UNM Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery
Vascular Surgery Division

UNM School of Medicine
MSC 10 5610
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-5850

Vascular Surgery

Board Certification in Vascular Surgery

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Read Guidelines for hospital privileges in vascular and endovascular surgery: Recommendations of the Society for Vascular Surgery (Calligaro et al; Journal of Vascular Surgery Volume 47, Issue 1: 2007).

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.