Vascular Surgery

USF Health Comprehensive Vein Center

Treating unsightly veins means more than having beautiful legs. It could save your life.

The USF Health Comprehensive Vein Center is a team of nationally renowned vascular surgeons trained to use evidence-based approaches to treat the full spectrum of venous disease.

By choosing the USF Health Comprehensive Vein Center, you now have access to the most advanced vascular care available. Our team of highly skilled surgeons, nurses, and technologists – using the best diagnostic tools and the newest treatments available – gives you a level of expertise unmatched in the Tampa Bay area.

You are not alone!

Venous disease is common – more common than heart disease and stroke. Approximately 24 million Americans suffer from venous insufficiency ranging from small varicose veins to leg swelling to chronic ulcers. Early treatment is essential to prevent progression to these more severe stages. You may have heard that “they are just varicose veins, there is nothing to worry about”, but you should come in and see for yourself.


Good vein health goes beyond appearance. Don’t ignore symptoms which might indicate more serious underlying venous disease. Key symptoms include:
  • Unsightly “spider” veins on your legs 
  • Leg pain, swelling, or fatigue 
  • Tingling or itching in your legs 
  • Reddened or discolored skin on your legs, ankles, or feet 
  • Ulceration of the skin on your legs or ankles 
  • Small or even large clusters of veins on your leg 
  • Night cramps in your legs 
These symptoms may indicate conditions such as varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, venous ulcers, spider veins, or blood clots.

Services Offered

From general cosmetic vein procedures to treating complex venous conditions, the physicians at the USF Health Comprehensive Vein Center can help meet all your vascular needs. Among the advanced services offered are:

  • Comprehensive ultrasound diagnostic imaging (accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
  • Compression therapy
  • Minimally-invasive endovenous ablation
  • Vein ligation and stripping
  • Sclerotherapy for spider veins
  • Central venous clot removal and stenting
  • Complex venous reconstruction
  • Vena Caval filter placement and removal
  • Lymphedema treatment
  • Treatment of venous ulceration
  • Clinical trial enrollment


The team of board-certified experts at the USF Health Comprehensive Vein Center is trained to provide you with advanced evaluation and management of vascular disorders involving the arterial, venous, and lympathics systems. This nationally renowned team includes:
  • Aurelia Calero, MD, RPVI
  • Murray L. Shames, MD, RPVI
  • Mitzi A. Ekers, MS, ARNP


USF Health South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare

2A Columbia Drive, 3rd Floor 

Tampa, FL 33606

USF Health South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare

2 Tampa General Circle 

Tampa, FL 33606 

The Value of Academic Medicine

What separates the Doctors of USF Health from other multi-specialty practices in the Tampa Bay area is that it is a leading academic medical center that benefits both the patients and the community it serves. National studies show that patients tend to fare better at academic medical centers due to the availability of experts and thought leaders in the field working with the latest state-of-the-art technologies. As a result, USF Health patients have access to the most current research information and the newest treatments often before they are available to the general public.

The USF Health Comprehensive Vein Center taps into the entire Doctors of USF Health Program, giving you access for more than 500 highly specialized healthcare professionals. Therefore, you gain access to the most current medicine and surgical treatment available beyond just those in the Vein Center and Vascular Surgery group, an advantage few other physician groups can offer.