Our Team

Our Team

At the Center for Venous Disease, our highly experienced team of vein specialists and medical staff are at the heart of our success as the premier group for treatment of vein disorders in the Southwest region.  Our reputation, expertise, clinical outcomes, and patient word-of-mouth advertising speak for themselves.  Our physicians are Diplomates of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine and have successfully treated thousands of patients with vein disease.  “We’ll treat your symptoms and touch your Heart.”

Our Physicians

Felice L. Bruno, M.D.

Dr. Bruno is a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon who has been treating heart and lung disease and arterial and venous vascular problems in El Paso since 1978.  Prior to serving as the Co-Director of the El Paso Southwestern Cardiovascular Associates, he practiced clinical surgery and participated in artificial heart research and cardiac transplantation on the medical staff at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas after completing a fellowship there.  Dr. Bruno has been a physician for the United States Ski Team and has traveled extensively with the World Cup Downhill Team.  He enjoys race car driving, horse jumping, skiing, English bulldogs, cats, art, literature, and historical cinema.

Education

  • Texas Heart Institute, Texas, Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Surgical Clinic of the University of Torino, Italy, Diplomas of Specialist in General Surgery & Cardiovascular Surgery
  • University of Torino, Italy Medical School, Cum Laude

Certifications

  • Fellow, International College of Surgeons
  • Diplomate, American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine

Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • D.A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society
  • Sierra Medical Center, Cardiovascular Department Chairman, Chief of Staff, Board of Directors
  • El Paso American Heart Association, Past-President

Thomas-R.-ElliottThomas R. Elliott, M.D.

Dr. Elliott is a General and Vascular Surgeon who has been practicing in Tucson, AZ for 28 years.  He has dedicated his entire career to treating vascular problems and vein issues and embraces advances and newer technologies for the treatment of venous disorders.  Dr. Elliott was one of the first surgeons to perform minimally invasive venous procedures in Tucson in 2004. Since then, he has actively expanded his practice of treating vein disease and joined the Center for Venous Disease in 2012.

Education 

  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Fellowship in Vascular Surgery
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Residency in General Surgery
  • UCLA Medical School
  • University of Arizona, Magna Cum Laude

Certifications

  • Board Certified in General Surgery, American Board of Surgery
  • Diplomate, American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine

Affiliations

  • American College of Phlebology
  • American College of Phlebology Foundation
  • American Venous Forum
  • Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and Board of Trustees
  • Rocky Mountain Vascular Society, Past-President

William F. Fulton Jr., M.D.

Dr. Fulton, an Arizona native, grew up in Apache Junction, Arizona.  In medical school, he researched End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.  Dr. Fulton has appeared on national and local television and radio programs, including CNBC’s Today’s Health, KNXV TV 15 (ABC) Sonoran Living, KTVK TV 3 (Indep.) Good Day Arizona, KNIX FM, and KCTK AM Your Second 50 years.  He enjoys spending time with his family and coaching youth football.


Education

  • Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Chief Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine, honors in Biochemistry, Family Practice and Emergency Medicine
  • Arizona State University, Magna Cum Laude

Certifications

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
  • Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

Jerry M. Miller, M.D.

Dr. Miller is an Interventional Cardiologist who has been treating cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease, cardiac valvular disease, peripheral arterial disease and venous vascular disease, for over 30 years. He has been in practice in El Paso, Texas since 1984, in the army and then in private practice. Dr. Miller has been a principal investigator in both cardiac and peripheral arterial interventions for Medtronic Vascular, Inc. He is published in cardiovascular journals and reference books. Dr. Miller is recognized for his skill level in performing complex and difficult procedures and as such he has served as a mentor and instructor for other vascular interventional cardiologists. Dr. Miller has been in the forefront of emerging technologies in interventional cardiology to include arterial and venous diseases for many years.

Education

  • Brooke Army Medical Center, Fellowship in Cardiology
  • Brooke Army Medical Center, Residency in Internal Medicine
  • Tripler Army Medical Center, Internship in Internal Medicine
  • University of Virginia Medical School
  • George Mason University, Magna Cum Laude

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology, American Board of Internal Medicine

Thomas L. Pester, M.D.

Co-Founder, Center for Venous Disease

Dr. Pester is a General Surgeon who has been treating venous disease for over 30 years and is the Co-Founder of the Center for Venous Disease.  He treats patients with venous disease utilizing minimally invasive techniques at his El Paso, Texas based practice.  Dr. Pester is a Certified Physician Training Site for VNUSTM Medical Technologies and is a Faculty Member for VNUSTM Medical Education Courses in the U.S.  Few doctors in the Southwest United States have the case experience, patient volume, or clinical outcomes exceeding his expertise in Total Vein Care.  Dr. Pester has close ties to the Arizona community since 1974 and maintains residences in both Arizona and Texas.  He enjoys spending time with his standard poodles and vintage auto racing.

Education

  • University of Nebraska Medical Center, Residency in General Surgery
  • University of Nebraska Medical School
  • Grinnell College

Certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
  • Diplomate, American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians

Affiliations

  • American College of Phlebology
  • American Medical Association
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Luke Air Force Base, Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, Department Chairmanships
  • Texas Medical Foundation, Past Medical Director

David-SmithDavid M. Smith, D.O.

