OUR PHYSICIANS

A caring and skilled team

United Vein and Vascular Centers’ physicians are nationally-recognized and fully dedicated to the vein healthcare field. Through superior knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, our board-certified doctors help patients improve their quality of life by eliminating symptoms such as pain, aching, and swelling caused by damaged or unsightly veins. Our physician’s mission is to keep patients as healthy and active as possible, allowing you to return to your ideal lifestyle. Consult a vein doctor at United Vein and Vascular Centers today.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

GAMAL WAZNI, M.D.

With nearly a decade of experience in the specialized medical field of diagnosing and treating vein disease, Dr. Wazni was one of the first doctors to use vein lasers to treat a variety of vein diseases shortly after they were approved by the FDA.

Certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and an active member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Wazni has also accumulated an impressive list of qualifications and educational accomplishments over the course of his career.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- Certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- Member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society
- Member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
- Member of the Society for Vascular Medicine
- Former Consultant and National Physician Trainer for Covidien (training doctors in the use of the ClosureFast Catheter for the treatment of Vein Disease)

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

SARAH DONNELLY HANS, M.D.

Dr. Sarah Donnelly Hans M.D. is a highly skilled patient centric board-certified surgeon who earned her Doctor of Medicine Degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University and her Bachelor of Arts with Honors at Brown University. She is board- certified in general surgery as well as in colon and rectal surgery. Dr. Hans decided she wanted to become a doctor at the age of 11 after breaking her arm while on a ski trip. She decided to pursue a career in surgery because she enjoys doing procedures which allows her to forge a genuine connection with her patients. “I feel like, through procedures, I am able to make an immediate and lasting impact on a patient’s quality of life” says Dr. Hans.

She has been a surgeon for 10 years and has held appointments at world renown hospitals such as Beaumont Health System in Troy, Michigan, Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, OH, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, MI. She is a member of many well-known medical societies like the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Michigan State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. “Working at United Vein and Vascular Centers feels like being part of a family” says Dr. Hans. We are very excited to have her part of the United Vein and Vascular Centers team.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH Doctor of Medicine
- Brown University, Providence, RI Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Political Science

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Attending Colorectal Surgeon, Beaumont Health System, Troy, MI
- Colorectal Surgery Fellow, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH
- Surgical Resident, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, MI
- Surgical Intern, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

CHARLES BELLOWS III, M.D.

Dr. Charles Bellows III, M.D., FACS, is a board-certified General Surgeon who brings over 20 years of experience in minimally invasive surgery to the vein care team at United Vein and Vascular Centers.

He has held several leadership roles in surgery departments, including Chief of Division of General Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Tulane, Chief of General Surgery at the VA in Southeast Louisiana, and Chief of Surgery at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center. Dr. Bellows is dedicated to the future of medicine. Alongside his leadership roles, Dr. Bellows has taken on several teaching roles. He served as the Program Director for the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship and directed the Division of Surgical Research at Tulane University. He has also held teaching roles at UNM, University of Colorado, Baylor College of Medicine, and University of Florida.

He is also highly published, contributing to nearly 80 research papers and 7 books. Dr. Bellows serves on the editorial board for several medical journals including American Surgeon, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and the Global Journal of Surgery. He has won several awards including America’s Top Doctor and Who’s Who in America.

Dr. Bellows has made countless important contributions to the field of medicine throughout his years of practice through his leadership, mentoring, research, and teaching.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Master’s in Liberal Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- Bachelor of Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Resident, General Surgery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
- Fellowship, Department of Surgery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Member of the Southern Surgical Society of University Surgeons
- Member of the Association of Academic Surgery
- Member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
- Member of the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

STEPHANIE ALLEN LILLY, M.D.

Dr. Allen Lilly, a board-certified surgeon has studied vein treatments for the last eight years. Receiving her medical degree from the University of Miami School of medicine, Dr. Allen Lilly has continued to be a student of this field perfecting her skills as a surgeon. Prior to joining United Vein and Vascular Centers, Dr. Stephanie Allen Lilly was an attending General Surgeon and the Surgical Services Director at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in New Hampshire.

Honing in on her passion for treating patients with diseased veins, Dr. Allen Lilly has performed minimally invasive laser therapies and vein treatments seeing great results with her patients. With her attention to detail and patient first mentality Dr. Allen Lilly is a strong asset to our team of surgeons at United Vein and Vascular Centers.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Medicine, University of Miami
- Bachelor of Science, Biology and Psychology, University of South Carolina

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Intern-Resident, Surgery, University of Connecticut

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

JAMES M. KEMMERLING, M.D.

