The SVS is campaigning to recruit the next generation of vascular surgeons and it is paying off.
In 2007, there were fewer than 2,400 active vascular surgeons in the United States who participated in patient care. Vascular surgery represents the largest patient to physician ratio of all medical subspecialties in the country.
Now more than ever, the choice to become a vascular surgeon fulfills an acutely growing need created by the aging U.S. population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from 2000 to 2030, there will be a near doubling of individuals aged 65 years and older, from approximately 35 million to an estimated 71 million; the number of persons age 80 years and more will more than double in the same time period — from 9.3 to 19.5 million.
Talented, dedicated, skilled vascular surgeons will be needed to meet this urgent need. SVS has made recruiting the next generation of vascular surgeons one of its most important initiatives.