Meet the Team

WHAT IS A PHLEBOLOGIST?

Phlebologists are qualified doctors who have a special interest in vein disease and its treatment and have undergone extensive additional training. In Australia, they are credentialed by The Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP).


Languages spoken by our doctors and nursing staff include:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Serbian / Croatian
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Portuguese
  • French

Dr Chris Lekich - Vein Doctors GroupDr Chris Lekich

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 Paul Hannah - Vein Doctors GroupDr Paul Hannah

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.

Whilst many doctors or practitioners may offer endovenous laser for varicose veins treatment, only very few have been accredited by the Australasian College of Phlebology to provide this service.

Dr Chris Lekich - Vein Doctors GroupDr Chris Lekich

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:

  • Preceptor Graduate School of Medicine-Clinical and Scientific Teaching -1997
  • Australian Medical Association -National Membership-Current
  • Australian Medical Association -Queensland Branch Membership- Current
  • Gold Coast Medical Association- Current
  • Clinical Ophthalmic Workshop Mentor Programme – Princess Alexandra Hospital July 2004
  • Admitted Supreme Court Queensland as Legal Practitioner, March 2005.
  • Member Queensland Bar Association 2005 – Current
  • Assistant Professor Medical School Bond University 2005-2010
  • AHPRA Medical Board of Australia Registration- Current
  • Member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • Member of the Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP)-Current
  • Preceptor for Australasian College of Phlebology Basic and Advanced Training-Current
  • Member of the Australian New Zealand Society of Phlebology -Current
  • Member of the Medico legal Society of Queensland-Current
  • Board Member of the Australasian College of Phlebology -Current
  • ACP Chair of the Australian Medical Council Specialist Accreditation Committee-Current
  • ACP Member of the Continuing Professional Development Committee -Current
  • ACP Member of the Ethics and Standards Committee-Current

Dr Paul Hannah - Vein Doctors Group

Dr Paul Hannah

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!

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