Theresa M. Soto, MD, FACS, RPVI
Experience: 21 Years
Credentials & Certifications
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
SUNY Buffalo Medical School
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Director of Clinical Affairs – Center for Vein Restoration, Associate ABVLM Fellowship Program Director - CVR, Member of American Venous and Lymphatic Society, Committee Member: AVLS PRO Registry Committee, Committee Member: AVLS Health Policy and Advocacy Committee
Theresa M. Soto, MD, FACS, RPVI was born and raised in snow country in upstate New York with three younger brothers. It was there in high school she met her husband and they have been happily married since 1990.
Dr. Soto attended St. Bonaventure University in Alleghany, New York (just south of Buffalo) and graduated Magna Cum Laude as a pre-med major. After graduation she was awarded an Air Force Scholarship for medical school and attended SUNY Buffalo Medical School as a Lieutenant. Graduating with honors from medical school, she was selected to complete her OB/GYN residency in Buffalo, New York at the Buffalo Children’s Hospital. Her residency training included time at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo General Hospital and Millard Fillmore Hospitals. At the completion of her residency training, she was awarded the Te Linde Surgical Award for excellence in gynecologic surgery.
Her first assignment as a new physician and a Captain in the Air Force took her to Texas during the time of Desert Storm. While in Texas she served as chairman of her department and orchestrated a program for diagnosis, treatment and follow up of cervical dysplasia. She was instrumental in establishing a program of follow-up that allowed women in the nuclear weapons program to participate in deployments without fear of being grounded due to medical restrictions. She assisted in the planning of mass casualty drills that involved the local first responders and earned a marksman ribbon while thoroughly enjoying the Texas sun. Dr. Soto remained in the Air Force reserve for several years before she resigned as a Major and moved to Virginia to raise her two children.
Dr. Soto began working in the Northern Virginia area in 1999, where she practiced OB/GYN in Fairfax County until 2013. Throughout residency and private practice she has been an instructor of students, residents and physician assistants; she has been a mentor for the Physician Assistant Program at The George Washington University and remains an Associate Professor for Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She currently has privileges at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
She is a Board Certified physician who has completed training in venous procedures and vascular interpretation; she is certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation. Dr. Soto is also a Fellow of both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. She has been with Center for Vein Restoration since 2014 as a practicing physician in Virginia.
After these rewarding professional milestones, Dr. Soto is proud to now serve on the team at Center for Vein Restoration, where the physicians have rededicated their careers bringing relief to patients coping with venous disease.
“I personally suffered from symptoms of venous insufficiency for many years. There was little known by my colleagues and myself at the time and it took a random meeting with a venous and lymphatic specialist to understand that my symptoms were those of venous insufficiency. Immediately after treatment, my symptoms resolved and I continue to be symptom free years later,” she says. “I was surprised and disappointed at the lack of knowledge regarding venous disease in our professional community. I enjoy educating professionals and patients on the various manifestations and treatments of venous insufficiency. As a surgeon, I enjoy repairing what is ‘broken’ in order to help relieve a patient’s pain.”
Her dedication to providing state-of-the-art treatments comes at an important time – an estimated 40 million Americans now suffer from vein disease. Medical practice is rapidly advancing to reduce the suffering from painful symptoms, and yet it’s still too often an under-diagnosed condition.
“Superficial venous insufficiency causes much distress for many individuals. The treatments are very simple, very low risk and quite tolerable. When caught and treated early in the process, years of discomfort may be avoided. Streamlining the procedures and working with new technologies is very exciting and it will make the treatment of venous disease even more efficient.”
Dr. Soto describes her personal work in the field of venous insufficiency, and areas where she has a particular focus:
“I perform all of the procedures offered by CVR. My special interest is in women who are having pain, swelling and varicose vein issues during pregnancy and after childbirth. I regularly explain to care providers and the patients that venous treatments do not have to wait until after the childbearing years are complete; leg health can be improved in between pregnancies. Women do not need to suffer these leg symptoms during subsequent pregnancies, there is relief available.”
In recent past, Dr. Soto concluded her latest case study on Varithena and its effects post treatment. Please click here to read this insightful study.