Craig I. Schwartz, DO, FACOS, FICS, RPVI, RVT
Craig Schwartz, DO, FACOS, FICS, RPVI, RVT, is the medical director of Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, a specialty vein treatment center and “natural look” aesthetic practice located in Leawood, Kansas.
Known affectionately as “KC’s Vein Guy,” Dr. Craig Schwartz has performed more than 12,000 vein procedures. As one of the Midwest’s most prominent and accomplished vein specialists, Dr. Schwartz has been voted to America’s Top Surgeons in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016; chosen as Kansas City Super Doctor in 2013, 2014 and 2015; and has most recently been named a Real Self Top Doctor by RealSelf.com. He holds triple board certifications in Vascular Surgery, General Surgery and Phlebology, and is further certified in Ultrasound as both an RPVI and RVT.
Dr. Schwartz is an industry leader in the in-office based treatment of vein disease and was one of the first KC-based vascular surgeons to offer patients a minimally invasive, in-office option to painful hospital surgeries, which had been the prior standard in vein care.
Board certified in both vascular and general surgery, Dr. Schwartz pursued additional certification in the area of Phlebology (venous disease) at a time when the vein industry was becoming much more accessible to a wide spectrum of physicians, due to the minimally invasive nature of the latest vein procedures.
After many years of dedication to the vascular and vein industries, Dr. Schwartz noticed the need among his patients for office-based lipo, body contouring, cellulite and facial rejuvenation treatments, performed by a trusted, well-credentialed surgeon. Committed to offering only best-of-class procedures and technology, patients can feel confident in knowing that the treatments recommended by Dr. Schwarz will truly be the best match for their body and facial rejuvenation goals. Using Laser, Vaser, or High Def Lipo, SculpSure®, CoolSculpting®, VASER® Shape, Forever Young BBL, SkinTyte, Venus Freeze™ , Venus Viva™, or a combination thereof, Dr. Schwartz will have you back into the clothes and lifestyle you deserve.
In 2014, Schwartz combined his twelve year-old vein practice, Vein Centers for Excellence of Kansas City, and eight-year-old body contouring and aesthetic practice, KC Body Contouring, into one large medical practice, Premier Vein and Body by Schwartz, reflecting his dedication to both vein treatment and body contouring. Dr. Schwartz is a very hands-on Medical Director, on site every day in his Leawood office, performing all consultations and most procedures himself, striving to provide his patients with a truly premier level of care.
Dr. Schwartz is an active supporter of many charities, including the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Diabetes Association, AHA Go Red for Women, Marillac Mental Health Care for Children, Safe Home and Women’s Employment Network.
Dr. Schwartz lives in Overland Park with his wife Peggy, his son Trevor and his chocolate lab, “the Unsinkable” Molly Brown. He enjoys golf, travel, scuba diving, water sports and reading in his free time and is an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan.
The Premier Vein & Body Story
With his BS degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts, his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Pennsylvania, and over ten years of experience in vascular and general surgery performing a wide range of procedures, Dr. Schwartz relocated to Kansas City in 2003 with his wife, Peggy – a Kansas City native – and opened one of the Midwest’s first dedicated vein treatment centers – Vein Centers for Excellence of Kansas City.
While most vein treatment at this time involved hospital-based vein stripping procedures, which involved much pain and weeks to months of downtime, a group of vascular surgeons were embracing new treatment modalities that provided the resolution of venous hypertension in the superficial veins of the lower extremities that provided safe and better outcomes with significantly less patient inconvenience and pain than in the past. The new venous ablation procedures, using the newest laser technology, allowed vascular surgeons to diagnose and treat vein patients right in the comfort and convenience of their own offices.
Dr. Schwartz quickly realized the patient benefit of this type of treatment and after training with Dr. Ronald Bush – one of the original leaders in the use of minimally-invasive endovascular laser ablations to treat venous insufficiency – he opened his own dedicated vein treatment center in Leawood, KS, providing the Kansas City area with its first dedicated vein treatment center directed by a vascular surgeon. These procedures are now considered the industry standard in the treatment of vein disease with years of documented results.
After many years of dedication to the vascular and vein industries, Dr. Schwartz noticed the need among his patients for office-based lipo, body contouring, cellulite and facial skin-tightening treatments, performed by a trusted, well-credentialed surgeon. Dr. Schwartz trained with and attended preceptorships with notable aesthetic surgeons, such as Dr. Jeffrey Klein, the original inventor and developer of Tumescent Liposuction, and Dr. Robert Weiss, Dr. Roger Hogue and Dr. David Broadway. This was a natural progression in Dr. Schwartz’s career, as he was already an accomplished and skilled physician in the area of laser surgery in the treatment of vein disease and the use of tumescent anesthesia, and many of the early in-office fat removal and body contouring procedures involved the use of both laser energy performed under tumescent anesthesia.
In 2014, Dr. Schwartz merged his two practices – Vein Centers for Excellence of Kansas City and KC Body Contouring – into one and became Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, offering his patients a more comprehensive range of minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures for the veins and body.