Dr. James M. Kemmerling, M.D., FACS, is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in vascular surgery. He is a registered vascular technologist, is certified in venous ultrasound, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kemmerling graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency at Wright State’s Integrated Surgical Residency program.

Prior to his work with United Vein and Vascular Centers, Dr. Kemmerling owned and operated a vein clinic in Green Bay, Wisconsin where he performed minimally- invasive procedures such as endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, microphlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. While he enjoyed operating his own practice, Dr. Kemmerling enjoys being able to focus more on patient care with UVC and less on the business side of running a medical office.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Dr. Kemmerling served as an active-duty general surgeon for several years at the start of his medical career. He has a great deal of surgical experience in both private practice and hospital settings. He served as the Medical Director of Bariatrics at Aurora BayCare Medical Center where he established the Bariatric Center of Excellence. He was on staff at four hospitals in the Green Bay area for two decades.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin: Parkside

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Residency, General Surgery, Wright State University

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery
- Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)
- Member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

BRIAN ZEBROWSKI, M.D.

Brian Zebrowski, M.D., FACS is a board-certified general surgeon and vein specialist who has over 20 years of surgical expertise in surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgery.

He attended prestigious Cornell University, obtained his medical degree from State University of New York, and continued his training at Yale and University of California Irvine where he was named Chief General Surgery Resident. During his training, he performed extensive research, published several medical articles, and was awarded a clinical preceptorship where he was involved in managing cardio-thoracic surgeries. He completed his training with fellowships in both minimally invasive surgery and surgical oncology.

Dr. Zebrowski holds a medical license in Florida, Arizona, and California but has spent most of his career treating patients in the Tampa Bay area. Prior to joining the vein care team at United Vein and Vascular Centers, he specialized in Hyperbaric medicine to treat skin wounds, venous ulcers and applied his expertise in minimally invasive techniques to treat vein disease.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
- Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Internship, General Surgery, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
- Resident, General Surgery, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
- Chief Resident, General Surgery, University of California, Irvine, Orange, California
- Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
- Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology (FSSO)

Board-Certified Surgeon, Vascular & Endovascular Specialist

WILLIAM KIANG, D.O.

Dr. William Kiang, D.O., FSVS, FACS, RVT, is a board-certified surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Kiang specializes in vascular and endovascular surgeries such as percutaneous AAA repair, peripheral artery revascularization, critical limb ischemia, venous stenting, and endovenous ablation.

On top of his own professional achievements in vascular and endovascular surgery, Dr. Kiang has also held a teaching role at Liberty University as an Adjunct Professor of Vascular Surgery. During his residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin, Dr. Kiang served as Chief Resident, mentoring other residents, and performing administrative duties.

Dr. Kiang has won several Patient’s Choice awards, been named to the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Top Surgeon list four times and won several Who’s Who awards for his work as a surgeon.

Dr. Kiang has made contributions to several journals including the Journal of Vascular Surgery, most of which directly relate to his work in this specific field. He has also made many presentations to educate his fellow medical professionals and laymen alike, educating both generally and specifically about vascular health, treatments, and improving treatment standards for vascular patients.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgeons
- National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiner
- ARDMS Registered Vascular Technician

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
- Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, NC
- Member of the Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Residency, General Surgery, Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph’s Hospital
- Fellowship, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery
- Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Fellow of the Society for the Vascular Surgery (FSVS)
- Member of the American Osteopathic Association
- Member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Member of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

ANDREW GEORGESON, D.O.

Dr. Andrew Georgeson, D.O., FACS, has been a skilled board-certified surgeon and vein specialist for nearly 25 years. Dr. Georgeson has earned two Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology and Economics from Boston College. He then received his medical degree to become a doctor of Osteopathy from Midwestern University in Chicago, IL and went on to his residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Georgeson specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of venous and lymphatic diseases, with an extensive background in general vascular surgery, cosmetic surgical procedures, advanced laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive venous procedures, and trauma surgeries. Dr. Georgeson believes in using the least invasive, lowest risk procedures possible, harnessing the technology of today to provide his patients with the best outcomes and simplest recovery possible. Though his long-standing expertise in the medical field is varied, he has been specializing in vein treatment for more than 25 years.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Chicago, IL
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
- Bachelor of Science in Economics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Residency, General Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
- Internship, Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Osteopathic Board of Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

AMANDA PARKER, M.D.

