Center for Vein Restoration Welcomes Dr. Fortenberry to Dothan, Alabama!
Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) is pleased to introduce the latest addition to their team of leading vein specialists in Dothan, Alabama: David Fortenberry, MD, FACS, SVS. Dr. Fortenberry is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery.
In addition to being an MD (medical doctor), the letters F.A.C.S. after Dr. Fortenberry’s name stand for “Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.” This means he passed a rigorous evaluation of professional skills and ethical fitness. S.V.S. stands for “Society for Vascular Surgery,” whose members “seek to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness,” according to the Society for Vascular Surgery website.
We recently sat down with Dr. Fortenberry to learn more about his education, vascular surgery experience, why he chose vein care as his specialty, and his patient care philosophy. During his interview, he shared how he became aware of CVR and his favorite part of the workweek.
Introducing Alabama Vein Physician, Dr. David Fortenberry
Tell us about your medical education and experience.
“I attended medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1982 to 1986. I then entered a general surgery residency at the University of Colorado. At that point, I took a vascular fellowship at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, from 1991 to 1992. At that point, I accepted a general surgeon and vascular surgeon position in Kalispell, Montana, in Northwest Montana, where I practiced from 1992 until April of 2023.”
Why did you choose vein care as your specialty?
“It's been an evolution of sorts and developed over time. When I began practice, I was concentrating on vascular surgery but also providing general surgery in trauma care. As the years went by, I was aware of substantial developments and advancements in vein care. I started participating in those advances in our office as part of my vascular surgery and general surgery practice.
And I found that the experience of providing vein care usually was my favorite part of the workweek. And as time went on, more and more of my clinical practice began to shift to that venue.
You could have practiced anywhere. Why did you choose CVR?
I became aware of CVR by knowing people who worked for CVR. Through them, it became apparent that the central values at CVR rest upon patient care and what is most appropriate for an individual patient, and that resonated very well with me because not all medical organizations are quite that way.
Leading experts in vein care in the United States, many of them, perhaps the majority of them, are working within the context of CVR. And that, to me, is a great testimony to the quality of the CVR organization.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
I think that patient care should involve a relationship—the foundation of therapy—the relationship between the provider and the patient in a bond of trust. And through that bond, we move toward identifying conditions and performing treatments to benefit the patient.” –Dr. David Fortenberry, CVR, Dothan, Alabama
Are you concerned about your painful legs or problem veins? CVR can help
Since 2007, Center for Vein Restoration has been the leader in diagnosing and treating venous insufficiency, known as vein disease. If you have symptoms of vein disease, which can include pain, aching, or throbbing sensation in the legs, heaviness or fatigue in the legs, restless legs syndrome (RLS), or itchy, irritated skin, you owe it to yourself to seek relief from the leaders in the field of vein care.
CVR accepts many insurances, including Aetna, Amerigroup, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, MultiPlan, Medicaid, Medicare, and more.
Call 1-800-FIX-LEGS (1-800-349-5347) to speak to a Patient Services Representative or schedule your consultation online at a CVR near you today.