Who is the Most Qualified Vein Doctor in Pittsburgh? | Happel Laser & Vein

Who is the Most Qualified Vein Doctor in Pittsburgh? | Happel Laser & Vein

What Would the Perfect Qualifications for a Varicose Vein Doctor Be?

Let’s start with compassionate, ethical, and a physician who practices with integrity.

Of course, but there’s much more to qualify as the best in the field.

The first thing – that is mandatory – is that a doctor must practice in the field in which they trained.

Dr. John Happel trained extensively in the specialty in which he practices.

Unbelievably, most of the other vein doctors in Pittsburgh cannot make this claim!

The others have trained in general surgery, emergency room medicine, cardiology, and family medicine.

Do you want doctors who have never trained in veins to treat your veins?

Dr. Happel is an authority in the field of varicose vein treatments. He has successfully performed over 10,000 laser vein surgeries and over 15,000 sclerotherapy treatments.

He specializes in venous disease and vein problems full-time. Dr. Happel’s practice focuses only on vein problems.

Want to know more?

Let’s look closer.

#1 Qualifications – Dr. Happel is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon.

He completed a vascular surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Vein specialists don’t come more highly qualified and more highly trained that that.

As a board-certified vascular surgeon with over thirty-two years of experience, you can trust that you’re in excellent hands. Training, education, hands-on experience, and specialization matters.

It is no joke to think that doctors who have never trained in veins a day in their lives are doing any type of vascular procedure in Pittsburgh.

But it’s very common.

You can’t treat the vein problem if you don’t know the pathophysiology of the venous disease. God bless those poor patients who are treated by self -proclaimed vein specialists (phlebologists) who try to pick it up on their own after attending a three-day vein conference.

Dr. Happel served as the chief of surgery at UPMC South Side Hospital.

He was the director of the Doppler vascular ultrasound lab there for many years. He is personally proficient and is an expert in venous ultrasound.

Vascular ultrasound (Doppler) proficiency is crucial in both diagnosing and treating varicose veins. This technology is invaluable in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease.

Dr. Happel holds the RVT and the RPVI ultrasound credentials.

Those credentials mean that he is accredited to both perform and interpret venous ultrasound.

No other vein specialist in Pittsburgh has both of those important credentials.

#2 Accreditation – Vein Center Offices Are Where All Vein Treatments and Diagnosis Are Done Today.

The vein office setting is a totally unregulated and uninspected environment.

Translated that means no one is looking over their shoulder to see if safety and quality standards are being followed. That’s a head slapping revelation.

That’s why the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission or IAC was created.

The Happel Laser & Vein Centre is the only inspected and accredited vein center in Pittsburgh!

Rub your eyes and look again.

We are the only vein center in Pittsburgh that has ever been inspected.

They inspect hospitals, cars, and restaurants, don’t they?

Would you ever eat in a restaurant or fly on a plane that has never been inspected?

Why would anyone consider having a vein procedure done in a vein center that has never undergone any kind of inspection at all?

#3 Experience – Dr. Happel Has the Longest Personal Doctor’s Experience Treating Veins in Pittsburgh.

That is over thirty-two years of treating veins.

That’s longer than any other practicing vein doctor in Pittsburgh.

Experience in treating veins or in any specialty matters a lot!

Contrast that to the experience of Pittsburgh’s other untrained doctors who are board certified in other specialties but later switched into treating veins.

Doctors are switching into treating veins for the wrong reasons.

What do these types of vein doctors and diapers have in common? They both need to be changed and for the same reasons.

#4 Franchise – Happel Laser & Vein Centre is Not a Franchise.

Dr. Happel is an independent vein specialist who is not affiliated with any hospital.

We can treat people with all commercial health insurances.

We do not exclude patients with UPMC or Highmark insurance like some vein doctors in Pittsburgh who have had their practices bought by these health insurance companies.

Dr. Happel is not tied to one hospital system. He receives referrals from people with many different insurance plans.

Being independent, he is not forced to see too many people in a short amount of time to meet a hospital’s quota. Dr Happel spends extraordinarily long periods of time talking to you personally to really understand your particular venous concerns.

There are no assistants, ancillary personnel or nurses that will take over your care. Dr. Happel will do your consultation himself and treat you himself every step of the way.

One of the biggest complaints we get when people come to us for a second opinion is that they never saw a doctor at the other center.

Some were switched from provider to provider. They complained that they never knew the qualifications or even the name of their “provider”.

You will have a one-on-one experience with an experienced board certified vascular surgeon.

You will describe your medical issue directly with the doctor.

He will listen.

He will spend all of the time it takes for you to explain your concerns to him to patiently discuss those concerns.

Finally, he will discuss the realistic expectations of your treatment plan.

#5 Advertising – We don’t advertise.

Should varicose vein franchises have field marketing reps?

Franchised vein centers routinely set up tents and booths at events where people gather.


Did you ever see a neurosurgeon, gynecologist or orthopedic surgeon practice market this way?

Read more about vein franchises and how they operate in this article.


Our promise to you is that you cannot find a better vein doctor or vein center in Pittsburgh.

Our vein practice credo is –  the best by the best for those with varicose vein disease.

Let’s recap why we can claim this without reservation.

  • Superior vascular surgery fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic
  • Board certified in vascular surgery and specializing in veins
  • The longest personal experience treating veins in Pittsburgh
  • Independent physician and vascular surgeon accepting most insurances
  • The only inspected and accredited vein center in the city

We’d also like to add that everything you need to know about varicose veins, you can learn by reading the articles on this web site.

At Happel Laser & Vein, we provide all of the latest cutting-edge knowledge, training and treatments.

By the way, we entered a contest last week to see which doctor had treated the patient with the largest veins ever. We didn’t win but we came varicose.

Call us today at 724-969-0600 or click here to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Happel.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.