Sanjiv Lakhanpal


Founder and CEO

As a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, CVR founder and visionary Dr. Sanjiv Lakhanpal witnessed first-hand the suffering and disability caused by undiagnosed or untreated chronic venous insufficiency (vein disease).

Not one to sit idly by and watch patients endure the pain, swelling, skin changes, ulceration, and other symptoms associated with vein disease, Dr. Lakhanpal created a one-stop comprehensive vein health organization to address this significant yet unmet demand in health care.

"The need to treat patients with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) was huge. There were so many patients who had almost crippling pain in their legs because of CVI, and they were just not being treated…We realized that this was a massively untreated disease throughout the country and world. Research had to be done, and new technologies needed to be introduced." – Dr. Sanjiv Lakhanpal

Watch Dr. Lakhanpal as he recounts CVR's 2007 origin story—including its humble beginnings in the Washington DC area and its radical approach to treating an underserved population suffering unnecessarily from untreated vein disease.

Watch Dr. Lakhanpal explain why he directed CVR to expand vein health research.

Never one to rest on his laurels, under Dr. Lakhanpal's leadership, CVR began its path toward becoming the nationally and internationally recognized health care organization that exists today, using cutting-edge technologies in modern, comfortable outpatient facilities.

More About Dr. Lakhanpal

Dr. Lakhanpal earned his medical degree from Government Medical College, Amritsar, India, and a master's degree in surgery from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. He completed his cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, one of the nation's top public research universities.

He is board-certified in General Surgery and Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery.

Before founding CVR, Dr. Lakhanpal served as the Director of Cardiac Surgery at Prince George's Hospital Center and the Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at Washington Adventist Hospital, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dr. Lakhanpal is extensively published in the field of cardiovascular surgery, diagnosis, and management of venous insufficiency and is a highly sought-after national spokesperson for vein and cardiovascular care. He has co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed publications, with contributions to leading industry periodicals such as "Phlebology: The Journal of Venous Disease" and the "Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders."

Dr. Lakhanpal, the Entrepreneur

Dr. Lakhanpal's innovative physician-centric approach to practice management has catapulted him to one of the nation's top entrepreneurs and business executives. Combining his passion for patient care with a drive to grow the nation's leading vein health organization is how CVR has grown from a single Washington, DC clinic serving a handful of patients. CVR now boasts 100+ clinics led by over 60 physicians in 22 states serving 300,000 patients annually — and growing

By remaining true to his values of creating a company that cares for patients and a corporate culture that embraces diversity and personal growth, Dr. Lakhanpal consistently achieves more than 98 percent "Approve of CEO" rating and was named among the Top CEOs in 2019 by Glassdoor.

The Lakhanpal Vein Foundation

The mission of the Lakhanpal Vein Foundation (LVF) is to improve venous disease outcomes and awareness through philanthropy, innovation, education, and research. Through his philanthropic work at LVF, Dr. Lakhanpal strives to give back to the community in the form of:

  • Research into the causes and treatment of venous disease
  • Treatment services that offer free or discounted services to low income and at-risk communities
  • Venous and arterial disease study and research
  • Grant opportunities to conduct venous-related research

Commitment to Education

Under Dr. Lakhanpal’s direction as a leader in venous and lymphatic medicine, CVR dedicated itself to education and sharing research findings with peers both in the field of venous insufficiency and, broadly, throughout the medical arena. Whether it’s publishing its research findings, facilitating conversation within the industry at its annual VISION conferences, or drawing attention to CVI by continuously advancing treatment technologies that improve patient outcomes – CVR has assumed a leadership role nationally.

Venous and Lymphatic Medicine Fellowship

CVR is proud to provide physician-led CME accredited courses and offer the country’s largest venous and lymphatic fellowship program to educate the next generation of vein specialists.

In 2017, Center for Vein Restoration was granted a Venous and Lymphatic Medicine Fellowship by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM). This 12-month fellowship program is designed to provide broad training to physicians in the diagnosis and management of those suffering from chronic venous disorders. The program is currently approved to train up to twelve fellows and offers this advanced opportunity in New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.

Learn more about the Center for Vein Restoration Vision and Lymphatic Medicine Fellowship program HERE.