VCA Doctor Profile: Robert Worthington-Kirsch, MD
If you didn’t already know it, Vein Clinics of America’s philosophy of patient care is based on complete vein disease management, from initial screening to treatment and subsequent follow-up. The biggest difference, though, goes beyond our physicians’ ability to treat vein disease itself. They are completely dedicated to making you feel at ease throughout the entire treatment process, and back on your way to a happy, healthy life.
While their backgrounds are diverse, the VCA doctors who help you look and feel your best have unique perspectives on the way they approach patient care. One such doctor is Dr. Robert Worthington-Kirsch, MD, FSIR, FCIRSE, FACPh, RVT, RPVI.
We were able to sit down with our own doctors, Dr. Robert Worthington-Kirsch, to understand his history, his view of how Vein Clinics of America approaches vein disease, and how he spends his time outside of work:
Vein Clinics of America: Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
Dr. Kirsch: Hi, I’m Dr. Kirsch. I’m the physician for Vein Clinics of America at the Exton and Wayne, Pennsylvania offices, and I’m the medical director for Pennsylvania.
VCA: Can you tell me what’s most rewarding for you being a physician for Vein Clinics of America?
Dr. Kirsch: The thing that’s most rewarding for me is offering procedures to patients that have huge benefits for their quality of life.
My mother was involved in the healthcare field and I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t plan on becoming a physician. I learned over time that I’m really interested in helping people by doing things, by doing procedures that allow me to directly impact their lives. I did my residency and diagnostic radiology in the Philadelphia area and gravitated into interventional radiology.
I really enjoy the paradigm of the office-based practice. The ability to provide care to patients without having all of the overhead and hassle and confusion of being in the hospital. Patients come to the office with any of a variety of problems that are interfering with their ability to go about their daily activities. They’re interfering with their ability to work, that are interfering with their ability to enjoy their time with their family. Patients should know that they’re going to get a complete and thorough evaluation of their problem. And that I’m going to formulate and present them with a treatment plan that will treat their problem from beginning to end. When patients are done with their plan of therapy, I want them to go back to normal life and enjoy. And that’s extremely rewarding for me.
VCA: When you’re not work what do you enjoy doing?
Dr. Kirsch: When I’m not in the clinic with patients, I spend a lot of time with my family. My wife and I have been married for 35 years. Thursday nights have been date night for just about all of that time. Sometimes we go to dinner. Sometimes we go to a movie. Sometimes we even do the grocery shopping. Sometimes we’ve gone to things like a painting class where everybody paints the same thing. It’s real interesting to see how they come out similar and how they come out differently.
Also, in my spare time, I like to get away for some time to myself to go fishing. I’ve been fly fishing for about 10 years. I’m always ready to go. There are right now about nine rods in my car. I’m always looking for something else to fish for, whether it’s something very small on light rods or something as big as a shark on a heavy rod.
Recently I was at a meeting in New Orleans and I took a day off to get a guide and go fishing. He took me about 30 minutes out into the Gulf of Mexico to this little teeny island. We were fishing for red fish. For three or four hours, we were catching fish after fish after fish. They were all about 36-40″ long. They were actually too big to keep.
VCA: Sounds like fishing is a big part of your life.
Dr. Kirsch: When I’m not fishing, it seems that I’m always surrounded by fish anyways. I’ve been keeping aquariums since I was about seven years old and have always had tanks, either at home or in my dorm room when I was in college. Even now I have them in the offices. At home, I have a koi pond. That started out as a weekend project and has become a real centerpiece for our yard and our gardening. It’s very calming and the fish are beautiful.
VCA: How about your family life?
Dr. Kirsch: My wife and I have five children who are now between 32 and 19. Most of them are out of the house. My youngest is halfway through college and is getting ready to launch. They’re all doing really well in what they do. My oldest daughter has four little girls who are seven, four, and identical twins that are fifteen months.
My wife is meemaw and I am papa. We take them a fair amount of time on weekends. I take the older two fishing, of course. They also like to hang out and read books. And we do some cooking with them. And when we’re in the car, the first thing I hear is, “Play Pokemon Go, papa.”
My wife and I have five children who are now between 32 and 19. My youngest is halfway through college and is getting ready to launch. The others are well started on their career paths.
My oldest has four little girls who are four, seven, and identical twins who are fifteen months old. To them, my wife is called meemaw and I’m called papa. We spend a lot of time with them, particularly on weekends. We have them over. We do some cooking. We read books to them. And the first thing I hear when we get in the car is, “Play Pokemon Go, papa!” And, of course, I take the older two fishing.
VCA: We’ve heard you really like cats, too.
Dr. Kirsch: My wife and I both had cats when we were growing up. And, of course, when we got married and started a family we had cats. And then it turned out that one of our children was allergic to cats. So we spent a lot of time searching for cats we could have in the house that wouldn’t bother people’s allergies. There’s a breed called Russian Blues that are absolutely beautiful and about 2/3 of people who are allergic to cats don’t react to them. So not only did we get a kitten, but then we fell in love and started breeding. We’ve been breeding Russian Blues for about nine years.
VCA: Can you explain your role as a medical director for Vein Clinics of America?
Dr. Kirsch: As the medical director for Pennsylvania, I’m a source for the other physicians in Pennsylvania to help them address problems, to work out issues, and to better serve their patients. I’m also on the medical executive committee for vein clinics. And we as a group oversee the entire clinical practice, making decisions on how things should be implemented and where we should be going in directions for new or different options for treating patients.
VCA: What else are you doing in this role?
Dr. Kirsch: I’m also the director of research for Vein Clinics of America. I’m responsible for overseeing and developing the research projects which we use, both to demonstrate the benefits of what we’re doing for our patients and also to look at ways of better improving the way we serve patients.
There are lots of people practicing in the vein space. There are lots of alternatives for sending patients. At Vein Clinics of America, we’re committed to treating the patient completely, from the inside to the surface. That gives us the best results, the best symptom relief, and the most durable outcomes.
There are lots of people practicing in the vein care space. And there are a lot of different options for where patients can be sent. At Vein Clinics of America, we are committed to treating the patient to completion, from the inside to the surface. This gives us better results, better durability, and better symptom relief for our patients.
You can find Dr. Worthington-Kirsch at the Vein Clinics of America clinic in Wayne, PA or Exton, PA locations and you can reach his office by calling (610) 995-9400 to reach his Wayne location or (610) 321-2615 to call his Exton location.