Kristen L. Biggs MD, RPVI, RPhS, FACS, IFMCP

Dr. Kristen L. Biggs is the only board-certified vascular surgeon in Santa Fe. She completed a six year general surgery residency program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, followed by a two year vascular surgery fellowship at UCLA.

Dr. Biggs relocated to Albuquerque in 2008 to become Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at The University of New Mexico Hospital. Always interested in staying current in her field, she happily accepted an additional mentorship position as the Associate Program Director of General Surgery. Additionally, she served as the Medical Director of the UNM Vein Center from 2010 until she founded her own practice in Santa Fe in July 2012.

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In addition to vascular surgery, Dr. Biggs's professional passion is Functional Medicine. She began studying with the Institute for Functional Medicine in June 2016, and became recognized as an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) in May 2018. 

At the time of this posting in June 2018, Dr. Biggs is one of seven certified practitioners in New Mexico and one of less than 500 certified practitioners in the United States. She is the Medical Director of Santa Fe Functional Medicine. Dr. Biggs is very passionate about this approach to health care and is excited to be offering the Santa Fe Functional Medicine program to the community.

For more information about Dr. Biggs's many publications and lectures, please visit her Curriculum Vitae.

Professional Background

Founder and Medical Director: Santa Fe Vein & Med Spa
Founder and Medical Director: Santa Fe Functional Medicine

Fellowship:  Vascular Surgery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Residency:  General Surgery, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

MD:  UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

BS:  Chemistry, magna cum laude,
Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

Licenses and Credentials

Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) 2018

Board Certification, Vascular Surgery 2009
Registered Physician in Vascular  
     Interpretation (RPVI) 2008
Registered Phlebology Sonographer  
     (RPhS) 2013
New Mexico Medical Board Physician 
     License 2008

Professional Memberships

Active Member, Institute for Functional Medicine
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Active Member, American Venous Forum
Active Member, Society for Vascular Surgery
Active Member, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
Active Member, New Mexico Medical Society

Professional Background

Founder and Medical Director: Santa Fe Vein & Med Spa
Founder and Medical Director: Santa Fe Functional Medicine

Fellowship:  Vascular Surgery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Residency:  General Surgery, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

MD:  UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

BS:  Chemistry, magna cum laude,
Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

Licenses and Credentials

Board Certification, Vascular Surgery 2009
Registered Physician in Vascular  
     Interpretation (RPVI) 2008
Registered Phlebology Sonographer  
     (RPhS) 2013
New Mexico Medical Board Physician 
     License 2008

Professional Memberships

Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Active Member, American Venous Forum
Active Member, Society for Vascular Surgery
Active Member, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
Active Member, New Mexico Medical Society

Why Choose a Vascular Surgeon?

As a board certified vascular surgeon, I completed an additional two years of specific vascular surgery training after my six-year general surgery residency.  

During my vascular surgery fellowship at UCLA, I focused solely on treating patients from the greater Los Angeles area (including Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Hollywood, and Santa Monica) with artery and vein disorders. It was an intense two years of learning open surgical and endovascular skills, as well as managing vascular disorders non-operatively. Upon completion of the program, I had to successfully pass both a written and oral examination, known as the ABS (American Board of Surgery) Board Examination in Vascular Surgery. I maintain my certification status by regularly completing CME (Continuing Medical Education) activities. Multiple published studies have shown that vascular surgeons obtain better operative results when treating vascular conditions than general or cardiac surgeons.

As an educated patient, I think you want the most highly trained expert in venous disease to be treating you, to ensure the best possible outcome. A board-certified vascular surgeon will have an intimate understanding of vascular anatomy, comprehensive knowledge of vascular procedures, and the technical expertise to achieve superior results. My extensive training and skills enable me to deliver outstanding results to my patients.