Dr. Rick D. Pittman finished his general surgery training at The Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, in 1987. He went on to study under Dr. Toshio Inahara, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Inahara, now retired, was a leader in the United States in the treatment of venous disease, having been the first fellow of Dr. Robert Linton. Dr. Pittman had the privilege of spending three intensive months of study directly under Dr. Walter DeGroot, who is thought by many to be the father of the modern treatment of venous disease.
In 1991, Dr. Pittman moved to the WillametteValley and founded the “Salem Vein Clinic”, which was the first vein clinic in Oregon specializing in the treatment of patients with vein problems.
Salem Vein Center uses state-of-the-art medical technology for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Over 2,000 catheter-based procedures have been performed here, and they can proudly state that they were the very first clinic in Oregon to offer catheter based thermal ablation, now known as the Venefit® procedure.
Dr. Pittman was the first physician in the WillametteValley to begin using therapeutic injections (Sclerotherapy) for the treatment of spider and reticular veins. To date, Dr. Pittman has performed over 20,000 procedures related to vein treatment.
Dr. Pittman has more experience in the treatment of venous disease than anyone in the Pacific Northwest. He is one of a very small handful of Physicians who are Board Certified in Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Dr. Pittman was the first vascular surgeon to perform the Venefit® procedure in Oregon, Washington and Northern California.
Dr. Pittman has been a member of the AmericanCollege of Phlebology since 1991, and he is a leader in the minimally invasive treatment of venous disease since that time.
Dr. Pittman currently receives referrals from Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.
Salem Vein Center is a training center for the Venefit® procedure (formerly known as VNUS® Closure) and the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins. Dr. Pittman has also trained other physicians in the the nuances of sclerotherapy, both surface and ultrasound guided foam and non-foamed sclerotherapy. He has lectured extensively on the subject of Vein Disorder treatment and enjoys teaching. In 1997 Dr. Pittman was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Vascular Surgery at OHSU.
EDUCATION / QUALIFICATIONS
Undergraduate School (1973-1977)
Bachelor of Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Robert D. Clark / Honors College, 1977
University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon
General Surgery Training (1981-1987)
SwedishHospitalMedicalCenter, Seattle, Washington
Vascular Surgery Fellowhip (1988-1989)
St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon
Fellowship in Vascular Surgery
Staff Surgeon / Vascular Surgery
SalemHospital, Salem, Oregon
Assistant Clinical Professor of Vascular Surgery
OregonHealthSciencesUniversity, Portland, Oregon
State of Oregon15726
Marion-Polk County Medical Society
American College of Phlebology
Pacific Northwest Vascular Society
Diplomate American Board of Phlebology
National Society of Cosmetic Physicians
American Academy of Cosemetic Physicians
Board Certified in Venous and Lymphatics Medicine 2009- www.americanboardofphlebology.org)
Board Certified General Surgery 1994
Fellowship Trained Vascular Surgeon