|Our Physician - Dr. James Altizer
Certified by the American Board of Phlebology
W. Altizer, MD, FACPh, RVT, RPVI
Dr. Altizer graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. degree in Pre-Medicine in 1981. From there he attended medical school in Richmond, Virginia, graduating from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 1985.
After completing his internship and residency in Internal Medicine in Augusta, Georgia, he worked for the next 11 years as a board-certified Internist. For part of that time, he served as a distinguished medical officer in the US Navy and received three decorations while serving in the first Gulf War.
|Dr. Altizer took up Phlebology (the specialty dealing with vein disease) full time in 1999. Dr. Altizer has had extensive training and experience with cosmetic sclerotherapy, ultrasound-guided medical sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and the latest endovenous catheter techniques for treating varicose vein disease. He has performed over 1200 endovenous catheter procedures for varicose veins.
In 2006, Dr. Altizer was elected a Fellow in the American College of Phlebology (ACP), the leading organization for physicians treating venous disease in North America. Fellowship status has only been conferred on approximately 30 physicians out of the entire membership of the American College of Phlebology and indicates a high level of skill and dedication to the advancement of his field. He has served as lecturing faculty at national and regional ACP symposia and workshops since 2001.
Dr. Altizer has published articles about vein disease treatment in
medical literature and teaches other physicians how to perform both
surgical and non-surgical treatment techniques. In 2003, he was
invited to speak about varicose vein treatment at
the North Carolina Dermatology Association's winter symposium in
Pinehurst, NC. In 2006, his lecture to the American College
of Phlebology on 'Treatment of Varicose Hand Veins' was
one of the most popular and well-attended lectures during the entire
4 day meeting.
In December 2007,
Dr. Altizer earned the additional
title of ‘RVT’ after his
name. This stands for ‘registered vascular technologist.’ This
new credential means that Dr. Altizer has acquired additional skills in performance
and interpretation of diagnostic vascular ultrasound examinations. These examinations
are critical to the success of our treatments here at the Vein Center. Dr. Altizer is now recognized by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers as having successfully completed the training and education requirements necessary
to receive this lifelong designation. At the Vein Center of Charlotte, we are
always striving to improve our knowledge and skills when it comes to providing
the finest, state-of-the-art care to our patients. Congratulations to Dr. Altizer for all his hard work in achieving this additional certification!
On July 1, 2008, Dr. Altizer became Certified by the American Board of Phlebology (vein disease). Dr. Altizer successfully passed the first ever board certification examination given by the American Board of Phlebology. Although he has been practicing at the forefront of the field since 2001, it wasn’t until now that any physician could claim to be ‘board certified’ in vein disease. Charlotte is lucky to have one of the few physicians in the country that was even eligible to sit for the examination and then pass it. Congratulations to Dr. Altizer for achieving this major milestone in his career, more evidence of his dedication to excellence in patient care.
He has also received the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award from 5/2008 to 5/2011.