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Dr. Denton Cooley is one of numerous vascular surgeons interviewed by the History Project.

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 comprehensive, longitudinal management of disorders of the arterial, venous, and lymphatic systems, exclusive of the intracranial and coronary arteries.

Diplomates in vascular surgery should 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.

Diplomates in vascular surgery should 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.

The vascular surgeon must have advanced knowledge and experience with the management of vascular problems including:

1. All elements of clinical evaluation; non-invasive testing including plethysmography, duplex ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scans, angiography, and other diagnostic tests utilized in the diagnosis of vascular disease.

2. Comprehensive management of vascular disease to include screening and surveillance, medical management, drug therapy, risk factor management, and wound management including amputations, and other adjunctive procedures.

3. Indications and techniques relating to open and endovascular treatment of vascular disorders to include the entire spectrum of interventions used to treat vascular disorders including occlusive, aneurysmal, inflammatory disease, trauma, and neurovascular compressive syndromes involving the arteries and veins of the body (excluding the intracranial and coronary arteries). This includes the aorta and its branches, the arteries of the neck, pelvis and upper and lower extremities, and the venous system.

4. The critical care of the vascular surgery patient.

History of Vascular Surgery Video Project

SVS has been engaged in an extensive effort to document the evolution of the specialty through dozens of video interviews of leaders in the field. Several videos are available on YouTube and more will be posted as they become available.

Learn more about the history of vascular surgery.

Click here to view: SVS History Videos


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 September 2015

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Phone: 312-334-2300 | 800-258-7188
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