Welcome to the Western Vascular Centre Website

The Western Vascular Centre is situated at the Private Consulting Suites alongside the Western Hospital in Gordon Street, Footscray. Our Centre is staffed by Specialist Vascular Surgeons, a sclerotherapist and reception staff. We also have an onsite vascular imaging facility, Western Vascular Diagnostics.


Mr Franklin Pond MBBS  GBED (Melb)  FRACS (Vasc)


Franklin1Mr Franklin Pond is a qualified Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, experienced in all fields of vascular surgery including endovascular, venous, aortic, carotid, and peripheral arterial surgery.  He also provides a dialysis access service for renal patients using both open and laparoscopic techniques.

Mr Pond graduated from The University of Melbourne Medical School and engaged training in General Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.  He then undertook Advanced Vascular Surgery training for a further four years.

Underscoring his interest in minimally invasive vascular surgery, Mr Pond has experience in endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR). He also performs sclerotherapy and endovenous laser surgery for varicose veins as well as angioplasty stenting of arteries.

Professional memberships include the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery, and Melbourne Vascular Surgical Association. Mr Pond is a tutor and clinical examiner of undergraduate Medicine at The University of Melbourne as well as an elected member of the Victorian Committee, RACS.  Franklin joined the Western Vascular Centre in early 2008. He has public hospital appointments at the Western, Northern, and Austin Hospital Vascular Units.

Mr Pond is the Director of the Western Vascular Centre.


Dr Sharon Falzen

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Dr Sharon Felzen is a graduate of Monash University Medical School and is a highly experienced General Practitioner with special interests in Travel Health, Cosmetic Medicine, Vascular Medicine, dermatology and women’s health. She is a member of The Australasian College of Phlebology.

Dr Felzen gained extensive experience from 1998-2004 assisting a number of noted Melbourne surgeons and dermatologists Since that time she has further pursued her passion for Cosmetic Medicine, Microsclerotherapy and Facial Aesthetics in various clinics throughout Melbourne. She is a compassionate and caring medical practitioner with a holistic approach to medicine.

Dr Felzen has been treating varicose and spider veins at Western Vascular Centre for both Mr Gary Frydman and Mr Franklin Pond since 2004, and is also available to perform anti-wrinkle treatment and facial rejuvenation injections at Western Vascular Centre on request.


Mr Gary Frydman MBBS PhD FRACS FACPhlebology


MrGaryFrydmanMr Gary Frydman graduated from Monash University Medical School and underwent his internship and residency at the Alfred Hospital. Following this he underwent research at the Department of Surgery at Monash University where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) after three years of research in Surgery. He then trained in General Surgery for the next four years and qualified as a surgeon. Following this he underwent further training in Vascular Surgery for three years. He has spent time training in the United Kingdom and in Queensland.

On returning to Melbourne, he commenced practice at many private hospitals throughout the Melbourne Metropolitan Area and has a position as a visiting consultant vascular surgeon at 2 public hospitals in the metropolitan area. He also visits the Bacchus Marsh and Sunbury areas.

His special interest involves minimally invasive vascular surgery. In particular this involves endoluminal repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms, endoluminal management of lower limb arterial blockages as well as the non operative management of varicose veins.

Mr Frydman is married with 2 children and has achieved membership of the Division of Vascular Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Vascular Surgery, the International Society of Endovascular Specialists, the European Society for Vascular Surgery, the Melbourne Vascular Surgical Association and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Phlebology. He is also a fellow of the Australasian College of Phlebology.

Mr Frydman has now retired.