25 Most Influential: Edward G. Mackay ll, MD

Edward G. Mackay ll, MD

A colleague had this to say: “Dr. Mackay has served the field in numerous ways with active participation in ACP, ISET, IVC and IVVC through both instruction and live presentations. One of his next challenges will be to Co-Chair the 2009 Dominican Republic Venous Masters Practicum.”

A decade ago, few would have foreseen the crossover in types of vein treatments being offered at other specialty practices. Where do you think the next big movement is going to be and how will it affect vein practice?

An increase in less invasive treatments including pharmocologic management.

In your opinion, which area of research is yielding the most advancement in the field?

PDT.

What technological advances are contributing to the quality of vein treatment that most excite you?

Right now, endovascular treatment of VV.

What advancements are long overdue?

Better spider vein therapies.

How does the current state of health insurance affect your practice and what are the pitfalls?

Occasionally it is hard to get reimbursed. Medicare is particularly difficult at this point and time due to ridiculous rules on filling out the paper work.

Are you involved in leading or teaching educational symposiums at clinics, hospitals, universities, etc? Please share your experiences.

IVC co-director Masters Practicum VCEE luminary.

Tell us about any publications or research you are currently working on or recently finished.

Cover fibers 1470nm and radial fibers PDT for spider veins.

What made you decide to work in phlebology and what do you wish you had known before you did?

I like the results. Patients are very happy when you get good results.

Who or what inspires you the most?

My colleagues keep me inspired.

If you could do anything else for a living, what would it be? Why?

Work for a venture capital firm. It must be pretty cool to help people launch new business plans.

What aspects of community service are you involved in, both within and outside medical service?

Immediate past president of my county medical association

What is the biggest challenge in your work?

Patient expectations.

You are well-known in your field of work. What is something about you that would surprise your colleagues?

Not much.

If you could share one bit of advice with a rookie, what would it be?

Patient satisfaction is priority one.

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