Laura Kelsey


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Get to Know Dr. Kelsey

Laura Kelsey, MD brings extensive experience in the minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins. She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and her M.D. from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. She completed her residence training in Grand Rapids and is a Board Certified General Surgeon. She joined the Grand Rapids Vein Clinic in 2005 to focus exclusively on the treatment of venous disease, excelling in the treatment of venous insufficiency.

Dr. Kelsey's Credentials

  • General Surgery
  • Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Vein & Lymphatic Society
  • American Venous Forum
  • American Medical Association
  • Michigan State Medical Society
  • Kent County Medical Society
  • Phlebology
  • Spider Veins
  • Varicose Veins
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • English
  • Spanish

More About Dr. Kelsey

Dr. Kelsey is passionate about education and has presented at international meetings on the subject of blood coagulation, deep venous thrombosis, prophylaxis, and the treatment of other venous disease. Dr. Kelsey is a member of the American College of Physicians, and serves as president of the alumni board of the M.S.U. College of Human Medicine.

Having spent most of her life in Michigan and active in the Grand Rapids community, Dr. Kelsey is a member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the American Venous Forum, the American Medical Association, Michigan State Medical Society and the Kent County Medical Society.

“My interest in venous disease started in my second year of medical school. Between our second year and third year of medical school we had an eight-week break. My mentor Dr. Hassouna suggested that I use that time to go to Hawaii and work with venous experts Bo Ecklof, MD and Robert Kisner, MD. That was really my orientation into venous disease. The years that followed, I studied thrombophilias at St. George’s Hospital in London and presented at the Penner International Coagulation Conference in Sophia, Bulgaria on Factor V Leiden, and Protein C and S deficiencies.”

“My interest continued into General Surgery Residency when I focused on DVT prevention in trauma patients and authored a paper in Journal of Hematology. When I completed my residency training, I worked as a general surgeon at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids for two years, and then left general surgery entirely to focus my career on venous disease. I have been at the Grand Rapids Vein Clinic – now Center for Vein Restoration — since that time.”

Dr. Kelsey describes her personal work in the field of venous insufficiency and areas where she has a particular focus:

“Although I enjoy all facets of my practice, my special interest outside the treatment of superficial venous disease continues to be the prevention of venous thromboembolic events. To that end, I have given many presentations helping to educate physicians, having helped establish protocols for rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient surgical centers to assess VTE risk, use appropriate prophylaxis, and treat DVT.”

Meet Our Provider Team

“During my time in emergency medicine, I saw how often a patient’s vein disease was overlooked. By treating the physical and emotional symptoms of venous insufficiency, CVR profoundly improves peoples’ lives.”

  • Emergency Department Physician Assistant, Emergency Physicians Medical Group, Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI
  • Board Certified - National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • Licensures - Michigan State Physician Assistant, Michigan Controlled Substance, Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Master of Science in Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Human Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Davenport University, Lansing, MI
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Spring Arbor University, Jackson, MI
  • Certifications: AANP certified as Adult-Gerontology, Nurse Practitioner, BLS/CPR Certified (Basic Life Support), ACLS certified (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • Nurse Practitioner experience: WellPath, Muskegon, MI
  • Registered Nurse experience: Spectrum Health Butterworth Emergency Department, Grand Rapids, MI, Spectrum Health Butterworth 9 Center, Grand Rapids, MI, Spectrum Health Continuing Care, Grand Rapids, MI

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