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Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison

Phlebology
Scottsdale, AZ
31 years experience male

Locations

Office

Tempe

Address

4515 S. McClintock Drive Suite#101, Tempe
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Nick Morrison is the co-founder and Medical Director of Morrison Training Institute and the Morrison Vein Institute.  He received a Jesuit education, including the Creighton University College of Medicine, where he graduated in 1972, and completed a four-year General Surgery Residency at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  He maintained a private general surgical practice for 23 years, and 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, laser/pulsed light therapy, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and endovenous thermal and chemical ablation (radiofrequency, lasers of various wavelengths, and foamed sclerosants).   Dr Morrison is Immediate Past President of the American College of Phlebology, Chairman of the Board of the American College of Phlebology Foundation, and Vice President of the International Union of Phlebology. He has authored several book chapters on varying aspects of venous disease, and additionally has published scientific articles in the phlebologic literature.   Beginning in 1989, and annually since, Dr. Morrison has directed a medical volunteer organization, Amigos de Salud, and led the group each summer to Central or South America delivering medical and surgical treatment for the indigent populations of Ecuador, Peru, and Nicaragua.   Dr. Morrison enjoys travel, development of international relationships, backpacking, triathlon, rowing, classical music, and opera.

Specialties
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Phlebology

Doctor Q&A

137 Answers
147 Agrees
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Age: As we age, the skin thins out and we can see veins on our face, hands, chest. They can be aggravated or enlarged with dilation of the vessel with weig... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Depends: If the thrombosis needed blood thinners and compression stockings or antiinflammatories, compression stockings, or interventional removal of the throm... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Usually an artery: Usually those large bulging vessels are arteries. Put your index finger lightly over it and see if you feel a pulse? Also vessels on the forehead that... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Vein disease: When patients have a genetic disease called venous insufficiency, they have venous hypertension and a backward flow of blood called reflux... This ca... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
See a doctor : You may have more circulatory problems you need to go have a work up, if you haven't already for thrombophilia.. A bold clotting profile. Who is fol... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Vaginal veins: There are vaginal and pelvic varicose veins, that can be diagnosed and treated by a vein specialist: www.Phlebology.Org. We send some patients to conn... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Low body fat? : Sometimes when people lose a lot of weight or body fat, their veins show more. Sometimes with weight lifting or steroid use? Has something changed for... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Veins expand: It would be very unusual for normal veins on arms to rupture. See a phlebologist if you are concerned www.Phlebology.Org.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
No: You probably are lean, low body fat, and lift weights or work out? If concerned go see a vein doctor: www.Phlebology.Org and put in your zip code.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Need work up : Sometimes patients have referred pain from their spine or pinched sciatic nerve, etc or they can have leg pain from venous insufficiency, called venou... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Compression socks: The best answer is to see a vein specialist to treat the disease. Much easier process now, in office, no vein stripping. Wear compression socks or sto... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
One cause Veins: Many women have inherited the gene for venous disease. Then with hormones of pregnancy, increased pressure on the pelvic veins and leg veins. There is... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Venous circulation: We inherit 2 things wrong with our veins: weak vein walls and or weak vein valves inside the veins. So you could have spider veins with a medical vein... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
10 years was ours: We have seen patients as young as 10 years old but the 2 also had venous malformations from birth.Usually it starts in some teens, and especially with... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Heredity and hormone: Heredity is the main factor that determines who gets veins, then increased chances with female hormones, each pregnancy, prolonged sitting, prolonged ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
See a doctor: You may have several things or only 2. Constipation can give you stomach pains. Leg pains can come from multiple reasons.... Inherited vein disease c... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
See a vein doc: Look up a vein specialist called a phlebologist, www.Phlebology.Org who evaluates children for venous malformations. At least have a venous doppler, u... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Please see a surgeon: Please have a general surgeon for a consult usually surgeries done during pregnancies are for emergencies only. There may be cases where this is true... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Nothing cures : Good graduated medical compression stockings can make your legs feel better, slow down our inherited vein problems during prolonged sitting and standi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
No: No, it won't work. See a dermatologist or vein specialist who treats those. www.phlebology.org or veindirectory.Org.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Injections : Painless medicines like Asclera and sts irritant solutions that are injected into the veins using tiny needles (30 or 32 gauge) which are smaller tha... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Capillary fragility: If you just had this in your legs, we would say you probably have venous hypertension and/ or venous insufficiency. This can be diagnosed at a vein ce... Read More
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Vein rupture : Did you hit your thumb or bump it, right before? Sometimes people can have a small venous malformation from birth. You will need to find a phlebolog... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
