Tidewater Vascular Access Center, also known as TVAC, was established in July 2012 to fill a void in the maintenance of vascular access for hemodialysis patients. TVAC is a state of the art facility equipped with the latest technology and sophisticated instruments. It is run under the auspices and management of Tidewater Kidney Specialists. It serves as a direct link between the dialysis units and vascular access care, under the supervision of a Nephrologist, thus maintaining the continuity of care. Its operations are watched on a day to day basis by its Medical Director. Procedures are performed by the surgeons at Atlantic Vein and Vascular Associates listed below. TVAC performs hundreds of procedures every month and set high quality of care standards, even better than the National Standards.
Our staff offers their patients a unique experience providing individualized care and compassion. The staff members have many years of experience in vascular surgery and conscious sedation, dialysis, operating rooms and scheduling. This allows us to understand and educate our patients in their disease process. Our goal is to maximize the lifetime of the access to its full potential.
Current services include: angiograms, angioplasty, thrombectomy (declot), catheter placement and/or removal, renal ultrasound, renal PVL, vessel mapping, upper and lower extremity PVL, fistulogram and venogram.
Our staff is educated, certified and hold degrees in each of their specialties, as well as being BLS and ACLS certified. We work closely with DaVita Dialysis Care, Fresenius Medical Care and Tidewater Kidney Specialists physicians to offer optimum access maintenance.
At TVAC you come in as a patient and walk out a friend.
Fredrick N. Southern, M.D.
Fredrick N. Southern, M.D., a native of Kansas City, Kansas, attended Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology. He went onto medical school, was selected for an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas in 1987. A general surgery internship was completed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, in 1988, followed by a 2-year duty assignment as medical department head on the USS Seattle (AOE 3). During this time, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean.
Dr. Southern completed a five-year general surgery residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, VA in 1995 and became board certified in General Surgery. He followed this with a 2-year duty assignment as Ship’s Surgeon aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73) with another deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf regions. He was selected for vascular fellowship and completed a 2-year training program at the University of Arkansas in 1999. He was board certified in vascular surgery in 2000 and recertified in 2008 as a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Surgery. Following his vascular surgery fellowship, he was a staff vascular surgeon at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA, from 1999 through 2010. Additional mini-fellowship training in endovascular surgery was completed at the Arizona Heart Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona from May-June 2002.
During his time at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth he served as department head and vascular laboratory medical director from 2001-2010 except when he was Director of Surgical Services for 20 departments from 2004-2007. Dr. Southern also deployed in 2005 as the Task Force Surgeon, responsible for all medical assets and activities in the Horn of Africa Region based out of Djibouti, Africa. Dr. Southern retired from the Navy as a Captain with 23 years of service June 30, 2010.
Dr. Southern joined to Atlantic Vein & Vascular Associates, PLLC (AVVA) with an office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, which opened in January 2011.
Dr. Michelle DesChamplain, M.D.
Dr. Michelle DesChamplain, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, worked in a private practice in Savannah, Georgia for four years before joining Atlantic Vein & Vascular Associates, PLLC in July 2014. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in history. She graduated from Old Dominion University with her M.S. in biology. She then continued her education at the Medical College of Virginia, where in 2003 she graduated as a Doctor of Medicine (MD). Dr. DesChamplain also completed her vascular surgery fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. From 2010 to April 2014 she worked as a vascular surgeon at a private practice in Savannah, Georgia.
She also worked as an Academic Assistant Professor of Surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine from April 2013 to April 2014. Dr. DesChamplain has now joined Dr. Fredrick Southern at Atlantic Vein & Vascular Associates,PLLC (AVVA). She enjoys spending time with her godson and traveling with her husband Michael.