Board Certification in Vascular Surgery
What does it mean to be Board Certified in Vascular Surgery, and what does it mean for our students and patients? All faculty members of our Division graduated from medical school, and then completed a rigorous five year residency in General Surgery, and achieved Board Certification in General Surgery. Each of us then completed one or two additional years of training in an accredited vascular surgery program, where we were further trained in medical management, open surgery, and endovascular techniques for patients with vascular disease. Upon completion of these specialized vascular programs, we achieved an additional Board Certification in Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
There is ample literature that shows board certified vascular surgeons obtain better results in managing complex vascular diseases than non-boarded vascular surgeons. In the U.S. today, almost all complex vascular surgery cases performed in larger metropolitan areas are being performed by Board Certified Vascular Surgeons. Current recommendations for new physicians to obtain hospital privileges in vascular surgery are for the applying physician to have completed an accredited vascular surgery fellowship, and to have obtained within three years Board Certification in Vascular Surgery.