Vein Centers

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Whether you want to correct cosmetic vein conditions or manage severe venous disorders, the vascular surgeons of the Vein Centers can help you maintain good venous health.

We offer specialized care and the latest treatments, ranging from traditional medical therapy to standard and minimally invasive procedures.

For more than 10 years, physicians at the Vein Centers have treated problems of the venous system. We offer consultations, diagnosis, and treatment for numerous conditions.

From unsightly veins to severe venous diseases, our experts will assess the severity of your condition, and recommend a personalized treatment plan.

Services at the Vein Centers

We are a full-service vein treatment clinic, staffed by physicians experienced in treating vein diseases, and specializing in treatment for all stages of varicose and spider veins, whether cosmetic or lifestyle threatening. 

Varicose veins are enlarged and distended veins that occur in millions of Americans, more frequently in women than in men. They are particularly common in the pelvis and legs. Our varicose and spider vein treatment services include:

  • Simple sclerotherapy or spider veins (injections)
  • Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy of varicose veins
  • Both thermal and non-thermal ablation of the saphenous vein
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy
  • Venous stenting
  • Venous surgery
  • Wound care, such as compression, Unna boots, and more

Our Experts at the Vein Centers

Dr. Eric Hager

Eric Hager, MD
Assistant professor of surgery
Co-director, Venous Services

Dr. Eric Hager earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, then completed a residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He completed a vascular surgery fellowship at UPMC and joined the division of Vascular Surgery in 2012. 

Dr. Hager has won various teaching awards through his training and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He is board-certified in general and vascular surgery and specializes in the treatment of venous disease.

Dr. Hager serves as chief of vascular surgery at UPMC East and co-director of venous services at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute's Vein Centers. His clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access. 

Dr. Hager sees patients at our UPMC St. Margaret and Monroeville offices.

 

Dr. Ulka Sachdev

Ulka Sachdev, MD
Associate professor of surgery
Co-director, Venous Services

Dr. Ulka Sachdev obtained her medical degree at Mt. Sinai University in New York and completed her residency and vascular surgery fellowship at the medical center there. She is board-certified in general and vascular surgery and serves as chief of vascular surgery at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and co-director of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute's Vein Centers.

Dr. Sachdev was a past recipient of the Wylie Scholar Award from the Foundation for Accelerated Vascular Research and Vascular Cures and also received a grant from the NIH to conduct research in vascular disease treatments. She joined UPMC in 2006 and specializes in the treatment of venous disease.

Dr. Sachdev sees patients at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

  Dr. Georges Al-Khoury

Georges Al-Khoury, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Georges Al-Khoury received his medical degree from Lebanese University in Lebanon and completed his general surgery residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at UPMC. 

Dr. Al-Khoury joined UPMC in 2009 and serves as chief of vascular surgery at UPMC Passavant. He is board-certified in general and vascular surgery, and his clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, dialysis access, and venous disease. 

Dr. Al-Khoury sees patients at UPMC Passavant.

Dr. Efthymios Avgerinos

Efthymios Avgerinos, MD
Associate professor of surgery

Dr. Efthymios Avgerinos is certified by the European Board of Vascular Surgery in surgery and vascular surgery, and is a member of the American Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Avgerinos completed his vascular surgery residency at the University of Athens in Greece, while he had clinical fellowships in London, UK and Frankfurt, Germany.

He has published numerous academic articles in vascular and endovascular surgery and his work has been recognized with several national and international awards. Dr. Avgerinos’ surgical interests are in peripheral vascular disease, aortic aneurysms, venous diseases, and vascular access.

Dr. Avgerinos sees patients at UPMC Mercy and UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

Dr. Rabih Chaer

Rabih Chaer, MD
Professor of surgery

Dr. Rabih Chaer, a board-certified vascular surgeon, completed his surgical training at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Chaer completed his vascular training at the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, and joined UPMC in 2006. He currently serves as chief of vascular surgery at UPMC Presbyterian.

An internationally invited lecturer, Dr. Chaer specializes in surgery and vascular disease, and more specifically, aneurysms, carotid dissection, atherectomies, deep vein thromboses, and limb preservation.

Dr. Chaer sees patients at UPMC Shadyside.

Theresa Cole, DOTheresa Cole, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor of surgery

Dr. Theresa Cole joined the UPMC Division of Vascular Surgery in 2017. She earned her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her osteopathic internship and general surgery residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pa., followed by a fellowship in vascular surgery at the Greenville Hospital Systems University Medical Center in Greenville, SC.

Dr. Cole is a clinical assistant professor of surgery and is board-certified in surgery and vascular surgery. Her clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular treatment of aneurysms, interventions for carotid disease, and care for patients with peripheral vascular disease.

Dr. Cole sees patients at Washington Hospital through the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute’s partnership with Washington Health System and at our Monongahela office.

  Raymond Eid, MD

Raymond Eid, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Raymond Eid earned his medical degree from American University of Beirut School of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed a research fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a residency and a fellowship in vascular surgery at UPMC. Dr. Eid joined the Division of Vascular Surgery in 2016.

Dr. Eid is board-certified in general surgery. His clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access.

Dr. Eid sees patients at UPMC Shadyside and UPMC St. Margaret.

Michael Madigan, MDMichael Madigan, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Michael Madigan joined the UPMC Division of Vascular Surgery in 2016. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. Upon graduation, Dr. Madigan was inducted into Vanderbilt’s H. William Scott, Jr. Society, which recognizes medical students for surgical excellence.

Dr. Madigan completed his residency and fellowship in vascular surgery at UPMC. His clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access.

Dr. Madigan sees patients at UPMC Passavant.

Dr. Ryan McEnaney

Ryan McEnaney, MD
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Ryan McEnaney received his medical degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency at UPMC, where he served as the administrative chief resident in vascular surgery. He is board certified in vascular surgery.

