Director's Note

The Future of Vein & Lymphatic Care has Arrived!

As a wide-eyed intern at Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills (circa 1990), I trained directly with Drs. Jeremy Swan and Willy Ganz of the famous Swan-Ganz catheter. One afternoon during rounds, these mentors of mine told me to...Continue Reading


Welcome to Vein Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2022 Issue

I wanted to formally welcome everyone back to Vein Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2022 issue! Our main goal is to be a bastion of “lean back learning” for venous and lymphatic enthusiasts. We hope to continue...Continue Reading


Letter from the Medical Director: Looking Forward Optimistically

It is with great humility and appreciation for those who have come before me, especially my friend Dr. Steve Elias, that I have accepted this role as medical editor for VEIN Magazine. Having been passionate about the impo...Continue Reading


Medical Director Letter: MacGuffin and The Junkman

I HATE TO ADMIT it, but I never heard of MacGuffin until recently. How did he elude me all these years? MacGuffin has been around for close to 100 years. Kind of old, but MacGuffin still influences us. For me, he recently...Continue Reading


Morbidly Gleeful and Gleefully Morbid

"It’s good to see you. It’s good to see anybody,” says Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, age 76, in the Martin Scorsese documentary Shine a Light. Richards should be dead many times. He has tried mos...Continue Reading


Let Me Forget about Today until Tomorrow

By. Dr. Steve Elias Remember when life was simple? There were so many things you had to do. Every day. Maybe that is what Henry David Thoreau was thinking when he hunkered down at Walden Pond in 1845. His own elective se...Continue Reading


Waves of Education: Riding the Next Crest of Phlebology

Duke Kahanamoku knew. Kelly Slater knows. And some young Hawaiian surfer would like to know…how to ride big waves. Phlebology has had three big waves. Maybe not as exciting as Big Wave Riding in Hawaii, but the Ph...Continue Reading


One Hundred Percent, One Hundred Percent of the Time or Why Am I Sitting in the Hot Sun Listening to This

Mid July, 95 degrees, West Point Military Academy. Army Lacrosse coach Joe Alberici screams, or shall I say “communicates” in the Army manner, the words, “A tough guy gives one hundred percent, one hundr...Continue Reading


That Guy

Most of us had mentors who influenced us early on in our medical education- -the key person, or maybe persons, who started us on the path we took. Medicine, in the past, was much more like an apprenticeship. You found &ld...Continue Reading


Long Pants: Short Story

Sit at the airport. Observe. Why do so many people – men and women – wear their pants too long? I’m not talking about “stylish” young men whose problem with long pants begins at their waist (...Continue Reading