Dr. Amanda Parker brings 15 years of experience as a board- certified surgeon and vein specialist. Dr. Parker attended University of Colorado for her undergraduate studies. She then received her medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School of Medicine and completed her residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Parker has devoted her career to a standard of excellence and precision with a focus in minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Parker believes in a patient centric approach, understanding that every patient is unique and should be treated as such. Over the years Dr. Parker has watched many patients suffer with vein disease. Dr. Parker says, “it’s a pleasure to help patients ‘feel like themselves again’. Many patients accept vein disease as inevitable with aging” and Dr. Parker wants her patients to know that there are treatments options available. Utilizing the latest technology, she can identify the problem, and offer a surgical solution to help patients get back up on their feet.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, M.D.
- University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO, B.A.

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- The Methodists Hospital, Houston Medical Center, Houston, TX, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, General Surgery Residency

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

RAFAEL QUINONES, M.D.

Dr. Quiñones comes to United Vein and Vascular Centers as a board-certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist with over 28 years of experience in this field. He received his medical degree from Faculty of Medicine, Seville, Spain. He is an experienced surgeon who previously operated his own practice in Puerto Rico. Dr. Quiñones held the prestigious position of Chief of Surgery at the MidMichigan Medical Center, Clare, MI and made America’s Top Surgeons List 6 years in a row.

We are fortunate to have an experienced doctor apart of our team who has spent the last 17 years focusing on Laser Vein Surgery. Dr. Rafael Quiñones now considers the laser vein surgery to be his most preferred method and the results and improvements he has seen in patients are by far the best in his career.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Medicine, Medicine Faculty of Sevilla, Spain
- Pre-Medical Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, PR

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Chief Resident, Ponce University Hospital, PR
- Surgery Residency, Ponce University Hospital, PR
- Flexible Intern, Dr. Victor Nunez Hospital, PR

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons FACS)
- Fellow of the Southeastern Surgical Congress
- Fellow of the Puerto Rico College of Surgeons
- Fellow of the International Society of Endovascular Surgeons

Board-Certified Surgeon, Vascular & Endovascular Specialist

FORREST RUBENSTEIN, M.D.

Dr. Forrest Rubenstein, M.D., is an accomplished board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon and has extensive background as a vascular and endovascular specialist. Dr. Rubenstein received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and received his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Dr. Rubenstein brings 37 years of leadership and surgical expertise to United Vein and Vascular Centers. Throughout his career Dr. Rubenstein has held several leadership positions and exemplifies excellence in every position.

BOARD CERTIFICATONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL
- University of Georgia, Athens, GA

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- University of Texas Houston, TX Cardiothoracic, Advanced Aortic, and Vascular Surgery Fellowship
- Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard University Boston, MA, Congenital Cardiac Surgery Residency/Fellowship
- Tulane University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, New Orleans, LA, Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship
- Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, General Surgery Residency
- University of South Alabama Hospitals, Mobile, AL, General Surgery Internship

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery
- American Board of Thoracic Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- Member of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
- Member of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons
- Member of the American Medical Association

Fellowship Trained Cardiovascular Surgeon and Vein Specialist

MICHAEL KRONON, M.D.

Michael Kronon, M.D., is a is a fellowship trained cardiovascular surgeon and vein specialist who has 19 years of industry leading experience. He attended Northwestern University Medical School and continued his medical training at University of Illinois Medical Center where he was named Chief Resident of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Michael Kronon was also a Fellow of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. In addition, he has gained further experience as a Fellow of the Department of Surgery in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. During his training, he performed extensive research, as well as published and presented more than 15 medical journals and publications. Taking a patient centric approach has always been a top priority for Dr. Kronon. “I want to treat my patients the way that I would want to be treated if I was the patient”, he says. This gives him the ability to really tailor each patient’s plan of care specifically to their specific needs.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- Fellowship Trained Cardiovascular Surgeon with Peripheral Vascular Experience

EDUCATION:
- Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, M.D.
- Loyola University, Chicago, IL, B.S.