No: There are medicines that can help your legs feel better but the remedies won't make your varicose veins go away. Compression stockings can improve ven... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Many things: First, is your back better? Do you still have leg pain referred from your back? If not, you probably have vein disease we treat diabetics with venous... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Sclero or laser: As we age, the skin thins out and we can see veins on our face, hands, chest. They can be aggravated or enlarged with dilation of the vessel with weig... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes: It is easy to get a specific ultrasound of your legs to find out if you have venous disease, reflux. This backward flow of blood caused by heredity a... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes: You need to have a specific venous ultrasound of your legs to rule out a deep vein thrombosis -blood clot, but also to see if you have vein disease wh... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Compression stocking: You should check with your ob/gyn first of course, but medical compression stockings or even ted socks for bed rest, can improve circulation and can ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Spray tan or Cremes : If you mean leg veins, there are waterproof cremes like derma blend that cover flat veins, not varicose veins. Also spray tan is available at salons o... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Veins and arteries: We have veins and arteries in our legs. Both affect our circulation. Veins take blood back to the heart and arteries send oxygenated blood back to you... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Is it painful?: Is the "knot" painful? We inherit vein disease..It can present as large surface veins or with faulty valves in the inside that cause blood to reflu... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Talk with Doctor: The interventional doctors who do the tests all the time will answer your concerns. I'm sure they have many, many patients with high blood pressure an... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Varicose veins: Varicose veins are bulging veins that can cause cramping, restless legs, heaviness, swelling in the ankles or legs. If the cramping feels deep in the ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Cosmetic and Plastic: Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for leg veins, then superficial laser for the tiny red veins on the face and the red ones remaining after sclerothe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
No: It is a myth. You may inherit the gene. Prolonged sitting and prolonged standing exaggerate or stimulate the inherited disorders. Crossing the le... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Need info: Do you mean take something out of an arm vein? Or do you mean take out one of your arm veins? We usually just take blood out of a vein or put medicin... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
The 1 vein treated: Varicose vein disease is inherited and made worse with prolonged sitting, standing, hormones, heat, etc. The valves of many saphenous veins in the leg... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Common: Veins are hereditary aggravated by prolonged sitting, standing, pregnancies, heat, heavy lifting, trauma, etc.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Veins or lymphedema: See a lymphedema specialist and a vein specialist: phlebologist- www.Phlebology.Org. Lymphedema and venous insufficiency can present with large swoll... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Venous flow down: Venous flow goes up toward the heart and arterial flow goes down from heart and lungs back to extremities. Venous reflux is blood that flows downward... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Many things: Have a physical first with your primary care doctor to rule out general health issues. Joint problems, muscle or tissue injuries from work or sports... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes: Please get a venous ultrasound to rule out a deep vein thrombosis. Have a work up by a phlebologist ... Vein specialist in your area. www.phlebology... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Do you have a PE?: You should be worked up by a doctor who understands about a blood clotting profile, some people inherit a condition that can increase our tendencies t... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Do you want more?: If you want to see more veins, people with low body fat who lift weights seem to dilate their blood vessels more over time so you can see them, as we... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Heredity: We inherit the gene for weak vein walls, thus spider or varicose vein or weak vein valves, sometimes later in life after environmental or work issues ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
2 problems: Sometimes back pain can radiate down your legs and cause both sites to hurt or you could have a back problem and treatable vein disease in your legs. ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Usually laser: Red veins on or around the nose are usually best treated with superficial lasers by dermatologists, or plastic surgeons or vein specialists. If they a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Different roles.: The simple answer is veins take blood toward your heart and arteries send blood away after being oxygenated( except pulmonary arteries). Arteries hav... Read More

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Dr. Ted King
Nov 26, 2012
Nick Morrison sets the standard by which all others hope to compare. There is no better.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Morrison is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Morrison is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks so much Doc<3 Soo does this mean that I don't need to see a physician since I don't have any money or insurance?
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This saved my life. Thank You! I had pain friday went to the er I have the old one and a new one...thank you all for answering! !
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I heard that before just wanted anothr opinion thanks doc

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Creighton University School of Medicine, NE
Graduated 1972MD

Residency

MARICOPA MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Business Excellence Award 2011
Top Phlebologist, First Place, Arizona - Winter
2013
Top Phlebologist, First Place, Arizona - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American College of Phlebology
Arizona Medical Association
American Medical Association
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