About Nisha J. Bunke, MD, FAVLS, RPhS
Dr. Nisha Bunke was the first physician in the United States to complete fellowship training supported by the American Vein and Lymphatic Society (formerly known as the American College of Phlebology) in 2008 and is a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.
Over the past decade, Dr. Bunke has dedicated her career to treating patients with venous and lymphatic conditions and advancing the field of vein care.
Being inspired by her mentor, world-renowned vascular surgeon, Dr. John Bergan, who emphasized that venous disease is a special condition that requires specialized care, she founded La Jolla Vein Care in 2010. Under her leadership, La Jolla Vein Care was awarded accreditation in Vein Clinic and Vascular Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). La Jolla Vein Care is the first dedicated vein care facility in the region to earn this distinction.
Prior to turning her complete attention to La Jolla Vein Care, she has held appointments as a Volunteer Clinical Instructor of Surgery at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, and Veteran’s (VA) Medical Center. In addition to these duties, for five years, Dr. Bunke managed the vein clinics at the VA Medical Center La Jolla, providing vein care for our veterans. She was also a physician at UCSD Healthcare System’s Department of Vascular Surgery, were she evaluated and treated patients with venous disease.
Dr. Bunke is a physician and scientist, actively leading clinical research studies. In 2009, Dr. Bunke was awarded the Internationale Union of Phlebologie Research Fellowship and the Best Young Presenter Award in Monaco. Collectively, Dr. Bunke and Dr. Bergan were awarded the 2008 JOBST Research Award for the Advancement of Phlebology for their research on Inflammatory Bio-Markers of Venous Insufficiency. Dr. Bunke also developed Recova, a post-surgery recovery cream.
Dr. Bunke has been named as a finalist by theSan Diego Business Journal’sWomen Who Mean Business Award and San Diego Magazine’sWoman of the Year award. In 2018, she was named as the top 25 Women of the Year,by the San Diego Business Journal.
Moreover, Dr. Bunke is a member of the Scripps Ximed Medical Group, The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), the American Medical Association (AMA), San Diego County Medical Society, Society for Vascular Medicine, American Vein and Lymphatic Society, American Venous Forum (AVF) and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU). Dr. Bunke has numerous publications in both scientific journals and medical textbooks.