Are My Vascular Doctors Board Certified?

Posted: April 22, 2021 | Revised: April 15, 2021

Before undergoing vascular care, what questions do you have for your doctor? Is one of them “Are you board certified?” If not, then it absolutely should be.

Board certification is an extra, but very vital, step some doctors choose to take to demonstrate that they are up to date on the latest research and advancements in their field. The board-certified vascular surgeons at the Vascular and Vein Center at Gulfcoast Surgeons are practicing at the height of their profession and are providing the highest level of care to their patients.

The standards to be a board-certified vascular surgeon are incredibly high and require lifetime learning, examination and ongoing assessments to ensure that the doctors are keeping aware of medical advancements and the latest practices. While voluntary, the rigorous process to attain board certification continually measures the doctors’ medical knowledge, professionalism, judgement, clinical techniques, and communication skills.

Board-certified vascular surgeons have acute expertise in diagnosing and managing a myriad of vascular disorders in the atrial, venous, and lymphatic systems. Vascular surgeons are also specially trained in interventions such as opening blocked arteries, repairing veins to increase circulation, and treating aneurysms in the aorta and other blood vessels. Each specialty requires different assessments that vary in time. In general, to become a board-certified vascular surgeon, it would take a doctor an additional five to seven years of training.

As medical trends suggest, medicine has become more specialized in the last decade, meaning board certification is even more important for doctors to have than it was before. According to the American Board of Medical Specialties, there are 40 medical specialties and over 80 subspecialities. Specialty medicine can still be practiced by doctors who may not be board certified, which is why patients should be aware of their doctor’s credentials.

Patients can access their doctor’s accreditations on notable portals like the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Certification Matters website that will find the information for free. As medicine becomes more specialized, it’s important for patients to be armed with all the necessary information.

The Vascular and Vein Center at Gulfcoast Surgeons is proud to report that all of the vascular surgeons on staff are board certified. Dr. Abraham Sadighi, Dr. Michael Novotney, Dr. Johan Escribano, and Dr. Matthew Sanders are all up-to-date with their certifications and ready to serve their patients at the top of their game! If you would like to schedule a Free Vein Screening please call (239)-344-7061.


Abraham Sadighi

Dr. Abraham Sadighi

Dr. Michael Novotney

Dr. Johan Escribano

Dr. Matthew Sanders