There are quite a few things to look for when choosing a vein specialist. Get to know Dr. St George a little better by reading this interview in which he shares a few personal and interesting tidbits.
Get to Know Dr. St George
Q: Where did you grow up?
Dr. St George: I grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts in a town named Swampscott and resided there until my high school graduation.
Q: Did you always know you wanted to be a doctor?
Dr. St George: I think every child at one point wants to be a doctor. My interest in medicine began in the 4th grade and continued to grow into adulthood.
Q: What made you choose to become a vein doctor and vascular specialist?
Dr. St George: As an Interventional Radiologist, I treated many patients with unresolved venous disease. Many of whom had sought treatment only to hear that there were no options for them or that it was a cosmetic condition only. I decided to make venous disease my specialty when I saw how life changing treatment was for my patients.
Q: Where did you receive your education?
Dr. St George: I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and my medical degree at the University of Massachusetts. I also had residencies at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, and Albany Medical Center followed by fellowship training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Q: Why did you choose to build your practice in Jacksonville?
Dr. St George: I was working and living in St Augustine when I decided to open up my own practice. I decided on Jacksonville because it’s a growing community with few providers that offer complete vein treatment and it’s centrally located so I am able to help patients from all over North Florida and even South Georgia.
Q: What is your favorite thing about living and working in Jacksonville?
Dr. St George: I love the diversity of each community; as big as Jacksonville is, it still has that small town feeling. You also can’t beat the weather and the large array of activities.
Q: What specialty education in this field do you have?
Dr. St George: I’m a Registered Vascular Technologist and Physician Interpreter, a Registered Phlebology Sonographer, and I’m certified by the American Board of Phlebology.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of being a vein doctor and vascular specialist?
Dr. St George: I spend a lot of time educating patients. For a long time vein stripping was the only treatment method, which was almost as bad as not getting treatment at all. Some people, even physicians, are misinformed about vein disease and their options.
Q: What do you do to keep your legs healthy?
Dr. St George: I currently go to the gym three days per week. I’ve also been practicing Tai Kwon Do for 3 years with my son and I play tennis weekly. Staying active is very important for your vein health so I try to practice what I preach.
Q: When do you believe the focus on leg and vein health should begin?
Dr. St George: Most of our vein health is determined from genetics. I’ve treated patients as young as 18 and up to 91 so it is never too early or late to focus on your overall health or vein health. My best advice would be to be aware of the symptoms. If you are prone to venous disease (genetics or have a standing profession) you should wear compression hose daily for maintenance and prevention and of course, schedule a complimentary vein screening at St Johns Vein Center.