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 Dr. Gregory Barber to form Atlantic Vein & Vascular Associates, PLLC (AVVA) with an office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, which opened in January 2011.