Intelligence? Experience? Compassion?

Dr. Polly Kokinos checks all those boxes (and more!).

  • She finished high school at 14, Barnard University at 16 and and Columbia Medical school at 20. 
  • At 29 Dr. Kokinos finished her vascular surgery training and became the youngest board-certified vascular surgeon in the country.
  • She founded South Bay Vascular in 1997 and has devoted her entire career to her local community as a private practice doctor.
  • She’s performed more than 20,000 vein procedures in the past 24 years.
  • She’s is a female business owner who has overcome the challenges of working in a “man’s” world.  In fact, Dr. Kokinos has created the largest independent vascular surgery practice in Silicon Valley.
  • She’s recognized as the leading limb salvage and wound healing surgeon in Silicon Valley. When it comes to your health, it’s not just experience that counts, it’s the right experience that matters. THE “RIGHT” EXPERIENCE COUNTS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH
  • She’s spent her entire career in private practice and didn’t just start her practice after losing their way in a managed care environment.
  • RESULTS: Here’s what Dr. Kokinos’ patients have said about their care over the past 30 days. Vascular Surgeon

No wonder more Silicon Valley physicians refer their patients to “Dr. K.” than to any other vascular surgeon in Silicon Valley!


If you or anyone you know suffers from a circulation related illness, we can help!


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Silicon Valley's Most Trusted Vascular Surgeon

American University of Antigua Medical School Honors South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute as a Clinical Campus

Today, South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute is pleased to announce another success in its legacy as Silicon Valley’s most trusted independent vascular surgery practice. Genesis Medicus and American University of Antigua Medical School are honored to announce that Dr Kokinos has been appointed to their clinical faculty in Vascular Surgery.  Recognized as Silicon Valley’s most trusted independent vascular surgeon, Dr Kokinos and South Bay Vascular Center will now serve as a clinical campus for American University of Antigua medical school students.  In this capacity 4th year AUA medical students will train at South Bay Vascular Center as part of their clinical rotations in Vascular Surgery.


Inspiring The Next Generation of Medical Professionals

Through this appointment, South Bay Vascular continues their commitment to the next generation of physicians.  Earlier this year South Bay Vascular Center celebrated the 6th anniversay of their Medical Gap Year Internship program.  Dr Kokinos is immensely proud of the fact that her program has seen 7 of it’s graduates matriculate to US Medical, D.O.  and Nursing Schools. With the announcement of this most recent honor, South Bay Vascular hopes to inspire the next generation of medical students to become Vascular Surgeons.

South Bay Vascular Center is likewise honored that other Vascular Surgery Practices in the area have been inspired by our medical gap year program by starting similiar pre-med training programs at their own practices. By announcing similar programs in recognition of the success of Dr Kokinos’ groundbreaking work in this area, we are deeply honored to have been an example for them to follow.


South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute

For 24 years Dr Kokinos and the Staff at South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute have dedicated themselves to providing cutting edge, independent vascular care to Silicon Valley patients.

Cutting edge care, delivered in a state of the art outpatient surgery center dedicated entirely to the practice of vascular surgery, is just one of the reasons why patients choose Dr Kokinos to treat their their circulation related illnesses. Having performed over 20,000 vein procedures, Dr Kokinos is Silicon Valley’s most TRUSTED independent vascular surgeon.  Recognized as the regional expert in the field of minimially invasive peripheral revascularizations in the outpatient setting, Dr Kokinos has performed more pedal access  peripheral vascular interventions than any other vascular surgeon in Silicon Valley. In her role as a leader in this field,  she has also trained many local vascular surgeons in these procedures as more and more hospital based vascular surgeons leave regional hospital systems to start their own independent vascular surgery practices.

