La Jolla Vein & Vascular Doctors: Sarah Lucas, Nisha Bunke and Amanda Steinberger


La Jolla Vein & Vascular Doctors: Sarah Lucas, Nisha Bunke and Amanda Steinberger

Our vascular specialists are not your average doctors.  They train and teach other doctors, medical students, physician assistants, and empower and educate patients everyday with knowledge and choices.  They lead clinical research studies and contribute to scientific journal and textbook publications.  Our recent research made the cover of the “Journal for Vascular Ultrasound” in March, 2018.

Dr. Amanda Steinberger,DO

Amanda Steinberger, DO

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Sarah Lucas MD, FACS, RPVI

sarah lucas Vascular Surgeon

She and her husband then relocated to Memphis, Tennessee for his pediatric surgery fellowship. During that time, she was on staff at the Memphis VA Medical Center, where she served as faculty for the vascular surgery fellowship of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Lucas and her husband are delighted to have found their permanent home in San Diego, where he is a pediatric surgeon at the Naval Medical Center.

Dr. Lucas has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter in the field of vascular surgery. She is active in the Society for Vascular Surgery and a member of the Young Surgeons’ Committee. Dr. Lucas joined La Jolla Vein Care in 2018. In addition to her role at La Jolla Vein & Vascular, she also manages patients with vascular wounds at the Scripps XIMED wound care clinic.

Dr. Lucas is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Surgeons who become Fellows of the College have passed a comprehensive evaluation of their surgical training and skills; they also have demonstrated their commitment to high standards of ethical conduct.

Peer-Reviewed Journals:Dr. Sarah Lucas

Dr. Sarah Lucas, La Jolla Vein & Vascular, Veinous insufficiency during pregnancy on KUSI

Dr. Nisha Bunke, MD Vascular Specialist, Clinic Medical Director

Nisha Bunke, MD FACPh, RPhS

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Venous Disease Interventionalist, Vein Clinic Medical Director,

Dr. Bunke is a physician and scientist, actively leading clinical research studies to advance the field of vein care for the past 15 years. She is the co-editor of The Vein Book, published by the Oxford University Press in 2014, which is the authoritative medical textbook for physicians and medical professionals.
Dr. Bunke has held appointments as a Volunteer Clinical Instructor of Surgery at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, and Veteran’s (VA) Medical Center.  In addition to these duties, for five years, Dr. Bunke managed the vein clinics at the VA Medical Center La Jolla, providing vein care for our veterans.  She also worked at UCSD Healthcare System’s Department of Vascular Surgery, were she evaluated and treated patients with venous disease.
Dr. Bunke has numerous publications in vascular surgery journals, including a research study that made the cover of the Journal of Vascular Ultrasound in 2018.  In 2009, Dr. Bunke was awarded the Internationale Union of Phlebologie Research Fellowship and the Best Young Presenter Award in Monaco.  Collectively, Dr. Bunke and Dr. Bergan were awarded the 2008 JOBST Research Award for the Advancement of Phlebology for their research on Inflammatory Bio-Markers of Venous Insufficiency. Dr. Bunke also developed Recova, a post-surgery recovery cream.

Moreover, Dr. Bunke is a member of the Scripps Ximed Medical Group, The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), the American Medical Association (AMA), San Diego County Medical Society, Society for Vascular Medicine, American Vein and Lymphatic Society, American Venous Forum (AVF) and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU). Dr. Bunke has numerous publications in both scientific journals and medical textbooks.

Dr. Bunke is co-editor of the most widely used textbook for vascular physicians, “The Vein Book”the vein book banner

Books/ Book Chapters: Dr. Nisha Bunke

Bergan, JJ, Bunke, N. “Outcome Measures in Venous Disease.” In:  Fast Facts- Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Highlights 2008-09.  Davies, A., Mitchell, A. M. Health Press UK

Bergan, JJ. Bunke, N.  “Varicose Veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency.” In: Total Endovascular Series Venous Diseases Contemporary Management.’ Lumsden, A, Davies, M.

Bergan, JJ, Bunke, N.  “Venous Disorders.”  In:  Educational Review Manual in General Surgery. 8th Edition. Castle Connolly Graduate Medical Publishing.

Bergan, JJ, Bunke, N. “Pathophysiology of Chronic Venous Disease.”  In:  The European Venous Course Book.

Bergan JJ, Bunke, N. “Endovenous Procedures in Venous Disease.”  In:  Peripheral Endovascular Interventions.  White, R, Fogarty, T.  3rd Ed.

