Definition of Vascular Surgery
Vascular surgery became a primary specialty of the American Board of Surgery in July 2006.
Vascular surgery encompasses the diagnosis and management of disorders of the arterial, venous and lymphatic systems, exclusive of the intracranial vessels and the heart. In addition to experience with dissection and control of blood vessels expected of general surgery trainees, diplomates in vascular surgery, by virtue of additional
training, have significant experience with all aspects of treating patients with all types of vascular disease, including diagnosis, medical treatment, and reconstructive vascular surgical and endovascular techniques. Specialists in vascular surgery possess the advanced knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive care to patients with vascular disease, understand the needs of these patients, teach this information to others, provide leadership within their organizations, conduct or participate in research in vascular disorders, and demonstrate self-assessment of their outcomes.
Society for Vascular Surgery
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 4,500 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease.
Updated July 2013