South Bay Vascular’s outstanding reputation as a leading treatment center for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Iliac Vein Compression https://www.southbayvascular.com/leg-swelling/ have led patients to Dr Kokinos’ practice from throughout the United States when previous efforts at treating their conditions at other centers have failed. THE “RIGHT” EXPERIENCE COUNTS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH

Congratulations to Dr Kokinos and her team at South Bay Vascular on this most recent accomplishment and to their long term commitment to the communities of the South Bay.



The “RIGHT” Experience Counts When It Comes to Your Health! South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute is the Bay Area’s Most Trusted Varicose Vein Clinic and Treatment Center.

Having performed over 20,000 vein procedures in the past 24 years, more independent doctors refer their vein patients to Dr. Polyxene (Polly) Kokinos than to any other vascular surgeon in the greater Silicon Valley region. Recognized as San Jose’s most experienced Vascular Surgeon and Varicose Vein Expert, Dr Kokinos offers cutting edge care to patients suffering from all forms of both arterial and venous disease.

Here’s why more local doctors refer to South Bay Vascular than to any other Vascular Surgery Center in the Valley:

  • The “RIGHT” Experience Counts When it Comes to your Health: South Bay Vascular center has been treating vein patients in a private practice setting for over 24 years.
  • Cutting edge vascular care in a fully accredited, state of the art, and private out-patient surgery center dedicated entirely to the practice of vascular surgery.
  • Access to the most Advanced Imaging and Device technologies found anywhere in the world.
  • On-site fully staffed IAC accredited Vascular Ultrasound Clinic that is operated full time by Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT).
  • Vascular Studies ready by RPVI certified Vascular Surgeons.
  • Same day availability for Hemodialysis Access de-clots.
  • “One-Doctor, One Patient, One Nurse” practice philosophy means we put the patients first.
  • Full time access to practice physicians
  • Easy access to care: No admissions departments.
  • RESULTS:   We are MORE than just a colorful website and a Google Adwords campaign. Remember, all that glitters is NOT Gold!  https://www.southbayvascular.com/blog/varicose-vein-doctors/

 Trust the doctor your physician does.

 Remember, Its Not Just Experience That Counts.

When It Comes to Your Health, It’s The “RIGHT” Experience that Matters!

Dr Polyxene Kokinos, Silicon Valley’s Vascular Surgeon.

Call us today at 408-376-3626 to schedule your vein consultation.

Click here to learn more about Dr Kokinos  NOT JUST VASCULAR CARE, EXCEPTIONAL VASCULAR CARE


Type “Varicose Vein Doctor” into your Google search and in seconds, you’re overwhelmed by results.

Each link points to a different website.  Each site claims their “Vein Doctor” is the “best” and every practitioner claims to have the “bona-fides” to back-up these claims. Credentials span the continuum from Academic Institution Affiliations, (claiming to be X, Y or Z University Affiliated); to Chair-Personships (they “chaired’ this or that medical departments in the “Big Box” health care systems they came from (i.e. Kaiser, PAMF, or Sutter) to Medical Journal Publications…all this in an apparent attempt to equate administrative responsibilities with clinical excellence. Some of the bolder in the group even claim they trained at the best medical schools hoping to convince potential patients that by attending a great medical school they are the best physician for the procedure.




If a vein doctor’s website shows up in your Google Search and you see that the listing starts with the word “AD” …be careful. It means that the owner of this practice is paying Google a special Advertising fee to get their name to the top of the search results. This is an attempt by this physician to “BUY LEGITIMACY”.  Businesses PAYING google to display their ads above the practitioners who have EARNED this privilege is a great way for Google to make money. Unfortunately, it can be deceiving to people who think that because a doctor’s website pops up at the top of the search results that they must be the best. (On a separate note…If a physician’s website DOES show up at the top of the search results and DOES NOT have the word “AD” in front of it, IT IS a sign that this physician has many website visitors and that they have been around for a long time…Especially if this listing is followed by a large number of Google Reviews.)  It also means that this physician has EARNED their reputation, and NOT purchased their website ranking. A word of warning to patients searching for an experienced vein care professionals. Anyone can pay to elevate their search rankings on Google; regardless of their experience.


