Outgoing SVS president’s message of unity: ‘We must work together to improve, advance vascular care’

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The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is no longer the organization it was half a century ago. That was one of the core messages from the Society’s now Immediate Past President Ali AbuRahma, MD, during his Presidential Address at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston. A number of members—many in community practice—had been in contact with him to say that “they didn’t think the SVS was inclusive enough,” he tells Vascular Specialist@VAM shortly after giving the address. “So, I reviewed the structural changes, the governance changes, that we have [undergone] to show them how we have radically changed over the last 50 years.”

In our interview, AbuRahma also highlights the potentially “disastrous” Medicare payment cuts the vascular specialty is once again confronting, improvements in diversity at SVS committee level, and efforts at striking a balance between the different vascular practice settings—be it surgeons in outpatient venues such as the office-based lab (OBL), specialists who are hospital employed, or those operating in academia.

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