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 Willamette Valley and founded the “Salem Vein Clinic”, which was the first vein clinic in Oregon specializing in the treatment of patients with vein problems.
In 2010, Salem Vein Center changed its name to Salem Vein & Aesthetics Center, to reflect the natural progression and combination of vein treatment with facial aesthetics.
Salem Vein & Aesthetics 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 Willamette Valley 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 Phlebology. Dr. Pittman was the first person to perform Venefit® procedure in Oregon, Washington and Northern California.
Dr. Pittman has been a member of the American College 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.
SVAC 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 trained physicians from all over the country in the nuances of sclerotherapy, both surface and ultrasound guided foam and non-foamed sclerotherapy. He has traveled and lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Learn more about Dr. Pittman’s Education and Qualifications.
EDUCATION / QUALIFICATIONS
Undergraduate School (1973-1977)
Bachelor of Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Robert D. Clark / Honors College, 1977
Medical School (1977-1981)
University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon
General Surgery Training (1981-1987)
Swedish Hospital Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Vascular Surgery Training (1988-1989)
St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon
Fellowship in Vascular Surgery
Staff Surgeon / Vascular Surgery (Current)
Salem Hospital, Salem, Oregon
Assistant Clinical Professor of Vascular Surgery (Current)
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon
State of Oregon 15726
Marion-Polk County Medical Society
American College of Phlebology
Pacific Northwest Vascular Society
Fellow American Board of Phlebology
Board Certified in Phlebology (One of only 520 nationwide - www.americanboardofphlebology.org)