IGNORE websites with paid “AD’s”, especially if they don’t have any verified Google reviews. 


To make things even more difficult, it can be very confusing just trying to figure out what kind of doctor actually does varicose vein procedures. Some doctors call themselves “Vein Specialists”. Others call themselves “Vein Experts”. You’ll also see the labels “Phlebologist” and “Vascular Expert”. Finally, there is the “Vascular Surgeon”. You ask yourself, do all of these physicians fix varicose veins? If so, what’s the difference? (Learn more by clicking on the following link). https://www.southbayvascular.com/blog/vascular-surgeon-vs-phlebologist-vs-vein-specialist/ Every one of these “Vein Doctors” promises to rid you of your ugly, painful veins, leg swelling and non-healing ulcers. Every one of them posts photos showing off their work to prove their point.

Let’s face it, it’s confusing. All you really want is to get your veins “fixed” so that next time you get invited to a pool party you can wear shorts or a skirt again without being “mortified” by how bad your legs look. So, what’s next?

Lost in this hype, finding the right doctor to treat your varicose veins might seem impossible. Choosing the best doctor for your specific vein condition is a difficult decision and not one that you should take lightly.  Only after serious consideration of the available options should this decision be made and in the best of all worlds, it should be made in consultation with your primary care physician…and this is the probably the most important message in this post.


They’ve been in this community a long time and they know who is good and who is not. Their referral should be your number one reason to make an appointment with a Varicose Vein Doctor.

In the best of scenarios, patients should visit as many doctors as they can; interview them and question them about everything relating to their condition and their ability to help you…but remember, your primary care doctor has been doing this for a long time. They’ve got the benefit of having seen the results from different doctors and on the strength of their recommendation, you should have the confidence to know that you are making the right choice.

Here are a few things varicose vein patients should keep in mind:

  1. Remember, these are your legs. You deserve the best and you deserve to “Love Your Legs Again”.
  2. Don’t be frightened to ask your doctor tough questions.
    • Don’t just ask your vein doctor how long they have been in practice, ask them how long they have been doing these specific kinds of vein procedures. Ask them how many of these procedures they’ve done.
    • If your doctor is in private practice, ask them how long they have owned their own practice. This is important because getting things done right in a private practice is significantly more difficult than getting work done in a University Hospital or Big Box Medical System.
    • How many of these procedures have you done RECENTLY….if they do less than 25-30/ month, you might want to seriously consider finding another option
    • What kind of complications might you expect…every person is different and if your doctor says your legs will look as good as they did when you were 20, you might want to consider seeing someone else.
    • Who does your ultrasounds…are your ultrasound techs RVT’s (Registered Vascular Technologists?) Are they done “in-house” by full time Vascular ultrasonographers or are they done by “travelling” ultrasonographers who just work in their office a few times a week and who are not full time employees of the medical office.
    • Most importantly, is your Vascular lab IAC Accredited? This is especially important as your doctor will make their diagnosis on the basis of your ultrasound report and an IAC accreditation guarantees the best of the best studies are being done at that particular lab.
    • Who reads the ultrasounds….is it an RPVI registered physician, not simply a radiologist… as the two physicians will look for vastly different signs relating to vascular disease and health. Keep in mind if the study isn’t read correctly, the procedure can go poorly.
  3. Finally, ask your “Vein Specialist” about what happens if you have a complication Ask your provider if they have “Admitting privileges” at the local hospital in the event something goes wrong during the procedure and what their plan is if their procedure fails.




South Bay Vascular Center and Vein Institute brings 24 years and 20,000 vein procedures to you as our patients. As the leading independent Vascular Surgery practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, more local independent physicians refer their vein patients to Dr Kokinos than to any other vascular surgeon in the greater Silicon Valley Region.


Call us today at 408-376-3626 to schedule your vein consultation