Richard J. Grisoli, M.D., R.P.V.I.
Medical Director of the Destin Vein Center
Education and Training
Dr. Richard J. Grisoli is board certified in the following areas:
- Critical Care Medicine
He is also a certified vein specialist by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine.
In 2008, Dr. Grisoli received an additional certification awarded by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine. This certification is awarded to physicians who can demonstrate by rigorous testing that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat most venous disease. Dr. Grisoli was one of the first physicians in Florida to be awarded this certification in the first year in which it was available.
Dr. Richard J. Grisoli received his medical degree in 1981 from the Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans. Dr. Grisoli completed his medical/surgical internship at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. He then completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital. After completing his training, he spent time as an attending anesthesiologist teaching physicians in their anesthesiology residency in New Orleans at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital.
He has been in private practice at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, Louisiana since 1984. North Oaks Medical Center is a large community hospital representing all specialties including neurosurgery and cardiovascular surgery.
While at North Oaks Medical Center, he has served as Chairman of the Surgery Department. He also served as President of the Tangipahoa Parish Medical Society. He was elected Chief of Staff by the Medical Staff and presided over the Executive Committee during that time. He is a member of the American College of Phlebology , the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Florida Medical Association.
Dr. Grisoli is an anesthesiologist and a phlebologist. This fusion of specialties enables him to painlessly insert a catheter into a vein and guide the catheter into position for treating abnormal veins. These procedures are easier for the patient and involve less risk because there are no large incisions, fewer complications, shorter recovery times, and less pain. As an anesthesiologist, Dr. Grisoli is uniquely qualified to make sure that you are not experiencing pain and will always be capable of medicating his patients so they have a pleasant experience during treatment. Not all physicians are comfortable sedating patients for procedures as they may not be skilled in airway management and physiological monitoring. Dr. Grisoli has been sedating patients daily and providing anesthesia since 1984.
He became interested in venous disease in 1996 and established a separate successful vein clinic at that time. He initially became interested in sclerotherapy of spider veins as anesthesiologists are skillful with needle placement in small veins and are often asked to start intravenous lines in the neonatal care unit on premature infants. His vein practice rapidly became successful drawing patients from several communities.
Dr. Grisoli was recruited by surgeons in Destin to relocate his vein clinic to the Emerald Coast in order to serve patients in the Florida Panhandle. He is on staff at the Sacred Heart Emerald Coast Hospital as well as the Destin Surgery Center. His interest includes treatment of all types of veins from tiny cosmetic spiders to large varicose veins. He will include duplex ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of many venous disorders. He has been performing endovenous laser ablation techniques of the Saphenous Venous System with great success since 2004. Dr Grisoli enjoys working with other physicians with interest in venous disease and will refer patients to surgeons or interventional radiologists for consultation when necessary. He is extremely conservative with his approach to venous disorders and will always try to do the least invasive procedure possible that has a reasonable chance for success. Patient safety and satisfaction are his highest priorities.
In 2007, Dr. Grisoli received an additional certification awarded by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (A.R.D.M.S.). This certification is entitled Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (R.P.V.I.) and is awarded to physicians who can demonstrate by rigorous testing that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform and interpret ultrasonography and doppler testing for vascular conditions.
Dr. Grisoli has been married to his wife Joy since 1981. Joy has worked in the vein center for 15 years and is knowledgeable about our available procedures. She provides patient education regarding procedures and is available by phone to answer your questions whenever needed. Call 850-654-5222 and ask for a return call from Joy.