Louis G. Prevosti MD, FACS, LaLona Richards, Mrs. Georgia America 2010, and David Martin, Clinical Director and Managing Partner all spoke on behalf of VEININNOVATIONS.
They offered free ultrasound screenings and an opportunity to speak with Dr. Prevosti, David Martin, RN, CRNFA, Michelle Merka, RVT, Shelby Gutenberger, Business Development and Mrs. Georgia America 2010, LaLona Richards.
So when Dr. Louis Prevosti, of Sandy Springs, shifted his career in medicine a year ago to become medical director for Sandy Springs-based VeinInnovations, he saw an opportunity to share his talents.
After spending 20 years as a heart surgeon at Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead and St. Josephâ€™s Hospital in Sandy Springs, Prevosti transitioned into a different role with the cardiovascular system.
â€œWhen I got into the vein aspect of medicine, one of the first things I wanted to do was utilize this type of medicine for one of the clinics in Atlanta that treats the population that doesnâ€™t have access to healthcare otherwise,â€ the Sandy Springs resident said. â€œUnlike heart surgery, which doesnâ€™t translate into office work for charity, this type of medicine does translate well into an office-based approach.â€
Since April, Prevosti
has been holding monthly workshops for patients with vein problems and diseases at the northwest Atlanta-based Good Samaritan Health Center
, which provides health care for fractions of the market cost through pro-bono work.
â€œWhat we do is counsel patients on problems and prescribe them medical-grade stockings or ultrasounds if needed and help them set up a treatment plan,â€ said Prevosti
Vein disorders like venous reflux disease, which Prevosti
sees most often, can lead to debilitating symptoms if left untreated.
Because most of the patients have not had long-term affordable access to health care, he
sees highly advanced cases of this disorder.
â€œVenous reflux disease is the most under-treated vascular disorder in the U.S.,â€ he
said. â€œIt is twice as common as heart disease and in its most extreme cases causes severe aching, swelling and skin ulcers.â€
As for Prevosti, a heart surgeon for 20 years, he said volunteering has enhanced his experience as a doctor.
â€œPracticing medicine is already a very rewarding profession, but this is even more of a chance to do something beyond that to help out the underprivileged or disadvantaged in Atlanta,â€ he
said. â€œItâ€™s a feel-good thing and I hope to do more.â€
LaLona Richards, Mrs. Georgia 2010 and Dr. Louis G. Prevosti at LaLona's Send Off Party, August 27
r. Louis Prevosti
will begin the seminar at 5pm to discuss venous disease, varicose veins and spider veins and how VeinInnovations
treats these disorders.
e will answer all of your vein health questions and describe how he
can help you achieve great legs for life!
writes about venous reflux disease in the July issue of Bestself Magazine
Go to bestselfconnect.com and select Venous Reflux Disease.
From L to R: Sherri Adair, Publisher, Best Self Magazine, Janet Rafshoon, Dr. Louis Prevosti, VeinInnovations
, a VI vein specialist, spoke to the attendees regarding diagnosis, risk factors, and modern treatment of varicose veins and spider veins.
The evening ended with a raffle for prizes of free sclerotherapy sessions from VeinInnovations
In attendance were VeinInnovations staff, David Martin, CEO/President, Louis Prevosti, MD, Lucille Pretlow, Director of Operations, Jana Emmett, Clinic Director, Suzanne Ruddle, Senior Vascular Technician and Shelby Gutenberger, Business Development.
Louis G. Prevosti, MD, FACS
After 19 years of practice in the Atlanta area, Dr. Louis Prevosti, a well-known cardiovascular surgeon, will join the medical staff of VeinInnovations.
Previously, Dr. Prevosti served as Piedmont Hospitalâ€™s cardiothoracic surgery section chief and was the medical director of the cardiovascular surgical intensive care unit and telemetry unit.
He was also an active staff member of St. Josephâ€™s Hospitalâ€™s cardiovascular and thoracic surgery section and served on several committees.
â€œWeâ€™re obviously thrilled to have Dr. Prevosti on board,â€ VeinInnovations President and CEO David Martin said. â€œHis extensive experience and board certifications combined with his full-time commitment to venous disease will help further distinguish VeinInnovations as one of the premier vein treatment centers in the country.â€
Dr. Prevosti graduated from Albany Medical College in New York in 1983.
His general surgery residency was completed at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center where he was chief resident from 1988-89.
thoracic and cardiovascular surgery fellowship was performed at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
from 1989-91, after which he
moved to Atlanta to begin his
private practice in cardiovascular surgery.
is the author of numerous articles relating to cardiovascular surgery and medicine and has long had a special interest in the venous circulation of the leg.
Dr. Prevosti is board certified in both general surgery and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.
He is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Radio Interview with Dr. Prevosti:Â Â "Atlanta's Business", with host Jeff Davis, NewsTalk 1160, Atlanta, 2010