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- John H. Stroker, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL, Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma
- Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Evanston, IL, Clinical Associate – Advanced Fellow Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
- Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Fellowship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
- University of Illinois Medical Center, General Surgery Residency
- University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Surgical Research Fellowship

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- Member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine
- Member of the Chicago Lower Extremity Surgical Foundation
- Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- Member of the Chicago Surgical Society
- Member of the Society of Vascular Surgeons
- Member of the Chicago Cardiothoracic Surgical Society
- Member of the Chicago Metropolitan Trauma Society
- Member of the Illinois Thoracic Society

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

NICOLE FIGEL, M.D.

When physicians pay a compliment to each other, it is well-deserved. That is why Dr. Nicole Figel, takes pride not only in her surgical abilities but also in her communication with her patients. “Other doctors often tell me I educate my patients well,” she says. “I want them to understand what we are doing, why we are doing it and what they can expect afterward. Many patients simply do whatever a doctor tells them to do. I want my patients to be in charge of their own health, and I want to partner with them.”

Dr. Figel wanted to be a surgeon for as long as she can remember, joking that her first rotation was removing splinters at her father’s cabinet shop as a child. In performing procedures at United Vein and Vascular Centers, she is pleased to see the positive impact to her patients almost immediately after their procedure is complete.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Medicine, Meharry Medical College
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, Florida Southern College

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Surgery; Texas Endosurgery Institute
- Residency, General Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Member of the American Vein Lymphatic Society

Board-Certified Cardio Vascular Disease Specialist

SANJEEV SAXENA, M.D.

As a medical student, Dr. Sanjeev Saxena once witnessed a patient having a cardiac arrest – and felt in awe of the cardiologists who were able to successfully resuscitate him. In that moment, he realized, “That is what I want to do. That is my calling,” he remembers.

Now an accomplished cardiologist in his own right – he is the author of a book and many clinical papers on cardiovascular care and a longtime instructor in cardiovascular disease – Dr. Saxena brings to United Vein and Vascular Centers an in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge cardiovascular medicine. While earning his M.B.A from Auburn University, Dr. Saxena owned and operated a multi-provider cardiology practice in Alabama – including the state’s only outpatient cardiac catheterization lab.

Dr. Saxena strives to put patients first. “I consider it a privilege to be a physician,” he says. “Patients enter your office as a stranger and open up their most private concerns and fears to you. It is an honor I take seriously.”

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease

EDUCATION:
- MBA, Auburn University
- Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Georgia

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Cardiology Fellowship, University of Miami
- Internal Medicine Residency, Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center
- Medical School, Medical College of GA, School of Medicine, M.D.
- Undergraduate, University of Georgia, B.S. Biology Oglethorpe University

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
- Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC)

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

MICHAELA S. KLEIN, D.O.

Dr. Michaela S. Klein, D.O., is an accomplished board-certified surgeon with extensive experience in robotic and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Klein graduated cum laude from Knox College with a BA in Biology, having received honors in her field of study. She attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she earned her degree in osteopathic medicine. Throughout her education, she earned prestigious scholarships such as the Herman R. Muelder Scholarship for the Advancement of Scientific Research and the Louise M. Cooley Scholarship, an honorary scholarship for women pursuing medical research.

Her patients’ well-being is her top priority, and many of them attest to her caring manner and attention to detail. Throughout her medical career, she has been a champion for the technological advancements that make new, minimally invasive surgeries possible. Medical research has been a passion for Dr. Klein, who has been a part of several critical research projects in various fields of medicine. She has received several awards including an award for Top Doctors in the Tampa Bay Area, as nominated by her peers.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Osteopathic Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Midwestern University, The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Knox College, Bachelor of Arts, Biology

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Residency, General Surgery, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, MI

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Osteopathic Board of Surgery
- Member of Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Association
- Member of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association
- Member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
- Member of the American Osteopathic Association

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

NABIEL AZAR, D.O.

Nabiel Azar, D.O., MPH, FACOS, FACS is a board-certified general surgeon and vein specialist who brings over 15 years of leadership and surgical expertise in genitourinary, vascular, and general surgery to the vein care team at United Vein and Vascular Centers.

As an aspiring physician he received an achievement award for professional development at Portland State University. He is a two-time Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society recipient and was granted the Jesse Hanson and Scottish Rite Foundation scholarships. During his training he was also named Chief of General Surgery Resident.

Before coming to United Vein and Vascular Centers, Dr. Azar served at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center in Oregon City, Oregon as the Surgery Department Chair and was a member of the hospital’s Professional Quality Review Committee. In addition, he has served as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine NW teaching student doctors.

