Rachel Sussman, D.O.
The Right Doctor For Your Vein Care
Rachel Sussman, D.O. has dedicated her practice of medicine exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins/venous disease and the treatment of spider veins. She completed a B.A. in English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and pursued graduate studies in speech and language pathology. Dr. Sussman received her medical degree from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a Family Medicine residency at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, Michigan.
Dr. Sussman transitioned her career to venous medicine in 2007 after receiving extensive training in the comprehensive management of vein disease in addition to extensive ultrasound diagnostic training. Dr. Sussman is an experienced vein specialist and also provides training in venous diagnosis and treatment to other physicians.
Dr. Sussman is certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and board certified in Family Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Phlebology, Michigan Osteopathic Association and the American Osteopathic Association.
Dr. Sussman was born and raised in New York City and attended Ethical Culture Fieldston School. She lived in South Korea for two years and enjoys traveling to Las Vegas and New York City.
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.