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The secret to providing superior vein care for patients with varicose and spider veins is to provide an exceptional outcome in a convenient and comfortable setting.

John Happel M.D. is committed to providing superior vein care in a modern state-of-the-art facility utilizing the latest lasers and the most advanced minimally invasive treatment methods available in the world.

John Happel MD, RVT, RPVI was formally trained in venous disease and vascular surgery at the world famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

He completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Mayo in 1986.

Qualifications and training are important when treating varicose veins. Also vitally important are decades of experience from practicing in the field of venous disease since completing his fellowship.

Dr. Happel is board certified in both general and vascular surgery and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Vascular Surgery.

As a board certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Happel is a pioneer in the field of endovenous laser surgery and was the first physician to perform laser surgery for varicose veins in the Pittsburgh area.

The Happel Laser & Vein Center was the first vein center to be certified and get the seal of approval from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in the state of Pennsylvania. The IAC endorses expertice in the field of venous disease certifying that center’s procedures and processes are of the highest standards.

Dr. Happel is also known as a leader in his field and is a member of numerous national, local, and regional vascular and medical societies.

He is certified in vascular ultrasound interpretation and also is certified in vascular technology and holds both the RPVI and the RVT degrees from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. He is a laser specialist and acclaimed expert in minimally invasive catheter techniques.

He is renowned for his expertise in vein care having served as the Chief of Surgery at UPMC South Side for many years.

He also served as the director of the UPMC South Side Wound Healing Center and the Director of the UPMC South Side Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory. At UPMC, he is also served as a clinical assistant professor of surgery.