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American Board of Vascular Surgery Directors

        The years 1996 to 2007 were witness to tumultuous changes within the specialty of vascular surgery. Many conventional open surgical interventions were being supplanted by catheter-based endoluminal procedures, and the identity of the specialty was being challenged. In 1996 the American Board of Vascular Surgery (ABVS) was proposed and incorporated by the executive committees of the two national vascular societies, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the North American Chapter of the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, and supported by the executive committee of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery. During the succeeding years the ABVS elected 40 directors. Each of the 39 past directors who were alive at the time of preparing this synopsis were invited to submit a brief commentary representing their personal perspective about the events of those years, and what impact they have had on our profession and our patients. Their responses are an appropriate conclusion to the narrative of those days.
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