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Southern Arizona Laser & Vein Institute
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Michael Probstfeld, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Michael Probstfeld, MD, FACS

Dr. Michael Probstfeld has practiced general surgery with an emphasis on vein surgery for more than 25 years.  He pioneered ablation treatment for varicose veins in Southern Arizona, always utilizing the best and most current techniques available.

A native of Southern California, Dr. Probstfeld attended Chapman College in Orange, California, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He attended medical school at the University of California/Irvine and served his internship and surgical residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Probstfeld is certified by the American Board of Surgery and a former governor of the Arizona chapter of the American College of Surgeons.  He is former Chief of Surgery at Tucson Medical Center.

Active Memberships Include:

  1. The American College of Surgeons
  2. Tucson Surgical Society
  3. The American Society of General Surgeons
  4. The Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  5. The Arizona Medical Association
  6. The American College of Phlebology
  7. The Pima County Medical Society

Dr. Probstfeld served as a Major in the United States Air Force at Loring Air Force Base in Maine from 1990 through 1993. As Chief of Surgery, he was responsible for regional triage during the Desert Storm conflict.

From 1993 until 1997, he was in private practice in north central Wisconsin before moving to Tucson in 1998.

Dr. Probstfeld is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona. He has privileges at St. Joseph’s Hospital as well as Tucson Medical Center. As medical director and surgeon for Southern Arizona Laser & Vein Institute, Dr. Probstfeld provides state-of-the-art treatment of varicose vein problems with minimally invasive Endovenous Radiofrequency Therapy, Microphlebectomy and Sclerotherapy, procedures he pioneered in Southern Arizona. Dr. Probstfeld is also a general surgeon who specializes in colon and rectal surgery as well as biliary and laparoscopic surgery.

"As a small child, I observed the respect and trust afforded our family physician by my parents.  I became a physician because I wanted to some day be worthy of that kind of respect and trust. During my surgical rotation in medical school I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The surgeons who mentored me were dynamic, no nonsense individuals who were well educated, but worked instinctively to solve problems.  My surgical career has given me the opportunity to make wonderful friends and travel the world, but my greatest reward is the respect and trust of my many patients."   Dr. Michael Probstfeld

Celia Cosico-Probstfeld, RN

Celia Cosico-Probstfeld, RN

Celia is a registered nurse who serves as our patient educator.  She works with each of our patients to be sure they have all the information they need before and after each procedure.  Celia has been an integral part of our SALVI team since our founding in 2003.

AnaLisa Valenzuela, M.A.

Ana Lisa Valenzuela, MA

Ana Lisa has been Dr. Probstfeld's medical assistant for more than 12 years, working with him on all Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation Procedures since Southern Arizona Laser & Vein Institute opened in 2003. Her caring touch and strong relationships with each patient assure continuity of care and attention to detail essential to the high quality treatment every SALVI patient receives.

Ana Lisa is also our on-site compression stocking consultant and can answer any questions patients may have about the treatments we offer at SALVI.


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