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Vascular Operations Performed by Cardiothoracic Surgeons: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Survey

  • Author(s): Ikonomidis, JS
  • Ad, N
  • Aldea, GS
  • Argenziano, M
  • Galloway, AC
  • Hagberg, RC
  • Kormos, RL
  • Lawton, JS
  • Mihaljevic, T
  • Reece, TB
  • Tseng, EE
  • et al.

Many cardiothoracic surgeons supplement their case volume through the performance of vascular surgical procedures. Information regarding this practice is not well defined.In January of 2013, a survey was conducted of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) membership to assess the performance of vascular operations by cardiothoracic surgeons.The overall response rate was 8.7%. Of the surgeons practicing vascular surgery, 60% were aged 45 to 64 years and 92% were male. Eleven percent of surgeons are board certified in vascular surgery, and 61% have been practicing 16 or more years, with 33% practicing in the southern United States. Twenty-two percent of surgeons stated that at least 30% of their practice was devoted to vascular surgery. Eighty-one percent of respondents would like to see vascular surgery training become part of the formal curriculum for cardiothoracic surgery education, and 90% said that cardiothoracic surgery education should offer a cardiovascular track with emphasis on thoracic and vascular surgery, including endovascular surgery.This survey provides expanded data on the performance and breadth of practice of vascular surgery by the STS membership.

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