The Circulatory Centers has received recognition for their commitment to providing the highest level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease.
The Circulatory Centers was founded in 1979 by William G. Katz, MD, FACS. Since then there have been incredible advances in the treatment of varicose veins. Patients whose sole option might once have been "vein-stripping" can now enjoy safe, virtually painless removal of problem veins.
The Circulatory Centers are now under the guidance of Louis M. Certo, MD, FACS, whose career in Phlebology began under the guidance of Dr. Katz. Dr. Certo has remained a staff surgeon for The Circulatory Centers since 1997.
The physicians at The Circulatory Centers have paved the way for many of the advances in varicose vein treatment. Dr. Katz was one of the first in the practice of sclerotherapy. Our physicians have continued refining and improving upon vein treatment procedures so that today our treatments eliminate both large and small varicose veins. The Circulatory Centers is now considered one of the best medical providers for vein therapy in the country!
Each Circulatory Center physician collaborates with a group of highly qualified medical personnel. The latest methods and technologies are used to determine the optimal path of treatment for every patient.
The Circulatory Centers' treatments are much less costly than vein stripping surgery and its associated hospital expenses. Our evaluation and treatment procedures are covered by numerous major medical insurance plans. In fact, we are in network with many of the top health insurance carriers. Our office personnel will happily assess all insurance forms and submit claims to alleviate patients of burdensome and often confusing paperwork.
Robert A. Musson, M.D.
Associate Medical Director/Staff Physician
Dr. Musson was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Akron in 1985, he attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, where he received his M.D. in 1989. After a three year residency in Family Medicine at Akron City Hospital, he became Board Certified in that field in 1992. He joined The Circulatory Centers in 1992, and it was here that he received additional training in the field of Phlebology, or vein care medicine.
Dr. Musson is an Active Physician Member of The American College of Phlebology, the principal American professional society in Phlebology.
Dr. Musson is also an accomplished author and has written an informative book on the subject of varicose veins titled, "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: Myths and Realities."
Paul Shields, D.O.
Dr. Paul Shields completed his undergraduate studies at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He then went on to earn his doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. Shields subsequently completed a three-year family medicine residency, and he is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP).
Shields practices medicine full time in the Erie area, and he serves as the medical director of the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home.