Dr. Rachel Sussman  Awarded Certification in 2009



In 2009, Rachel Sussman, D.O. passed the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine requirements for certification. This was the second year the Board has offered certification. Dr. Sussman is one of only 675 physicians certified in venous medicine within the United States and Canada. Dr. Sussman is the Medical Director of Sussman Vein, located in Royal Oak, and Warren Michigan.


“Certification in Venous Medicine (phlebology) shows that a doctor is fully involved in vein care and that he or she is committed to the highest standard in vein care,” says Dr. Sussman. To simply sit for the exam, doctors must first pass strenuous prerequisites documenting   their professionalism along one of the following paths: fellowship, residency, experience, or scholarship.


Having performed hundreds of vein cases by 2009, Dr. Sussman chose to qualify via the experience path.


To establish themselves through experience, applicants must first provide three letters of recommendation from physicians certified by the American Board of Phlebology, the American Board of Medical Specialties, or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. Next, they must have performed at least 100 vein cases within the two years prior to the test. The cases must show proficiency in managing a variety of vein problems, such as deep vein disease, pelvic venous deficiency, and vascular malformation. Candidate hopefuls must also possess training or experience with ultrasound. A minimum of 45 credit hours of venous medicine-specific education, teaching, or journal authoring is required to sit for the exam as well. When the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine deems experience-path applicants eligible through all of these factors, they are finally considered candidates for the exam.


The exam itself takes four hours to complete. In 200 questions, the test covers topics from coagulation to lasers to radiology. Most of the exam focuses on treatments and therapies, but candidates also answer questions on imaging and ultrasound modalities, venous diseases and syndromes, and diagnostic tools. Dr. Sussman, who is already Board Certified primary care physician, spent two years training and practicing before passing the test.


Certification with the ABVLM is valid for ten years, contingent upon maintain professional standing and performance, a commitment to continued education, and expertise overall.


Rachel Sussman, D.O.

Vein specialist