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Dr. Dominic Tedesco

Dominic J. Tedesco, M.D.

I was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the Western suburbs of the “Windy City.” My father was a physician and my mother is a nurse, therefore medicine was always part of my life, even at an early age.

My true passion growing up was athletics. All-State honors in high school football led to recruitment by most of the prominent college programs. I chose the University of Michigan because I wanted the challenge of playing major college football, as well as receiving an education at a quality academic institution. Michigan football gave me the opportunity to participate on three Big Ten championship teams and to play in an Orange Bowl and two Rose Bowl games. Even though the bowl games did not turn out as I had hoped, it was a thrill to be tabbed by Sports Illustrated as one of the “Stars” of the 1977 Rose Bowl game against the USC Trojans. I was selected to the All Big Ten Team my senior year, and the All Big Ten Academic team my Junior and Senior years. The Michigan football experience gave me the confidence to take on life’s future challenges; “those who stay will be champions.”

After obtaining my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, I returned to Chicago to attend Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. After graduating from medical school I completed a General Surgery Residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. 

During my surgical training, I received the Surgical Sciences award as the outstanding surgical resident. I was also able to pursue additional research and received a Master of Surgery degree from the University of Illinois. I remained at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center as a Resident in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery from 1986-1989. During that time I traveled to Hong Kong for a fellowship in esophageal surgery at the Queen Mary Hospital.

January of 1989 brought me to Southern California. Since that time my entire professional career has been spent in the Ventura community. My Board Certifications are in both General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Chest Physicians. I am an active member of the American College of Phlebology and participate in many of the ACP’s venous workshops. 

My partner, Dr. Lamar Bushnell, and I created the Vein Center of Ventura to care for the entire spectrum of venous disorders. Training in endovenous and minimally invasive techniques has allowed us to treat the majority of these patients in the comfortable, pleasant, “spa-like” setting of the Vein Center of Ventura.

Dr. Lamar Bushnell

Lamar Bushnell, M.D.

I have been caring for patients in the Ventura County area for over ten years as a Vascular, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeon at Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Hospital, St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Ventura County Medical Center and am pleased to now offer care to patients at the Vein Center of Ventura.  I grew up in California’s Silicon Valley, which enhanced my interest in technology and innovation — an affinity that has stayed with me throughout my medical career. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Utah, I did graduate work in Genetics before attending the University of Utah School of Medicine. This was an exciting time at the medical school and I saw many advances and innovations (including the first total artificial heart operation). I elected to stay in Salt Lake City for five years for a general and vascularsurgery residency at the University of Utah affiliate hospitals and clinics, and then completed three years of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Fellowship training at the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics.

Relocating back to California after three Iowa winters was not a difficult decision. In addition to the obvious physical beauty of the Ventura area, I found an exceptionally talented and tight-knit medical community that exceeded my expectations. Active in the Ventura County Medical Society and in various leadership positions, including a term as Chief of Surgery at Community Memorial Hospital, I have become aware of our community’s local medical issues and concerns. At a time when new technology is allowing for improved treatment of vein disorders with much less discomfort and disability to the patient, we recognized the need for an integrated center that offers complete care of these patients. Therefore, my Vascular Surgery colleague, Doctors Tedesco, and I created the Vein Center of Ventura. The Vein Center of Ventura provides treatment of venous system disorders utilizing the newest technology and techniques in the hands of vascular surgeons experienced in the complete care of vascular problems and conditions.

While a significant portion of my practice still involves “lifesaving” procedures, it is a welcome complement to be able to provide the “life-improving” treatments offered through the Vein Center of Ventura in a comfortable office setting with minimal, if any, discomfort or inconvenience to the patient. My interests outside of medicine, including surfing and scuba diving, keep me aware that these outdoor activities enjoyed by many coastal Californians are a valued aspect of our lifestyles. Medical treatments and therapies that enhance these lifestyles with minimal disruption are very desirable. I am pleased to be able to offer such treatments and services through the Vein Center of Ventura.