You want a treatment that successfully eliminates the problem at its source, but you don't want to undergo invasive surgery that is more uncomfortable and debilitating than the condition itself. The Morrison Vein Institute specializes in minimally invasive, in-office procedures for varicose and spider veins. Knowing you want to feel and look better fast, the Institute offers treatments that are just as effective as they are efficient.
Nick Morrison, MD, FACS, FACPh
Dr. Morrison was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, USA. He has received his education through Jesuit secondary, university, and medical schools. He interned at St. Joseph Hospital, and completed a four-year General Surgery Residency, with a year as Chief Surgical Resident, at the Maricopa Medical Center, all in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1972-1977.
Dr. Morrison has been active in the private practice of General Surgery in the Phoenix, Arizona area since 1977. He was originally certified, and has twice been recertified, by the American Board of Surgery. He has been a member of the American Medical Association, the Arizona Medical Association, the Phoenix Surgical Society (President, 1991), and the Maricopa Medical Society since he entered his surgical training in 1973. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1979, and served as President of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Surgeons from 1986-1988.
In 1995, Dr. Morrison and his wife, Terri, established the Morrison Vein Institute. Since that time, Dr. Morrison has concentrated his surgical practice on the care and treatment of venous disorders. He has become involved in all aspects of vein care, including duplex scanning, visual sclerotherapy, laser/pulsed light therapy, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and endovenous thermal and chemical ablation (radiofrequency, lasers of various wavelengths, and foamed sclerosants). He has studied with and learned a great deal from phlebologic colleagues across the U.S. as well as internationally. He has become active in several societies, including the American College of Phlebology, the International Union of Phlebologists, and the American Venous Forum. He has made many scientific presentations to the Annual Congress of the American College of Phlebology, to regional symposia, to the American College of Surgeons, to the International Union of Phlebology in Rome, San Diego, Rio de Janeiro, and Monaco, and to numerous venous congresses around the world and in the U.S. He has authored several book chapters on varying aspects of venous disease, and additionally has published scientific articles in the phlebologic literature.
Dr. Morrison has served on the Program Committee for several Annual Symposia of the American College of Phlebology; has served as the Program Chair for the 16th Annual Symposium; is serving on the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology; served as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the American College of Phlebology Foundation; is a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology Foundation; and currently serves as President of the American College of Phlebology.
Beginning in 1989, and annually since, Dr. Morrison has directed a volunteer medical organization, Amigos de Salud, and led the group each summer to Central or South America to deliver medical and surgical treatment to the indigent population of Ecuador, Peru, and Nicaragua. The group usually examines and treats over 3000 patients in various medical/surgical clinics. Dr. Morrison has thrice led groups of internationally renowned phlebologists to Ecuador to treat indigent patients with severe venous disease and ulcerations.
During his leisure time, Dr. Morrison pursues a wide variety of interests, including family, theatre, symphony, opera, art, architecture, and wine, along with physical activities such as triathlon, rowing, and backpacking. James McEown MD, FACEP Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Emergency Medicine, Dr. McEown received his medical degree from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and completed the Fifth Pathway program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Prior to joining Morrison Vein Institute in 2003, he served as attending physician at Maricopa Medical Center; chief of staff, board of trustees, and attending and teaching staff for the Emergency Department at Tempe St. Luke's Hospital; and assistant professor and affiliate faculty member at Midwestern University. He is a member of the American College of Phlebology. Dr. McEown received vein treatment at the Institute, and is empathetic to patients' needs for treatment options.
Karen Garby, MD
Karen Garby, MD, a native of New Jersey, moved to Palm Springs, California, with her family, then to Toronto, Canada, where she attended high school. She majored in microbiology at the University of Georgia and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, both in Athens.
Dr. Garby completed a radiology residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and her interventional vascular fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. At Case Western she was a staff member involved in resident teaching and training. She and her husband moved to Phoenix in 1997 and have one daughter.
While she has been practicing interventional radiology for 17 years, Dr. Garby has specialized in the treatment of superficial and deep veins over the past 10 years.