Nick Morrison, MD, FACS, FACPh

Dr. Morrison was born and raised in Spokane, Washington.  He received his education through Jesuit secondary, university, and medical schools.  He interned at St. Joseph Hospital and completed a four-year General Surgery Residency, with a year as Chief Surgical Resident, at the Maricopa Medical Center, all in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1972-1977.

Dr. Morrison was active in the private practice of general surgery in the Phoenix, Arizona, area since 1977.  He was originally certified, and twice recertified, by the American Board of Surgery.  As his interests turned to patients with venous disease, he no longer performed other general surgery procedures and allowed his general surgery certification to lapse to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He has been a member of the American Medical Association, the Arizona Medical Association, the Phoenix Surgical Society (President, 1991), and the Maricopa Medical Society since he entered his surgical training in 1973.  He has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1979 and served as President of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Surgeons from 1986-1988.

In 1995 Dr. Morrison and his wife, Terri, established the Morrison Vein Institute.  Since that time Dr. Morrison has concentrated his surgical practice on the care and treatment of venous disorders.  He has become involved in all aspects of vein care, including duplex scanning, visual sclerotherapy, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and endovenous thermal and chemical ablation (radiofrequency, lasers of various wavelengths, and foamed sclerosants), and currently investigating the newer non-thermal, non-tumescent ablation methods, including the use of adhesive and implantables to occlude abnormal veins.  Currently President of the International Union of Phlebology and past president of the American College of Phlebology, he has studied and learned a great deal from phlebologic colleagues across the globe. He has made many presentations to the Annual Congress of the American College of Phlebology, to regional symposia, to the American College of Surgeons, to the International Union of Phlebology in Rome, San Diego, Rio de Janeiro and Monaco, Prague, Boston, Seoul and Rome (2016), and to numerous venous congresses around the world and in the United States.  He has authored several book chapters on varying aspects of venous disease, and additionally has published numerous scientific articles in the phlebologic literature.

Dr.  Morrison has served on the Program Committee for several Annual Symposia of the American College of Phlebology; has served as the Program Chair for the 16th Annual Symposium; has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology; served as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the American College of Phlebology Foundation; and is a member of the Board of Directors of that organization as well.

Beginning in 1989 and annually since, Dr. Morrison has directed a volunteer medical organization of his founding, Amigos de Salud, and led the group each summer to Central or South America to deliver medical and surgical treatment to the indigent population of Ecuador, Peru, and Nicaragua.  The group usually examines and treats several hundred patients in various medical/surgical clinics.  For the past decade Dr. Morrison has also led groups of internationally renowned phlebologists to Central and South American to treat indigent patients with severe venous disease and ulcerations.

During his leisure time, Dr. Morrison pursues a wide variety of interests, including family, international travel, theatre, symphony, opera, art, architecture, and wine, along with physical activities such as triathlon, rowing, and backpacking.

Dr. Morrison’s CV (pdf file)