Vein Center Accreditation: Happel Laser & Vein Center

John Happel MD is located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and directs the first and only vein center in Pittsburgh to be granted accreditation in Varicose Veins and Superficial Venous Treatment and Management by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The IAC is one of the most respected national credentialing organizations which also supervises the regulation of CT and MRI scanning, vascular ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and echocardiography.

They ensure the highest quality of these testing modalities in order to be eligible to receive reimbursement by Medicare and most insurance companies.


Accreditation by the IAC means that John Happel MD has voluntarily undergone a thorough review of his vein center’s operational and technical components by a national panel of experts.

The IAC grants accreditation only to those elite facilities that are found to excel by providing exceptional patient care, in full compliance with strict national standards after a comprehensive application process which includes a rigorous review of selected patient procedures.

Until now, the regulation of varicose vein procedures performed in the office setting has been nonexistent.

Vascular societies have likened this scenario to that of the “Wild West” where there were no rules, laws, safety or protection.

Because the treatment of varicose veins has shifted from hospitals and surgery centers to the office setting, the vital need has arisen for the same safety and quality control standards that are followed by hospitals.


IAC accreditation is a “Seal of Approval” that patients can rely on.

It is an indication that a vein center’s processes and procedures have been carefully evaluated by medical experts in the field of treatment and management varicose veins and superficial venous disorders.

When scheduling a vein procedure in any facility, patients are strongly encouraged to first inquire as to the accreditation status of the vein center where their treatment will be performed.

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About John L. Happel, M.D.


Dr. Happel received his vascular surgery training and vascular surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.


He is Board Certified in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery.


Dr. Happel was the first physician to perform laser surgery for varicose veins in the Pittsburgh area.


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.


Dr. Happel served as the Chief of Surgery at UPMC-South Side Hospital.


He was also the Director of the Peripheral Vascular Laboratory and Wound Healing Center.


He also served as assistant clinical Professor of Surgery at UPMC.


Dr. Happel has been specializing in vascular surgery and varicose veins since 1985.

Medical Accreditations / Societies


IAC Vein Center ›

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accredits vein centers that perform evaluation and management of superficial venous disorders.


American Board of Surgery ›

Nonprofit organization founded in 1937 to provide board certification to individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge in the field of surgery.


Vascular Surgery Board ›

Board certification by the ABS is a voluntary process that demonstrates a surgeon’s commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning, and quality patient care.


American Medical Association ›

The AMA promotes the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.


Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation ›

By earning the RPVI certification, physicians gain a critical edge in promoting public safety in vascular interpretation ultrasound.


Ultrasound Accredited Facility ›

ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging.


Society for Vascular Ultrasound ›

SVU is a membership society dedicated to the advancement of noninvasive technology used in the diagnosis of vascular disease.


Society for Vascular Surgery ›

The Society for Vascular Surgery is the major national academic society for vascular surgery in the United States.


Pennsylvania Medical Society ›

The voice of Pennsylvania’s physicians, advancing quality patient care, the ethical practice of medicine, and advocating for the patients they serve.


Eastern Vascular Society ›

The Mission of the Society is to enhance the ability to provide vascular care and serve disparate communities through a commitment to diversity and inclusion.


American Venous Forum ›

Promoting venous and lymphatic health through education and disease awareness.


American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ›

ARDMS is an independent, not-for-profit organization that administers examinations and awards to qualified ultrasound professionals.