Selecting the right physician to evaluate a problem is probably the most important medical decision a patient or loved one can make. We strongly recommend and encourage you to do this carefully, thoughtfully, and deliberately.
While doing so, please consider the following:
- Dr. Waterford is a graduate of the Stanford Medical School in California, one of the finest and most selective medical schools in the world.
- Dr. Waterford has a full decade of formal training beyond medical school, at many of the finest training programs in the world.
- Dr. Waterford is initially and formally Residency trained and Board Certified in General Surgery, and as a result, comes from a culture of excellence, precision, accountability, and safety.
- Dr. Waterford is formally and separately and thoroughly Fellowship trained and Quadruple Board Certified:
- Vascular Surgery (a surgical subspecialty devoted entirely and exclusively to the treatment of problems with blood vessels, including the veins, arteries, and lymphatics).
- Cardiothoracic Surgery (a surgical specialty devoted to the treatment of problems with the organs in the chest cavity, including the heart and lungs, and requiring extensive additional training, manual dexterity, and creativity, and attention to detail for successful outcomes)
- General Surgery
- American Board of Phlebology (Specialty dedicated exclusively to the evaluation and management of disorders of the veins)
- Dr. Waterford has received extensive additional training in the field of Phlebology (Venous Diseases), included as a significant component of his formal training in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Waterford has spent considerable time since the completion of his formal training, with recognized experts in the field of Phlebology and Venous Diseases, further deepening his understanding of venous and other blood vessel problems, and helping to maintain currency and competency in this ever changing field.
- Dr. Waterford has extensive training and experience with Vascular Ultrasound, as a significant component of his formal training in Vascular Surgery, as well as during his formal training in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Additionally, he has spent countless hours in various formal and informal workshops and other educational venues since the completion of his formal training, furthering his expertise in vascular ultrasound. As a result of this specific commitment to Vascular Ultrasound, Dr. Waterford is formally recognized by the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the official organization representing ultrasound professionals in the United States), and is also formerly recognized as being Board Certified by the ARDMS, with the following credentials:
- RVT, or Registered Vascular Technologist
- RPVI, as a Registered Physician in the Vascular Interpretation of vascular ultrasound studies
- Dr. Waterford has more than a decade of clinical experience BEYOND medical school, residency, and fellowship training, with impeccable clinical results.
- Dr. Waterford has maintained certification in all of these disciplines (Vascular Surgery, General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, as well as Vascular Ultrasound, with the RVT and RPVI credentials), demonstrating a life and career long commitment to education and staying abreast of the latest developments and breakthroughs in medicine and surgery, so that his patients can reap the benefits therein.
- Dr. Waterford is recognized as a member in good standing by multiple professional organizations devoted to the care of people with Venous, Vascular, and Cardiothoracic problems, including:
- American College of Surgeons
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- Western Thoracic Surgery Association
- Society for Vascular Surgery
- Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
- American Venous Forum
- American College of Phlebology
- Society for Vascular Ultrasound
- Hawaii Medical Association
- Maui County Medical Society
- Dr. Waterford is a permanent resident of the state of Hawaii, and is involved in various local and regional service and education activities, in both Hawaii and the South Pacific, reflecting a further commitment to the islands, the quality of life for its citizens, and the availability of appropriate health care for all who either call the islands “home” and/or visit them as a favorite travel destination.
As you carry on, or perhaps near the completion of your homework assignment, we encourage you to call upon us if we can be of any service to you or your loved ones. It would be our distinct honor and privilege to be involved in your care, and we thank you for putting your trust, your legs, and your life and well-being in our hands.
We invite you to experience the Dr. Waterford Difference.
Board Certified Physician
The American Board of Surgery (ABS) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1937 to certify surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge. Surgeons certified by the ABS, known as diplomates, have completed at least five years of surgical residency training following medical school and successfully completed a written and oral examination process administered by the ABS.
What Does it Mean to Be Board Certified?
Not all surgeons are board certified. Board certification is a voluntary process that demonstrates a surgeon’s commitment to quality patient care. Board certification by the ABS recognizes individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge specifically in the area of general surgery and its related specialties. Board certification is different from possessing a medical license, which is required by law to practice medicine and is not specialty specific.
What does certification by the Vascular Surgery Board mean?
Not all vascular surgeons are board certified. Certification by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery (VSB-ABS) means that a vascular surgeon has met the highest standards of education, training & knowledge in the specialty of vascular surgery. Such surgeons have comprehensive expertise in the diagnosis and care of patients with diseases and disorders of the blood vessels—specifically the arteries, veins and lymphatic system outside of the brain and heart. In addition, they are trained to treat vascular disease by medical (non-surgical) means, including the use of drug therapy and management of risk factors.
Board certification by the VSB-ABS is intended to assess the qualifications of individuals who have completed extensive education and training in vascular surgery. Board certification is voluntary and demonstrates a surgeon’s commitment to quality patient care. In contrast, medical licensure is required by state law for an individual to practice medicine and is not specialty specific.
Dr. Randy Waterford has Professional Memberships with the following organizations:
Member: Rethink Varicose Veins. Learn the truth about varicose veins by dispelling the myths.
Member: American College of Phlebology. The ACP is the premiere association for physicians and allied health professionals working in the field of phlebology.
Member: The American Venous Forum. America’s home for current and accurate vein information. The members of the AVF offer their professional expertise in a myriad of topics for a variety of people.
Member: The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the United States advocate for 3,350 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease.
Fellow: American College of Surgeons. The ACS is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.
Member: Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The mission of the Society is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.
Member: Western Thoracic Surgical Society. The Western Thoracic Surgical Association (WTSA) was founded in 1974. The society was open to board certified thoracic surgeons from 13 western states and the two western provinces of Canada.
Member: Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU), formerly the Society of Vascular Technology (SVT), SVU is the only professional organization completely dedicated to the advancement of noninvasive vascular technology used in the diagnosis of vascular disease.
Member: Maui County Medical Society. Physicians of Maui began reaching across generations, disciplines and traditional medical group boundaries striving to elevate healthcare on Maui to a higher standard of excellence. This instrument emerged as a common medium to facilitate communication, education and kinship among ourselves and with the larger Maui community.
Member: Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery is composed of surgeons who are actively involved in the clinical practice of vascular surgery. As stated in its Constitution and highlighted by its mission, “the purpose of the Society is to advance the art and science of vascular surgery; to provide a forum for vascular surgeons, and to improve the delivery of health care in vascular disease.”
Member: Hawaii Medical Association. Serving Hawaii since 1856, the Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) is a voluntary, professional membership organization for physicians, resident physicians, and medical students in the state of Hawaii. HMA is dedicated to serving physicians, their patients, and the community through representation, advocacy, and public service..