The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) was established in 1980 to standardize and improve the quality of health care in outpatient facilities. AAAASF accredits thousands of facilities world-wide, making it one of the largest not-for-profit outpatient accrediting organizations. Physicians, clinicians, legislators, state/federal health agencies and patients acknowledge that AAAASF sets the "Gold Standard in Accreditation."

Azher Iqbal, MD

Medical Director of Buffalo Vascular Care

Dr. Iqbal is a board certified and fellowship trained vascular interventional radiologist. He has more than 20 years of experience earning recognition as a Top Doctor in his specialty for over 10 years. His expertise is in outpatient minimally invasive treatment of various vascular and nonvascular conditions. Dr. Iqbal is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at SUNY Buffalo and teaches medical students during clinical rotations at Buffalo Vascular Care. During the course of his practice, Dr. Iqbal has hosted many training sessions on advanced endovascular techniques for numerous interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons within WNY and United States. He additionally chairs medical educational conferences annually in WNY. He is considered a leader in minimally invasive endovascular treatments. He has acted in advisory role to various medical industry engineering departments providing technical advice.


  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology, SUNY Buffalo
  • Diplomate American Board of Radiology
  • Board Certified Vascular Interventional Radiologist
  • Member of Board of Directors, Outpatient Endovascular and
  • Interventional Society (OEIS)
  • Member of Society of Interventional Radiology and CLI Global Society
  • Founder of Vascular Interventional Associates

Blanka Heary, RPA-C

Clinical Coordinator

Blanka Heary, RPA-C is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants and has been practicing medicine in Buffalo, NY since 2002. Blanka focuses on the importance of her patients' health and treatment needs as well as communication with their other healthcare providers to ensure best treatment outcomes. She is dedicated to educating her patients on their medical conditions and treatment options allowing her patients to be well informed prior to making treatment decisions.

Blanka has been an integral part of Buffalo Vascular Care since 2009 team as a Senior Physician Assistant and Clinical Coordinator. Outside of her medical practice, she is as a guest lecturer at Daemen and D'Youville Colleges. Since 2009, Blanka has coordinated the VIA Foundation's annual medical conferences where she has also lectured on vascular care. She is a member of Society of Interventional Radiology and the Outpatient Endovascular and Interventional Society. Blanka is a graduate of Daemen College.

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Erin Paone, RPA-C

Erin Paone, RPA-C has earned both her Bachelors in Heath Science and Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Daemen College. Erin is a New York State Registered Physician Assistant and is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants. Her professional career includes prior experience in family medicine. Erin is dedicated to quality patient care. Patient education is a priority for Erin as it is important for patients to make informed decisions regarding their treatment. She looks forward to her career at Buffalo Vascular Care.

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Reasons To Choose Buffalo Vascular Care

Non-Surgical Options & State of the Art Equipment

Our experienced Buffalo Vascular Care team includes Certified Registered Nurses, Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technicians, Registered Radiology Technicians, Medical Secretaries, & Medical Assistants.

BVC Mission

Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of patients through image guided minimally invasive techniques as an alternative to major surgery.

The Buffalo Vascular Care Commitment

Vascular Interventional Associates is committed to improving the health and quality of life of patients through the practice of image guided minimally invasive techniques as an alternative to major surgery.

  • We will provide professional, complete, convenient, high quality vascular and non-vascular care to our patients.
  • We will utilize the appropriate state-of-the-art minimally invasive image guided techniques to ensure a high quality result for our patients.
  • We will be responsive to the needs of patients and referring physicians, providing prompt turnaround on consultations, documentation and procedures.
  • We will meet high standards for complete and compassionate clinical care in our community.
  • We will utilize continued quality assurance programs to ensure high quality patient outcomes and consistent procedural results.
  • We will continue to place special emphasis on continuing education to stay up-to-date with emerging changes and techniques.

Dawn M.

My experience with staff and the doctor was wonderful. The facility was in excellent condition and very comfortable, easily located and accessible. The ease of making appointments, the feeling that someone actually cared and how I felt and wanted to make my quality of life better.

Sharon M.

I am so glad I found my way here. The staff at VIA go out of their way to assist, answer questions and make you feel comfortable.

Professional-Capable-Pleasant.

Judith W.

Staff is attentive, warm & caring. They will do everything they can to help. They attended to a cut I had on my leg and helped me get my stockings on. The doctor even had a good laugh at something said, and made a difference in the whole experience.

Todd A.

I would encourage them to go for consultation. The treatment and technology are incredible. The staff- always friendly and professional- Also the explaining about what was being done to a point I could understand.

Judy W.

I am so grateful. The doctor and the staff are caring and compassionate, but best- competent and successful! Testing is done to validate both symptoms and results. I would recommend them very highly.

Jessica K.

I would tell them not to hesitate to pick up the phone and make the call, set up an appointment, and get started with a treatment plan. The staff will make you feel comfortable and welcome and will take great care of you. Everyone from Dr. Iqbal to Dawn the receptionist, to the "nurses in the kitchen"! They are all fun, down to earth, kind, compassionate, and sincere.

Thank you for making my experience superior!

James P.

Go-you wont be disappointed! I felt better the next day.

Dawn M.

The staff doing my procedure was exceptional. Over the top. Russ, Stephanie, Christie and Erica were great in making me feel comfortable and taking care of me. Thank you for everything!

Judith W.

Go- Don't wait. They will do everything they can to help. They are attentive, warm & caring. Very friendly. The girls at the front desk greet you with a smile and it continues from there. All in all- it is a great practice all around.

Sharon M.

Kerry- Ultrasound Tech- extraordinaire! Applause!
The ultra sounds techs are the BEST- highly trained and significant to the procedure as they direct the doctor as he works.

Marta S.

My mother has improved 100%! I wouldn't go anywhere else for this procedure, I myself will be returning for my veins. The doctor and all associates at this facility are not only friendly and courteous but I feel as if each patient is taken care of as if he or she were a family member! Dr. Iqbal goes to every extreme to care for his patients!

Francis V.

Walking better, feeling better. All the nicest people.

Steven O.

Get it done!! Wow!!!

Ronald W.

I really enjoy the staff and would highly recommend setting up and appointment sooner than later. The friendliness & patience of the staff at VIA is exceptional.

Grenna A

What has pleased me most is the caring that every member of the practice shows their patients at every visit. It is not easy to have something wrong with you, so having those who take care of you show you respect and concern is calming and rare.

Suzanne P

It has been made apparent by both Dr. Iqbal and his staff's actions that the patient is number one.

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