How to Find the Best Pittsburgh Vein Doctor

How to Find the Best Pittsburgh Vein Doctor

Medicine is Changing Faster than You Can Imagine

Obamacare, the rationing of varicose vein care by insurance companies, and doctors spending less time interacting with patients are critical issues in healthcare today.

That is especially true for today’s vein doctor.

Modern effective methods of vein care have been drastically reduced for financial reasons.

The pressure to continually lower costs is a massive burden. Transforming previously independent vein doctors into dutiful employees is part of this planned metamorphosis.

A Completely Different Approach to Vein Care in Pittsburgh

What does it take to be a great vein doctor?

The modern vein doctor must also take an omnipotent approach. This is the traditional paternalistic view. It is the same as a parent cares for their children (paternalism).

The paternalistic doctor must walk a thin tightrope between respecting your autonomy and your views.

At the same time, a great doctor must also take account of your feelings, beliefs and values.

It is my main goal to provide you with a trusting relationship built on cooperation. This is a sacred partnership with a special respect for my patient’s well being.

My decision-making is based on evidence-based medicine tempered over 30 years of experience treating veins.

This is achieved by using the “human touch”, humility and respect for your expressed and expected outcome.

Varicose vein doctors must be precise and efficient in both making diagnoses and treating with ultrasound. My credentials are unique in this regard.

I hold the highest and most respected ultrasound credentials in the world. They are the RVT and RPVI. That stands for registered venous technologist and registered physician in vascular interpretation.

These certifications recognize the highest standards of vascular ultrasound worldwide in performing and interpreting venous ultrasound. Excellence and proficiency in ultrasound is integral to being a great vein doctor.

Vein Care Moves from Hospital to the Office Setting

Around the year 2000, lasers and nonsurgical devices revolutionized modern varicose vein care.

You no longer have to go to a hospital or be put asleep to have your varicose veins removed.

To try to control physicians in the hospital environment, hospitals and their associated insurance companies mandated a sense of insecurity to be installed into your hospital-associated physician. The threat of being fired is still a common tactic. They constantly increase productivity expectations.

Fortunately, vein care has shifted from the hospital to the office setting. Hospitals can no longer influence independent vein practitioners.

However, inspections and strict standards must be maintained just like in hospitals.

We are the only accredited vein center in Pittsburgh.

That means a lot!

Core Values of a Modern Pittsburgh Vein Doctor

While performing a service to rid you of your unwanted veins, we have retained the following qualities that are being phased out of modern medical practices.

Marcus Welby, who was played by the Emmy Award winning Robert Young in the 1970’s, personified the classic approach traditional approach. Although Robert Young was also known also for his earlier series, Father Knows Best, he died in 1998.

The spirit of that doctor that he personified lives on.

We emphasize:

A kindly and warm bedside manner

Our ability to empathize with your particular concerns

Effective communication

Experience based insight acquired over three decades

You Want a Compassionate Varicose Vein Doctor

Compassionate doctors are known to make illness more bearable. Part of this is a placebo effect.

Studies have shown that sympathetic doctors can better improve their patient’s health.

A tincture of hope, attentive listening and confidence in hard-earned skills can go a long way.

Our practice is unique in emphasizing top quality vein care that is also:

  • Caring
  • Supportive
  • Benevolent

Impeccable Ethics in an Increasingly Overcrowded Field

Varicose vein franchises are thriving and multiplying.

Century old traditions are being thrown out the window.

The franchise approach is impersonal, quick and detached. Also linked to this business approach to treating venous disease is unnecessary ultrasound testing and procedures.

However, when you come to our office, you will feel that someone has your back and knows you personally.

  1. We know your time is valuable.
  2. You will rarely wait.
  3. We never double book. That is just another way we show our respect for you.
  4. We pride ourselves on scheduling appointments to accommodate your busy schedule.


As the most experienced varicose vein doctor in Pittsburgh, my highest priority is to give you the best patient experience with results that last.

I have been practicing vascular surgery and specializing in veins longer than any other doctor in Pittsburgh for over thirty years.

My varicose vein practice is one of the last bastions of traditional medicine and surgery.  Historically, this relationship was one of a healer and a patient. Recently, this has been altered semantically to that of a “provider and client” relationship.

Many vein practices today operate with the patient meeting the doctor only once. That solitary encounter is on the procedure day. That is wrong.

At our accredited vein center, you will see me every time that you come to my office. I alone will follow your care from the beginning to the end. There will not a different doctor trying to catch up with your treatment plan each time that you visit our office.

Despite insurance companies and governmental pressure, my vein practice remains patient-centered.

If you choose me as your varicose vein doctor, you will receive more quality time with a physician who will actually listen to you.

That makes our traditional approach to varicose vein care unique.

So if you want to find the best vein doctor in Pittsburgh, call us at 724-969-0600 or contact us here.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.