Choosing a Vein Specialist

Important Questions to Ask About Your Vein Specialist:

1. What type of training should a vein specialist have?

A qualified vein doctor should have formal residency/fellowship training in performing and interpreting vascular ultrasound examinations, as well as being trained in the clinical evaluation and treatment of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

2. Which specialists have the appropriate training incorporated as part of their residency/fellowship?

Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons

3. What certifications should a vein specialist have?

Vein specialists who are committed to the highest level of patient care should have the following certifications:

  • American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM)
  • Registered Vascular Technology (RVT)
  • Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI)

4. What do these certifications mean?

The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM) is currently the only certification in the world that specifically tests the knowledge and experience of a physician in all areas of diagnosis and treatment of vein disease.

Registered Vascular Technology (RVT) certifies the physician as having achieved the highest level of competency in performing vascular ultrasound examinations. Ultrasound is the ONLY method of accurately diagnosing vein disease.

Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) certifies the physician as having achieved the highest level of competency in interpreting vascular ultrasound examinations. Ultrasound is the ONLY method of accurately diagnosing vein disease.