Dr. McEnaney's surgical interests include peripheral vascular disease, aortic aneurysms, venous diseases, and vascular access. His scientific research focuses on the molecular biology and biochemistry of vascular adaptation to occlusive disease.

Dr. McEnaney sees patients at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

Richard E. Redlinger, Jr., MD

Richard E. Redlinger, Jr., MD
Clinical assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Richard E. Redlinger, Jr. joined UPMC in 2016. He earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and subsequently completed his internship and residency in general surgery and fellowship in vascular surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Dr. Redlinger is board-certified in general and vascular surgery. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in vascular and endovascular surgery. His clinical practice includes open surgical and endovascular (minimally invasive) treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access.

Dr. Redlinger sees patients at UPMC Passavant and UPMC Jameson.

Dr. Michael Singh

Michael Singh, MD
Associate professor of surgery

Dr. Michael Singh, who joined UPMC in 2012, completed his medical degree and a general surgery residency at the SUNY at Buffalo. He completed a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Singh is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and a certified registered physician in vascular interpretation. He is board-certified in general and vascular surgery. He is the co-director of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute Aortic Center and chief of vascular surgery at UPMC Shadyside.

He has received patient care and teaching awards throughout his career, and authored numerous peer reviewed publications. He was selected one of Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors in 2016. Dr. Singh oversees several clinical trials, and many of those research projects focus on the treatment of complex aortic and iliac artery aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease and the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency. His areas of clinical expertise include the management of complex aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, thoracic aortic aneurysms, venous insufficiency, thoracic outlet syndrome, arterial venous malformations, congenital venous anomalies and peripheral arterial occlusive disease.

Dr. Singh sees patients at UPMC Shadyside.

Dr. Theodore Yuo

Theodore H. Yuo, MD, MSc
Assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Theodore H. Yuo joined UPMC in 2014 as an assistant professor of surgery. He received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and completed a vascular surgery residency at UPMC.

Dr. Yuo is board certified in vascular surgery. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in vascular and endovascular surgery. His research and clinical interests include the management of peripheral vascular disease and dialysis access. 

Dr. Yuo sees patients at our Monroeville office.

Our Practitioners

Julie Bitner, PA-C

Julie Bitner, PA-

Julie Bitner earned an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Allegheny College in 2004, followed by a master of physician assistant degree from Duquesne University in 2007.

Ms. Bitner worked as a physician assistant for neurosurgery at UPMC Passavant from 2007 to 2011. She started her present role as a physician assistant for vascular surgery in 2011. She became a physician assistant, senior in 2015 after completing a venous ulcer project. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.

Her clinical interests include varicose veins, venous ulcers, sclerotherapy, and dialysis access.

Ms. Bitner sees patients at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

Megan Laughlin, CRNP

Megan Laughlin, CRNP

Megan Laughlin, a certified registered nurse practitioner at UPMC Shadyside, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh nursing program with her Bachelor's degree in nursing. She earned her master's degree in nursing from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, where she graduated first in her class.

Ms. Laughlin has experience in medical surgery, same-day surgery, pediatrics, primary care, and vascular surgery.

Her clinical interests include varicose veins, venous disease, sclerotherapy, aortic disease, and dialysis access.

She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a certified family nurse practitioner.

Ms. Laughlin sees patients at UPMC Shadyside.

Carol Madia, PA-C

Carol Madia graduated from Gannon University and practiced as a physician assistant before she joined the vascular surgery group at UPMC.

Along with working in the operating room, Ms. Madia sees and consults patients in several offices and performs cosmetic spider vein injections in the office.

She has published research on surgical management of peripheral arterial disease and is studying for her master's degree through St. Francis University. Ms. Madia also gives clinical lectures for the University of Pittsburgh physician assistant program.

Ms. Madia sees patients at UPMC Passavant and UPMC Jameson.

Lauren Tankesley, PA-CLauren Tankesley, PA-C

Lauren Tankesley is a physician assistant at UPMC Passavant. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, then from Chatham University in 2016 with her master of physician assistant studies. She worked as a physician assistant in Neurology before joining the Vascular Surgery team. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.

In addition to working in the operating room, Ms. Tankesley sees and consults patients in the HVI clinic and performs cosmetic spider vein injections in the office. Her clinical interests include varicose veins, sclerotherapy, and peripheral vascular disease.

Ms. Tankesley sees patients at UPMC Passavant.

Photo of Melissa Pearson, MSN, FNP-CMelissa Pearson, MSN, FNP-C

Melissa Pearson joined the UPMC Division of Vascular Surgery in 2016. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Waynesburg University and her master’s degree in nursing from Carlow University.

Ms. Pearson is a certified family nurse practitioner with a background in inpatient and intensive care nursing and more than 20 years of experience as a paramedic.

She sees patients at UPMC St. Margaret and UPMC Shadyside.

 

Elizabeth Zinn, MPA, PA-CElizabeth Zinn, MPA, PA-C

Elizabeth Zinn joined the UPMC Division of Vascular Surgery in 2017. She earned her undergraduate degree in heath sciences and her master of physician assistant degree from Duquesne University.

Ms. Zinn is a certified physician assistant. She has her experience in trauma and emergency medicine, minimally invasive surgery, and vascular surgery.

She sees patients at our offices in Monongahela and Washington.

To schedule an initial screening and determine how we can help you, please contact the Vein Centers at 412-802-3333.

Contact the Vein Centers

Patients

To schedule an initial screening and determine how we can help you:

Physicians

To refer a patient, call UPMC's 24-hour physician referral service at:

  • 1-866-884-8579
  • 412-692-2400

Vein Centers Locations

As part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, the Vein Centers offers treatments for venous conditions at the following locations: