Meet Dr. Amini
Dr. Albert Amini is the founder and President of Arizona Premier Surgery as well as a board-certified General Surgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery for the liver, pancreas, and bile ducts. After earning his medical degree from Northwestern and completing his surgical internship and residency, Dr. Amini spent an additional year learning about hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, along with how to use modern technology to perform effective, minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Amini is board certified by the American College of Surgeons and he is also a member of the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA). In addition to a full schedule of patients at Arizona Premier Surgery, Dr. Amini travels abroad to perform surgeries on underserved patients in the Dominican Republic, which has improved his fluency in Spanish.
Specialties and Skills
Dr. Amini has a special interest in pancreas surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) oncology and complex hernia repairs. At Arizona Premier Surgery, some of the surgeries he performs are hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, as well as gastrointestinal oncology, and colorectal surgery. Dr. Amini has expertise in the da Vinci® robotic surgical system and advanced laparoscopic surgery. Using laparoscopic and robotic techniques, Dr. Amini is able to perform minimally invasive surgery that needs less recovery time than traditional open surgery. In most cases, the pain and discomfort after surgery is much less for patients after laparascopic/robotic surgery. Although he has already spent many years studying and practicing surgery, Dr. Amini continues to look for techniques and technology that can improve treatment for his patients at Arizona Premier Surgery.
Education and Training
Dr. Amini earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his medical doctorate from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He then completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson. During residency, he received the Surgical Intern of the Year Award, the Humanitarian Award, and the Outstanding Chief Resident award. He was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society and served as Administrative Chief Resident his final year. Dr. Amini went on to complete a hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, which specializes in surgical management and ultrasound of the pancreas, liver, and bile ducts.
Awards and Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Humanitarian of the Year from the University of Arizona
Outstanding Chief Resident Award from the University of Arizona
Surgery Intern of the Year from the University of Arizona
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA)
American Board of General Surgery
American Board of Surgery
American College of Surgeons (ACS)
Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA)
International Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Association (IHPBA)
Publications and Presentations
"Emergency department diagnosis of a concealed pleurocutaneous fistula in a 78-year-old man using point-of-care ultrasound." Amini, R., Amini, A., Hollinger, P., Rhodes, S. M., Schmier, C.; World J Emerg Med. 2016 Dec 15.
"Palliative Care Training in Surgical Oncology and Hepatobiliary Fellowships: A National Survey of the Fellows." Amini, A., Miura, J. T., Larrieux, G., Tsai, S., Turaga, K. K., Christians, K. K., Brasel, K. J., Clark Gamblin, T., Weissman, D. E., Nattinger, A. B., Johnston, F. M.; Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2014 Nov 09.
"Is local resection adequate for T1 stage ampullary cancer?" Amini, A., Miura, J. T., Jayakrishnan, T. T., Johnston, F. M., Tsai, S., Christians, K. K., Gamblin, T. C., Turaga, K. K.; HPB (Oxford). 2014 Nov 15.
"Defining the Role of Adjuvant External Beam Radiotherapy on Resected Adenocarcinoma of the Ampulla of Vater." Miura, J. T., Jayakrishnan, T. T., Amini, A., Johnston, F. M., Tsai, S., Erickson, B., Quebbeman, E. J., Christians, K. K., Evans, D. B., Gamblin, T. C., Turaga, K. K.; J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2014 Aug 28.
"Surgical management of hepatic hemangiomas: a multi-institutional experience." Miura, J. T., Amini, A., Schmocker, R., Nichols, S., Sukato, D., Winslow, E. R., Spolverato, G., Ejaz, A., Squires, M. H., Kooby, D. A., Maithel, S. K., Li, A., Wu, M. C., Sarmient; HPB (Oxford). 2014 Jun 20.
"Palliation: Treating Patients with Inoperable Biliary Tract and Primary Liver Tumors." Amini, A., Gamblin, T. C.; Surg. Oncol. Clin. N. Am. 2014 Feb 25.
"I had a perforated bowel and Dr. Amini was the only surgeon who would take my case at the hospital. He literally saved my life. After my surgery I was still very sick. He came and saw me every day I was at the hospital which was over 2 weeks. After I was released I still had a few issues and he was always there to see me. So caring and kind. I just had my final surgery with him 2 weeks ago. He's my all time favorite doctor. I know he's truly cares about my health and well being."
"Dr. Amini did my surgery last Oct. and I have recommended him to everyone I know. He was awesome. He is very caring and goes above and beyond for his patients. He explains everything in full detail and he even draws pictures of the procedure he will be doing. He also take time to listen to all of your questions. I have never has so much confidence in a doctor before."
"As an otherwise healthy 32 year old mother of two, I was shocked to be diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. From the day of my diagnosis, to the intensive surgery, and care following my procedure Dr. Amini has been incredible. I feel completely confident and comfortable in his care. He successful completed a complicated colon and liver surgery, removing a foot of my colon, 70% of my liver, and reconstructing a bile duct. I walked away from this 9 hour surgery without any complications. Dr. Amini is clearly a skilled surgeon, and equally important (to us) is that he has been a caring and compassionate doctor. He always takes the time to describe things in ways we understand and has helped us navigate this serious disease. Dr. Amini has been an instrumental part of my treatment and life. I will be forever be grateful for his care."
"Dr. Amini has been terrific. I feel comfortable with him and he is open and honest. I had part of my colon removed and a colostomy inserted recently. He engages with his clients, sees them daily in the hospital, and informs them at every step along the way. He also encourages you to move on and reengage in your normal life. I look forward to my second surgery to put my parts back together and would not want to do it with anyone but him. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"Wonderful Experience / Great Outcome. Dr Amini is a patient focused Dr. Dr Amini was detailed and walked me through the diagnosis, testing and test results as well as the surgery that was to take place. Dr Amini paid close attention to my questions and took the time to answer them fully..... he was very patient because I ask a lot of questions. The surgery went well. I left the hospital a day early and was about 1 week ahead of my recovery schedule. Dr Amini's staff is the best... skilled, knowledgeable and also patient focused. They met all of my needs with appoint scheduling, testing and surgery scheduling. They are very personable and made me feel like part of the family."
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