As’ad Ehtisham to open ENVI & Aesthetics within Abay Neuroscience Center

UPDATED — Kansas is a leading state for stroke sufferers, and physician As’ad Ehtisham would like to do something about that.

He’s opening ENVI & Aesthetics, which stands for Ehtisham Neuro Vascular Institute & Aesthetics, in 1,500 square feet at the Abay Neuroscience Center at 3223 N. Webb Road.

“What we are offering is something very, very unique,” Ehtisham says.

He’s board certified in neurology, vascular neurology and advanced neuro critical care. His practice will offer a variety of treatments but will have a neuro vascular focus for the treatment of strokes, blocked arteries, vascular malformations, migraines and traumatic brain and spine injuries.

Ehtisham also is going to offer cosmetic Botox and Botox and facial remodeling for people who have Bell’s palsy or who have suffered a stroke that results in facial issues.

“We can actually minimize those by different modalities,” he says. “I will be the only one injecting.”

Ehtisham was the medical director of the stroke and neuro critical care program at Via Christi Health from 2005 to 2009.

“I built the stroke program.”

Most recently he’s been an associate professor of neurology and neuro surgery at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, Miss.

Ehtisham still has family here and decided to return to Wichita for the opportunity to treat Kansans suffering from strokes.

“There is not a dedicated stroke neurologist taking care of those things,” he says.

“Stroke is one of those changing paradigms,” Ehtisham says. “Initially, nobody could take care of those patients.”

He says almost 800,000 people a year suffer strokes nationwide, and it’s the leading cause of disabilities and the third leading cause of death.

“Kansas is one of those leading states of stroke victims.”

That’s due to a lack of education, he says.

“Stroke education is very, very important.”

These days, Ehtisham says, the right treatment can “almost literally reverse the signs of stroke within three hours.”

He says there are new studies and approaches that “completely revolutionized the way people are treated for strokes, and if you don’t know it, you miss out on opportunities.”

ENVI opens Jan. 7. Ehtisham will be the sole physician in the practice, but he says he intends to expand rapidly and one day have his own building.

“That is exactly the vision.”