Part 2 of 2-Part Series: What are Varicose Veins, and Can They be Prevented?
Dr. Nichols advises that anyone who has pain, swelling, or discoloration of the legs should come in for an initial evaluation.
Keith Nichols, MD, RPVI is quick to tell you that he’s gratified helping to relieve pain and suffering of patients and enjoys helping them get back to their normal lives. He’s also thankful to have enjoyed successful careers in two specialties: emergency medicine and venous/lymphatic medicine.
As a former emergency physician, he has a knowledge base of many different medical problems and the technical skills necessary to treat venous diseases. As a venous and lymphatic specialist, he also has 13 years’ experience in the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases.
Dr. Nichols earned his AB Chemistry degree and his Medical degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He served his internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He later founded and ran the Family Life Services Free Medical Clinic in Martinsville, Virginia, for several years. He also has served as operational medical director for several organizations, including Piedmont Area EMS, Stone Ambulance Service and Martinsville Speedway.
Dr. Nichols served as Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine at the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County Virginia, and as Medical Director of the Virginia offices of Circulatory Centers of America (a practice he founded as Genesis Vein Specialists).
He is a member of AOA, American College of Phlebology, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the Portsmouth Academy of Medicine. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.
After these rewarding professional milestones, Dr. Nichols is proud to now serve on the team at Center for Vein Restoration, where the physicians have rededicated their careers to bringing relief to patients coping with venous disease.
“I like the combination of new minimally invasive technology we use and the smiles on my patients’ faces when their legs and their lives are changed.”
“I was introduced to venous disease 14 years ago. As an emergency physician at that time, I knew very little about it. I was intrigued by the tremendous scope of the problem and the technical advances that made minimally invasive treatment available. I was also impressed by the millions of people who suffer needlessly with venous disease because they are not aware of the latest treatment options. I saw the problem and knew that I wanted to be a part of the answer.”
Dr. Nichols describes his personal work in the field of venous insufficiency and areas where he has a particular focus:
“My specialty within the field of venous medicine is minimally invasive endovascular laser and radiofrequency ablations, which replace vein stripping.”