Furthermore, his research work has been featured in medical publications such as the Journal of the American Physiological Society and Pediatric Research.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Osteopathic Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
- Master’s in Public Health, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
- Bachelor of Science, Magna cum laude, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Internship, General Surgery, Ohio University, Affinity Medical Center
- Resident, General Surgery, Ohio University, Affinity Medical Center
- Chief Resident, General Surgery, Ohio University, Affinity Medical Center

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Osteopathic Board of Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS)
- Member of the American Medical Association
- Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
- Member of the society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

ROBERT OSIPOV, M.D.

Board-certified surgeon and vein specialist, Dr. Robert Osipov brings over 17 years of experience utilizing minimally invasive procedures to United Vein and Vascular Centers. Receiving his medical degree from Astrakhan State Medical Academy in Astrakhan, Russia, he then pursued his medical training in the United States at the esteemed Seton Hall University School of Health Medical Sciences as well as the University School of Illinois Health Medical Sciences.

With minimally invasive procedures as a focus and interest in mind he has completed residencies in pediatric surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, colorectal surgery, and general surgery and published 17 medical articles. Cultivating his skills as a surgeon with steady hands and attention to detail, Dr. Osipov diligently works with his patients to develop the most effective treatment plan. “I always seek to help patients return to their normal lives and get back up on their feet” he says.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
- Astrakhan State Medical Academy, Astrakhan, Russia, M.D.

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Seton Hall University School of Health Medical Sciences, General Surgery Residency IV and V year.
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Research fellowship 2007 – 2009.
- University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals, General Surgery Residency PGY I & II
- University of Arizona, General Surgery Residency III
- Republican Children’s Hospital, Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia, Ph.D.
- Republican Children’s Hospital, Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia, Pediatric Surgery Residency.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- Member of the Society SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons)

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

SCOTT MEISEL, D.O.

Dr. Meisel is a highly skilled surgeon who, after completing his medical training from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, has held several fellowships. As a fellow he learned the intricacies of more complex procedures for burn and critical care patients. He is double board-certified in general surgery and in critical care surgery, Dr. Meisel now uses his experience in performing minimally invasive procedures for patients who need relief from painful veins.

Dr. Meisel approaches vascular health as a cornerstone of holistic well-being –noting that noninvasive vein procedures can improve patients’ mobility and overall quality of life. In many cases, we can treat the root causes of these symptoms to help our patients feel better and prosper in life.”

Dr. Meisel models his practice as a place of “counseling, education, and supportive care” for patients – helping them feel comfortable and at ease throughout their treatment plan. We are fortunate to have an experienced surgeon apart of our team.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
- American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

EDUCATION:
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York Institute of Technology
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, State University of New York

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Fellowship, surgical critical care, Stony Brook Medical Center, New York
- Fellowship, surgical critical care, Stony Brook Medical Center, New York
- Fellowship, hand surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Virginia
- Fellowship, burn and critical care surgery, Nassau University Medical Center, New York
- Resident, surgery, Nassau University Medical Center, New York
- Intern, surgery, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
- American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
- Member of the American Burn Association
- Member of the American Osteopathic Association

Chief Medical Officer

ALI WAZNI, M.D.

Dr. Ali N. Wazni is dual board- certified and specializes in the treatment of vein disease. He is certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Ali N. Wazni attended Ferris State University for his undergraduate studies. He then received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed residency at Albany Medical Center hospital where he was awarded an Outstanding Predoctoral Teaching Award for his exceptional commitment to the students at Albany Medical College.

Following residency, Dr. Ali N. Wazni completed additional training in the advanced treatment of venous disorders and varicose veins, including endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), Venefit™ endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) catheter and ClosureRFS™, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, and ambulatory phlebectomy. He has performed thousands of minimally invasive office-based procedures with outstanding success rates. His expertise with catheterbased procedures was later recognized by the leading Medical Technology and Services company, Medtronic, who awarded him a position as a consultant and a national physician trainer.

Dr. Ali N. Wazni currently dedicates his career solely to treatment of venous disorders and varicose veins at United Vein and Vascular Centers. He also trains other physicians aspiring to specialize as phlebologists (vein doctors). Dr. Ali N. Wazni keeps up with the latest advancements in the treatment of vein disease and general medicine by serving as an active member in multiple medical societies, including the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, American Venous Forum, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
- American Board of Family Medicine

EDUCATION :
- Pre-Med – Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
- Doctor of Medicine – Ross University School of Medicine, Miramar, FL

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Residency – Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Vein and Lymphatic Society
- American Venous Forum
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- University of Arizona College of Medicine Faculty Physician

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:
- Rose Medical Center – Denver, CO
- Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix, AZ

Board-Certified Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and Vein Specialist

SALVADOR YUNEZ, M.D.

