The AVLS is comprised of many passionate AVLS members who are dedicated to committing their time and knowledge to aid the vein and lymphatic field. In this post, the AVLS took the time to interview Henry Andrew Hansen, II, the AVLS Featured Member of the Month. Henry joined AVLS in 2007 and has since been an active member passionate in the field of vein and lymphatics.
How and why did you start practicing in the field of vein care?
I trained under Dr. Michael E. DeBakery and we took care of all blood vessels south of the skull. I did vein stripppings, SEPS, Trivex, and the Linton procedure when they were in vogue. After thorough research and training I began doing endovenous ablations in 2005. In 2010 I devoted 100% of my practice to office-based vein care after doing 9,000 cardiovascular procedures.
When you are not at work, how do you spend your time?
I’ve lifted weights my entire life and continue to do so 2-3 times a week. I hope to play more golf as my sons have now gotten interested in playing. We have 5 children (young adults) and I could not leave my wife for several hours for a round of golf! I love watching college football, especially my alma mater, Texas A&M University.
How long have you been a member of the AVLS and why did you decide to join?
I’ve been a member of AVLS since 2007 as I wanted to be up to date on the latest minimally invasive vein treatment. The more knowledge I gained, the more it would translate into superior care.
In what ways has the AVLS helped you as a practicing physician?
I continue to add to my knowledge base as I view medicine as a continual learning process to provide the very best available to my patients.
Any advice for physicians new to the field?
Learn as much as you can and stay informed. Be flexible to modify or change your approaches to give patients the finest care available. Take the ABVLM board as soon as your knowledge base is prepared.
What resources does the AVLS provide that would benefit them?
The Phebology Journal and annual meetings for medical knowledge and to understand or at least try to understand the “business” of vein care.
Interested in becoming the next Featured Member of the Month? Send your contact information to, [email protected].