The Center for Venous Disease is focused on a TOTAL VEIN CARE philosophy utilizing state-of-the-art technology with Board Certified Doctors. Our Medical Directors are double or triple board certified including Phlebology (vein specialty).
CVD® is a nationally recognized training facility for the VNUS Closure™ procedure for varicose vein treatment. We are the highest volume vein center in the Southwest United States. This expertise sets us apart from other offices or hospitals who have added vein care to an existing practice that is focused on other medical conditions or specialties.
Thomas L. Pester, M.D., CVD Co-Founder
Dr. Pester is a General Surgeon who has been involved in treating varicose veins for over 30 years. After attending Grinnell College in Iowa and the University Of Nebraska Medical School, he went on to complete his Residency in General Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Pester is an active member of the American College of Phlebology, American Medical Association, and Texas Medical Association, as well as holding affiliations with: the American Board of Phlebology and Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery (General Surgery). Formerly, Dr. Pester has served as Chief of Surgery at Luke Air Force Base, Chief of Staff and numerous Department Chairmanships and served as Medical Director of the Texas Medical Foundation. Continuing his extensive medical education, he has served in both State and National Chairmanship positions. Dr. Pester is a Certified Physician Training Site for VNUSTM Medical Technologies and is a Faculty Member for VNUSTM Medical Education Courses in the U.S. Additionally, Dr. Pester is Board Certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. Dr. Pester has had ties to the Arizona community since 1974 and is a Co-Founder of the Center for Venous Disease. He has treated patients for venous disease with minimally invasive techniques for over six years at his CVD El Paso, Texas location.
Felice L. Bruno, M.D.
Dr. Bruno is a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon who has been treating heart and lung disease and arterial and venous vascular problems in El Paso since 1978. He graduated cum laude from the Medical School of the University of Torino, Italy and holds Diplomas of Specialist in both General Surgery and Cardiovascular Surgery from the Surgical Clinic of the University of Torino. After completing a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Texas Heart Institute, Dr. Bruno was invited by Dr. Denton A. Cooley, to join The Texas Heart Institute medical staff in Houston, Texas. Dr. Bruno practiced clinical surgery and participated in artificial heart research and cardiac transplantation. Following his Texas Heart Institute experience, he moved to El Paso as co-director of the El Paso Southwestern Cardiovascular Associates practice. Dr. Bruno is a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons and is a Diplomate of the American College of Phlebology. His membership affiliations include the American Medical Association and the D.A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society. During his years of practice in El Paso, Dr. Bruno has been actively involved with Medical Staff affairs, holding many positions, from Chief of Staff to Cardiovascular Department Chairman, Member of the Board of Directors with Sierra Medical Center, Sierra Providence Health Network and is a Past President of the El Paso American Heart Association. Dr. Bruno has also been a physician for the United States Ski Team and has traveled extensively with the World Cup Downhill team.
The Center for Venous Disease offers the following services to our patients and visiting medical professionals:
• Vein ablation techniques
• Sclerotherapy for spider veins
• Micro-ambulatory phlebectomy
• Ultrasound diagnostics
• Compression hose sizing and fitting
• Conservative treatment plans
• Surface laser treatments
• Clinical data collection
• Doctor-to-Doctor instruction
• Pre-market testing for new medical devices
• Medical education seminars