Philosophy

While Dr. Griffin Coates brings over 20 years of surgical expertise, uses the most advanced techniques and state of the art equipment in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease, it is his caring manner and ability to relate to his patients that is the hallmark of this practice. Dr. Coates is concerned for the "whole" patient, not just the legs or the veins. If there are other medical issues that need to be addressed, Dr. Coates will work with your physician/s to coordinate the best care for you. Furthermore, once the heaviness and fatigue symptoms are relieved, patients are generally able to exercise more and this can translate into many other health benefits.

Griffin R. Coates - MD, FACS

Dr. Coates is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A graduate of Tennessee Technological University, he received his medical training at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. After completing his general surgery residency at the Erlanger Medical Center, Dr. Coates remained in Chattanooga in private practice and assisted a well known local cardiac surgeon for many years. He subsequently completed a cardiovascular and thoracic fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. After practicing thoracic and vascular surgery in Virginia, Dr. Coates returned to the Scenic City to open Vein Therapies of Chattanooga, PLLC and bring a new and innovative procedure to those who suffer from varicose veins and venous reflux disease.

Because of the many thousands of saphenous veins he saw while assisting with and performing heart surgery, Dr. Coates developed an interest in venous disease. It became more personal when he developed large varicose veins himself. After researching new technology and therapeutic options which avoided the traditional vein stripping, Dr. Coates chose to have the VNUS Closure® procedure (radiofrequency closure of the saphenous vein). He was amazed at the symptomatic and cosmetic improvement of his own legs. Dr. Coates recognizes that venous disease is common, largely under- diagnosed, can have significant impact on overall health, and can lead to severe complications. His goal is to educate the public about venous disease and compassionately treat his patients' medical condition.

Andi Coates - RN, BSN

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Andi graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors degree in Nursing. She practiced nursing in the open heart surgery intensive care unit before taking on the challenge of managing a Coronary Care Unit in Alexandria, VA. Her career took a different turn when she went to work for Spacelabs Medical, Inc as a clinical specialist and later as a sales representative. It was in her role as sales representative that she visited Chattanooga for the first time and met Dr. Coates. Her interest in technology led her to work for Abiomed, Inc during the early days of the development of the AbioCor, a completely implantable artificial heart. She was able to combine her clinical skills and sales skills as she went to work with the Tucson Medical Center as their Physician Network Administrator while Dr. Coates was involved in the cardiothoracic fellowship at the University of Arizona. It was in that role that she was exposed to the business side of a medical practice. Again she is able to combine her clinical skills and business skills as the practice administrator of Vein Therapies of Chattanooga, PLLC.

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Vein Therapies of Chattanooga, PLLC
6031 Shallowford Road, Suite 113
Chattanooga, TN 37421-168
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Phone: 423.648.4181
Fax: 423.648.4183
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