Dr. Smith is a well known Vascular Surgeon in Arizona who has been honored as a “Top Doc” by Phoenix Magazine for more than 6 years running and is one of the most sought after Total Vein Care specialists in Arizona. He was one of the first doctors to perform minimally invasive procedures for venous disease in the State of Arizona.  Dr. Smith resides in the Phoenix area with his family and is actively involved with his children and his church community.

 

Education

  • Grandview Hospital, Residency, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Chief Surgical Resident, Outstanding Intern Award
  • Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, Internship and Residency
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas

Certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine

Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Arizona Osteopathic Association
  • International Society for Endovascular Surgery
  • Banner Health Hospital, Past Chairman of Endovascular Surgery and Past Vice Chief of Staff

Joseph M. Smith, M.D.

Co-Founder, Center for Venous Disease

Dr. Smith is a fourth generation New Mexican and is a leading doctor in New Mexico for Total Vein Care.  He has dedicated his entire medical career to treating vein issues and is the Co-Founder of the Center for Venous Disease.  He is also a Certified Trainer for the VNUS ClosureTM Procedure. He lives in the Santa Fe area with his family and enjoys golfing, cooking and fine dining.

Education

  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Residency
  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • University of New Mexico
  • New Mexico Military Institute

Certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
  • Registered Vascular Technician Sonographer
  • Registered Physician for Vascular Interpretation, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Affiliations

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Critical Care Society of Medicine
  • Society of Minimally Invasive Therapy
  • New Mexico Medical Association
  • New Mexico Trauma Foundation
  • Southwestern Surgical Congress

Kevin L. Stewart, M.D.

Dr. Stewart began his medical career in rural west Texas (Lockney, Texas) doing a wide breadth of family practice which included operative obstetrics, emergency medicine, hospital/ clinic medicine and endoscopy as well as seeing patients with a wide spectrum of medical problems. After practicing in Lockney, Texas for almost 20 years, Dr. Stewart transitioned to treatment of venous disorders, of which he now has had 11 years of experience. Prior to joining the Center for Venous Disease in El Paso, Dr. Stewart was a vein doctor with Vein Clinics of America in Dallas, Texas.
He is happily married and has two adult daughters.
Dr. Stewart is an avid cyclist and enjoys camping, traveling and hiking. He speaks Spanish fluently and has interests in international history, 19th century American history and economics.

Certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine

Affiliations

  • American College of Phlebology
  • American Medical Association
  • Texas Medical Association

Our Management

James A. Heinz, M.A.H.A

Founder & Managing Partner, Center for Venous Disease

Mr. Heinz is the Founder of the Center for Venous Disease and leads the team as managing partner.  Mr. Heinz oversees Veinscreening.com established in 2003, and The Center for Venous Disease being formed in 2005.  He is a seasoned management executive and experienced leader with over 32 years of history in healthcare and medical technology companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson Mitek, Synthes USA, Smith+Nephew, and VNUS™ Medical Technologies.  He has served in a variety of roles within sales, marketing, product management, clinical management, and sales management.  Prior to CVD, Mr. Heinz was a Certified Clinical Trainer and Sr. Territory Manager for the Southwest at VNUS™ Medical Technologies. VNUS introduced the first minimally invasive vein ablative device in the United States under the VNUS Closure™ radio-frequency catheter product name.  Mr. Heinz managed the #1 territory in the Country, and has trained hundreds of Physicians on this technology.  He introduced catheter technology to physicians, led workshops as an instructor at Total Vein Care meetings, trained other corporate personnel and was involved in thousands of venous procedures.  He continues to consult with various healthcare and medical companies today.  Mr. Heinz is the author of “Varicose Veins…A Patient’s Reference”, an insider’s guide to educate patients on venous disease, newer minimally invasive vein treatment options, insurance questions, and other useful information.  This book is available at CVD locations and on line through amazon.com.

The Center for Venous Disease has received national recognition as one of the leading vein care treatment centers in the United States.  CVD is the #1 volume center in the Southwest, and has the most experienced doctors & staff in our area.  We were Founder’s Level Contributors to the American College of Phlebology, support our specialty partners, industry partners, provide staff and doctor training to visitors interested in venous (vein) disease, work with industry on new technologies, and have the largest FREE vein screening program in the Country.  The vision and values that CVD offices implement is based on Mr. Heinz’s mission statement, “We’ll treat your symptoms and touch your Heart.”

Education

  • M.A.H.A. – Masters of Arts, Healthcare Administration
  • B.S., Bachelor of Science, Marketing
  • A.A.S. – Associates Applied Science, Marketing and Mid-Management

 Affiliations

  • Member American College of Phlebology
  • Former Board of Directors, American College of Phlebology Foundation (ACPF)
  • Reimbursement Committee, American College of Phlebology (ACP)

Contact the Management Office:
Office: 623-234-2542
Fax: 623-234-2543