Dr. Steven Roth’s desire to have his own facility became The Vein Care Pavilion of the South, popularly known as the Vein Guys, a growing enterprise with offices around the Southeast.
The 48-year-old died Wednesday while flying home to Augusta from a stop at the company’s Nashville, Tenn., office.
Roth’s colleagues described him as a devoted hard worker who cared about his patients.
He joined the University Hospital staff in Augusta in May 2000 and started Vein Guys four years later with Dr. Keith Davis, a plastic surgeon who died in 2010.
To accommodate the patient traffic, the company moved into larger quarters in Evans in 2012 and in Nashville in 2011.
Davis’ brother, Dr. Stephen Davis, who worked in the Nashville office and saw Roth hours before his death, said he “took a tremendous amount of effort in making sure things were done correctly, very meticulous.”
Davis said Roth was “great with his kids, great with his wife.”
He called Roth’s death “a terribly unfortunate thing.”
Born in Pittsburgh, Roth lived in North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia. A graduate of Virginia Tech University, Roth received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk in 1992 and completed the general surgery residency program in Norfolk.
In a 2007 article in the journal Surgical Clinics of North America, Roth described how radiofrequency ablation, or using high-frequency energy delivered via a catheter, could be used to close off veins that were preventing
blood from circulating properly, without the surgical complications of earlier procedures.
Roth is survived by his wife, Mary Anne; a son, 12; and a daughter, 9, according to a news release from the Vein Guys.