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Anative of Boston, Dr. Alan Kanter received his M.D. degree from the University of Vermont in 1975. After his residency at Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, California, he practiced internal medicine in Torrance until 1990. At that time, Dr. Kanter decided to devote his full-time career to the emerging specialty of phlebology (the field of venous disorders), and took a fellowship based on European techniques recognized worldwide.

Since opening the Vein Center of Orange County, his expertise and clinical research have earned him several university-affiliated grants and a respected reputation among his colleagues as the local vein expert other doctors turn to for advice. His published landmark studies on the use of duplex ultrasound for real-time guidance of sclerotherapy to treat varicose veins have garnered international recognition from his peers.

As a result, physicians from several continents have made the trip to Irvine to observe and learn his treatment protocol. Dr. Kanter has been a frequent speaker at the American College of Phlebology’s Annual Congress and has served on their committees for Public Education, Ethics & Professional Standards of Care, and the annual congress organizing Program Committee. In recognition of these academic and clinical contributions, Dr. Kanter was granted “Fellow” ACP membership status in 2004. Likewise, to demonstrate the international reach of his reputation, he was awarded the honor of “Fellow Emeritus” by the Australasian College of Phlebology in 2005.

Dr. Kanter is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (formerly the American Board of Phlebology) (2008), and is also certified as a Registered Vascular Tech (RVT) by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2008). Acquisition of these formal qualifications acknowledges his personal achievement of highly recognized professional standards of excellence, validating the distinguished reputation he has earned over the past twenty years in Orange County.

