– Peter Lawrence, MD, Wiley Barker chief of vascular surgery in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University California Los Angeles (UCLA), was elected May 31, 2013, as the 2013-2014 vice president of the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) during the 67th Vascular Annual Meeting® in San Francisco, Calif. He also is the director of the UCLA Gonda (Goldschmied) Vascular Center and the Bergman Chair in Vascular Research.
Prior to his current positions, Dr. Lawrence was on the faculty at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City from 1978-1998, where he served as chief of surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital, chair of the division of vascular surgery, and president of the medical staff. He moved to California in 1998 to become associate dean of clinical affairs, vice president for specialty services, and professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine.
An accomplished surgeon and leader in vascular healthcare, Dr. Lawrence has been an active member of the SVS for more than 30 years. He earned his medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School and completed his surgical residency and vascular surgery fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. He has written over 200 clinical and basic research papers, 70 book chapters, and five textbooks. He is an editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery® and has been on the editorial boards of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Perspectives in Vascular Surgery, and Contemporary Surgery, as well as being a reviewer for seven other journals.
Dr. Lawrence has been president of several surgical organizations, including the Association for Surgical Education, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, Rocky Mountain Vascular Surgery Society, Southern California Vascular Surgery Society, and Western Vascular Society. He also is a member of the James IV Association of Surgeons, an honorary international surgical society of 100 surgeons.
About the Society for Vascular Surgery
The Society for Vascular Surgery® 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 4,600 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its website at www.VascularWeb.org