Dr. Phillip Levin first became interested in the venous side of the circulation during his military service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. where he and his colleagues showed that simultaneous repair of injured veins (when possible) along with arteries enhanced limb salvage in injured military personnel during the Vietnam conflict. After completing his military service in 1971, Dr. Levin joined Vascular Surgery Associates in Los Angeles which was and still is the premier vascular surgery group in the Southern California area. During the next 35 years Dr. Levin and his partners in VSA performed thousands of limb salvage and life saving operations primarily on the arterial side of the circulation. With the advent of catheter-based vascular procedures the treatment of vein disorders changed dramatically and Dr. Levin's interest in vein surgery was rekindled. For the past eleven years he has devoted his practice entirely to the treatment of symptomatic or cosmetic vein problems and started the minimally invasive program for treating vein disorders at both Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Saint John's Health Center.
Dr. Levin has now performed over 700 VNUS Closure (radiofrequency ablation) procedures for varicose veins and nearly 9000 office treatments for telangiectasias (spider veins). His experience has prompted features in magazines such as U.S. News and World Report , Health Smart and Advance for Nurses as well as TV appearances on KABC, KTLA-WB, and Santa Monica-based educational Coffee Break.