  • Fellow, American College of Phlebology
  • Fellow Emeritus, Australasian College of Phlebology
  • Member, American Venous Forum
  • Program Committee, 15th Annual Congress of the American College of Phlebology (ACP), La Quinta, November 7-11, 2001.
  • Workshop Chairman/Instructor, “Duplex-guided Sclerotherapy,” 15th Annual ACP Congress, La Quinta, November 7-11, 2001.
  • Symposium Chairman, “Foam Sclerotherapy,” 15th Annual ACP Congress, La Quinta, November 7-11, 2001.
  • Faculty, Duplex-guided sclerotherapy symposium, 14th World Congress of the Union Internationale de Plebologie, Rome, September 9-14, ’01.
  • Workshop Chairman, 14th Annual ACP Congress, Atlanta, November 16-19, 2000.
  • Member, ACP Newsletter Committee, 1999-2000.
  • Member, ACP Public Education Committee, 1999-2003.
  • Member, NASP Ethics & Professional Standards of Care Committee, 1995-1996.
  • Session Chairman, 7th Annual Congress of the North American Society of Phlebology, Maui, Hawaii, February 21-23, 1994.
  • Session Chairman, 6th Annual Congress of the North American Society of Phlebology, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, February 22-24, 1993.
  • Kanter A. Technique for sclerosing varicose veins. In: Fronek HS (ed). The fundamentals of phlebology: venous disease for clinicians. Vision Press, San Ramon, 2008.
  • Kanter A. Clinical Determinants of Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Outcome Part I: The Effects of Age, Gender, and Vein Size. Dermatol Surg 1998;24:131-135.
  • Kanter A. Clinical Determinants of Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Outcome Part II: In Search of the Ideal Injectate Volume. Dermatol Surg 1998;24:136-140.
  • Kanter A. Alternative Treatments: Sclerotherapy. In: Walters AS, Wilson V, eds. SLEEP THIEF, restless legs syndrome. Orange Park: Galaxy Books, 1996:147-8.
  • Kanter A, Thibault P. Saphenofemoral Incompetence Treated By Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy. Dermatol Surg 1996;22:648-52.
  • Kanter A, Isaacs M, Gardner M. Identification of Arteriovenous Anastomoses (AVA) by Duplex Ultrasound: Implications for the Treatment of Varicose Veins. Dermatol Surg 1995;21:885-9.
  • Kanter A. The Effect of Sclerotherapy on Restless Legs Syndrome. Dermatol Surg 1995;21:328-32. Also in Proceedings of the XII World Congress Union Internationale de Phlebologie, London. Springer-Verlag London Ltd., 1995, & presented at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies, Los Angeles, June 22-27, 1993.
  • Kanter A. Psychotropic activity of phlebotropic drugs. Phlebology 1995;10:37-39. (Letter)
  • Kanter A. Sequential injection of 3% sodium tetradecyl sulphate and 20% sodium chloride in the treatment of refractory varicosity of the greater saphenous vein. Dermatol Surg 1995;21:355-6. (Letter)
  • Kanter A, Thibault P. Ultrasound-Directed Sclerotherapy for Junctional Incompetence: Follow-up at Two Years. Dermatol Surg 1995;21:91 (Abstract).
  • Kanter A, Gardner M. Abdominal Varicosities Treated by Sclerotherapy. Dermatol Surg 1995;21:101-2 (Abstract), & presented at XII World Congress Union Internationale de Phlebologie, London. Springer-Verlag London Ltd., 1995.
  • Kanter, A. Sclerotherapy as Treatment for Varicose Veins. Phlebology 1993;8(4):176-7.
  • “Controversies on ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.” 17th Annual World Congress Chapter Meeting of the Union Internationale de Plebologie, San Diego, August 27-31, 2003.
  • “Dilemmas with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.” Presented at the duplex-guided sclerotharapy symposium, 14th World Congress of the Union Internationale de Plebologie, Rome, September 9-14, 2001.
  • “What is an Adequate and Appropriate Work-up for the Phlebology Patient.” 1st Joint Meeting of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Phlebology and Sclerotherapy Society of Australia, Melbourne, September 17-19, 1999.
  • “Dilemmas with Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy” 1st Joint Meeting of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Phlebology and Sclerotherapy Society of Australia, Melbourne, September 17-19, 1999.
  • “Does Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Give Comparable Results to Good Surgery in Truncal Disease?” 1st Joint Meeting of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Phlebology and Sclerotherapy Society of Australia, Melbourne, September 17-19, 1999.
  • “Indications for Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy” 11th Annual Congress of the North American Society of Phlebology, Palm Desert, November 5-9, 1997.
  • “Venous Diseases of the Leg” Columbia San Clemente Hospital & Medical Center CME Course, San Clemente, January 24, 1997.
  • “Symptomatology of Venous Disease” 3rd Annual Conference of the Sclerotherapy Society of Australia, Cairns, September 26-28, 1996.
  • “Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy of the Greater Saphenous Vein: Is There a Limit to Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy” 3rd Annual Conference of the Sclerotherapy Society of Australia, Cairns, September 26-28, 1996.
  • “A Rare Case of Abdominal Varices” 3rd Annual Conference of the Sclerotherapy Society of Australia, Cairns, September 26-28, 1996. “Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy for Saphenofemoral Incompetence” 9th Annual Congress of the North American Society of Phlebology, San Diego, February 25-27, 1996.
  • “Pelvic Congestion Syndrome & Other Venous Disorders in the OB-GYN Patient” Women’s Medical Group of Irvine, Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, April 18, 1995.
  • “Phlebology Update for the Primary Care Physician” 19th Annual Family Practice Review Course, University of Vermont Dept. of Family Practice, Burlington, Vermont, June 9-12, 1993.
  • “Phlebology: Update & Overview” South Coast Medical Center, Laguna Beach, October 26, 1993.
  • “Ultrasound-directed Sclerotherapy of the Saphenous Vein Axis” Kaiser Permanente Surgical Grand Rounds, Anaheim, October 28, 1993.
  • “Vein Disease in Pregnancy” The Women’s Health Pavilion, Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, April 25, 1993.
  • “Venous Leg Ulcers” Saint Joseph Hospital Wound Care Center, Orange, July 24, 1991.
  • FOR YOUR HEALTH – KOCN network show hosted by Dr. Bill Berger.
  • DOCTOR TO DOCTOR – TBN network show hosted by Dr. Helen Pensanti.
  • INSIDE L.A. TODAY – Cable network show hosted by Christi Mottola.
  • SOUTHLAND TODAY – KDOC-TV medical-update program guest appearance.
  • ORANGE COUNTY BUREAU – KFWB newsradio interview with Sharon Katchen. Dr. Kanter has been quoted as an expert on vein disease in lay magazines including Longevity and American Health, as well as books published by the editors of Prevention Magazine.
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“This comes to tell you thank you, and then to tell you, too — The world’s a better place because of people as nice as you! I appreciate all you did in making my legs look so much better (feeling better too). Thanks again.”
Karen
“Dear Dr. Kanter & Staff, Thank you for your care and patience in your treatment of me. I shall be forever grateful to you.”
Denise
“Dr. Kanter, I just wanted you to know that I deeply appreciated your kindness and consideration. The recent treatment on my legs is remarkably improved!!”
Collie
“Thank you very much to all of you for making me “not to be afraid” of injections. You are a great team!! See you in about 3 months.”
Alicia
“Aloha! Thought I would send you a taste of what we’re seeing on the islands. Hope you all get a chance to visit. Thank you for your part in helping me prepare for this wonderful vacation.”
Elizabeth
“My legs just saw the light of day for the first time in 15 years. Thank you all for the miracles you have done. See you soon for my last treatment. Gratefully,”
Bonnie
“This doctor and his staff are wonderful! 100% improvement of my legs!”
Nicole
“VCOC has a very professional staff and Dr. Kanter has wonderful bedside manner.”
Lynn
“Fantastic service, excellent staff and care.  Dr. Kanter was wonderful.”
Barb
“I felt like I was in the best hands with Dr. Kanter, as he performs vein procedures exclusively."
Danielle

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Dr. Kanter is retiring on May 31, 2017 and will no longer be accepting new patients after April 28, 2017.