Dr. Salvador Yunez brings 38 years of experience to United Vein and Vascular Centers having performed thousands of minimally invasive procedures and vein care throughout his career. Receiving his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, he then went on to receive his medical degree from La Salle University School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, and the American Academy of Anti- Aging Medicine. He strives to always put his patients first and has seen the best results with minimally invasive procedures.

Throughout his career Dr. Yunez has held several leadership positions and exemplifies excellence at every position. He has served as the Medical Director and President at many prestigious facilities throughout the country. He has been awarded both a national and international preceptorship award for his work with the latest laser technologies.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
- American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

EDUCATION:
- Marquette university, Milwaukee, WI
- La Salle University School of Medicine, Mexico D.F.

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Internship, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL
- Residency, University of Illinois: Ravenswood Hospital, Chief Resident
- Internal Medicine, Recipient of the 1988 Senior Resident of the Year Award

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
- American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
- Canadian Society of Phlebology
- International Peptide Society

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

RICHARD BRINKMAN, M.D.

Dr. Richard Brinkman M.D. has been a board-certified surgeon for over 40 years who earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He began his career as a general surgeon at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. He has held positions like Vice President of Medical Staff at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD as well as running his own private practices during his tenure.

Dr. Brinkman says, “I knew by the time I was in the 7th grade that I was going to be a doctor and most likely a surgeon”. He chose to be a vascular surgeon because “It required meticulous care and for the instant recognition that you have done a great job when you see instant results when the blood begins to circulate through the vessels you just repaired” says Dr. Brinkman. During his career he also participated in mission trips to Haiti, Philippines, Kenya, and Bolivia where he performed hundreds of surgeries.

Dr. Brinkman is a member of many well-known medical boards like The Chicago Minimally Invasive Surgical Society, Fox Valley Hospice, Counselor of Board of Kane County Medical Society and Chairman Department of Surgery at Copley Hospital. We are extremely fortunate to have him as part of the United Vein and Vascular Centers team.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- Board Certified in General Surgery

EDUCATION :
- Graduate School, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Masters in Anatomy
- University of South Dakota Medical School
- Northwestern University Medical School: MD

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- General Surgery Resident – Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL
- Co-Chair Merger Committee, Yankton Clinic, Yankton, SD
- Vice President of Medical Staff, Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD
- Surgeon, Yankton Clinic, Yankton, SD
- Private Practice, Aurora, IL
- Locum Tenens, Livingston Hospital, General Surgery, Salem, KY
- Private Practice, General Surgery, Russellville, KY
- Physician, Allure Medical, Bowling Green and Louisville, KY

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- American Osteopathic Board of Surgery
- Member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS)
- Member of the American Osteopathic Association

Medical Director of Wound Services

LOAN LAM, D.P.M.

Dr. Loan Lam is a highly trained, board-certified wound care and hyperbaric medicine physician as well as a podiatric surgeon. Dr. Lam is one of the few physicians certified in lymphedema management. Dr. Lam believes successful wound healing requires being a “detective” to put together all the pieces of a patient’s complex medical issues and address the underlying causes of impaired healing. She is trained in multiple advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques for wound healing including grafts, local flap closures, negative pressure therapy, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, and various compression and manual therapies. “My interest in lymphedema comes from seeing a significant number of wound and vascular patients with undiagnosed or undertreated chronic lymphedema which have adversely affected their quality of life,” says Dr. Lam.

With multiple scholarships and honors, she attended Rice University for her undergraduate studies, followed by medical studies at Barry University. She completed her internship and residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Before joining United Vein and Vascular Centers, Dr. Lam started the wound and hyperbaric program as the medical director of Hyper Healing Wound Clinics in Tampa. She has also worked for Physicians Regional Hospitals, specializing in inpatient wound care, hyperbaric medicine, and reconstructive wound surgery as well as outpatient wound and burn care at the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine in Naples, FL.

