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Dr. Yan Katsnelson

At the age of 23, Dr. Yan Katsnelson became the youngest surgeon in Israel to perform complex heart surgeries that helped save dozens of lives. Building on that start, he now has almost two decades worth of experience in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. Over the years he has been given numerous honors and awards for both his clinical and his scientific work, including being named an American Heartsaver in 2002.


To complete his fellowship Dr Katsnelson joined one of the most prestigious cardiovascular programs in the world at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston. Working under the supervision of the President of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. Lawrence Cohn he gained extensive praise and recognition and his picture still hangs on the "Wall of Fame" of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery to this day.


Once his training was complete Dr, Katsnelson moved on to the University of Chicago Hospitals. There he routinely performed a wide variety of cardiovascular surgeries including  coronary artery bypass surgeries, aortic and mitral valve repair and replacements and even heart transplants. At the same time he extended his research credentials, working as a part of the team that developed a Real Time 3 Dimensional Echocardiography.


In addition, Dr Katsnelson was the first US surgeon to perform the double valve implantation of the St. Jude's Biocor Bioprosthetic Valve and made a presentation demonstrating the value of this unique and lifesaving technology to the 2003 Annual Scientific meeting of European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Vienna, Austria.


Over the years, Dr Katsnelson also developed a keen interest in the treatment of varicose veins, venous insufficiency and spider veins. To further that interest he founded his USA Vein Clinics to offer a number of innovative treatments including EVLT, endovenous laser therapy. USA Vein Clinics can now be found in Chicago, Boston, New York and California.

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