Bergan, JJ, Pascarella, L, Bunke, N. “Venous Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology.”  In: Treatment of Leg Veins, 2nd ed.  Alam, M., Silapunt, S. Martin Mellor Publishing Ltd. UK

Bergan, J. Lee, BB, Bunke N.  “Lymphatic Disease.”  In: Clinical Review of Vascular Surgery. Edited by Sapan Desai, MD, PhD and Cynthia Shortell, MD.

Bergan, J. and Bunke, N. General Considerations. In: Lymphedema: A Concise Compendium of Theory and Practice. Edited by Byung-Boong Lee, John Bergan, Stanley G. Rockson 2011.

Bergan, JJ, Bunke-Paquette, N, editors. The Vein Book, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, New York, NY USA. 2014

Bunke-Paquette, N. “Complications of Liquid Sclerotherapy.” In: The Vein Book, 2nd ed. Bergan, JJ, Bunke-Paquette, N. Oxford University Press, New York, NY USA. 2014

Loerzel, N, Ratcliff V, Bunke-Paquette, N, et al. “Ultrasound Examination of the Patient with Primary Venous Insufficiency.” In: The Vein Book, 2nd ed. Bergan, JJ, Bunke-Paquette, N. Oxford University Press, New York, NY USA. 2014

Bunke-Paquette, N, Loerzel, N, Bergan, JJ. “Ultrasound-Guided Catheter and Foam Therapy for Venous Insufficiency.’ In: The Vein Book, 2nd ed. Bergan, JJ, Bunke- Paquette, N. Oxford University Press, New York, NY USA. 2014

Bergan, JJ, Pascarella, L, Bunke-Paquette, N. “Perforating Veins.” In: The Vein Book, 2nd ed. Bergan, JJ, Bunke-Paquette, N. Oxford University Press, New York, NY USA. 2014

Bunke-Paquette, N. Russell, T, Broder, K, Li, A. “Medical Management of the Venous Leg Ulcer.” In: The Vein Book, 2nd ed. Bergan, JJ, Bunke-Paquette, N. Oxford University Press, New York, NY USA. 2014

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Bunke N, Brown K, Bergan J. Foam sclerotherapy: techniques and uses. Perspect Vasc Surg Endovasc Ther. 2009 Jun;21(2):91-3

Bunke N, Brown K, Bergan J. Phlebolymphemeda: usually unrecognized, often poorly treated. Perspect Vasc Surg Endovasc Ther. 2009 Jun;21(2):65

B.B. Lee, M. Andrade, P.L. Antignani,F. Boccardo, N. Bunke, et. al. Guidelines: Diagnosis and treatment of primary lymphedema consensus document of the international union of phlebology (IUP)-2013. International Angiology. 2013 Dec: (32): 541-574

Dr. Heidi Busch, MD Dermatologist La Jolla Vein & Vascular

Heidi Busch, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Busch sees patients at our Vista location.

She graduated with honors from UC San Diego in 1990, with a double major in Physiology and Psychology. She then earned her medical degree in 1994 from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, while on a military scholarship. Dr. Busch completed her internship year in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. She was then selected to be a Naval Flight Surgeon (a squadron physician), and was assigned to the famous VMA-214 Black Sheep Squadron at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ. Next, she completed her Dermatology Residency at the nationally acclaimed dermatology program at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. While she was an active-duty dermatologist, Dr. Busch was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan as the department head of dermatology. She finished her ten-year military career at Camp Pendleton as a Lieutenant Commander.

Dr. Busch is married and has three children, now in high school and college. She has volunteered extensively at her children’s school and at her church. She especially enjoys assisting with youth sports and youth theater.

Explore our website to learn more about the services offered by Dr. Heidi Busch, such as: skin cancer screenings, managing skin conditions, cosmetic enhancements, and removal of benign growths. Schedule a consultation to experience personalized and expert dermatologic care, tailored to your unique needs.  Dr. Busch sees patients at our Vista location.

Expert Healthcare

Our clinical staff consists of Registered Vascular Technologists (RVTs), Nurse Practitioners and Medical Assistants and ancillary staff who have several years of experience in vein and vascular care. Most of our staff have helped patients at La Jolla Vein & Vascular for 5+ years.  We also have administrative staff with expertise in insurance preauthorizations, and in combination with our doctors, will fight for patients to get the treatment they need.

Because of our staff’s extensive experience in vein care, they are knowledgeable about vein conditions and treatment and are happy to answer questions any time.

La Jolla Vein & Vascular Health Values



5 star reviews by actual patients

Everyone here is so nice! Usually front desk medical personnel are so rude. The front desk ladies Alejandra, Anna, and I think her name is Liz, went above and beyond to take care of me and my insurance issues. The techs are great too! Rachel and a male technician assisted me…both of them implemented different techniques to make me feel more at ease during an uncomfortable and painful process. These procedures were rough…and I am grateful everyone was so sweet to me. Thanks again. 