Dr. Lam has an extensive history of clinical research with multiple publications, poster presentations, and clinical trials dating back to her residency training at Yale. Her research work has included “superbug” infection clinical drug trials with Pfizer and Wyeth to clinical research in clonal amplification (PCR) and parallel sequencing (NGS) of bacteria in chronic wounds. She is a frequent lecturer and clinical trainer on various wound management techniques.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- Fellow, Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing
- Fellow, American Professional Wound Care Association
- Certified Wound Specialist Physician, American Board of Wound Management
- Certified Hyperbaric Wound Specialist, American Board of Wound Healing
- Certified Lymphedema & Wound Therapist, International Lymphedema & Wound Care Training Institute

EDUCATION:
- Rice University, Bachelor of Arts, Houston, Texas
- Barry University, School of Graduate Medical Sciences, Miami, FL
- Yale University School of Medicine, Yale- New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

MEDICAL TRAININGS:
- Internship, Yale University School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
- Surgical Residency, Yale University School of Medicine, Yale- New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
- Surgical Residency, Chief Resident, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, Yale- New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing
- American Professional Wound Care Association
- American Board of Wound Management
- International Lymphedema & Wound Care Training Institute

Director of Clinical Operations

LOWELL KABNICK, M.D.

Dr. Lowell Kabnick is a world-renowned surgeon and teacher who provides a patient centric approach to vein care, enabling the creation and improvement of many of todays advanced non-invasive vascular surgery techniques. As a board-certified surgeon and vein and lymphatic medicine specialist Dr. Kabnick is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as the American Vein and Lymphatic Society.

As the Director of the New York University Vein Center (2007-2018), Dr. Kabnick and his team developed testing & treatment guidelines, and efficiency standards that established New York University as a leading academic global vein center. He is the co-founder of Phlebobridge, Vascular Strategic Partners, and Vein and Lymphatic Teaching Network. Dr. Kabnick has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters and has written extensively venous disease and treatment.

He was the first vascular surgeon in the United States to perform the VNUS Closure and the VenaCure EVLT™ procedure. Dr. Kabnick was the investigator in the FDA phase 2 and 3 trials for Varithena™ and he is recognized as an international authority on the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. He is highly sought after as a consultant and teacher by medical societies around the world.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION :
- George Washington University, Washington, DC, M.D.
- George Washington University, Washington DC, B.A.

MEDICAL TRAINING:
- Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, Vascular Surgery Fellowship
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY, General Surgery Residency
- New York University/Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY, General Surgery Internship

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- Member of the Society of Vascular Surgery
- Member of the American Venous Forum
- Member of the American Vein & Lymphatic Society

Board-Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

JOSEPH COCCO, D.O.

Dr. Joseph Cocco, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, is a board-certified surgeon and vein specialist who brings over twenty years of experience in the medical field to United Vein and Vascular Centers. Receiving his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Cocco has since held prestigious positions at establishments such as Ascension Health, Allegheny Health System & Pinellas Surgical Associates.

Utilizing his past surgical experience in general surgery he now practices eliminating diseased veins safely and effectively through minimally invasive procedures. We are fortunate to have such a skilled surgeon on our team here at United Vein and Vascular Centers.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
American Osteopathic Board of Surgery
EDUCATION:
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bachelors Business Administration, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

MEDICAL TRAINING:
General Surgery Residency, Saint John Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights, MI, Chief Resident/Surgical
Resident/Educator of the Year
Osteopathic Internship, Bi-County Hospital/Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
American Osteopathic Board of Surgery
Member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS)
Member of the American Osteopathic Association

Board Certified Surgeon and Vein Specialist

LAN RAIKAR, M.D.

Lan Raikar, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon and vein specialist with over 20 years of experience in general surgery. Over the course of her career Dr. Raikar has strived to create a patient centric atmosphere for her patients. “It’s rewarding to see how beneficial these treatments are for patients”, says Dr. Raikar.

Dr. Raikar received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and went on to earn her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Lan Raikar then continued her medical training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic of College of Medicine where she performed extensive research in both General and Cardiac Surgery. “To be a surgeon requires incredible precision and dexterity. That is the skillset that I bring to UVC”, says Dr. Raikar.

Dr. Lan Raikar keeps up with the latest advancements in the treatment of vein disease and general medicine by serving as an active member in multiple medical societies, including the American College of Surgeons as well as the American College of Phlebology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
American Board of Surgery

EDUCATION:
University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic of College of Medicine

MEDICAL TRAINING:
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
American Board of Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Member of the American College of Phlebology
Member of the American College of Breast Surgeons
Member of the Priestly Society

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