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 Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, Elected President of the Society for Vascular Surgery  



CHICAGO –Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, was elected May 31, 2013 as the 2013-2014 President of the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) during the 67th Vascular Annual Meeting® in San Francisco, Calif. 
For the past 10 years Dr. Freischlag has served as the surgeon-in-chief in the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions; chair of the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a William Stewart Halsted Professor; a surgeon at Maryland VA Hospital; and a trustee for the Robert Garrett Foundation at the Johns Hopkins Children Center.
As an accomplished author, Dr. Freischlag is the editor of JAMA Surgery (formerly the Archives of Surgery).  She serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and the Journal of the American Medical Association
Dr. Freischlag is a national and international expert on thoracic outlet syndrome, writing extensively about its diagnosis, treatment, and patient outcomes. She is the national principal investigator for the VA OVER trial (Open vs. Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms), a prospective trial which has randomized more than 800 patients from 34 medical centers across the country.  
In addition to her dedication to SVS, Dr. Freischlag is involved with the American College of Surgeons as a regent for the past seven years and serves as the Chair of the Board of Regents since October 2012.  She is also a member of the Eastern Vascular Society, the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, and is a past president of the Association of VA Surgeons, the Baltimore Academy of Surgery, and the Society of Surgical Chairs. 
Dr. Freischlag earned her medical degree from Rush University in Chicago. She completed both her general surgery residency and vascular fellowship at University California Los Angeles. She is married to Phil Roethle and they have three sons:  Matthew Roethle (fiancé Michelle Chen); Paul Roethle (wife Gretchen) and Taylor Roethle.

About the 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 4,600 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its website at® 

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