Melissa B.

La Jolla Vein care has the best staff ever. They are so nice, accommodating and professional!! Dr. Bunke is the best doctor that I ever seen. She is so friendly upfront and has the best bed side manner. I thank this office for letting me be their patient. 💜. Plus they are so careful with COVID which I really appreciate!!! 

Darlene H.

I am pleased to recommend La Jolla Vein & Vascular. I am in the process of receiving treatment there. The entire medical staff are super friendly, welcoming and very helpful. Everyone is courteous, including the physicians. I’ve had one doctor follow my case. He’s the one who always treats me at appointments and closely follows my health. I am very comfortable going there. Would go again if needed and encourage anyone who’s thinking of making an appointment to do so asap. You’ll see what a wonderful experience it is. It’s the people who make it so special!

Monica M.

I have been having leg treatments for several months now La Jolla Vein Care. Every time I go to an appointment; the staff is so friendly and takes such good care of me; always informative; not in a rush and always friendly (especially Alejandra & Anna to name a few). Of course Dr. Lucas is amazing. The treatments have changed my life. Overall this has been an incredible experience. 

Brigid Z.

The office is exceptional, from front desk, to exam staff to the physicians. They have created a welcoming, relaxing environment, and take their time in examining and consulting with you to provide the best outcome. I highly recommend La Jolla Vein & Vascular for the assessment and treatment of your vein and vascular function.

Nancy F.

From my greeting at the front desk to the ultrasound and visit with the doctor, I received excellent care. It’s clear they care about their patients and all the staff couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. I also appreciate how much time the doctor spent with me to explain the results and the next steps. I would definitely recommend this office to friends with vein issues. 

Anne S.

Dr De Young is personable and thorough in his explanations. Exceptional. 

James R.

We were early and didn’t have to wait at all. The tech that did my husband’s ultrasound, Monica, was very accommodating with my husband’s Parkinson’s. Doctor Lucas whom we hadn’t seen before, came to us instead of making my husband walk down to another office. She spent a lot of time getting caught up on Steve’s background issues/conditions. I was impressed by this medical group before, so I was surprised that the staff was even better this time around; I honestly didn’t think there was room for improvement! 

Linda N.

The staff kept you informed as to when you would be seen and the wait was not too long. Emily took care of my ultrasound and was very accommodating giving me an extra pillow and playing a video to watch. The office is very courteous and professional- Nadia answered our questions and offered us a bottle of water. I have been seeing Dr. Bunke, but now Dr. Lucas and will continue coming to La Jolla Vein Care! 

Rebecca D.

The staff at La Jolla Vein Care Center are outstanding. They are friendly and helpful. Dr. Lucas and my ultrasound tech were both very thorough, kind and answered all of my questions. The new office was beautiful. I feel very confident that I am in good hands and that any up coming treatments will be successful. Thank for for making me feel so comfortable.

Ginger T.

The staff members that I interacted with were all professional, conscientious and empathetic to my complaints and discomfort. I was taken into the ultrasound room a few minutes before my appointment time. I did not have a long wait before the ultrasonographer came and ran the machine. It was also a short wait before Dr. Steinburg came into the room with a warm, welcoming smile. We discussed my ultrasound and the things I was experiencing . I scheduled another appointment for next year and was offered a bottle of water upon leaving the office. All in all, I thought it was a very satisfactory appointment.

Renee P.

When I arrived for the first time, I could barely walk. My legs were red and swollen. After my treatments, I can now walk again. I’m so thankful to the doctor and his staff. They are caring, supporting and knowledgeable about my issues. Five Stars all the way!!!! 

Pamela M.

Highly recommend! Entire staff are warm& friendly, professional and accommodating. The doctor took the time to thoroughly explain everything and encouraged me to ask questions. I never felt rushed. Significantly better experience than the other 2 vein clinics I’ve been to on the east coast. I wish I could’ve just come here from the beginning. 


Beautiful facility! I walked in without an appointment and they took me right away! It was even the end of the day…I was so grateful…Every single person was soooo pleasant! Super impressed ❤️ 

Susan M.

I had the best experience at La Jolla Vein Care. Dr.Bunke is an amazing doctor with the best bedside manners, she truly cares about her patients, she explained everything to me. My procedures where so easy I was impressed how painless and fast my appointments. Anna M was very helpful scheduling my treatments and checking on me to make sure all of my questions were answered. I am very pleased thank you !!! I truly recommend La Jolla Vein Care!

Henda S.