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Dr. Vivienne J. Halpern, MD, FACS

Vascular Surgeon | Vascular Surgery

6101 N 31st Ave Phoenix Arizona, 85017
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Vivienne J. Halpern, MD, FACS, is an established vascular surgeon who serves as Chief of Vascular Surgery at Phoenix VA HealthCare System in Phoenix, Arizona. To begin her career, Dr. Halpern graduated with her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 1987. From there, she completed her residencies from New York University Langone Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. Wanting to further her education, she undertook her fellowship training at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Furthermore, Dr. Halpern is board-certified in Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery, and has earned the title of Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Prior to her current position, Dr. Halpern worked as an attending surgeon at North Shore-LIJ from 1995 to 2008, and also as Medical Director of the Wound Care Center. Additionally, she served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, educating the next generation of doctors. Currently, Dr. Halpern serves patients within the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. To stay up-to-date on developments in her field, Dr. Halpern maintains a professional membership with the Society for Vascular Surgery. Throughout her career, she has worked to further the field of vascular surgery and has published her work in prestigious medical journals, including The Journal of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Halpern ensures that her patients are offered the best possible treatment with the best possible care in her current practice. She attributes her success to her hard work and the examples set by her parents, both of whom were physicians.

Education and Training

New York Univ Sch of Med, New York Ny 1987

Board Certification

SurgeryAmerican Board of SurgeryABS

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Dr. Vivienne J. Halpern, MD, FACS's Expert Contributions
  • What type of anesthesia is used for varicose veins?

    It can be only local anesthetic depending on what needs to be done READ MORE

  • What is the treatment for heart murmur?

    It depends on cause -many murmurs are not clinically significant and need no treatment-only difference may needing antibiotics for certain types of procedures READ MORE

  • Is there a possibility of a patient suffering a heart attack during a vascular surgery?

    Yes absolutely there is But how high a risk can be assessed by his primary care doctor READ MORE

  • What could have triggered varicose veins during my pregnancy?

    The pregnancy itself can make varicose veins appear both from the hormonal changes and the weight of the pregnant uterus on the main veins in the pelvis and the abdomen - unfortunately they may not go away once they appear although do have a possibility of improving READ MORE

  • Can I get rid of spider veins without surgery?

    Schlerotherapy is a possibility but still involves injections READ MORE

  • Do varicose veins come back after treatment?

    Yes they can come back depending on underlying cause. And depending on how the vein is treated (laser, radio frequency, sclerosing agents) they can reopen even when treated READ MORE

  • What is the recovery period after a vascular surgery?

    It depends on how it is fixed. If fixed endovascularly (less invasive and through small incisions in the groins) it is possible he could go back in 2-3 weeks to softball - his surgeon would have to determine this READ MORE

  • How are blood clots in the veins diagnosed?

    An ultrasound can diagnose this READ MORE

  • Do medicines help in treating varicose veins?

    There are no really good medicines however wearing compression socks and elevating when not walking can help. THere is limited data on utility of various herbal preparations but none of these remove varicosities but control progression and symptoms - there is not an absolute necessity to have surgery - i myself have had varicose veins for years and just use compression hose READ MORE

  • What can happen if varicose veins are left untreated?

    Many people live for years without issues. I have had varicose veins myself for more than 20 years and had no surgery or other therapies - i wear compression hose fairly religiously though. If you travel where you will not be able to walk for long time periods, definitely wear compression and do movements with your legs to activate calf muscles and consider taking a baby aspirin on day of travel. People with varicose veins have higher than normal risk of forming clots in the legs READ MORE

  • Are there natural ways to treat varicose veins?

    There is limited information on herbal medications in varicose veins - horse chestnut seed extract may reduce symptoms related. The best treatment is compression hose if he has no evidence of artery problems in his legs - i have varicose veins for more than 20 years and have just worn compression hose - no surgery done READ MORE

  • Should I consider vein stripping for spider veins?

    Depending on the size, sclerotherapy can be an option READ MORE

  • Will compression socks help spider veins?

    Compression socks are main stay of treatment of varicose veins and spider veins- they will not make the veins go away but can prevent the veins from getting worse and control the symptoms of achy feelings and swelling -this should be reviewed with your doctor as are various options READ MORE

  • What can you do for varicose veins while pregnant?

    Wear compression hose during your pregnancy to minimize formation of varicose veins. Wait until finished for treatment both so no complications affect pregnancy and also at least half of varicose veins formed during pregnancy will go a way 6 months to a year after the birth as long as you don't get pregnant again READ MORE

  • Will varicose veins go away if I lose weight?

    Losing weight will help prevent any worsening of your varicose veins. It may or may not help them go away depending on how much what is called venous insufficiency has become permanent condition - but is helpful to loose weight as well if considering treatment for better success of any procedures that are done READ MORE

  • What happens if varicose veins go untreated?

    Nothing may happen if you take care of your legs. THis means wearing compression. I have had my varicose veins for more than 20 years but fairly religiously wear compression socks even in the summer. You do have a higher risk of forming clots than someone who never had varicose veins but depending on whether the varicose veins are a reflection of deep vein problems, removal may not make this risk less . Additionally, many of the procedures done have a small risk of causing clots. If you travel for long trips, definitely wear compression and consider taking a baby aspirin if you have no medical condition that aspirin can affect to help prevent clots on the day of travel READ MORE

Fellowships

  • Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Professional Society Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Society for Vascular Surgery

What do you attribute your success to?

  • Her experiences, hard work, and both of her parents whom were physicians.

Dr. Vivienne J. Halpern, MD, FACS's Practice location

Veterans Health Administration

6101 N 31st Ave -
Phoenix, Arizona 85017
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650 E INDIAN SCHOOL RD -
PHOENIX, AZ 85012
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Get to know Vascular Surgeon Dr. Vivienne J. Halpern, who serves patients in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Halpern is a board-certified vascular surgeon with over three decades of experience in her field. She specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and wound care. 

At present, she serves as Chief of Vascular Surgery at Phoenix VA Health Care System in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix VA Health Care System proudly serves Veterans in central Arizona, at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center and nine community-based outpatient VA clinics. Additionally, the doctor serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. 

Prior to her current endeavors, she served as an Attending Vascular Surgeon and Medical Director of the Comprehensive Wound Care Center at North Shore LIJ System from 1995 to 2008. She was the Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York. 

A 1987 graduate of the New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Halpern completed her residencies at the New York University Langone Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. Thereafter, she undertook her fellowship training at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. 

In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, she is board-certified in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery (ABS). The ABS is an independent, non-profit organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded for the purpose of certifying surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training, and knowledge. 

Vascular surgery is a surgical subspecialty in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries, veins and lymphatic circulation, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction. A vascular surgeon diagnoses, treats, and manages conditions in the arteries and veins, also called the blood vessels. These specialists treat a range of health problems, from spider and varicose veins to life-threatening aneurysms, and can help patients manage chronic conditions throughout their lives. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Halpern has worked to further the field of vascular surgery and has published her work in prestigious medical journals, including The Journal of Vascular Surgery. She attributes her success to her experiences, hard work, and the examples set by her parents, both of whom were physicians.

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