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Dr Chris Lekich is the Medical Director of Vein Doctors Group. Dr Lekich has a background in Microsurgical techniques and was trained by world-renowned Microsurgeon, Professor Earl Owen. He is a Fellow and the Past Vice-President of the Australasian College of Phlebology. Dr Lekich continues to educate doctors in the treatment options and techniques for Varicose Veins.
As well as offering a comprehensive modern non-surgical treatment for varicose veins, Dr Lekich established a pregnancy vein service to support women with varicose veins during pregnancy.
Dr Hannah is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Phlebology and also maintains a clinical role as an Accident and Emergency Physician in Pindara Private Hospital. Dr Hannah has a wealth of medical experience and specialises in the most complex varicose vein treatments including Phlebotomy. His interest in Varicose Veins was sparked by his own personal experience, having this technique used to repair his Varicose Veins that were recurring after stripping surgery. Dr Hannah has authored a textbook, The Manual of Venous and Lymphatic Diseases, which is a complete Phlebology syllabus for those wishing to study venous & lymphatic disease.
Dr Paul Varcoe has been a Phlebologist on the Gold Coast for 20 years and a pioneer in the modern treatment of Varicose Veins. He is a past Vice-President of the Australasian College of Phlebology and is a Fellow of the College. Dr Varcoe is extremely passionate about delivering both comfortable treatment and great aesthetic results for his patients. Dr Varcoe not only treats patients with Varicose Veins, he educates the local Doctor community about the modern techniques for treating Varicose veins.
Dr Lekich is the Medical Director of Vein Doctors Group. He changed career paths from pursuing an eye career to the treatment of venous disease following the serious complication of a blood clot his then-wife had with varicose veins during pregnancy. As well as offering a comprehensive modern non-surgical treatment for varicose veins, Dr Lekich established a pregnancy vein service to support women with varicose veins during pregnancy.
Further, he explored the specialised Open Ended Vasectomy to offer this service to the partners of his female patients who have to stop the oral contraceptive pill due to their varicose veins.After completing his medical degree in 1991 from the University of Queensland, Dr Lekich worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital as a resident for three years. As a senior medical officer, he completed numerous country hospital rotations as a relieving Medical Superintendent. At Royal Brisbane Hospital his focus was on surgical/procedural-based specialisations.
Further, he has a strong background in Emergency Medicine and eyes namely the retina.Dr Lekich’s four (4) year fellowship training with the peak body for non-surgical management of venous disorder in Australia was with the Australasian College of Phlebology. This meant that Dr. Lekich had achieved the highest level of structured advanced training for this modern non-surgical treatment of venous disorders in Australia.
To enable Dr Lekich to deliver the best possible ultrasound assisted treatment of varicose veins, he has undergone formal training by way of Certificate of Ultrasound in Phlebology (C.U.P): Introductory Course and Certificate of Ultrasound in Phlebology (C.U.P): Advanced Course.Dr Lekich’s supervisor during his advanced training was A/Prof Kurosh Parsi who is the Australasian College of Phlebology President, Vice President of the International Union of Phlebology and a PhD Researcher.
Other mentors of note are Australasian College of Phlebology founding members Dr Thibault, the father of Phlebology in Australia (NSW), Dr Loizou (Victoria) and Dr Jenkins (NSW).
Dr Lekich regularly attends conferences and on-going education seminars. He regularly speaks at scientific meetings and conferences and is involved in delivering workshops training doctors. Further Dr. Lekich is a preceptor, mentor and supervisor for phlebology trainees.
Apart from the study of medicine, whilst working full time, Dr Lekich has furthered his university education completing a postgraduate law degree (Juris Doctor) from Bond University in 2004 inspired by the medical indemnity crisis. He then completed the Bar Practice Course at the Queensland University of Technology in 2005 and was admitted as a Barrister in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2005.
He completed his Masters of Business Administration also at Bond University and has been an Assistant Professor in the Bond University Medical School, Gold Coast Australia.Additional to Dr. Lekich’s venous work, he was trained by the pioneer of the specialised form of vasectomy Dr. Bruce Errey of the 30,041 Open Ended Vasectomy fame. This approach to vasectomy is very specialised and performed by a small percentage of doctors. This form of vasectomy is designed to minimise post vasectomy congestion pain and is more readily reversible should circumstances change.
This Open Ended Vasectomy service complements the care Dr. Lekich provides his female vein patients so that they can stop the oral contraceptive pill.Further Dr Lekich has been trained to perform microsurgery personally at the microscope over three years by the Father of Microsurgery, Professor Earl Owen. Professor Owen performed the world’s first hand and double hands transplant and the collaborator of the first face transplant. This microsurgical training enables Dr Lekich to successfully reverse vasectomies.Dr Lekich is a devoted father of three children and he enjoys influencing them to the best young adults they can be. His other languages include fluent Croatian and Serbian.
The following are Dr Chris Lekich’s professional Society Memberships:
Dr Paul Hannah graduated from Melbourne University in 1980, and after three years of Residency took up positions in the UK (training in Obstetrics), France (Emergency Rescue) and then Tanzania (3rd World Medicine – Dr Hannah was born in Tanzania where his father was a Medical Missionary).
He eventually settled down in General Practice in Melbourne as a GP Obstetrician delivering up to 40 babies a year. He first trained in Vein Sclerotherapy in 1990 in the pre-ultrasound days when the results were not as reliable as they are now, and a few years later moved to the Gold Coast and changed to Emergency Medicine where he passed the part 1 Emergency specialty exams.
Dr Hannah’s interest in the non-surgical treatment of veins is personal as he had his veins stripped in 1986 and again in 1995 – both times recurring. It was the growing use of Ultrasound in Emergency that got him interested in Dr Lekich’s work and subsequently joined him in his Vein Clinic (after having his own veins successfully treated with endovascular laser and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy!).
Dr Hannah is an Associate Professor at Bond University where he teaches the undergraduate medical program. His hobbies are traveling, skiing, surfing and learning languages (Spanish, Swahili, and Japanese being passable). If he ever gets any spare time he wants to finish off his Master’s Degree in Japanese Language at Bond Uni!
Dr Paul Varcoe received his medical degree from Melbourne University in 1979. After a satisfying career in General Practice, he then commenced full-time work in the emerging specialty of Phlebology (venous disorders). He trained under Dr Paul Thibault, who was the founding President of The Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP).Since opening The Leg Vein Clinic, Gold Coast, in 1995 and joining Vein Doctors Group in 2015, he has been actively involved in education and has presented papers at both national and international conferences.
Dr Varcoe has been a Member of the Sclerotherapy Society of Australia (SSA) since 1995, a Council Member of the SSA since 1998 and Vice President of SSA (now ACP) from 1999 - 2002. He is one of only four Fellows of the Australian College of Phlebology in Queensland. He was also one of the two Conference Convenors for the 6th Annual Scientific conference for the ACP.
Dr. Paul Varcoe has a particular interest in the training of doctors wishing to learn about phlebology and conducts regular preceptorships to provide one-on-one training for doctors. He has been the local Phlebologist on the Gold Coast for 20 years and is extremely passionate about delivering both comfortable treatment and great aesthetic results for his patients.