25 Most Influential: Peter Gloviczki, MD

Peter Gloviczki, MD

A colleague had this to say: “One of my mentors, Dr. Gloviczki developed subfascial perforator ligation using minimally invasive techniques, maintains a significant venous practice, and is a contributor to peer reviewed literature for venous pathology.”

Where do you see the specialty of phlebology in 5 years? 10 years?

Venous disease will be treated by board certified experts in venous disease, including vascular surgeons, vascular physicians, dermatologists, vascular radiologists and phlebologists. There will be universal credentialing guidelines for all venous interventionists

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?

Endovenous interventions, including angioplasty, stents and stent-grafts will move into the office practice.

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

Vein valve implants with stents

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

Endovenous procedures for obstruction and incompetence

What is the biggest challenge in your work?

Treatment of venous ulcers

Is there a particular case that stands out in your mind?

Extensive multilevel post-thrombotic syndrome with obstruction and valve incompetence

Describe an unlikely success story.

Any successful iliocaval reconstruction for severe post-thrombotic disease

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

In 1973, I received the silver medal at the F.I.S.M. World Championship of Magic in Paris, France, in the category "Manipulation"

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

The challenges of venous surgery. I wish I knew before I started in this field that veins clog much faster than arteries.

What question did we not ask that we should? Now, answer it!!

How did you survive 27 winters in Rochester, Minnesota?