential candidate Bob Dole who, at age 77, had an abdominal aortic aneurysm; Ouriel led a team of surgeons that inserted a stent graft.[8] "Ouriel said that the team inserted a Y-shaped tube through an incision in Dole's leg and placed it inside the weakened portion of the aorta. The aneurysm will eventually contract around the stent, which will remain in place for the rest of Dole's life," wrote a reporter.[8] Ouriel was the principal investigator on a five-year $5 million National Institute of Health grant to study intravascular ultrasound regarding atherosclerotic plaque.[2]

Ouriel led a team from the Cleveland Clinic to Abu Dhabi[14] in 2007 to manage an existing hospital, the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center, and to build a world class hospital called the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi which is scheduled to open in 2013.[9] In that connection, Ouriel matriculated in an Executive MBA program in global business jointly run by Columbia Business School and the London Business School.[15] Ouriel worked on upgrade systems involving the future hospital's financial, decision-support management, inventory control and medical productivity software.[9] Ouriel was the CEO of the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City.[1][9][16] Ouriel treated Middle Eastern rulers including Sheikh Zayed of Abu Dhabi in 2000, Sheikh Maktoum of Dubai in 2004, and the former Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah in 2005. Ouriel, as part of the UAE health authority, met with visiting dignitaries, including First Lady Laura Bush.[17] Ouriel completed his master's degree in business administration from Columbia and London Business Schools.[1] While heading the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Ouriel initiated a controversial move to disclose hospital data online which would allow people to get a "snapshot of the facility's clinical strengths and weaknesses"; he favors transparency.[18]

Ouriel facilitated the development of the first permanent renal transplantation program in the United Arab Emirates, where the Sheikh Khalifa team performed their first kidney transplant in early 2008.[2] He is quoted in newspapers regarding medical subjects.[10][19] In June 2008, Ouriel became Senior Vice President and Chief of International Operations at New York-Presbyterian.[2] In 2009, Ouriel made speeches to medical professionals about such topics as retaining patients and public-private partnerships.[20]

In 2010, Ouriel founded Syntactx, a contract research organization that assists medical device, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic laboratory companies with the design and execution of clinical research trials. Ranked #241 on the 2015 Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America,[21] Syntactx is headquartered in New York City and has offices in Belgium, and it partners with firms across the United States and in Europe.


  • 1995, textbook, Lower Extremity Vascular Disease[12]
  • 1998, textbook, Mastery of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery[13]
  • 2005, textbook, Complications In Endovascular Therapy[11]


  1. ^ a b c d Joanne Bladd (2 October 2007). "Dr business". Retrieved 2009-11-12. ... Ouriel was .. practicing medicine for more than 15 years ... received the Liebig Foundation Award for excellence in vascular surgical research and had been regularly billed among America's top surgeons....
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Dr. Kenneth Ouriel (biography)". New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  3. ^ Kenneth Ouriel, MD et al, Volume 18, Issue 1, July 1993, Pages 16-22, Journal of Vascular Surgery, Science Direct, Intraoperative autotransfusion in aortic surgery, Accessed August 27, 2013, ...Kenneth Ouriel, MD ..., University of Rochester
  4. ^ Kenneth Ouriel, MD, Volume 2, Issue 3, May–June 1995, pages 114-118, University of Rochester, Primary Care Update for OB/GYNS, Science Direct,Diagnosis and treatment of vasospastic disorders, Accessed August 27, 2013, ...Vasospastic disorders of the extremities commonly present ...
  5. ^ , MD,Kenneth Ouriel Volume 49, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages 266–269, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, The PIVOTAL study: A randomized comparison of endovascular repair versus surveillance in patients with smaller abdominal aortic aneurysms, Accessed August 27, 2013, quote = ... The diameter of an abdominal aortic aneurysm ...
  6. ^ Kenneth Ouriel, MD, et al., Journal of Vascular Surgery, Volume 37, Issue 6, June 2003, Pages 1206–1212, Science Direct, Disparate outcome after endovascular treatment of small versus large abdominal aortic aneurysm, Accessed August 27, 2013, quote = ... ...
  7. ^ Kenneth Ouriel, MD, et al., Journal of Vascular Surgery, Volume 38, Issue 2 , Pages 323-328, August 2003, Aortoiliac morphologic correlations in aneurysms undergoing endovascular repair, Accessed August 27, 2013, quote = ... The feasibility of endovascular aneurysm repair ...
  8. ^ a b c "Bob Dole has surgery to treat aneurysm". USA Today via Associated Press. 2001-06-27. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  9. ^ a b c d Gregg Blesch (August 6, 2007). "Dubai and other United Arab Emirates states are using U.S. know-how to build a cutting-edge healthcare infrastructure". Retrieved 2009-11-12. Ouriel has set about integrating the Cleveland Clinic’s medical and administrative procedures and capabilities into the system in Abu Dhabi. His first steps have included recruiting staff from "around the world" and beginning to tackle significant technology challenges, Ouriel wrote in an e-mail responding to a recent query about how things were going so far.
  10. ^ a b DENISE GRADY (March 18, 2004). "After Unusual Fatality, Transplant Expert Revives Career". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  11. ^ a b Ouriel, Kenneth (September 26, 2005). Complications In Endovascular Therapy. Informa HealthCare. pp. 472 pages. ISBN 978-0-8247-5420-4.
  12. ^ a b Ouriel, Kenneth (January 1995). Lower Extremity Vascular Disease (Hardcover) Kenneth Ouriel (editor). W.B. Saunders Company. pp. 440 pages. ISBN 978-0-7216-4749-4.
  13. ^ a b Ouriel, Kenneth; Robert B. Rutherford (January 15, 1998). Mastery of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. W.B. Saunders Company. pp. 285 pages. ISBN 978-0-7216-6994-6.
  14. ^ Mary Vanac, August 06, 2007,, [ Cleveland Clinic appoints three to Abu Dhabi medical center], Accessed August 27, 2013, quote = ... Dr. Kenneth Ouriel, who last month was appointed chief executive of the medical center, ...
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  16. ^ "Regional Success Stories". Kuwait Health Initiative. March 5, 2007. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-12. This conglomerate of health care facilities includes a 700-bed tertiary care facility, a 150-bed psychiatric hospital, and a 100-bed rehabilitation center. Additionally, the SKMC also controls a number of outpatient clinics and primary care facilities in Abu Dhabi. Recently, the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi delegated the management of the SKMC to the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Ken Ouriel, the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, was named CEO of the SKMC
  17. ^ Hala Moddelmog (2007-10-22). "Abu Dhabi whirlwind". Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Retrieved 2009-11-12. Since I didn't have prepared remarks (and of course, Dr. Ahmet, Dr. Ouriel, and Mrs. Bush did), I just spoke to the survivors praising their courage and telling them that Komen wouldn't stop until all women have heard the message and have access to care.
  18. ^ staff writer (17 October 2007). "SKMC goes on record with results". Retrieved 2009-11-12. We want to be upfront," said CEO Dr Ken Ouriel. "How many of these operations we did, what our outcomes are with specific diseases - we want to see how we compare to certain benchmarks. We might not always be above the benchmark, but patients have a right to know.
  19. ^ JENNIFER ALSEVER (October 15, 2006). "SUNDAY MONEY: SPENDING; Basking on the Beach, or Maybe on the Operating Table". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  20. ^ "Leaders in Healthcare Conference Session 2:Future Healthcare Human Resources". Arab Health Congress. 26 January 2009. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-12. Challenges of Retaining Patients in the GCC & the Impact of Private/Public Partnerships Dr. Kenneth Ouriel, Senior Vice-President, Chief of International Operations, New York Presbyterian Hospital
  21. ^ Inc Magazine, May 11, 2016, INC 500 Company Profiles

External links[edit]

  • Syntactx, firm founded by Ouriel in 2010